If there is one beauty product I can’t live without, it’s perfume. Unlike makeup or skincare, fragrance doesn’t require any brushes or fussing around. It’s instantly gratifying and, at least for me, completely mood-changing.
This summer, I’ve become a fan of scented lotions—both on their own and also layering underneath their perfume counterparts. For as long as I could remember, I avoided fragranced creams because they never quite replicated the top and base notes of their spritz-on counterparts. And a cream never had the same out-the-door ease as a rollerball or spray-on.
But then I started playing around with Annick Goutal Eau D’Hadrien Perfumed Body Cream and Oscar de la Renta’s Live in Love Body Lotion, both of which are gorgeous on their own and happily long-lasting when paired with their matching scent. Eau D’Hadrien is a citrusy blast with notes of lemon, grapefruit, and cypress, while Oscar de la Renta’s fragrance has a topnote of jasmine, with hints of bergamot and hyacinth.
While I love the fragrances, there’s plenty to be said for the moisturizers on their own. While Eau d’Hadrien’s is thick and emulsified—more a luxurious butter than everyday moisturizer—Live in Love is a quick-absorbing lotion. After a day of wear, both products maintained their scent integrity—and that’s before I added a layer of the matching fragrance!
So I take it back, scented lotions. Much as I love a good coat of Eucerin after a bath, I’d rather use something with the added benefit of a pretty perfume. And when it comes to extending the life of my favorite fragrance, there’s no better way.
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