Favorite Perfumes For Hot and Humid Summers

Summer is a wonderful time to wear fragrance.  It’s the season to break out the cool, the sparkling, and the refreshing.  It’s the season to leave behind the warm, the dense, and the heavy.  Orientals that smelled sumptuous at Christmas smell overstuffed in summer, a lesson I learned when I sprayed a thick woodsy vanilla on my wrist in Manhattan one hot July day.  Hours later, I couldn’t remember what the scent was, but I remember how it smelled.  The vanilla note that was so beguiling in winter had turned sour and unattractive.  The woods smelled not of a curl of smoke but of a soggy, recently doused fire.

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I live in a place that I like to refer to as the “heat locker.”  It’s imperative that I have a library of scents that can carry me through six months of the year, most often in high humidity.  The scents I choose range from the effervescent to, paradoxically, the plush. It’s all in the nose (and skin) of the beholder!

It might seem counterintuitive to wear a thick jasmine like Nasomatto Nuda (or Serge Lutens A la Nuit) in the middle of the summer swelter, but this is the time of year when our jasmine blooms in profusion and scents the air with its honeyed, indolic nectar.  Nuda is that smell captured and bottled.  It isn’t possible to wander the streets of St. Augustine without becoming intoxicated with the thousands of blossoms—Nuda is like wearing your Florida vacation in a bottle.

L’Artisan Mandarine is a floral fragrance hiding under the zestiest, truest orange note you are likely to find in a perfume.  Unzip the skin, peel the pith, and find that Mandarine is a succulent jasmine fragrance layered on top of a lightly woodsy base.  This scent is great for layering.  An Olivia Giacobetti classic.

Sales staff at Saks Fifth Avenue in Orlando have shared the information that Bond No. 9 The Scent of Peace is the bestselling fragrance in the Bond line. Why? It’s hot in the Magic Kingdom!  The Scent of Peace opens with a deliciously tart and non-sulfuric grapefruit note that mingles with creamy lily of the valley on a light, woodsy base. Testament to its appeal, it has been on my summer list the longest.

Keiko Mecheri Peau de Peche is an under-the-radar gem that smells its best in warm weather.  Despite the name (Peach Skin), it’s a sandalwood scent with gentle, white-peach topnotes.  The wood is light and comfortable and the peach is subtle but ripe.

Osmanthus smells like a stone fruit with its hints of apricot, and in Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane the note shines in a crisp, linen-like floral/fruit composition that stays fresh throughout the day. A fragrance’s ability to retain its shape in the heat is important.  This one grew on me after I bought it in a springtime impulse purchase and started wearing it while hiking in 100-degree weather. Nuit de Cellophane is a light fragrance, not a powerhouse bouquet, despite its resemblance to big abstract white florals like Dior J’Adore.

Summer isn’t all about fruits and florals.  Escentric Molecules Escentric 01 is my choice for a summertime woodsy fragrance.  Escentric 01 is a barely there woods scent that floats in and out on the airwaves, not always being “heard” but always present.  The lime peel and pepper notes accent the softly woody aroma chemical Iso Super E, which smells something like good-grade sandalwood.   Escentric 01 has little in the way of development, but those twists and turns can turn a fragrance against you—or you against it—on a hot day. Enjoy this one for what it is, not for what it is not.

A beach scent to me is more about environment than it is about experience, so I bypass the Coppertone skin scents and head straight for the evocative Calypso Marine. Marine scents are an odd category. Perfumes like to approximate the smell of the ocean with black pepper or they slather on the white musk like so much sunscreen.  Calypso doesn’t go that route but instead envisions its ocean with plenty of marine, salt and driftwood.  And who would guess that raspberry and nutmeg were found at the ocean’s edge?  They’re there, adding sweet, skin-like nuances to this lovely summer scent.

Other good choices:  Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere, Ormonde Jayne Frangipani, Le Labo Fleurs d’Oranger 27, Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Bahiana.

