Top 10 Summer Fragrances 2014

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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!

For more summer top 10 lists, see Bois de Jasmin :: Grain de Musc :: Perfume Posse :: The Non-Blonde

 Note: top image is Tall Roses [cropped] by jasonbolonski at flickr; some rights reserved.

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  1. thegoddessrena says:

    Vintage White Shoulders cologne in the bas relief splash bottle is a summer staple. I like Sous Le Toit to cut through humidity, Innoui and Sana for their greenness and Honeysuckle Bird, Central Park West and now Terracotta Le Parfum for their seasonally appropriate lushness

    • Jessica says:

      Ooh, that vintage White Shoulders does sound nice. Old-fashioned everyday luxury!

  2. perthgirl says:

    Sorry to hear your summer is a little more stressful than you’d like, I hope the perfect job is out there waiting for you :) On the bright side, you can be relaxing at home making the most of summer reading etc..

    I like your list! It’s not same-same like many are and mentions some I’m not familiar with, so I’ve got some great sounding additions for my to-try list.

    • Jessica says:

      Well, that’s true — I have big plans for reading in the yard and in the local park! or in the New York Public Library’s main branch when the weather turns truly hot (as long as the reading room re-opens soon).

  3. Lucy says:

    I’ve been having a difficult time with any sweetness lately. The MCMC Maine sounds lovely. I will be using a lot of my Eau de Marveilles and Aveda Purefume sprays this summer.

    Sorry to hear of your unemployment. It sucks and is damaging to the self esteem, yet nearly everyone has been there. People understand more than you might expect. For me, it was meeting new people that sent me into a downward spiral. The first question anyone asks is “What do you do?” They all meant well and were just making polite, if not mundane, conversation. Sadly, we live in a society where people are (mostly) defined by what they do for a living. I hope you either find something soon or find the ability to relax and enjoy the time off. Good luck!

    • Jessica says:

      That reminds me — I have a frequent-customer coupon for a free trial-size bottle of Purefume. Maybe I’ll redeem it tonight on the way home!

      Thanks for the sympathetic good wishes. :)

      • Lucy says:

        Free perfume is always a pick-me-up!

    • Coumarin says:

      I was reading a cookbook about French food by Dorie Greenspan, an American expat, and she wrote that the French don’t ask about occupation. I seem to remember the question more asked is, “Where are you from?”

      • Lucy says:

        That is interesting, both in that it is different way to get to know someone and a more desirable topic of conversation for me.

    • hajusuuri says:

      Lucy! I have several of the Aveda Purefume bottles from maybe 4-5 years ago. Is yours fairly new? I’m asking because mine are true forgotten friends – I have not thought about them in ages and I am too lazy to dig them out to see if they have turned.

      • Lucy says:

        I think my oldest is about three and a half years old. It has changed, but it’s not bad. It used to be that top, middle, and base notes came out together upon application and then the top and middle eventually faded a bit. Now, the top ones are weaker to begin with. It has evolved more than turned, but is still wearable. I usually get a coupon or two each year for a freebie so I try to use them up by spraying my sheets with them too.

  4. pigoletto says:

    I only have a small collection – after owning everything under the sun I’m very happy with my less than 10 bottle collection year round, but I am thrilled I managed to grab the last bottle of Prada Oeillet from an etailer. I had owned it before, got rid of it, and had regretted so much I searched high and low for a couple years – everyone was sold out, then I stumbled on a bottle online a few days ago, held my breath that it was actually in stock, and got the ship notice today! So hot or cold this summer, I am going to smell divine!

  5. happy888cat says:

    This post actually reflected what I was thinking this morning!
    I am wearing Shalimar Parfum Initial (Forgotten Friend Friday scent) and asking out to the bank this morning, I thought “this is actually quite uplifting and rather fresh and light despite the warmth of early summer”. So I guess I will be wearing this for a while.
    I know I am definitely getting Herme’s Marine Epice. I have been waiting for summer since last year to have an excuse to buy it. :P

    • Jessica says:

      I still need to smell Marine Epice! It sounds great.

      I forgot about today’s theme, and I’m wearing… L’Ombre dans L’Eau. lol. Well, I do rediscover it every summer, I suppose!

