I’ve always liked the idea of having a signature scent. The minimalistic nature of it just seems inherently classy to me. However, when it comes to only picking one perfume to use exclusively for the rest of my life, I haven’t quite made a commitment (if you don’t count that three-year period in middle school when I practically showered in Clinique Happy).
Instead of committing to just one signature scent, I like to change my perfume with the season – something I started doing unintentionally when I was in college. My spending habits were a little more frivolous back then, so whenever I would buy new clothes as the weather changed, I would usually buy a new perfume to try, too. After several years of “research” (and a few shameless months of only wearing Taylor Swift’s Lovestruck), I’ve cultivated my seasonal go-to fragrances. And, seeing as how Louisiana only has two seasons – Hot and Not Quite as Hot – my perfume rotation is fairly small.
1. Winter/Fall: Miss Dior
I’ve always been a fan of spicy fragrances, and Miss Dior is the perfect combination of subtle spice and citrus. It’s definitely the heaviest perfume in my rotation, which is why I only wear it when the weather is cooler. However, the hints of Mandarin and Jasmine help to even out the earthy scent of the Patchouli essence, creating a warm fragrance for brisk days.
2. Spring: Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche
This is my favorite transitional fragrance, as it’s comprised of notes of citrus and spice with hints of floral, making it the perfect perfume for spring. The undernotes of Water Hyacinth and Jasmine easily complement the woodsy notes of Patchouli and Vetiver. It’s much lighter than its Eau de Parfum counterpart, which I normally only wear for evening dates.
3. Summer: Marc Jacobs Honey
This is my go-to fragrance during the sweltering heat of Louisiana summers. The fruity notes of pear, Mandarin, orange blossom, peach, and apricot pair perfectly with the warm base notes of honey, vanilla, and earthy woods, creating a fragrance that is light and energetic without being too cloyingly sweet or floral.