4160Tuesdays What I Did On My Holidays ~ fragrance review

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If you love beachy fragrances, you’re spoiled for choice these days. If you want Coppertone, CB I Hate Perfume’s At The Beach 1966 has you covered. If your idea of sunscreen is a bit more sophisticated than that, there’s Parfums de Nicolaï Musc Monoï or Bond no. 9 Fire Island or Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess. If you want to smell more like flowers and less like sunscreen — maybe your ideal beach is ringed by the manicured gardens of a tropical resort? — there’s Guerlain’s Terracotta Le Parfum. If you want the beach and nothing but, there are too many aquatics to list, but I’m partial to Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s Aqua Motu. If you want the sunscreen plus the beach, there’s always (duh!) Bobbi Brown Beach. If you want the sunscreen plus the beach plus the treats from the boardwalk, try Bond no. 9 Coney Island, or my preference and the subject of today’s review, What I Did On My Holidays, from the UK indie brand 4160Tuesdays.

Luckyscent tells us that “What I Did On My Holidays takes aim squarely at the real smells of a boardwalk-laced English holiday area: the kind full of chip shops, clanging arcade rides, and blissfully happy families.” Turns out the boardwalk-laced holiday areas in the new world aren’t all that different from the old…

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Aroma Sanctum Mermaid & Beachscape ~ fragrance reviews

Aroma Sanctum Beachscape brand image

A few years ago, I reviewed a little bottle of perfume oil called Scarlett Letter that I’d bought at Aroma Sanctum in Salem, Massachusetts. I recently ordered more of this fragrance, since I still love it and it brings back happy memories. While I was at it, I also purchased sample vials of some other “House Blends,” including two beachy scents called Mermaid and Beachscape that sounded perfect for summer.

Mermaid is described as a “lively and fascinating ocean scent” with notes of tangerine, grapefruit, grass, hyacinth, tuberose, oakmoss, benzoin, patchouli and ambergris. It starts with a citrus accord that reminds me more of bergamot than tangerine or grapefruit, and there’s a soft, buttery tuberose note buried in its heart, but most of Mermaid is an airy-woody fragrance with a dry, breezy feeling…

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Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap and Hand Creme ~ fragranced body product review

Kalastyle Swedish Dream Sea Salt

Last week I reviewed Oriza L. Legrand’s Villa Lympia, a seashore-themed perfume with Belle Epoque-styled packaging. This week I’m continuing my summertime theme with Kalastyle’s Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap and Hand Creme, two body products featuring a “classic sea salt scent” and some very jaunty packaging of their own, with motifs of anchors and sailboats.

I’ve been using the Sea Salt Soap as a hand soap at the bathroom sink, but it would also be a fun treat in the shower and is even recommended as a shave soap. It’s a chunky circular bar that gives off generous creamy lather and an a cheer-inducing scent…

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Oriza L. Legrand Villa Lympia ~ fragrance review


Last month I reviewed La Parfumerie Moderne’s Années Folles, an evocation of hotel parties on the Riviera during the Roaring Twenties. This week, just as summer arrives in my part of the world, I backed up a few decades to the Belle Époque. Oriza L. Legrand’s Villa Lympia is a new fragrance evoking “an air of summer over the Riviera for the first swims of the season,” with “the freshness of a gentle breeze, with hints of sea foam and salt, wafting into the shelter of a beach cabin, mingling with scents of moistened wood and burning sand.”

I’m a little late to the Oriza L. Legrand party, but I’m smitten with the brand’s packaging and I like its concept of reviving fragrances from its archives. Oriza offers numerous nostalgic floral perfumes that I really need to try soon. However, Villa Lympia diverges from the brand’s usual path…

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Friday scent of the day 8/22

beach, Bali Indonesia

TGIF! Today’s community project: wear something beachy, or anything you think of as “a vacation in a bottle”. What did you pick?

As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you didn’t participate in the community project.

I’m wearing Kai over a very light layer of Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Whipped Body Creme. It’s a perfect antidote to the very crappy, not-beachy weather we’re having here today…

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