Do you rotate your perfumes for the season? Do you have perfumes that you wear only in certain seasons?
My answer to #1: Absolutely. I currently live in a place with four very distinct seasons. I have found that I tend to prefer different genres of perfumes for each season. Key word – “tend”.
I look at it like I do flavors/food. There are plenty of things that I want to eat in the winter vs. the summer and vice versa (and there’s plenty of stuff that I’ll eat year round). That’s the same with fragrances. Of course, with food, it’s more seasonal. Some things are actually in season during the different months and that’s why you find yourself eating 5,000 pounds of cherries or wondering what you’re going to do with a bumper crop of tomatoes. Fragrance, thankfully, has a longer shelf life! But, I find myself choosing to wear fragrances that fit with the season. I usually won’t wear a gourmand in high heat and humidity. I usually don’t wear a zesty, light citrus in the autumn. These aren’t “rules” by any means. It’s more about mood and realizing what sort of perfumes I like in different weather conditions. For example, I absolutely love roses on cooler, high humidity days. Sometimes an amber is truly wonderful on hot, dry days.
Essentially, I go through different olfactory moods. It’s almost like phases. So when I say that I rotate my perfumes, it’s more like I put out 5-6 perfumes that work with my olfactory mood (i.e. I go on white floral kicks or feel like smelling like dirt for months). Usually a mood corresponds with a season. Anyway, I usually have a few perfumes that are out and easily accessible and the rest are in “storage” in their boxes. I switch these up every couple of months. It just so happens that my moods usually correspond with seasons.
My answer to #2: Sort of. Sometimes I get a random mood in winter to smell like seaweed/salt air or sometimes I get in a mood for smelling like vanilla when it’s 90° out. It makes no sense. However, I wear whatever I’m in the mood for. I don’t really have perfumes or perfume notes that I reserve for certain seasons. But, some perfumes that I own get worn more in certain seasons (i.e. I rarely wear a Shalimar in July).
All in all, I believe that perfumes are seasonless, it’s just that maybe our preferences aren’t.
*Marilyn Monroe pic from LIFE.