A Scents of Occasion: the Best Perfume for Every Event
If fragrance evokes a feeling it can also help set the mood. Let Liberty teach you the art of matching your perfume to the occasion
When you think about it, matching perfumes to certain occasions makes total sense. Our sense of smell is hard-wired to the areas of the brain associated with memory and emotion, meaning certain scents can conjure up certain vibes, getting you in the mood for whatever activity is at hand. So, what should you wear to scent an entire season of memory-making? We have a few ideas...
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What to Wear on a First Date
A first date – or any date for that matter – requires something suitably magnetic, the kind of romantic fragrance that not only begs your partner to scoot a little closer and linger a little longer, but makes you feel your very best, too. Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur (£94 for 30ml) is bound to do just that. It contains a warm and moreish mix of vanilla, musk and amber topped off with surprising notes like tangerine and cinnamon. Few scents are quite so seductive.
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What to Wear on Holiday
A late-summer fragrance that manages to bottle up all the best bits of a holiday, Malin + Goetz's Strawberry Eau de Parfum (£82 for 50ml) helps you subject your trip away to scent memory. Something of a skin scent, it's had the sweetness of a freshly-picked strawberry, but also musks and jasmine for a fresh yet cosseting feel, as well as nose-tickling pink pepper and comforting cedar. In other words, it’s the kind of scent that deserves a spot at the top of your holiday packing list.
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What to Wear to Host a Dinner Party
Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, promotion or just the fact you made it to Thursday, there’s something so life-affirming about hosting a dinner party for a group of friends. And so your fragrance choice should feel equally as positive. Byredo Rose of No Man's Land (£140 for 50ml) is a modern floral scent with an edge, thanks to the inclusion of nose-tickling pink pepper. It’s the kind of fragrance that’ll make you feel like you’ve really got your life together.
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What to Wear to Brunch
When sitting down to the breakfast table, you need a fragrance that won’t interfere with the decadent feast in front of you. And for that, may we suggest Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 + Patchouli (£115 for 100ml). An update on the cult classic scent, this version comes topped off with a warm and woody patchouli note that feels sophisticated and clean; like the smell of bare skin, only a little better.
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What to Wear to a Wedding
Deciding what to wear to a season of weddings requires more than simply acquiring the perfect wedding guest dress. You also want one of the best wedding perfumes that'll evolve along with the course of the day. Vilhelm Parfumerie's Peony Couture (£185 for 100ml) is just the thing. Early on it smells just like the billowing, velvety head of a fresh peony (ideal for a ceremony setting) but by the time the dancefloor beckons, that freshness will have made way for the deeper, headier notes of incense and cedarwood.
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