You're either a fragrance person or you're not, and I definitely fall into that first camp. Which is not to say that I want to walk around smelling like a Yankee Candle store (though I do enjoy a few of their scents), but I generally like wearing perfume. My problem is striking that perfect balance between getting my perfume to linger without overpowering the people around me—and not getting bored with the same scent, day in and day out. You know how that goes. You fall in love with something at the beauty counter or store only to get it home, wear it for a week, and then you're over it. Well, I think I may have just found the answer to these issues: Kenneth Cole's new unisex fragrance line, which includes three fragrances, Intensity, Energy, and Serenity.
First of all, each of these blends is pretty light, so if you work or live with people who are scent-averse, you don't have to worry. They all have a slightly different profile, which appeals to the part of me that wants something very different on a Monday morning versus a Friday night. Serenity can be classified as an "oriental" fragrance, since it's powdery, creamy, and enveloping. You feel a little calmer just spraying it (or at least I did). It has notes of white pepper, sandalwood, and vanilla, among other things, which gives it a velvety finish. And then there's Energy, a vibrant floral citrus that features orange blossom, jasmine, and neroli to wake up your senses. And finally, there's Intensity, that quintessential warm woodsy scent that has notes of cardamom, nutmeg, earthy tonka, and more.
But the beauty here is that you can play around, wearing them alone or layering them all together or in different combinations. As a first time fragrance layer-er, I didn't want to go overboard, so I asked Cecile Delaire, the head of fine fragrance marketing at Drom, for some tips on layering these Kenneth Cole fragrances and others. "When layering, it’s important to remember to keep it simple, spray your favorite fragrance, then add one additional scent to boost the original," says Delaire. "Too many at once and it’ll become overwhelming. And take it easy on the number of sprays." I tend to like citrusy scents for spring and everyday, so I've been starting with Energy and then doing a quick little refresh with a spray of Intensity for a fancy dinner or Serenity for a night in. A good rule of thumb is to pair opposite scents. So you wouldn't mix a floral with another floral, for example. You'd try it with something woodsy or earthy to balance it out.
Oh, and for fragrance staying power, there's a few tricks too. "The best way to keep your skin primed for perfume is to moisturize it first with lotion or oil," says Delaire. "This makes the scent last longer." No matter the fragrance, Delaire says to spray on your pulse points (wrists, neck, etc.) directly and don’t rub at all. Just let it air dry. You can also try misting your hair as well with a quick light spritz. Fragrance tends to linger there.
So if you're looking for a new signature scent for spring or just want to have a little fun with fragrance, check out Kenneth Cole's new trio. Each sells for $85 at kennethcole.com, but now that you know how to wear them and make them last, they're worth the splurge.