For some reason, I'm easily irritated by the question, "What are your plans for the summer?" As my husband keeps reminding me, it's just a harmless conversation-opener, but somehow it never fails to set my teeth on edge — more so than ever this year, when my "plans" involve nothing more than unemployment and job-hunting. Maybe we'll do some day-trips, but it's hard for me to feel as though I'm on holiday when I don't know what comes next.
In that cheerful spirit (with apologies to Robin, who assigned this post to me without knowing my current frame of mind!), here is a list of ten fragrances I plan to wear regularly this summer, as I try to enjoy myself. I won't be shopping for perfume much over the coming months, so I'm relying on my current collection and stash of samples to raise my spirits.
I've worn Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau every summer for the past decade. I mentioned it in my 2009 Summer Fragrances list, and it's enshrined in my personal perfume Hall of Fame. I currently own the Eau de Parfum formulation, but I still love the Eau de Toilette as well.
CB I Hate Perfume At the Beach 1966 is another old favorite, and the summer version of a comfort scent for me. It matches my olfactory memories of childhood visits to Florida, complete with Coppertone, salt air and sun-warmed towels.
MCMC Maine includes notes of Bulgarian rose absolute, local clary sage, wild Somalian myrrh and French seaweed. It's a New England shore rather than a tropical one, with hints of driftwood and beach roses. I don't know why I still don't own a full bottle of this.
One more beachy fragrance: I cherish the decant of Reminiscence Rem that a friend gave to me. It has an oddly appealing "crunch" that reminds me of sand and sea grasses, with dry woods and patchouli underneath the breezier notes.
This is my favorite time of year to wear all-natural perfumes, and Aftelier Honey Blossom is a favorite. With its gentle notes of sun-warmed grass and mimosa, it smells like a wild meadow under a summer sky. Dreamy.
YOSH Sottile is another ideal warm-weather floral — a blend of tea rose, lily of the valley and leafy-green notes that stays crisp and delicate even when the heat makes me want to wilt. It's simple and understated, but in a beautiful way.
Aroma M Geisha Green has been a sleeper hit for me: I took a while to notice this one, but now I keep going back to my sample. It's a long-lasting, quirky-yet-wearable blend of absinthe, black currant, violet, mandarin, amber and tonka with a bohemian feel.
LUSH Euphoria, with natural extracts of clary sage, grapefruit, lime and neroli, is one of the lighter fragrances in the Gorilla Perfume collection, but that doesn't mean it's boring. It's wonderfully herbal, with subtle floral notes, and it feels calming yet reviving. It has a short life on skin, but that just gives me an excuse to reapply.
I recently received a sample vial of Tauer Perfumes Cologne du Maghreb. I wore it on a humid day, and its zesty citrus sillage seemed to cut right through the haze that surrounded me. It's a cologne, and it's fleeting, but it's so refreshing while it lasts.
All right, I'm sneaking my only recent purchase into this list: Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum was love at first sniff for me, and I still can't get enough of it. It's a coppery-sweet tropical floral that seems designed for summer nights. I may be spending most nights in my own backyard this summer, but at least I'll smell glamorous.
What fragrances, old or new, will you be wearing this summer? Feel free to share!