5 Summer Fragrance Tips: Best Perfumes And How To Wear Them

New York Smash Magazine  

Ah, summer is nearly upon us! It’s a season that ignites all the senses, especially our sense of smell. We remember everything from the scent of blossoming flowers to the invigorating salty breeze at the beach.

We asked Patti Kapla, beauty aficionado and vice president of Business Development at, to dish on her expert tips for wearing fragrance in the summertime, from what perfumes are most popular, what notes “scream summer,” and how to apply your fragrance to maximize its best effects.

What are the most popular fragrance notes for summer?

“Citrus, exotic flowers, island fruits, Jasmine, Rose, and Apple are some of the more popular notes for summer fragrances.”

Favorite summer fragrances?

Dolce & Gabbana The One

Dolce & Gabbana The One, $64.99 at

“Some of my top picks are Dolce & Gabbana’s The One ($64.99, which has notes of plum, vetiver bergamot and fruity florals, mixed with Madonna lily, muguet, lychee, jasmine and vanilla as well as Eternity Summer ($34.99, which is composed of a perfect balance of musk, tangerine pulp, wood, frangipani and pineapple.”

Eternity Summer

Eternity Summer, $34.99 at


Are there any fragrances that help repel pesky mosquitoes?

“Floral and fruity fragrances will naturally attract mosquitoes.  If you want them to stay away I would recommend essential oils such as Citronella, Peppermint, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass and Marigold. Aura Cacia makes a variety of essential oils that could help, like Citronelle Java Essential Oil($3.79,”

What are some key areas on the body to spray with a fragrance so the scent is likely to last during the hot days of summer?

“You’ll definitely want to spray your wrists as well as little dabs on your neck.  Sometimes if you spray places that tend to sweat, your perfume will continue to smell strong throughout the day.”

Is there any fragrance available that is easy on people with allergies?

Carriere Perfume

Carriere Perfume, $64.99 at

“For most perfume allergies, it is an actual ingredient you’re allergic to and not the overall perfume so once you find the ingredient that doesn’t agree with your skin you can pick the perfect fragrance from there. Gendarme products were specifically designed for people with allergies such as Carriere Perfume ($64.99,, which is the perfect blend of tangy, enticing citrus notes.”

Do perfumes ever expire?

“Perfumes only expire if you do not take proper care of them.  Keep all fragrance in a cool, dry area, and away from windows as sunlight can unbalance the various ingredients. An opened bottle should be kept in its box to ensure a longer shelf life. They usually last 3 to 5 years from their production date.”