Choose Your Perfume Notes Carefully: Trends for Spring 2014

We all know it: spring is a season that is always appropriate for new beginning. Naturally, you will want to start the spring off with a new and fresh fragrance- maybe a completely new one from your signature perfume or something complementary. In any case, picking a new fragrance can be a bit overwhelming. You have options galore both on your online perfume providers’ sites and on the specialized shops’ counters: from feminine and floral to sweet or sensual. But you also want to keep with the most recent trends so naturally, you are wondering: what are the trends in the industry for the spring- summer season 2014?

Experts differ in their opinions but everyone agrees: floral is back in power. In general, the spring and summer seasons always see a move toward lighter scents and this year is definitely no exception. People will be looking to buy perfumes inspired by summery accords, in an inspiration generally drawn from rich flower stalls and farmers’ markets. Accords of fresh strawberry, delicate rose, combined with gourmet notes will definitely be the champions in 2014.

-          Rose: the champion. It has probably never fallen out of fashion as people who appreciate delicate flavors have always favored rose as an ingredient in their perfumes.  This floral scent will always be a preferred choice for women who love to smell good and mark a return to nature with their scent choices. Rose notes, together with lavender- are part of a general trend of scents that induce mental clarity and relaxation. As research has shown that the smell of roses may help reduce anxiety, go for a rose- based perfume and make sure you go through your daily chores this spring as fresh and relaxed as possible. Suggestion: Rose Splendide by Annick Goutal

-          Fruity notes. The sweet notes are returning with a vengeance this year and they will be the ingredients of many perfumes young women will prefer. Add to strawberry notes a bit of caramel notes and you have a great perfume that teenagers and 20- somethings will adore. Suggestion: Summer Romance by Ralph Lauren

-          Gourmand and other floral notes. Combinations will also be very trendy this year, so know that caramel and chocolate notes are quite en vogue still, especially if you combine them with floral notes.  Sassy carnation and heady tuberose will also be very much appreciated this season. Some of these even have a note of sparking citrus to make everything into a yummy combination. Suggestion: Divas or Party Perfume by Ungaro

And no, we haven’t forgotten the gentlemen! Perfume trends for them stay rugged and masculine, bringing in a perfect balance of intense spices including black pepper, cardamom and clove, combined with a touch of sweet mandarin. Another trend will be the combination of smooth frankincense, edgy woods and smooth leather. Suggestion: Burberry.
Whatever you go for, one thing is sure: go for quality and don’t compromise on your fragrance choices.

Perfume Education and Tips: What Is Accord and How It Influences Fragrance?

Choosing a favorite, signature perfume is very often regarded like a difficult task. This is because our olfactory sense can easily trick us into liking one fragrance that we smell at first. Then, when we get home with our perfume acquisition: surprise!- the perfume doesn’t seem to have the same appeal. There are many things you need to learn about the art of perfume making, but one of the most common notions is that of an accord. What is an accord in perfume? How does it influence your olfactory sensation? Here are a few things a perfume enthusiast should know.

Just as in music, accord is a combination of different tones, which, combined together sound and feel like a single note, due to harmony. In perfumery, an accord is a blend of different notes that, combined together, lose their individuality and give a unified odor impression. Every art has a form of accord- think of the combined colors in painting. And perfume making is definitely an art.

When you hear someone say that a perfume has a strong accord, they are actually saying the harmonic combination of more notes is so perfect, that together, they smell complete, they work very well as a new note.

Generally, an accord in perfumery is made of five, up to seven notes. Some daring designers would create an accord out of much more notes, but this can be tricky. The notes are brought together in a combination that forms the basis of the perfume, and the rest of the notes are added to the accord. Think of an accord as the real strong skeleton, the foundation of a building, or the main theme of a symphony: things are built around that unifying note. Just like the architect or the composer, the perfume designer will add new, tiny notes to it, to create the unique fragrance.

  • Amber, aromatic, cyphre are just a few very commonly used accords. Below are just a few examples:
  • The Amber accord- includes notes of spicy cinnamon, amber, vanilla, as well as balsamic notes. (Calvin Klein Obsession is one such perfume)
  • Ambrein includes civet, bergamot, vanillin, balsamic notes, as well as wood and rose. (a typical perfume based on this accord is Shalimar)
  • Cyphre is based on the harmony between oak moss, roses, jasmine, bergamot, cedar and laudanum. This is a common note in men’s perfumes.
  • Fouegere is a combination of patchouli, lavender, coumarine and hay.