Sun, Beach and Perfume. The Dos and Don'ts


Summer is already here and all we want is to make the most out of beautiful beaches, warm sand, gentle waves and glorious sunshine. As we enjoy the season's joys, it’s important to keep certain things in mind. In the carefree atmosphere, there is an important issue that needs our attention, and that is the application of perfume while we are at the beach or in direct sunlight. As we enjoy the warm summer days, it's essential to be aware of the potential dangers associated with fragrances in sun-soaked environments. In this article, we will discuss the dangers associated with perfume application to sun-exposed skin, and we'll provide important information on how you can enjoy your favourite summer scents without compromising the health of your skin. We'll also explain why it's best not to expose your perfumes to the sun while you're at the beach. Join us on this fragrant exploration as we unravel the secrets of perfumes in the summer season.


The Dangers of Applying Perfume in Sunlight:

While fragrance can be a delightful way to express ourselves and enhance our mood, it is very important to take some precautions when exposing the perfume to direct sunlight. Spraying perfume or aftershave on your chest and neck and heading out into the sun may cause unwanted consequences on your skin. The combination of fragrance ingredients and ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to skin sensitivity, irritation, and even changes in pigmentation. The powerful rays of sun can react with certain perfume components, potentially altering the scent's composition and diminishing its quality over time. Furthermore, some perfume ingredients, such as citrus oils, can increase the skin's photosensitivity, making it more prone to sunburn and damage. One of the most important effects of this combination, is the development of a skin condition known as Poikiloderma of Civatte. This condition presents as a pattern of skin discoloration on the neck and upper chest.


Experts are concerned about changes in the composition of the perfume:

In addition to the potential dangers of perfume application in sun-exposed areas, it is important to consider the effect of the sun on the composition of the perfume formula itself. Experts warn that extended exposure to the sun can have negative effects on our favourite scents. The sun's rays can alter the delicate balance of perfume ingredients, causing subtle changes in the composition of the perfume over time. This can lead to a less vibrant or distorted fragrance experience. Additionally, the combination of sunlight and certain perfume ingredients may increase the likelihood of skin irritation or sensitivity. 


How to protect your skin and perfume

With the aforementioned points in mind, protecting both our skin and the integrity of our fragrance becomes of utmost importance. To help you in this, we have curated a selection of effective measures to achieve this double protection.

Apply your fragrance strategically

Instead of spraying the perfume on areas that are directly exposed to the sun, such as your neck and chest, focus on areas such as your wrists, inner elbows, behind your knees or behind your ears. This way, you will enjoy the fragrance without risking skin sensitivity or pigmentation changes.

Use fragrance-free sunscreens

It is important that when you go to the beach or spend time in the sun, you protect your skin with a good sunscreen. We would recommend looking for unscented options to avoid potential interactions with your fragrance and minimize the risk of skin irritation.

Spray a part of your clothing

Another practical way to preserve both your skin and your fragrance is to spray a small amount of perfume on a part of your clothing. This allows you to enjoy your fragrance without direct contact with your skin, thus minimizing the risk of potential skin sensitivity or irritation. It is important, however, to spray on a small area of the fabric to ensure compatibility and avoid any stains or unwanted effects. Keeping the above in mind, it is of the utmost importance to know that sunlight and heat can break down a fragrance’s composition, which turns the juice faster, so resist the temptation to stow your favourite perfumes in your beach bag. Leave it stored somewhere dry and cool to make it last longer.


More information on how you should store your perfumes to make them last longer can be found in one of our previous articles.


How to choose my next beach perfume

When it comes to selecting the perfect perfume for a day at the beach, choosing a fragrance that harmonizes with the sun, sand, and sea is key. Here are some of our top recommendations, carefully curated to enhance your beach experience:


Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri EDT

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri EDT

The relaxing and bright fruity Unisex fragrance Arancia di Capri encapsulating the signature scents of orange, mandarin, and lemon of Capri, making it one of the best choices for sea side walks. 


Calvin Klein Eternity Air EDP

Calvin Klein Eternity Air EDP

Eternity Air is a modern and invigorating fragrance that embodies the airy and carefree atmosphere of the beach. Its blend of citrus notes, lavender, and amber creates a refreshing and crisp scent that mirrors the feeling of a cool ocean breeze. Eternity Air EDP is a perfect choice for those seeking a light and energizing fragrance to complement their beach adventures.


Davidoff Cool Water Woman EDT

Cool Water Woman

Cool Water Woman is a classic fragrance known for its aquatic and fresh character. Inspired by the ocean, it features notes of watermelon, pineapple, and lily of the valley, evoking the sensation of cool and invigorating seawater. This fragrance is an ideal companion for beachgoers who want to feel refreshed and revitalized.


Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Women EDT

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Women EDT

Light Blue Women is a popular fragrance that captures the spirit of the Mediterranean. With its blend of Sicilian lemon, apple, jasmine, and cedarwood, it evokes the image of a sunny day on a Mediterranean beach. The vibrant and sparkling character of Light Blue Women EDT perfectly complements the beach environment, adding a touch of sophistication and vivacity.


Versace Dylan Turquoise EDT

Versace Dylan Turquoise EDT

Dylan Turquoise is a vibrant and playful fragrance that transports you to a tropical paradise. With its blend of mandarin, guava, jasmine, and woods, it exudes a fresh and fruity aroma reminiscent of a beach getaway. Dylan Turquoise EDT adds a touch of exoticism and joy to your beach experience.


Davidoff Cool Water Wave EDT

Davidoff Cool Water Wave EDT

Cool Water Wave is a vibrant and energetic fragrance inspired by the exhilarating power of ocean waves. Its composition includes marine accords, grapefruit, and exotic fruits, creating a refreshing and invigorating scent experience. Cool Water Wave EDT perfectly complements the dynamic and active atmosphere of the beach, making it an ideal choice for adventure-seeking individuals.


Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Men EDT

Light Blue Men is a fresh and citrusy fragrance that captures the spirit of the Mediterranean coastline. With its blend of Sicilian mandarin, bergamot, and juniper, it exudes a crisp and invigorating aroma. Light Blue Men EDT adds a touch of sophistication and masculinity to your beach ensemble, reflecting the energetic and confident vibe of the seaside.


Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male EDT

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male EDT

Le Male is a bold and distinctive fragrance known for its unique blend of lavender, mint, and vanilla. It presents a captivating and sensual scent that leaves a lasting impression. Le Male EDT is a great choice for those who want to make a statement on the beach with its seductive and masculine allure.


These perfumes have been carefully selected by our team of experts, for their ability to enhance and complement the beach experience. Their refreshing, vibrant, and evocative compositions capture the essence of the seaside, allowing you to create lasting memories while enjoying the sun, sand, and waves.