The soft and sweet whiff of spring already embraces the breeze this season! Truly, springtime calls for a lot of things – from spring cleaning to revamping your spring wardrobe, and also, planning your fragrance concoctions to fit the vibe of this season. When we think of spring, the fragrance of flowers easily come to mind, but in this article, we’ll share captivating notes that’s more than just florals. Make sure to read up until the end as we share some pro tips on how to layer your fragrances for your very own bespoke scent!
This botanical root is from a type of flower scientifically known as Iris Pallida. It’s mostly cultivated in Tuscany, Italy and is also considered one of the most luxurious fragrance notes often used specifically for perfumery. It has a very distinct scent that can be typically described as a swirl of wood and flowers. The scent is a tad dry but very soft and warm – totally perfect to match the spring!
Dried green tea leaves have a very soothing, aromatherapeutic scent that can be roughly compared to orchids and fresh mint, only milder. With its gentle scent, it perfectly balances the natural floral and grassy scent of springtime. In addition, green tea makes a very efficient binder for many other fragrance notes. It has the ability to soften the scent of stronger notes, making it more wearable for daily use.
We’re pretty sure most of you would agree if we say that the natural scent of the ocean is one of the most relaxing notes in the world. When we think of spring, we usually associate it with outdoor activities like going for a quick beach getaway. As saltwater is very distinct and savory, its scent can easily be worn any time of the day – from morning to night. It has this versatile element that makes layering other fragrance notes much easier and very recognizable.
One of the most popular flowers during spring is freesia. Not only does this look immensely alluring for the eyes, but it also bears a very fresh and euphoric scent that many floral lovers love. Freesia’s fragrance can be worn alone but it’s usually combined with fruity scents for a more uplifting note perfect for the spring and summer season. It has a naturally fresh scent that’s a bit earthy and sharp thanks to its peppery notes. Freesias are also great for layering as it is quite a versatile scent that can be mixed in a wide variety of fragrance notes.
Cardamom is a very familiar ingredient in the kitchen and while you may initially think that its scent is not quite pleasing, its very distinct scent is what makes it uniquely charming. The note of cardamom is not really the type of fragrance that can be on its own. However, this multifaceted fragrance that has soft touches of fruity, floral and musky scents have the ability to optimize other fragrance notes to make it smell more lavish and clear. It is usually used a supporting note for much stronger fragrances such as mimosa, jasmine or mint as cardamom perfectly softens the sharpness of these scents, giving it a milder after smell.
Tips on layering your spring scents
The idea of layering perfumes may sound a bit intimidating at first. However, knowing the right way to do it can be a life-changing moment for you. Just think of creating a signature scent that only unique to you, and you alone! People would easily recognize you for the delightfully unique scent you carry rather than just having them recognize the perfume brand. This is the beauty of layering your scents. Here are some quick and easy tips on how to make it work wonderfully on you.
- Understand the chemistry of your notes – when we say “chemistry”, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to dive into the mathematical formulations of your perfumes. It’s simply just about the notes. Start with the fragrance you really like, preferably something that’s sharp and strong as this will be your base note. Let it set for a few seconds and then carry on with another scent, something softer but a bit contrasting to your base note. Remember, the key is to give it a unique swirl of scents and working with fragrances that smell alike won’t really make a statement.
- You may test it out on paper first – layering is a trial and error process. It’s really about testing out different combinations until you find the right one that matches your personal taste and mood. Don’t be afraid to experiment! But to avoid drowning yourself in many different scents all at once, you can always test your combinations on a piece of paper first.
- Less is more – now that you have found your perfect layers, your excitement may tempt you to spray all you want. Well, let’s not try to have everybody’s noses wrinkled and just start easy with a small amount. One important rule in layering fragrance notes is to keep each note at a minimal to prevent them from overpowering one another.
Are you ready to smell like spring? We really hope you find this article helpful when it comes to concocting your own signature spring scents!