Certain things just scream summer: endless construction; broken water mains flooding the streets like a Christina Aguilera video; people-watching on patios; day drinking; fireworks. And, of course, summer scents. Here’s what’s got our noses all giddy nowadays…
A signature season deserves a signature scent – preferably one without a major price tag. There’s an almost unspoken rule that adulthood is equated with perfumes or colognes. While that may be fitting for the fall and winter, summer scents should embody the season – light and carefree. While you might not be reaching for the Calgon right now, don’t discount body mists just yet. Many companies now make eau de parfums and fragrance mists that rival pricey perfumes for a fraction of the cost. The Body Shop’s Vanilla Mist is a personal favourite of mine. This warm scent is sweet and slightly earthy without being overpowering. Spritz a bit on the inner side of the wrist to provide a subtle hint of scent during the day. Or spritz all over and run through it like a shower (no judgement). For $11 , you can’t really go wrong.
Just a Tip: It’s important to remember that fragrances manifest differently on each person. While spraying a scent on a testing strip may give you an idea, it’s best to wear the fragrance around for a day to see how it works with your natural scent.
Another affordable point along the vanilla scent trail comes courtesy of Lush. Lush is a favourite for goods due to its commitment to quality, ethically-produced products. Lush has recently introduced Dusting Powder, a contemporary take on the grandmother favourite, made with fresh vanilla. Reviews on the site also state it can be used to freshen up oily hair on the go, or try sprinkling it into gym bags or shoes to mask any unpleasant odours.
Scented Body Lotions
The Ralph Lauren Big Pony perfume collection will probably set you back a cool $250. So why not opt for the next best thing, the mini body lotion set for one tenth of the price. If you’ve ever encountered a scented lotion, you know the scent is there to stay (Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter, I’m looking at you) so you’re getting the same quality of fragrance just in a slightly different, more affordable form.
Do you have any budget-tips when it comes to smelling like a daisy? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.