What are your summer fragrance favorites and why do they work for you?  Feel free to say you wear Orientals in the summer or that your hot August nights are spent in a leather fragrance.  Ultimately, the quirkiness of skin chemistry probably plays the greatest role in selecting a summer scent library.

For other Top Summer Favorite lists, please see Grain de Musc and Now Smell This.

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65 Comments

  • moi: I summer, I tend to gravitate towards sparkling herbaceous or green florals with a bit of tenacity: Calandre, Eau de Givenchy, No. 19, Eau de Rochas, Aqua di Parma Iris Nobile, White Linen. But, I’ll tote some fleeting beauties around to re-spritz, too, usually Mandragore and Cristalle. I also think a few “heavy hitters” are done greater justice in the heat, at least on my skin: Youth Dew, DK Gold, EL Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, and vintage Ysatis. July 6, 2012 at 8:32am Reply

    • Suzanna: moi, I had overlooked (and really forgotten about) Eau de Givenchy! Must hunt some down.

      I agree that there are heavy hitters that really bloom in the heat–that’s why I mentioned Nuda. I’m going to try a couple of your choices, too, that I have on hand. Thanks for sharing them! July 6, 2012 at 9:12am Reply

    • Elisa: PCTG is wonderful in the heat! I also like the way heat brings out the magic in a couple of heavy-hitters, particularly L de Lolita Lempicka and NR for Her. I’ve also been wearing lighter, crisper florals like L’Ombre dans l’Eau and Par Amour Toujours. July 6, 2012 at 9:19am Reply

      • Suzanna: Elisa, I have a bottle of L upstairs and I keep meaning to bring it forward to where it will catch my eye and I will wear it–looks like tonight!

        After being so visible, NR has fallen a bit under the radar, it seems, but what a great scent for warmer weather. So glad you included it. July 6, 2012 at 9:31am Reply

  • Therese19: Love Caron’s Acaciosa on the hottest days. A few dabs of the perfume and it opens up like a great big white floral should. To me, Acaciosa is less dense in the summer and there is more space between the notes. Gorgeous stuff!

    Must pull out my samples of Nuda. July 6, 2012 at 8:45am Reply

    • Suzanna: Acaciosa is so sumptuous with that browned and buttery pineapple note, Therese. I imagine it is delectable in the summer (frantically hunts through stash for small parfum decant…) and especially sublime on warm nights. July 6, 2012 at 9:14am Reply

  • mals86: I love white florals in the heat – though to be honest, jasmine is not my favorite and something like A La Nuit would probably kill me dead. (Especially in Florida.) Favorite summery BWF: Vamp a NY. Something about that tuberose-coconut-rootbeer is just right in summer.

    Green florals, too: Jacomo Silences, Fleur de Matin and No. 19 feel like air conditioning.

    Fruity florals seem too silly for me in other weather, as well: the first Ines de la Fressange, AG Petite Cherie, PdR Rose d’ETe. July 6, 2012 at 9:14am Reply

    • mals86: (I mean, I wear fruity florals in summer only. I confused myself reading my own comment…) July 6, 2012 at 9:15am Reply

    • Suzanna: mals86, there’s so much jasmine around in Florida that when I wear it I feel I just blend into the environment.

      I never appreciated Rose d’Ete when wearing it in the winter. It truly does come alive with that apple and chamomile in the heat! July 6, 2012 at 9:47am Reply

    • Victoria: “Green florals, too: Jacomo Silences, Fleur de Matin and No. 19 feel like air conditioning.” I agree, Mals. When I smell the rooty iris and that crunchy green top of Silences (or No 19), I immediately feel refreshed. And I also like AG Eau de Camille for this same reason. July 7, 2012 at 3:36am Reply

  • Jillie: Thanks, Suzanna, for your hints. Like you and Moi, I rather revel in Cristalle, and Eau de Givenchy which I have rediscovered recently – and have developed a taste for layering it over Jo Malone’s Grapefruit which intensifies its own sparkling grapefruit notes (and I feel so fresh and cool wearing them).

