Yes - a continental or colder maritime climate is great for those who love the heavy-hitting frags, isn't it? While I enjoy powerhouse frags in the heat.... radiating heavy fragrance 10 feet away.... I generally do so when I'm by myself at home!
I'm curious, do those of us who live in cold weather climes have an advantage over those in more temperate climes? I could not imagine wearing 2/3 of my wardrobe in high heat and humidity (the Body Kouros', the Mazzolari Lui's, the Santos', the Londons, the Ambre Sultans, the Tobacco Vanille's - well you get the point) I think we have so much more to choose from and appreciate on those 20 degree, 50 degree fahrenheit days. Go Boston. Brrrr!
Last edited by neal; 9th August 2010 at 12:38 AM.
Don't knock it until you try it. Many "heavier" fragrances bloom nicely and are great in warmer temperatures.
I personally would rather wear Body Kouros in 75 degree weather in January in Florida, then be wearing the same fragrance in 7 degree weather in the Arctic Tundra while shoveling my car out from the snow. Who's going to be able to smell the fragrance under the 5 layers of heavy clothing?
Last edited by petruccijc; 9th August 2010 at 12:58 AM.
Ah, but once you get the car shoveled out and your on the ice at Rockefeller Center, all bundled up in your Nordic fishermans sweater with the faint scent of fill-in-the-blank-with-your-favourite-cold-weather-scent mysteriously wafting the air...
I live in Singapore and i definitely enjoy my scents much more in my 50 degree office than the balmy 90 outside. One gets to appreciate the different layers better as opposed to the meltdown under extreme heat n humidity!
But I have to say that it's nice to sit inside by the fire wearing those powerful fragrances, and they project just enough to get compliments.
Where I live 20 degrees is considered a heatwave....!
I rather enjoy Michigan. It's pretty chilly in the winter, but fragrances like Brit and Fleur du Male just shine in the cooler temps. If a fragrance is too powdery, it'll bug my nose in the heat.
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I live in a temperate climate. Winters are cold, summers can be quite hot, autumn I love the most but when it's not rainy - temperatures are in range of +8 to + 18 celsius degrees. spring is the uvertire for summer, but it is tricky - the nights are cold but the days are warm, not hot though (to us hot is everything that exceedes +25 Celsius and cold anything that drops below +5 degrees celsius). Spring and autumn is the time when I can utilize my collection best.
IMO you do have an advantage. In the high heat and humidity of New Orleans L' air du desert Marocain just isn't gonna work for me! In the Fall and Winter it is its' absolutely beautiful best! As I say often, there are a couple of "year rounders" for me, Aramis and the wonderfully dry Yatagan. Wearable anytime.
Yes, I think its an advantage in the narrow scope of fragrance enjoyment. 55 - 80 degrees with lower air pressure and higher humidity from an impending storm is awesome "frag weather". The lower air pressure makes those molecules really pop and shoot all over the place.
Give me "cold" weather fragrances over a citrus or green fragrance any day. I don't bothering wearing "summer" colognes, I just spray less "winter" colognes during the heat usually. Think of it this way, a typical day in 90 degree weather involves waking up in your air conditioned home, driving to work in your air conditioned vehicle, working in your air conditioned office, and maybe going to eat at an air conditioned restaurant. Most days don't involve much time outdoors for the average person, so there's no need to worry a great deal about spraying too much.