For some, it’s all about the signature scent. For others, it’s more exciting to change fragrance with mood. Whatever type of fragrance wearer you are, you should know that, like fashion, the sweet smelling world of perfume and cologne experiences trends. As fragrance manufacturers and designers learn more about different ingredients and what their customers really want, the type of products you’ll see on store shelves will change. There will always be the classics, to be sure, but keep an eye out for these insider fragrance trends for the new year.
More and more, fragrance wearers want their scent to say something about them. Niche scents contain notes of exotic and unexpected ingredients, which often evoke an emotional connection between product and wearer. Take Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt scent. It doesn’t smell like mainstream perfumes, but instead offers a warm, woodsy tone for those who want their cologne to be a standout.
Exotic is in, especially when it comes to sweet smelling perfume trends. This year’s standout ingredient was oud, which is a rare oil distilled from agarwood. Oud provides luxurious musk as a base note for decidedly mystical scents. The I Coloniali Animal Oud Body Mist releases subtle nodes of oud and cedar for an exotic scent for fragrance aficionados will surely notice.
What better way to stay on perpetual vacation than by bringing fruity, floral, and relaxing scents home? No matter where you live, travel-inspired combinations can make you feel like you’re right back on the beach, or strolling the streets of your favorite seaside village. Look for sweet smelling fragrances with notes of rose, jasmine, and gardenia, like those found in Gucci Rush.
Not everyone loves to wear sweet smelling scents, but an entire insider movement toward more simplistic fragrances is inspiring even the minimalists to get in on the trend. Fragrances with top notes of simple ingredients like mint, grass, lemon, or even leather make for wearable scents that become part of a persona, rather than just a perfume. The simple mix of grass, rose, and apple in Un Jardin Sur le Toit creates a crisp contrast to more complicated perfumes.
Mixing it Up
You can create your own personalized scent when you layer two or more fragrances together. It’s been a beauty insider secret for years, and one that creates your own perfect mixture. Try mixing spicy scents with a fruity fragrance, or go for floral with a musky tone. Experiment with some of the scents you already own, and you could create a fragrance that is uniquely you.
The world of fragrance is constantly changing, but you can keep up with the trends by swapping out just one scent each season. Keep an eye on what’s trending in sweet smelling scents, and you can be sure of a friend asking: “What are you wearing?”