7 new ways to wear fragrance
Your favourite scents, but not how you know them
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / October 22 2019
Of all the categories in beauty, the fragrance sector seems to be relatively unchanging in comparison to, say, makeup or skin care, where new trends and products are constantly coming and going like no tomorrow (like, did you know skin care brushes are now a thing?!).
And while there are tons of new fragrances launched every year, they tend to come in the same old format: a bottle of liquid that you spritz on your pulse points (i.e. your wrists, neck, elbows and back of your knees).
However, times are a changin' and the fragrance industry (in line with consumers wants and needs) are experimenting with the way scent is worn. Cue a wave of innovative, fun and unique fragrances that are anything but your usual spritzes.
Here are seven fresh ways to wear perfume.
Why stop at skin? Hair mists are everything you never knew you needed. Not only do they last way longer than a spritz to your neck or wrist, but some of the new kids on the block come with benefits for your hair, too. One of our faves? Frederic Malle Alber Elbaz Superstitious Hair Mist. And before you ask, yes, it’s just as luxe as the perfume! With notes of vetiver and incense mixed with lighter notes of peach and rose, it’s seductive, charming and oh so elegant.
Parisian fragrance house Diptyque completely changed the game with a new type of long-lasting fragrances in the form of brooches and bracelets (they’ve even released some perfumed skin stickers!). Inspired by Renaissance pomanders, Diptyque’s Perfumed Brooch boasts a one-month perfume diffusion (it has an encapsulated perfumed ceramic) and the gilded metal bird with movable legs brooch is just the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. Diptyque’s Perfumed Bracelet can diffuse perfume for one week (you get six metres of bracelet in a dispenser, along with a gold-plated clasp to lock the bracelet in place). This would have to be the chicest way to wear perfume.
Say hello to your on-the-go staple. We love travel-friendly perfume pens because they make life so much easier and they carry exactly the same scent as your favourite fragrance in a bottle. Small enough to keep in your handbag, you simply paint the scent onto your wrists and neck and go. For you YSL fans, Black Opium Shine On Click & Go is going to be your new bestie. Not only does it smell amazing (coffee notes are contrasted with the soft sensuality of vanilla and white flowers), but the glitter design adds that touch of glam everyone needs in their life.
While it’s been around forever (like, we’re talking since the Egyptians), solid perfume palettes are back in a big way, with some of the biggest fragrance brands getting in on the trend. The pint-sized pods are not only perfectly Instagrammable, but they’re great for touch-ups and micro-purses. While there are many brands with ready-made pairings, Narrative Lab offers solid fragrances that can be layered to create a completely custom scent based on personal preferences. Narrative Lab has six customisable solid perfumes, each broken down into three parts: a base version, a subtle version, and an intense version.
Bath and shower oil
Your bath routine just got a whole lot better thanks to the luxurious range of bath oils getting around. Great for dry and dehydrated skin, they cleanse and delicately perfume the skin for smooth, soft skin and a lasting scent. Our current fave? Dior J’adore Bath and Shower Oil. It’s enriched with the hydrating properties of ylang ylang essential oil, which works to soothe and moisturise the skin while leaving an intense fragrance trail.
A deodorant that doubles as a fragrance - why haven’t we thought of this before?! Deodorants that smell like perfume pull double duty to keep you odour-free, while giving you a fresh subtle scent without being too overpowering. Up your deodorant game with a little number like JOY by Dior Deodorant Spray. Delicately scented, this gentle formula provides lasting freshness and comfort. We’re VERY into it.
They’re back, baby! While body sprays aren’t exactly a new innovation, they’ve been off the scene for a while, so we think this revival is definitely worth celebrating. If you were a nineties teen, this would’ve been your favourite way to wear a fragrance back in the day (hello, Impulse). Thanks to a bunch of new launches, body sprays are slowly making their way back into your fragrance wardrobe. And we’re not even mad about it. Offering a softer concentration than a traditional perfume, body sprays typically feature a smaller price tag to match. We love Tom Ford Neroli Portofino All-Over Body Spray – it perfectly captures the essence of summer (the cool breezes; the sparkling clear water) and as the weather warms up, it is a serious must-have in our books.
If classic bottled fragrances are more your kind of thing, check out some of the best new fragrance flankers of 2019.
How do you like to wear your fragrance? Share with us in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.