I've found the antidote to a hot August night, and it's Revlon Jean Naté. This is how it works: Go to the drugstore and find the bath supplies. Look on the bottom shelf for the bottles of Jean Naté After Bath Splash, and buy one. It's the tall plastic bottle with the round, black cap. "Jean Naté" is written up the side in black script. There's a good chance it will be on sale.
When you get it home, put the bottle of Jean Naté in the door of the refrigerator. That night before bed, when you're cursing your lack of air conditioning, and the pets are splayed over the floor like an ad for the boneless cat and dog farm, and your honey is staying on the other side of the bed because it's too darn hot, take a warm bath. It will cool you down right away. Then get out the Jean Naté, pour some in your palm, and splash it over your chest and upper arms. Now you'll be so cool you'll reach for your bathrobe. Plus, you'll smell great!
Jean Naté first came out in 1935 for the Jean Naté company, which was later bought by Revlon. Cruising the internet, I've seen lists of its notes including lavender, jasmine, rose, carnation, lily of the valley, cedar, tonka, musk, and sandalwood. What I smell, though, is a quick burst of plastic and alcohol followed by a delicious, fresh lemon verbena with lavender and faint vanilla. The scent stays close and burns off quickly. You could easily splash on Jean Naté after your morning shower, and by the time you've had coffee and read the daily posts at Now Smell This, you'd be able to get dressed and wear whatever perfume you want without worrying about it clashing.
I'm a convert to Jean Naté now, but I don't really consider it part of my perfume collection. Instead it's a household necessity, like a tot of whiskey in hot water to ward off a cold or sachets of dried lavender to tuck in coats while they wait in the hall closet for winter. Besides, I'm a sucker for classic design, and Jean Naté's cylindrical bottle, slightly wider at the top, is gorgeous.
Has anyone noticed that Jean Naté has changed much over the years? I'm new to Jean Naté — in fact, until I wrote this review I thought it was first released in the early 1970s — and I only have one bottle's experience with it. I'd love to hear the thoughts of longtime users.