  6. nozknoz says:

    Jessica, I, too, always hate questions like that. There are many three-day weekends here in the DC area, so it’s a frequent kind of question. I’ve usually been too busy to plan anything, or I have boring plans to clean out my closets, exercise, etc., so it’s a bit embarrassing. I should invent a set of stock answers, I guess.

    If/when you need a thousand or so references, please let us know and we’ll all be happy to write about how fantastic you are!

    Diptyque L’Ombre dans l’Eau is one of my summer favorites, too, as is Olene. In this area, one needs perfumes that can stand up to both heat+humidity and Arctic AC, and these have the spine for that. I also wear Guerlain Vetiver for a blast of AC. For late summer, when the heat and humidity begin to abate and one starts to sense summer’s inevitable end, I love AG Eau du Sud with its touch of herbs.

    Those are my longstanding favs. Last year, I discovered that L’AP Vanille Absolument worked well, and that my ambivalence toward Prada Infusion d’Iris disappeared on a really hot, humid day. Normally, I quickly get bored with it, but that empty cloud chill effect is perfect for a day on which anything else is irritating.

    • Jessica says:

      I really shouldn’t be grumpy — it’s an end-of-contract situation that happened to coincide with a hiring freeze, so I wasn’t laid-off or (heaven forbid) fired, and I did see it coming. But still — ugh.

      Even when I’m working, the question bothers me, and I don’t know why. I guess I don’t understand why a summer schedule would be vastly different from a fall/winter/spring schedule, once you graduate from college (or grad school)! No summer vacation, per se. ;)

      • 50_Roses says:

        I get asked that a lot too, and I assume it is because so many people do take their vacations in the summer. For people with school-age children, it is almost mandatory. We don’t have children, so we usually prefer to go on vacation in the spring or (especially) fall. The weather is better, most places are less crowded, and prices are often lower. On the whole, September is probably our favorite month to go on vacation. For beach goers, it is worth keeping in mind that the water is warmest in September in the northern hemisphere.

        • Jessica says:

          We’ve done a few spring/fall vacations, too — and I agree with all that! or maybe I’m supposed to be saying, oh yes, we’ll be spending weekends in the Hamptons. That response does come up a lot in NYC. ;)

  7. Naz says:

    I totally sympathize with your frustration. Job-hunting is nothing if not soul-crushing :/ Wishing you the best!

    I’m so sad about Terracotta! I FINALLY got to try it recently, but it was sold out. I went to 4 different department stores, and then finally Bloomingdale’s said they could order it for me. Well, I got an order, but it wasn’t mine (it was some tacky iPhone case that was supposed to be delivered the next state over) and apparently they didn’t even have any to begin with when they placed my order. It was love at first sniff for me, too. One day!

    I’ve been rocking all my citrusy scents, though. Prada Candy L’eau, Hermès Un Jardin Sur le Nil, Atelier Orange Sanguine, Atelier Cedrat Enivrant, and Tocca Liliana. I also discovered an old bottle of Bath & Body Works Mango Mandarin while cleaning the other day. It’s a simple, fun (if fleeting) pick-me-up.

    • perthgirl says:

      I read that there’s a chance it might make it into the permanent collection, due to popular demand. Fingers crossed!

      • Marjorie Rose says:

        I feel like I’ve been hearing a lot about Terracotta this week, and I’ve already missed my chance to try it?! Ah well. I hope you are right that it is likely to return, as it sounds worth a sniff!

        • Jessica says:

          I really hope it will return, too! I feel guilty for having raved about just before it sold out everywhere…

        • Naz says:

          I gotta tell ya Marjorie Rose, it’s great stuff. Those beachy vanillas, to me, are nice enough but for the most part not particularly exciting. It’s very rare that I fall in love and decide to splurge on a bottle after testing it once. I hope you get a chance to try it!

          Perthgirl, I hope you’re right! That would be great.

          • Marjorie Rose says:

            Oh sure, rub my nose in it! ;)

      • floragal says:

        Yes, I heard this too!