    My dentist was wearing Escentric Molecules the other day! And I have to say it was very nice – soft and reassuring. I think all dentists should wear this …. July 6, 2012 at 10:25am Reply

    • Suzanna: Jillie, I like the sound of a dentist who wears Escentric Molecules! I’ve been considering a bottle of this. I had it a few years ago, used it up, and did not replace (Escentric 01).

      Grapefruit notes are lovely in the summer and your combo sounds fantastic! July 6, 2012 at 10:30am Reply

  • ewewhojane: Osmanthe Yunnan is the one I most gravitate to in summer, but I am also enjoying En Passant, Straight to Heaven, Tulipano and Tom Ford’s Lavender Palm. Must look into that Peau de Peche! July 6, 2012 at 10:31am Reply

    • Suzanna: ewewhojane, those are great choices! En Passant is a funny one for me. I have it and rarely wear it, and then when I do I fall madly in love with it, remind myself to wear it more often, and then ignore it again.

      I am curious about Tulipiano. It sits on a list of samples I have yet to order.

      Peau de Peche is a neat little sandalwood scent with gentle white-peach topnotes. The sandalwood is balanced between the “cake-ish” kind and the woodier one. It’s truly lovely. July 6, 2012 at 10:54am Reply

  • MB: I’m on Moi’s sparkling/herbacious – green/floral team. So out comes the Herba Fresca. A little obvious, but always refreshing in sweltering conditions. Prince Jardinier’s Labyrinth Libertin would go in that category. Sometimes I’ll whip out the Blenheim Bouquet for an icy blast. I’ll definitely seek out the Calypso to try. My favorite marine or oceanic scent is L’Eau d’ Issey even though my go-to marine is Aqua Motu, despite it’s metallic edge. At night I sometimes want to feel dry and porous so I love L’Artisans Timbuktu for that – sometimes just a dab of sandalwood oil on my temples before I go to bed. Thanks Suzanna! July 6, 2012 at 11:49am Reply

    • Suzanna: MB, sandalwood is so relaxing! Although not quite sandalwood in a pure state, try Tam Dao soap for a real treat. There’s nothing like it.

      CB I Hate Perfume At the Beach 1966 (perfume absolute or water perfume) is a lovely oceanic scent, too. He has the boardwalk concept down.

      Aqua Motu is perfect for summer! July 6, 2012 at 12:24pm Reply

  • Lucas: Well, I’m rather a wintery person, born in winter but I also enjoy summer. My favourite choices for the warm and humid weather are Prada Infusion d’Homme, Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee and some classy colognes like Dior Eau Sauvage.

    I’m just making a list of samples to order after the weekend and I already listed:
    1. Annick Goutal Duel
    2. Parfum d’Empire Azemour Les Orangers
    3. Amouage Interlude Men (just been added to my local n iche perfume boutique offer)

    Also thinking about getting a sample of Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio. Any other recommendations? July 6, 2012 at 12:22pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Lucas, where to start?

      F. Malle Cologne Bigarade; Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine; Profumum Acqua di Sale; L’Artisan Mure et Musc….and many, many more!

      Nuit Etoilee is rather nice in the heat, isn’t it? It’s a perfect light volume for days when too much scent is out of the question. July 6, 2012 at 1:44pm Reply

      • Lucas: Interesting suggestions Suzanna! I haven’t tried any of these, from Atelier Cologne I love Grand Neroli and Ambre Nue, Orange Sanguine seems to be the only one I don’t know from the line.

