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The Scent transition from Summer to Fall

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The “Scent” transition from summer to fall. 

It’s natural to want scents that fulfill our seasonal cravings.

For example, in the heat of summer, we want a fresh, citrus, or oceanic scent to refresh and avoid overpowering our senses, while in winter we seek something that will be warming and a little “heavier”.

In addition to “seasonal cravings”, some fragrances work better during the Spring and Summer, while others are better during the Fall and Winter seasons.

Summer fragrances are lighter, typically adorned with citrus and floral notes with less of the strong lingering base notes.

Winter fragrances generally contain heavier and warm scents because the temperature is lower, making fragrances feel muted.

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When temperatures are cooler, scent does not lift as well as it does in warmer temperatures giving off less aroma or “scent throw”.   This is due to the fragrance molecules moving at a much slower pace in cool air.  Our bodies also change to be less hospitable in colder temperatures as the receptors in our nose tend to bury themselves deeper, depressing our sense of smell.

Citrus notes are more volatile and may fade quicker.  Wood and musk scents last longer.

With the colder air upon us, choose richer scents with strong base notes.  Base notes tend to be the strongest as they hold together the body of the fragrance and last the longest.  In winter, look for spicy, woody, or sweet base notes as opposed to floral or fresh.

Woody notes are typically deep, intense and warming base notes in fragrance.  The wood/earth derived notes resonate with wood-burning fires, green foliage, and other comforting aromas

Notes:  Cedarwood, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, oakmoss, pine

Spices such as cardamom, saffron and frankincense are warming and provocative.

Notes:  vanilla, musk, jasmine, cardamom, frankincense, myrrh, saffron, sandalwood, clove, cinnamon, amber

Now that you know what base notes you are looking for, try using our Search Fragrance Note option to find the base notes that will excite your senses this Fall and Winter Season!

Sequoia & English Oak