I know, I have enough perfume for several lifetimes. But every summer, I try to find something light and refreshing - and fail. I'm well stocked in creamy, coconut/jasmine scents (Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum, Sweet Anthem Juliet, even body products like NUXE Huile Prodigieuse*), and I wear the beautiful Diptyque Eau Duelle year round, but I want something invigorating and cool.
Tricky, because I don't typically like marine aquatics (they make me nauseous), old-school citrus cologne spritzers, or fresh linen scents. What I'm looking for in my "summer easy breezy" is icy herbs - mint, basil, rosemary, or something of the like - that stay spritzy without being fizzy. But I'm willing to dabble in other combinations. Here are some I explored, and what I'm eyeing.
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia edp
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notes: mint, brown sugar, lemon, jasmine, peony, pink pepper, cedar wood, labdanum
Laura Mercier Tea Menthe Citron edt
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notes: green tea, cardamom, mint, cedarwood, lemon
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notes: citrus notes, bergamot, green tea, sambac jasmine, crisped rice)
L'Occitane Thé Vert & Bigarade edt
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notes: sparkling citrus notes, bitter orange, green tea
Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine
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notes: Blood Orange, Bitter Orange, Jasmine, Geranium, Amber Woods, Tonka Beans, Sandalwood.
Firebird Bath & Body Black Tea and Mint, perfume oil
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notes: mint leaves, iced black tea, sugar
Comme de Garçons Series 5 Sherbet: Peppermint edt
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notes: curly mint, peppermint, bay rose, white pepper, cardamom, amber, white musk
Right, now here's what I'm looking at.
L-R: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca, L'Artisan Fou d'Absinthe, Heeley Menthe Fraiche, Ayala Moriel Musk Malabi, Comme de Garçons Play: Green, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Anisia Bella.
The Heeley and Ayala Moriel are prohibitively expensive for a summer scent, and I suspect that even though I want to love a creamy, rice pudding custard perfume, Musk Malabi would probably make me nauseous. Heeley's Menthe Fraiche sounds perfect, but is reportedly fleeting.
Fou d'Absinthe will probably suck on me, since L'Artisan is hit or miss for me and I've had more misses, and Anisia Bella has been discontinued (though I'm contemplating a tester bottle on Beauty Encounter. Has anyone purchased there before?). Herba Fresca sounds refreshing, but the citrus makes me pause, and Guerlain prices for an edt I am not sure I'll love...I'm hedging. Finally, CdG Series Play: Green could be bright and green, but...vetiver. I eye you suspiciously, vetiver.
And I can never write a short, pithy perfume post. I apologize. If you have thoughts on any of the above, let me know. What are you wearing this summer?