        Yes, Nuit Etoilee works perfect in the heat. Actually I was reviewing this fragrance today over at my blog. Feel free to check it out 🙂 July 6, 2012 at 2:38pm Reply

  • Nikki: These are my summer scents: O de Lancome, Spellbound (just a little bit), Une Fleur de Cassie, Jicky (perfect lavender/vanilla scent for anytime), L de Lempicka, Clarins Eau Dynamisante and Sun by Jil Sander. I can’t stand any jasmine perfume which is strange as I love the fresh flowers, but bottled just doesn’t work for me. I also like Ogranza by Givenchy in small doses for summer. July 6, 2012 at 12:23pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Nikki, yours is a wide-ranging and exciting list. I forgot about Sun, which is a sweet skin scent, very warm and enticing. Jicky is another that is quite warm and I think truly comes into its own (I have the PdT) on warm/hot skin–ah, the flush of civet! Cassie has that similar animalic quality that appears when the thermometer rises! July 6, 2012 at 12:27pm Reply

    • Rina: LOVE Eau Dynamisante! it’s the perfect summer deoderant, IMHO. They had a LE for summer a few years back that was great too… July 6, 2012 at 1:06pm Reply

      • Suzanna: I am going to the mall later and I think I will take a quick spritz of the Clarins! July 6, 2012 at 1:45pm Reply

        • Rina: Suzanna, what did you think of the Clarins? July 8, 2012 at 7:52pm Reply

          • Suzanna: Rina, I will confess that I went to the mall thinking I would grab a spritz of the Clarins and instead I sprayed myself with Cinnabar!

            Making a note to return, and will try the Clarins then.

            I am easily detoured. July 8, 2012 at 10:07pm Reply

    • Moi: I forgot all about O de Lancome! I wore it quite a bit in college and it was quite the zinger. And I need to seek out Jill Sander Sun. I hear it’s great. July 6, 2012 at 6:47pm Reply

      • Suzanna: Moi, Sun is pretty easy to wear, and last I bought it on European eBay, pretty easy on the wallet, too. I wore it a lot sitting out at the pool. It was engineered to be worn in the sun, after all. July 8, 2012 at 10:08pm Reply

  • Rina: I’ve found myself this summer jumping between TF Jasmin Rouge, EL Gardenia/Tuberose and BK Water Caligraphy and Love & Tears. Yes, I’m a Scent Psycho, I just can’t commit, LOL! Thankfully, SoCal isn’t hot yet, so I have more choices than most… July 6, 2012 at 1:03pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Rina, I just tried the Water Calligraphy and it was lovely (I wanted not to like it so much bec. of the price).

      I hope you stay cool (ish) in SoCal. July 6, 2012 at 1:46pm Reply

  • lari: caleche. good for me and totally elegant all year. i’m into spice/warm fall and winter but deadly by summer. caleche is lovely with some bite in the summer. also, in younger years calandre in the summer. July 6, 2012 at 2:01pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Lari, you are right, Caleche is elegant the whole year through; it’s a true classic. Calandre, too! July 6, 2012 at 2:05pm Reply

  • Domestic Goblin: Suzanna, in hot and humid weather, I prefer to wear:

    ~ Bvlgari Au The Vert
    ~ Violetta by Penhaligons
    ~ Nectarine Blossom and Honey by Jo Malone

    🙂 July 6, 2012 at 2:18pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Domestic Goblin, those are such pretty perfumes! They are just the right weight, too. Thanks for adding them to the growing list. Everyone’s suggestions are terrific. July 6, 2012 at 2:36pm Reply

    • mals86: Violetta is so pretty. July 6, 2012 at 4:07pm Reply

  • Suzy Q: Nuit de Tubereuse is my favorite summer perfume. The more humid it is, the more I like it. It’s the closest thing thing I’ve got to a “signature scent”, in the summer at least.

    I also wear Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli a lot.

    And this summer I’m enjoying–no, craving–my 5 ml decant of Azemour les Orangers. July 6, 2012 at 3:24pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Suzy Q., when I hear “craving,” it makes me want to get a sample of the suggested scent. I have a list I’ve made from everyone’s great suggestions.