    • Jessica says:

      Atelier has a few great hot-weather colognes! I like the Cedar one. I’m a big fan of Orange Sanguine and Grand Neroli and Trefle Pur, too…

      • Naz says:

        For some reason, I haven’t gotten around to trying Grand Neroli or Trefle Pur. I looked them up, though, and they do sound wonderful :O

  8. scentfromabove says:

    Hi Jessica. I truly believe that when one door closes, another will open. So, hang in there because something fantastic is in the works for you!
    I also enjoyed your list. I haven’t heard of some of these you mentioned, so it will be fun to learn about some new fragrances.
    I recently purchased Orange Sanguine by Atelier and I absolutely adore it. Even when I have something else on, I find myself spritzing myself with it. It has become addictive so I am glad that I got a big bottle. So, this is obviously my new summer fragrance.

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you, SfA! Everyone’s encouragement *does* perk me up a bit! and a spritz of Orange Sanguine would probably help, too! :)

  9. Marjorie Rose says:

    Jessica, I want to say that I really appreciate your honesty and willingness to share an unpleasant feeling and experience! I think it can be terribly alienating to feel like you’re in a rough patch, especially if we feel socially obligated to be cheerful and upbeat! You will certainly be doing a service to many people who are right there with you! And it can be *so tough* to be having a hard time during good weather! I hope you have lots of community to give you support and (free) company!

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you so much, MR! As I mentioned above, I got caught in the bad timing of having a contract expire just as a hiring freeze was put in place — so it’s nothing personal, but still an uncomfortable situation. I’m glad to have my NST writing and my own blogging to occupy my and lift my mood! — and I’m trying to pull a few short-term freelance things into place.

      I feel lucky to be part of this community, no matter what my employment status or my mood may be! :)

  10. HemlockSillage says:

    I keep looking for the thumbs up button, because I would second Marjorie Rose’s comment. I wish you the best in your job hunt, and may you find many surprising joys along the way.

    I’ll be a grinch and admit that summer is my least favorite season. My area is hot and sticky and NOT the place to visit in the 3 months to come. I appreciate summer lists of fragrances to explore. My list veers toward the citrus end of the spectrum, with a few BWF–Grand Neroli, Orange Sanguine (let’s be honest, all the Atelier Colognes save the Vanille and Ambre), SMN’s Eva, Eau d’Hermes, any of Hermes’ Jardins, Carnal Flower, Nuit de Tubereuse. . . oh and a huge sprayer of 4811 in my fridge to hose myself down when needed. That last was a perfumista inspired switch from Jean Nate, but I think I may need Jean Nate, too! It’s gonna be hot :D Be well.

    • scentfromabove says:

      I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only one who loathes summer. I live in Texas and it is always so miserably hot and humid! Was scared to say that since I know that summer is the season that most people favor. I am loving OS, so I will have to check out the rest of the Atelier line. The Vanille seemed appealing to me.

    • Jessica says:

      Hooray for the Ateliers! I’m glad a couple of you have mentioned them. I agree that the Vanille and the Ambre (and maybe the Rose Anonyme) are too heavy for summer, but the rest are ideal. Oh, I like Mistral Patchouli too.

    • 50_Roses says:

      I’m in Texas, and I hate summer weather. Endless weeks of 90+ days, sticky humidity, hordes of mosquitoes. I much prefer spring and fall, and I really like our winters. It can get gloomy in the winter when it is overcast and drizzly for days on end, but even that is better than our blazing hot summers. We just replaced our entire HVAC system last year, so I hope we don’t have any trouble with it this year.

  11. Janice says:

    There are several on your list that I haven’t tried, or even heard of, so I’m making notes to try to track some of them down. Rem and Maine both sound wonderful.

    I sympathize with your situation (and your annoyance with the “summer” question too!) and I hope you can carve out some relaxing moments in the midst of the uncertainty.

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you, Janice!

      You know, I’m not a “beachy” person in real life — at least, I’m not a sun person, nor a bathing suit person — but I love sea-air fragrances!

  12. raymond says:

    For me, Ormande Man is the perfect summer fragrance. I don’t usually go for citrusy, but this stuff is just terrific.

    • Jessica says:

      Ormonde has a few feminine scent that would work well in summer, come to think of it…

  13. Elizabeth says:

    I hate that question about summer plans as well. And as a non-teacher in a family filled with teachers (I’m still kicking myself for not following in their footsteps), it just adds insult to injury.

    But anyway… most-worn perfumes this summer so far are filled with roses! My husband loves rose, so I have been going through my rose collection: Annick Goutal Rose Absolue, Lush Imogen Rose, Diptyque Eau Rose, and Maria Candida Gentile Cinabre. I like spraying on Lush’s Eau Roma toner water (lavender + rose) as a pick-me-up throughout the day.

