The day is wonderfully serene, helped by the fact that I am away from my computer, my cell phone and a massive pile of work that is supposed to evolve into a dissertation. The surface of the river is reflecting the sun shine, with the waves breaking up rays into small gilded pieces. I swim across the dark water to reach a big stone where I strech out, enjoying a contrast between the cold water and its warm rough surface. The river provides a respite from the heat that seems to be suffocating the city. The smell of the water is sweet, with the wind bringing the scent of tall pine trees near the beach. Even the sun seems to attain a smell as it hits the skin—soft, dry and ambery. If there is a reason to like summer, then it is for the perfect moments like these.
While heat and humidity never made summer very appealing for me, summer scents are among most memorable. They are the scents of the gardens in full bloom, of hot stones and summer drinks sipped slowly while sitting at a small café. The essence of summer is in the scent of cool watermelon eaten on the beach as well as in the scent of hot asphalt and dusty leaves. As for a perfect summer fragrance, certain perfumes work particularly well in the summer, either because they are transparent citruses that chill the skin or luscious flowers that blossom in the warm air. My list (in no particular order) encompassed both:
- Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien
- The Different Company Divine Bergamote
- Guerlain Eau Impériale
- Comptoir Sud Pacifique Tiaré
- Hermessence Poivre Samarcande
- Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier
- Parfums 06130 Yuzu Rouge
- Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Anisia Bella
- Chanel Cristalle Eau de Toilette
- Parfums de Nicolaï Juste Un Rêve
If you would like to see more Top 10 Summer Fragrance lists, check out An Alabaster Brow, Blogdorf Goodman, Bois de Jasmin, Brain Trapped in Girl’s Body, Koneko’s *Mostly* Beauty Diary, Life in Paris, Make a Mental Note, Now Smell This, Ombligo!, Seldom Nice Nowadays, Self-Styled Siren, She’ll Be Feverish After So Much Thinking, and This Bananafish Smells Like Leaves [no longer active].