Published on February 6th, 2014 | by The Perfume Expert
Spring/Summer 2014 Fragrance Trends
Spring is one of my most favorite times of the year for fragrance! It is a season filled with the freshness and vibrancy of new life, new growth, and new beginnings! Almost everyone can remember the scents of spring, cherry blossoms on the trees, blooming lilac bushes, green stems, growing grass, and that dewy freshness!
And even though there may still be snow on the ground for most of us, the latest Spring/Summer trends have already begun to hit the market! Suddenly, it no longer feels right to be wearing our spicy Oriental perfume anymore; but equally it doesn’t yet feel right to start donning Spring-like blossoms either, especially when we are still wearing wool sweaters!
So what is a fragrance lover to do?!
Well, first we must identify the Spring/Summer trends and then I’ll show you how to incorporate them into your scent wardrobe now, without confusing the senses!
The theme for fragrances for Spring & Summer 2014 is Farmer’s Markets and Flower Stalls! This is an exciting mix of fresh and vibrant fruits, warm nuts, caramels, and other Gourmand edibles mixed with fresh and green Florals!
Think of walking through the market on a warm sunny Sunday in Spring, biting into a juicy Apple as you meander through the rows of homemade delights! Treating yourself to a bag of warm honey-roasted pecans and sipping on a Caramel latte as you pick up this week’s groceries in amidst the lively hustle and bustle. Not only do you place some fresh organic Strawberries and bright red Raspberries for a batch of your favorite berry tarts in your straw basket, but you also pick up a few things for the home like hand-cast Beeswax candles, a selection of artisinal soaps made with Almond oil and loose rosehip tea to warm your soul!
And with an already heavy basket, you are finally drawn to the flower stalls. A heavenly mix of heady blossoms, earthy Moss, crisp Greens, and a refreshing mist of clean water! Your senses are almost swimming in a unique mix of tea Roses, Hyacinth, Tulips, and dewy Daffodils, including their green stems & leaves, ALL combined with the fresh fruit and Gourmand delights of the market!
Spring/Summer 2014 is all about that unique combination of fresh fruit, dainty Spring-like Florals, and delectable Gourmand notes! Fruity-Floral but with a fresh/green twist and a sweetness never seen before!
Another perfect example of a modern Fruity-Floral is an Ineke fragrance called Briar Rose featuring Rose along with Blackberries and Strawberries mixed with Apple, Almonds, and Clove! This one is the perfect combination of trends mixing vibrant fruits, Gourmand delights, and Spring blooms!
The trendy Gourmand fragrances can best be represented in scents like Prada Candy which features a sweet creamy Caramel note.
Also honey-like is the new is Kim Kardashian’s Pure Honey. I don’t usually review celebrity scents but this one is top notch, with true notes of Beeswax, sunny Honey, and Rose that will have you smelling better than your candles!
But if you feel like it’s still way to cold to even think of a Farmer’s market or Spring blooms, than the best way to start incorporating these Spring scents into your routine now is by layering. This is a bit of a secret trick in the perfume industry. Layering scents is not only a fun way to create a bespoke and personal scent all your own, but it’s also a practical one for this in-between seasons limbo!
It takes some trial-and-error but here are a few suggestions. Try layering a Spring-like floral scent over a Winter fruity-floral fragrance! Most fruity Winter scents use more lush deep fruits like Plum, red Cherry, grapes, and Blackberries. Spritzing a fresh green floral that contains Spring-like blooms like Lilac, Lily-of-the-Valley, or Rose, along with some green/stem/grass notes can add a freshness and lightness to the deep fruity nature of the Winter fragrance. For example, try wearing Jo Loves Flower Shop over Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire.
In addition you could try adding some vibrant and juicy fruit to your heady Winter floral fragrance. Spark up your Winter Rose or Gardenia fragrance with a shot of red Apple, or Strawberry! Many floral scents that we enjoy wearing in the Winter are very strong, rich, and romantic featuring more regal florals like Rose, Iris, Gardenia, or Tuberose. Adding a tart fruitiness to these scents will make them more vibrant. For example try layering DKNY’s Red Delicious over Jo Malone’s Red Roses.
Or sweeten up your spicy Oriental perfume by layering overtop a creamy delectable Gourmand fragrance. Smooth out your spicy Oriental scents you’ve been wearing all Winter with sweet Almond or Caramel notes. This will make your Winter Oriental less mysterious and more cosy. For example, try wearing Laura Mercier’s Creme de Pistache overtop Guerlain’s Shalimar.
Not only can you begin to layer these Spring scents with your Winter fragrances now, but you can also layer the trends once warmer weather appears. For example, Annick Goutal’s Eau de Camile would smell gorgeous with DKNY’s Red Delicious and Ineke’s Briar Rose would smell heavenly overtop of Prada Candy.
The idea is to mix it up. Perfume no longer has to be worn exclusively on its own! Fragrance combining is fast becoming a popular way to wear scents and it’s fun too! Not only does it allow you to create personal scents tailored for you, but it also allows you to transition between seasons!