    • Jessica says:

      Diptyque Eau Rose is a nice light-and-bright rose for warmer weather! and I’m so glad you’re wearing your Cinabre. ;)

  14. Vanie says:

    I bought Eau des Merveilles last Christmas and really liked it, but I am now discovering how great it is, with more details, in warmer weather.

    • Jessica says:

      Oh, now I’m imagining this one in warmer weather… interesting. It doesn’t quite “work” for me, but I do admire it!

      And I love the Eau Claire version. :)

      • Vanie says:

        I only tried the Eau Claire version once, on a blotter. I should try it on my skin now that it’s summer. Thanks for reminding me about it.

    • applebite says:

      This is nice to hear – I was hoping to wear it to the beach next week when it will be almost 40C with humidity :)

      • Vanie says:

        The image I get when I wear it is of drying off in the sun, after a picnic on the beach where a bit of a fizzy orange drink was spilt on salty, warm skin. :)

  15. Dilana says:

    I’m with your husband Usually, when people ask what you do, or what your plans are for summer, they are usually just trying to start a conversation. Why not tell folks you are a perfume specialist. (or featured blogger), which is true.
    In the meantime, good luck on hunting up that next paying assignment or contract.

    • Jessica says:

      I don’t know why I get so prickly over this question — it’s irrational of me! Robin was very clever to choose that thorny rose image. ;)

      Thanks for the good wishes. I’ll definitely smell good while I’m hunting!

      • Dilana says:

        In some places, they ask who you are related to, or what neighborhood you come from, which always seem to be asking about class or money. I’d rather talk about what someone does (and if they define that by their hobby, volunteer position, or part time studies, even better since the conversation can then turn to their interest).
        And boy, if either a perfume lover or if someone who does not think of perfume at all, can’t find any interesting question to someone who writes about perfume, well that is one hopeless conversationalist.
        And I don’t say that just because I am interested in perfumes, I’d be curious about anyone who is sufficiently passionate about any topic to blog about it.

        • Jessica says:

          I think people should talk about perfume more often, in general. But I’m preaching to the choir! ;)

  16. 50_Roses says:

    I think this is the first time I have seen anyone else mention YOSH Sottile here. I consider it to be an underappreciated perfume. It really is a wonderful rose, and one of the few perfumes that lasts more than 4 hours on my perfume eating skin. I typically get a good 12+ hours out of it, making it the only non-vintage I have ever had last that long.

    • Jessica says:

      This one really is a “forgotten friend” for me — I fell for it at Barneys ages ago and have hoarded a few samples of it over the years. And it does last very well for a light floral. I admire Yosh for maintaining her original collection and releasing new fragrances only once in a while, when she’s ready.

  17. Absolute Scentualist says:

    Best of luck on your job hunt, Jessica. Summer is my least favorite season as well. and anything stressful that happens at the same time does seem to make the days drag and the season just plain harder to get through. I’m counting down the days until September!

    What I’ve been wearing:

    Guerlain Terracotta le Parfum, which is probably one of the best blind buys in which I’ve ever invested. I wear it at least twice a week which says a lot considering my collection.
    AG Les Nuits d’Hadrien edp
    Several Ateliers though mostly Rose Anonyme, Oolang Infini, Vanille Incensee and Orange Sanguin (love their Voyage collection and the 7ml spray sizes)
    Susanne Lang Vanilla Champagne and following on the heels of that
    YSL Yvresse/Champagne
    Which ever Harajuku Lover I happen to grab off the shelf ;)
    Angel edt
    Prada Candy
    Bottega Veneta (I still have to get my gourmands/orientals in somehow)
    A few from Tokyomilk
    Montale Intense Tiare with a cautious hand
    Ormonde Jayne Tiare

    Also, there is this wonderful tropical bath and body company called Pure Fiji and they make the best body scrub hands down. I’ve used them for several years now and not only do they make my skin baby soft for hours, but they smell amazing. Their Coconut Milk & Honey is beautiful, as is their Pineapple, Mango and Starfruit. They also have fragrances like Orange Blossom and Frangipani though I haven’t tried those yet.

