Hennessy adds that finding the right signature fragrance ultimately comes down to your personality and the mood you’re looking to access. “Some people like to wear strong perfumes on a daily basis whatever the weather, while others reserve them for special occasions. Furthermore some scents give courage, confidence, and other comfort and a sense of protection.”
How do you make the selection?
“I personally love wearing fragrances so much that I actually have a wardrobe of scents from the different olfactive families,” says Hennessy. “It depends on my mood, the way I am dressed, the season, etc.”
Bryan Edwards and Phil Riportella, co-founders of direct-to-consumer fragrance brand Snif, stress that the selection of a scent is a deeply personal one, based not only on our individual preferences but also perception of scent, or how we situate certain smells. “Everyone’s tastes are unique, especially when it comes to fragrance,” says Riportella. “Interestingly, we have a scent board that provides us feedback during our development process, and the responses that we get from them are all different. It shows the power and diversity of fragrance—something that smells masculine to one person can smell feminine to another.”
While settling on a fragrance will ultimately come down to personal taste, preference, and body chemistry, it’s always fun to hear what those who live in the world of fragrance are leaning towards this season and next. We’ve already picked our favorite spring fragrances, but below the experts share the scents that, in their minds, capture the crisp, bright days and long, warm nights that lay ahead.
Spring/Summer Fragrance Picks
“I personally don’t distinguish fragrances by seasons, although there are ones I wear more than others at certain times of the year. I’ve found that many people like a fresh, bright fragrance in warmer weather. Next month the Maison is releasing the newest additions to the fragrance wardrobe—the Cologne forte Collection. The three new scents convey the feeling of freshness and sensation induced by light.” – Joan Tanis
“For spring/summer, I like anything bright, tangy, sweet, juicy, maybe earthy and resinous, too. I love Debaser by DS & Durga because it smells like a field full of pungent, sweet grass on a humid summer evening. Armani’s Sun Di Gioia is a warm, creamy floral that smells like your body after a day at the beach, warm skin with remnants of sunscreen, cheap beer, and sweat.” – Tynan Sinks
“My favorite warm weather scent profile is somewhere between cozy and inviting with some freshness to it. I usually gravitate towards floral woody scents or something aquatic, juicy and green. Some examples are Byredo Gypsy Water, Hermes Sur La Lagune, DS & Durga Debaser, Krigler Abrakaadabra 221, and Bond No. 9 New York Nights.” – Sable Young
“The fresh scents for sure! The warmer days make me want to wear Roses on Ice. It’s part of The Liquors olfactive family but could also belong to The Fresh family as well. The fragrance opens with the aquatic freshness of cucumber and the aromatic uplift of juniper berries, creating an icy sensation, rounded in an accord with voluptuous Rose Centifolia. Upon a dry down of sandalwood and musk, the scent expresses the sharp—yet deeply infused—character of gin consumed in its ideal. I wanted to recreate the tasting of ‘Hendricks gin on the rocks’ with a slice of cucumber; isn’t it the perfect refreshment for this season?” – Kilian Hennesy
“We’re aiming to break all the conventional ‘rules’ of fragrance. Who says you can’t wear a citrus scent in the winter, or a vanilla or spicy scent in the summer? No matter the season, I like to change up my scent wardrobe depending on my mood or what I’m into at the moment!” – Phil Riportella