Choose a fragrance to suit every occasion

Here’s how to pair your scent with your social calendar

marie claire Contributor / February 08 2017

Knowing what fragrance is appropriate can make the difference between stifling colleagues in the elevator or leaving behind a subtly scented trail that has everyone wondering what you’re wearing. Nick Smart, Director of Agence de Parfum shares his tips on how to pick the perfect fragrance for three different occasions.


What to spritz for: Brunch

Soft floral fragrances are classic and feminine, making them ideal for warm days and breezy brunches. “The re-emergence of the rose offers a modern twist on tradition,” says Smart, noting that today’s rose scents are “enhanced by feminine fruity notes and accents of clean aldehydes and musk”.

Three to try:

Lancôme Trésor L’Eau de Toilette EDT

Bottega Veneta Essence Aromatique Eau de Cologne

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Féminin Pluriel EDP

Bottega Veneta Essence Aromatique


What to spritz for: Late afternoon BBQ

Fresh green, water and citrus notes are both natural and energetic, perfectly complementing casual outdoor gatherings. “The emergence of crisp and green floral scents, the combination of citrus and floral bouquet scents, and the addition of florals to water- and green-based fragrance are all new trends,” explains Smart.

Three to try:

Tom Ford Mandarino Di Amalfi EDP

Robert Piguet Notes EDP

Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Ginepro di Sardegna EDT

Robert Piguet Notes


What to spritz for: After-work drinks

Exotic, feminine and sensual, oriental fragrances feature an earthy base scent. “Bold yet mysterious, these fragrances make a big entrance and are seductive – perfect for a night out,” says Smart. He sees “both men and women shying away from traditional notes and eagerly exploring the exotic scent combinations of oriental fragrances”.

Three to try:

Dior J’Adore L’Absolu EDP

Calvin Klein Reveal EDP

Chanel Coco Noir Parfum

Dior J’Adore L’Absolu EDP

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