    But in general, the scents are soft enough that they won’t overwhelm your perfume though present enough you could certainly skip additional fragrance if you want. The other products in the range I’ve tried (shower gel, body lotion and butter, shampoo) are lovely, too. They’re pricy but it isn’t hard to find them on sale if you shop around or look on auction sites. I use them all year but they feel especially nice during summers here in sticky, humid and hot Michigan and are a relaxing way to wind down before bedtime on hot summer nights.

    • hajusuuri says:

      We could be scent twins as I have 75% of the perfumes you mentioned in my collection.

      • Absolute Scentualist says:

        Hello, good smelling scent twin! *amazing smelling hugs* I’ve got a couple indi perfumes to add and since we like a lot of the same scents, maybe they’d be instant loves for you, too, and both work well in the summer though the notes might suggest otherwise.

        First, Ligniappe Oaks/Bourbon French Mon Amour. I’ve only tried the extrait, but it’s a wonderful ambery musk with a dollop of black cherry swirling about in there. It reminds me slightly of Candy in a way though there isn’t a lot of caramel in there. There’s almost something a bit 80’s in it to me, or at least how my big sister used to smell before going out to dances and how I wish I could have smelled though my mom usually put her foot down for my age. lol

        Second, if you love patchouli like I do, Ava Luxe Sweet Patchouli is wonderful and a much less expensive and far more sheer alternative to my other favorite snuggly sweet patchouli monster, Montale Patchouli Leaves.

        Unfortunately I just used the last of my Mon Amour (a masochistic friend of ours insists we suffer through the last season of True Blood so I sacrificed it for the premiere) but plan on scoring more, but if you’d like samples of any of these, feel free to drop me an email. mds4pak at sbcglobal dot net

        Also, if you haven’t tried it, do give Pure Fiji a try. Particularly the sugar rub. It’s a bit expensive but the jar is *huge*, one scoop will cover you in the shower and the jars last forever! It is sugary soft tropical paradise for exotic fruit/bwf fragrance addicts like me.

        Happy weekend, everyone!

        • hajusuuri says:

          Thanks for the recommendations. I have never tried the Ava Luxe line and the others sound intriguing too! Will email you shortly!

    • Jessica says:

      I’m definitely looking into that body product line! thank you!

      I love your list. Tiare, as a note, has really grown on me over time.

    • kindcrow says:

      I like Pure Fiji’s pineapple body oil, and I look forward to trying their other products :-)

  18. foxbins says:

    Hi, Jessica!

    I sympathize with the out-of-contract blues–I worked for the state government as a contract employee after I retired. I found out I would not be renewed when they didn’t send me a new contract at the start of the fiscal year. No one ever called, wrote, or said “Thanks, but we won’t be needing you any longer.” I thought that was very odd.

    My summer inclination this year is coconut or tiare–last year it was citrus. I am wearing Creed Virgin Island Water this afternoon.

    • Jessica says:

      Ugh, so sorry about your contract blues, too. But yay for Virgin Island Water! — one of the few Creeds I do like wearing.

  19. hajusuuri says:

    Jessica, I’m with whomever mentioned “when one door closes, another one opens.” Unless you are very uncomfortable mentioning it, telling someone whom you think may have connections in the right or close field may in fact enable networking opportunities.

    I hate summer for its heat and humidity in the NY/NJ area.

    Summer perfumes – the Atelier Colognes are perfect (or at least most of them are), Seville a l’Aube will get a lot of wear as will many of my Hermes (several of the Merveilles, Un Jardin Sur le Toit, Kelly Caleche). I have yet to try Epice Marine and must rectify that shortly.

    • Jessica says:

      I forgot all about Seville a l’Aube! I still have some of my decant somewhere. Thanks for the reminder! That will be lovely on warm days. :)

      And the Hermes “Jardin” series are all perfect for summer.

  20. izzie07 says:


    Best of luck in the job search. I read one of the post about the person saying her and husband do not have kids. Well, I work in a school fulltime my husband and i do not have kids. But people find it amazing that we cannot just take a trip over the summer. Hmmmmm, that being said.

    Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance, Versace Absolu, Endless Euphoria (love the cherry blossom – not like the cherry blossom at BBW- not as strong).

    Everyone have a great day!!!

