Thursday, June 26, 2014

'Fumes: Summer Favorites

Florida summer heat and humidity can really make a perfume bloom. Unfortunately, I do not want to be strangled by ropes of sillage from an Audrey-esque type of bloom screaming "Feed me Seymore!" Here are some of my favorite 'fumes for summer:

Lush: Karma- The funny thing about this scent... I only like it in solid form. The spray is just too harsh and chemical smelling. In solid form it is a calming patchouli with beautiful sweet orange highlights. It keeps quiet until someone hugs me. That is when I hear how good it smells.

Acqua di Parma: Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri- Citrus and summer heat, like peas and carrots, baby. This lovely perfume is full of bergamot, oranges and lemons with a touch of cardamom and sweetness. It is refreshing and light. It compliments the salty tang of sweat, gross I know, but hey. Let's be real. We sweat in the summer and sour perfume is nasty. This is beautiful.

Atelier Cologne: Orange Sanguine- Another orange scent I am smitten with. This is more of the slightly bitter orange pith that is smoothed by some jasmine and tonka bean, underscored by sandalwood.

CB I Hate Perfume: At the Beach 1966- Want to wear the beach right on your skin? Smell the sunscreen, salt water, and bits of shell clinging to your arms? Try this. It is purely evocative of its name. Actually, it reminds me a great deal of The Bathing Garden's Beach Bum. This is my first water based perfume. Christopher Brosius, the man behind CB I Hate Perfume, prefers water based perfume as he feels alcohol alters the scent. It feels so good when sprayed on directly to the skin. It takes a few seconds to dry. His scents are quite unique; from libraries (book bindings and wooden shelves) to dandelions (bitter green with soil still clung to the roots) you can smell like the most interesting moments.

Serge Lutens: Fleurs d'oranger- I had to wear this a few times before I fell in love. But fall I did. Heady orange blossoms, jasmine and a touch of cumin make this a sexy date night scent. I pair it with Lush's Midnight massage bar and Flying Fox shower gel to create a cloud of jasmine that puts me in rapturous ecstasy. Jasmine is my weakness.

L'Artisan Parfumeur: Vanille Absolument- This is not a bakery sweet vanilla. Ozone and vanilla rum create a deserted beach scene with waves of heat coming off the sand, while you sit with Captain Jack Sparrow as he asks you again where all the bloody rum went.

Prada: Infusion D'Iris- I reviewed this previously and continue to enjoy it.

Sonoma Scent Studio: Sienna Musk- Sweet, sexy skin scent. A musk for musk lovers with a heavy dose of sandalwood.

Tocca: Colette- My best friend gifted me this scent for Christmas in a rollerball and I quickly drained it. Sephora has a great value deal of this scent and Cleopatra in 15 mL each for $18 at their "Impluse Buy NOW" section at check out with all the mini sample sized goodies. I succumbed quickly. I needed more Colette!My husband loves this on me. If I ask him to pick a scent, it is usually this one he selects. It is bright, spicy and warm. Bergamot, juniper, pink peppercorn with vanilla and cedar. There is enough sweetness to make it feminine and snuggly for him. There is enough woods and spice for me to enjoy.

Have you tried any of these? What types of scents do you like to wear in the summer? Are you a "signature scent" kind of person or do you like having a perfume wardrobe?


  1. Great list! There are many on here I want to try, but oooooooooooooooooh Atelier Cologne's Orange Sanguine... <3 <3

    As far as summer goes, I like to keep it light and floral, or orange/citrusy. I usually don't discriminate between the seasons for perfume, though, since I don't have that many "signature" scents. :)

    1. Isn't that one so nice? I think you might like the Acqua di Parma one too. It is along the same vein as Orange Sanguine. I I have already run through the Pacifica gardenia one you gave me. So nice! Did I tell you Savanna claimed the Lola one? She wears it to church or when she "dresses up." :-)