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5 perfumes: spicy fragrances for summer


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…

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Bvlgari Omnia Indian Garnet ~ perfume review

Bvlgari Omnia Indian Garnet advert

Bvlgari goes right on making flankers to their original Omnia fragrance (2003), and I go right on trying them, even though we’re now at flanker #5 and I haven’t really liked one since flanker #1 (Omnia Crystalline, 2005). But I’d guess that #2 and #4 (Omnia Amethyste, 2007 and Omnia Coral, 2012) outsell the earlier ones, and Omnia itself is likely no longer in production.1 The latest is Omnia Indian Garnet, and like all the rest of the series, it was developed by perfumer Alberto Morillas. And no, I don’t like it either, so feel free to skip the rest and go on about your business.

I will say that Omnia Indian Garnet is a bit nicer than I expected, and like Omnia Coral, it does have more heft and personality than the earlier flankers, which didn’t stray far from fresh, clean and light…

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