The Ultimate Perfume Guide For the Summer

Last Updated on 14th July 2023

Summer is finally well and truly upon us, and with that comes its hot weather. But the warm weather we all enjoy can also have some pretty significant effects on our perfumes and how best to use them.

So we decided to write this quick guide with the help from the experts at Cologne Kingdom for a few tips on how to smell your best this summer!

Apply Moisturizer First

During the summer, the warm weather causes the fragrance molecules to heat up and evaporate, weakening the perfume scent a lot quicker.

So to combat this, consider applying a moisturizer on the areas you wish to apply your fragrance. The moisturizer will hydrate your skin, allowing the perfume to lock onto your skin for a lot longer.

Top Tip: Remember to use a fragrance-free or lightly scented moisturizer to prevent any ‘scent clashes’ with your perfume!

Apply On the Skin, Not Clothes

Applying your perfume directly on your clothes is generally not recommended, especially during the summer heat.

Different fabric types have varying levels of absorbency and can interact with perfume in different ways. While some fabrics may absorb the fragrance bit better than the skin, others will cause the perfume to dispense a lot quicker

Perfume is also designed to be applied to the skin. And although some fabrics may hold onto the scent for a little longer, getting your best scent possible will mean applying directly on your skin instead.

perfume in summer

Choose Your Notes Wisely

The summer season is a time known for its vibrant and uplifting feel, so the scent of your summer bottle should reflect that as well.

It can be tempting(and cheaper) to use the same perfume for the entire year, but choosing one that matches the summer vibe and spirit,  can help make your summer a lot more memorable.

So what are these summer notes?


Citrusy fragrances tend to be lighter and more uplifting, giving you a sense of that summer vitality and energy. Keep an eye out for notes like bergamot, lemon, and grapefruit!


Floral notes like Jasmine, Rose, and Ylang Ylang add a touch of femininity and elegance to their fragrance, making them perfect for summer outings.


Accords like Berries and Melons can help create a juicy and innocent feel, helping you socialize during the sunny season.


Inspired by the Ocean, Aquatic scents give off a coolness and freshness type of vibe. With notes like Seaweed and Sea Salt creating that breezy aura ideal for those long summer days.

the smell of summer

Store Your Perfume

Summer can have some pretty big effects on the composition of your perfume, so properly storing your bottle during these months is essential to maintaining its quality in the long term.

Luckily, storing your perfume well is actually pretty easy, and just consists of placing it in a cool dark setting.

Think, of the back of a wardrobe, or underneath your bed. But wherever you put it, make sure your fragrance is away from direct rays of heat.


There are a range of things you can do to ensure your perfume works normally during the summer. Moisturizing your skin, choosing lighter notes, and placing your perfume bottles in cool dark places are all things that can be done to make sure you smell your best for this summer.