Thursday, August 18, 2005

Top ten summer scents

A sort of meme that I discovered from Lipstick is My Crack.

Top ten summer fragrances, in no real particular order:

Crabtree and Evelyn Rosewater Eau Fraiche
This is also a fragrance that I tend to put on in the winter when I'm dreaming of drinks in a garden and sitting out on the balconey watching a sunset. It's hard to find a rose scent that doesn't smell like Great Aunt Edna, so I'm really impressed with this one. I'm not always a fan of C&E, and I find that lately they've been doing a lot of weird things with the company policies (hand massages? Um... please don't touch me. I have nothing against you. Just don't touch me), but I'll risk it in order to get this stuff. It's gorgeous and delicate and ever so feminine.

L'Occitane Magnolia Eau de Val
I am a big fan of the Victorian-style single flower perfumes. I especially love L'Occitane's version of Magnolia because it's very fresh and modern without losing its history. It has an almost watery smell to it that just makes it perfect to mist on when it's a hot, dusty day in the city (which this city has definitely not been having on a regular basis this summer).

Fruits and Passion Lemon-Vanilla Eau de fruits
I am not normally a fan of fruity smelling perfumes. They bring me back to the days of junior high and satsuma bath gel and body oil (ah... satsuma. You have ruined so many scents for me). However, this one fades quite nicely to a sort of intriguing warm scent that is very sweet and tropical without being overpowering. It's a bit dishwashing liquid-y when you first put it on, but after five minutes it just becomes heavenly.

Patyka Hesperide
This is one of those scents that segues perfectly from summer into fall. In the summer, the lime notes really open up the fragrance and make it sparkle, in the fall the heavier base notes sort of take over. This scent reminds me of campfires on the beach and limeonade.

The Body Shop Pink Pepper Eau de Parfum
Once I graduated from high school I rarely if ever set foot into a Body Shop. I find that most of their scents have this weird waxy quality to them, where no matter what I put on, it always just smells like The Body Shop. However, a friend gave me a gift certificate there, and so I ended up going in and wandering around for awhile before finding the pink pepper. It's such a lovely, distinctive fragrance, and while it does have that weird Body Shop scent when you first put it on, it fades to a nice, bright sort of scent. It's very pretty and is oddly one of the few perfumes I wear that I constantly get complimented on.

Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin
This is a beautiful scent, there's no other way to describe it. The description mentions Carribean beaches, and that's exactly what it reminds me of. I wore this on the first vacation I ever took with my boyfriend (we went to Cuba) and it makes me think of sitting in La Bodeguita del Medio with a copy of The Old Man and the Sea in my purse. While I'm sure that he probably smelled like leather and sweat, this is a scent that makes me think of Ernest Hemingway every time I spritz it on.

Fresh Violet Moss
I am a sucker for anything with violet in it. I think it's such a gorgeous, delicate fragrance, and it seems to be one that's really fallen out of favour with a lot of companies lately. Which is why I'm completely addicted to the version by Fresh. For one, violet isn't used as a top note and it's really given a place to shine. This is a fresh, crisp fragrance. It's like a yellow cotton sundress in a bottle.

Demeter Pick-Me-Up Spray in Pomegranate
Demeter fragrances are all summery in their own way. They're very young, and fresh, and very, very distinctive. I'm fond of the pomegranate scent, although Gin & Tonic is another favourite as well. Although I'm aware that pomegranates are more a winter sort of fruit, I've latley become accustomed to the pom-tinis a friend makes, and the scent has become one of my favourites of the summer.

Bvlgari Omnia
I'll admit, the only reason I first picked this up was because I liked the bottle. But I sprayed it on, wandered around the store for a few moments, and then went back immediately with some sort of paranoid notion that they would be sold out already. Because it was THAT good. I don't know if this really counts as a summer fragrance. I've been wearing it this summer, but it's been raining and miserable all summer, so more likely this is a fall-winter fragrance, but if you happen to live in a miserable schizophrenic climate like I do, you could do worse than spritzing this on and then surruptitiously smelling your wrist all day.

The first cologne ever (and the origin of the word cologne) and the first cologne I ever bought in my post-Body Shop days. This fragrance is light and crisp with a sweet lingering scent of lemon drops and summer. This is probably one of the fragrances I wear the most, even though I have issues with fragrances I have to dab on rather than spray on. It's light, non-offensive, and when you're wearing it, you're wearing a piece of history. How many people can say that they wear the same cologne as Napoleon Bonaparte? People who wear 4711, that's who.


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