    • Jessica says:

      I completely sympathize — we don’t have kids, but that’s not the only reason for traveling/not traveling, or course!

      Thanks for the good wishes, and enjoy your summer scents! So pretty!

  21. izzie07 says:


    Best of luck in the job search. I read one of the post about the person saying her and husband do not have kids. Well, I work in a school fulltime my husband and i do not have kids. But people find it amazing that we cannot just take a trip over the summer. Hmmmmm, that being said.

    Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance, Versace Absolu, Endless Euphoria (love the cherry blossom – not like the cherry blossom at BBW- not as strong).

    Everyone have a great day!!!

  22. poodle says:

    I hate that question too. I’m sure you’ll be back in the workforce in no time.
    I haven’t picked my summer scents yet. Honestly I wear the same stuff year round but I tend to lean more towards the big white florals this time of year.

  23. yukiej says:

    I must say, MCMC Maine sounds amazing! I have not tried anything from MCMC yet, but I am quite tempted now.

    Best of luck with job hunting! I know how hard it can be to relax and enjoy life during the process (when so little seems certain). I hope you find something in the near future. Meanwhile, you smell amazing :)

    • Jessica says:

      MCMC is hit or miss for me, but I keep coming back to Maine. I like Kept, too… and I think Hunter is interesting, if not “me.”

      I appreciate the good wishes! thank you. :)

  24. Parley says:

    Good luck on the job search! I’m in the same position, though my current employer is of the “we might find another position for you in autumn, but we might also not” variety which is very stressful. Let’s stay strong through this ordeal and I’m sure it’ll be over soon!
    May-August is the only time of year I do not secretly desire I lived elsewhere, solely because of the weather. My corner of Sweden is wet and dark most of the time, but summer is beautiful. I like to wear brisk perfumes like Dune and guerlain Vetiver, but I also long for big tuberose scents I don’t yet have in my collection. Maybe when I get another job I’ll get Fracas…

    • Jessica says:

      Oh, I’ve been through that type of job situation too… it can be so frustrating. We will stay strong together!

      I visited Sweden once, in June, and I loved it. I guess I was there at an especially good time! :)

  25. Merlin says:

    Be proud for NOT being one of the swarm, scuttling away on a mass exodus at the prescribed season ;-)

  26. rebieFR says:

    Sorry about the end of your contract. I was working for a niche brand in Paris at Bon Marché and the sales manager there didn’t like me at all, so my employer was asked to fire me… And on top on that, my husband was dying of cancer. I now live in Brittany, away from the Madness of a big city…

    In the summer, I stay true to my white flowers perfumes, especially the ones with gardenia and tuberose. I mainly wear Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, my very favorite I must say, and I alternate with Kai, I love the Kai range. I also sometimes wear Carnal Flower, Tubéreuse Criminelle or Beyond love but mainly the Lauder one. As a teenager, I couldn’t leave White Linen.

    Being French though, I have always been in love with Estée Lauder fragrances. I think they are doing a great job at reformulating. They represent 50% of my top ten list!

    • Jessica says:

      Rebie, I’m sorry about that job situation, and very sorry about your husband. I’m glad that your lifestyle is a little more peaceful now.

      Lauder has some real classics! I’m a longtime Youth Dew fan. I like their Amber Ylang one, too. And White Linen is still perfect for summer.

  27. rebieFR says:

    Thank you Jessica.
    Youth Dew and its Amber Nude version are among my very favorites for the winter. I also have PCAYY and Sensuous Noir. They are great.

  28. right there with you on the unemployment/job-hunting agenda. Sending you empathy and very good luck.

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you, MissE. It’s good to remember that I’m not alone! Wishing us both luck…

  29. RavynG says:

    I am looking for perfumes/scents that reflect basically single-note florals… I want lilac, honeysuckle, muguet du bois (lily-of-the-valley) and especially plumeria/frangipani. they don’t have to be single-note florals as long as they smell like they are. any ideas? (even essential oils would work if I could find these scents.)

    • Jessica says:

      Hi, RavynG — one line that might interest you is Leilani Bishop’s collection of perfume oils. She actually does a lilac soliflore and a plumeria soliflore. ;)

    • SunnyDay says:

      Have you tried Montale fragrances? They have a good selection of florals for a reasonable price – at least for niche. I like Intense Tiare and Jasmin Full.

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