Give Your Perfume Some Air
Every wine lover knows you need to give a good vintage some time to breathe before taking the first sip. “Just like you’d swirl wine in a glass several times before tasting it to let it aerate, you’ll want to do the same with a scent,” says Maniec. Wave your wrist in the air a few times before sniffing to let any strong alcohol tendencies dissipate.
Choose Fragrance Notes Based On Your Favorite Wine
Try to identify the favorite part of your go-to vintage. Whether it’s the musk of a sweet white or the peppery base of a smoky red, you’ll likely find an equivalent in a fragrance. “One of my favorite perfumes was fresh pear and apple, and you have those same flavors in some wines,” Maniec says. If you usually opt for a floral pinot noir, spritz a jasmine and rose-based scent like Oscar De La Renta’s live in love. To capture the citrusy brightness of sauvignon blanc, pick a scent like Harvey Prince’s Hello, which has notes of Meyer lemons and Satsuma mandarin.
Scents Are Seasonal, Too
Just like you would probably reach for a chilled rose in summer, or a buttery red in the fall, your scent should change with the seasons, too. “In summer you want something that’s citrusy, light and refreshing, while in winter you might crave cloves, cinnamon, and spice that’s more warming,” says Maniec.
Store Fragance Like You Would a Bottle of Wine
"Warm temperatures can essentially cook away the flavors in a good wine, making it smell and taste less fresh,” says Maniec. “Heat can damage beauty products in the same way. You don’t want to keep perfumes in a window where the sun’s going to get to them.” Once you’ve found a favorite scent, be sure to keep it in a cool, dark place so the formula stands up over time.