For many of us, this is about the time of the year when we start to shuffle the contents of our perfume collection, moving the darker and heavier fragrances towards the back. It's not at all unusual for me to reach for a light citrus or beachy fragrance in winter as a form of denial, but it's sometimes harder to pull off the reverse, that is, to wear a spicy comfort scent in summer. Many of them are just too thick and rich and overwhelming to wear when it's hot, or worse, hot and humid. Here are five sheer spices to try in summer when you're missing your winter favorites.
Demeter Gingerale ~ a perfect rendition of gingerale, including the fizz, and just as refreshing as the real thing. It's too uncomplicated to say much more about it than that, but if you need more incentive to give it a try, hey, it's also dirt cheap. The perfect Demeter for winter, of course, is Egg Nog.
Comptoir Sud Pacifique L'Eau du Gouverneur ~ I described this one as "a sheer spice-fest (ever-so-vaguely along the lines of Lubin Idole without the rum and leather)". It's heavy on the nutmeg and allspice, but you'll also make out a nice jolt of clove, and it wears perfectly year-round.
Hermès Épice Marine ~ I admit I don't quite love Épice Marine, but I have found that I like it better in warm weather than cold, and it's certainly transparent enough to work in hot weather. If you like the idea of aquatics but you're not fond of heavy doses of calone, and if you don't mind a bit of cumin, do give it a shot.
L'Artisan Parfumeur Piment Brûlant ~ Hot pepper, cocoa, clove and vanilla don't sound like the makings of a summer fragrance, but Piment Brûlant is lighter and drier than you'd expect, and the raspberry, once it calms (the opening is admittedly a bit sweet), gives it a cheerful air. I can't keep track of what is discontinued and what isn't over at L'Artisan, but certainly you can still find bottles of Piment Brûlant online.
Bvlgari Omnia ~ the original Omnia is discontinued, but as of this writing, it can still be found online at reasonable prices. I was torn about including it here anyway — I probably wouldn't reach for it on the absolute hottest dog days of summer, but Omnia isn't a heavy scent by any means, and its blend of masala tea spices, sandalwood and a hint of chocolate might be the closest you can get to a comfort scent in mid-July without suffocating yourself (and anyone else nearby).
Have a favorite summer spice perfume? Do comment!
Note: top image is Gingerbread Spices via Wikimedia Commons.