Ask anyone what their favourite time of year is and the answer will most likely be summer (or Christmas, though unlike the former this probably isn’t related to the weather). Days get longer, the weather heats up, and the prospect of a beach holiday draws ever nearer. So it’s hardly surprising that we make so many alterations to accommodate this welcome change in season.
Winter demanded artificial warmth. It required dim lighting and blankets. It wanted roast dinners and heavy comfort food. It liked rich, musty fragrances – anything to protect against its frost. Summer wants quite the opposite. Suddenly the dim lighting is unappealing, why must we squint to read when the sun is providing such light? And at 7pm! Still! We could have dinner outside! But not a roast. Definitely not a roast.
Rather, summer calls for light. This could in part be due to the sun’s rays reflecting against the earth’s surface, causing everything to look somewhat cleaner, and somehow happier. This could also be due to the heat and our sudden inability to consume anything heavy, whether it be food, fragrance or even interiors. Summer calls for coastal living. Light curtains with a Gatsby-style breeze, crisp, white linen, and open windows. Fresh salads, barbecues and fruity cocktails. Suddenly that delicious spiced cinnamon fragrance you loved so much at Christmas just doesn’t make sense anymore. Much like your clothes and the spring in your step, everything must be lighter!
It’s during the warmer seasons that sweet, refreshing scents come into their own. The ability of a cool, fresh scent to restore you after a long day in the sun becomes ever more appealing. Those dainty fragrances seem as bright as the sun, reminding you of summer holidays in much the same way that throughout winter warm, spicy aromas reminded you of Christmas. It’s no surprise then that spring/summer 2015 fragrance trends are crisp, fresh and inspired by nature, with notes such as watermelon, cucumber and tomato making a big appearance.
Your preferred method of home fragrance may also alter, the dim light supplied by the warm flicker of a candle no longer necessary as you spend more time outdoors (you can hardly supervise a scented candle whilst you’re turning sausages on the barbecue). Rather, you may be drawn towards the fine mist of a room spray or the delicate scent release of a reed diffuser, both able to gently refresh your living space throughout the day.
Of course, this is assuming that the British weather is willing to cooperate this summer (fingers crossed), but come rain or shine, you can create that longed-for summer feeling simply by choosing the right scent.