      I love L’Artisan scents and I, too, think, that Nuit de Tubereuse is a fantastic one in the heat. I am still working on my bottle of regular old Tubereuse, the d/c one, which I love. July 6, 2012 at 4:07pm Reply

  • grain de musc: Paris has had so little summer this year it was a bit difficult making up a list, which is why I ended putting in all the favorite new, or newish scents I’ve fallen for recently.
    These days, the weather’s been damp (but not hot) which means that scents travel in the air like invisible clouds — you get big clumps of them drifting by. Linden trees are particularly overenthusiastic wafters, so that’s actually been the top fragrance of summer for me so far. July 6, 2012 at 5:01pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Denyse (graindemusc), I was intrigued by your list of scents because I have tried none of them and yet have admired something about them from afar–name, ad copy, the bottle, your prose. It is a neverending adventure, this perfume journey.

      I would love a clump of linden to sail by me right now. July 6, 2012 at 5:42pm Reply

  • Elena: NARS Body Glow II (the Monoi de Tahiti uncolored one with a tiare flower in it, not the bronze sparkly one) smells like pure summer. It’s got a really creamy, subtle coconut and tiare scent that whisks me off to a tropical beach whenever I smell it. Of course it’s not a perfume, so it’s not very complex, but I love it. I layer it with AA Mandarine Basilic, and it works absolutely beautifully. July 6, 2012 at 5:20pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Elena, what a fantastic suggestion! I can remember when the original Body Glow was impossible to find.

      Since you brought this one up, I will add that occasionally I wear Michael Kors Leg Shine (the roll-up that looks like a deodorant dispenser) as a solid perfume. July 6, 2012 at 5:43pm Reply

      • Victoria: Suzanna, does Leg Shine stay well on your skin? I love the idea, but I worry that it might stain or smear. Curious how it actually holds up in the heat. July 8, 2012 at 6:30pm Reply

  • Neferteria: I attended a funeral followed by a wake this afternoon and wore a sleeveless black linen sheath dress with lots of pearls. We are having heat advisories here. It somehow struck me that I needed to wear Chamade, which was wonderful with what I was wearing. Chamade seems to become part of my skin and seems to work whenever I wear it. July 6, 2012 at 5:39pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Neferteria, Chamade is a gem, and a nearly forgotten one. I’m glad you brought it up. I am now going to see if Victoria has reviewed it–I bet she has! July 6, 2012 at 5:44pm Reply

      • Neferteria: I only recently discovered Chamade, and it is quickly becoming my signature scent. Just love it and find that it is becoming my “go to” scent. Givenchy’s Le De used to occupy that place, but the reformulation is lacking for me. I have about a half an ounce of the vintage formulation parfum but wear it but drop by drop as it is so hard to come by. My next Guerlain to buy is Nahema, which I probably will wear evenings. July 6, 2012 at 8:53pm Reply

  • Elizabeth: In ten days I will be taking off for northeast Germany. Cooler weather for five whole weeks, aaahhh yes! New York City is the worst possible place to be in the summer and I can’t wait to get out of here. I am planning a basic perfume wardrobe to take with me. But which to choose? I’m definitely taking decants of Amouage Gold, Rive Gauche, Passage d’Enfer, and The pour un Ete. I’m tempted to bring Ambre Narguile for cooler evenings. And maybe Private Collection? July 6, 2012 at 7:43pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Elizabeth, I hope you have a wonderful visit to Germany, and I think your decant list is terrific. I definitely think you should add the Ambre Narguile! You know how it is–if you don’t bring it, it will be the first thing you want to reach for! July 7, 2012 at 9:52am Reply

  • Janine: On my sub tropical islands of Hawaii, heat, humidity, and “Summer” are year-round. On top of this, the air is always rich with the scents of nature, especially the ocean, the trees, greens, and flowers of the season. If you want to smell like the islands, it is difficult to find perfumes and lotions that well duplicate or well honor the scents of the real flowers they are named after. To date, the most “real” and enjoyable Summer tropical scent I have found, (and most complimented upon) is one that unexpectedly well duplicates the Pikake leis of Hawaii: Pikake/Jasmine lotion from a niche company called Island Herbal. For whatever the reason, this particular soliflore works very well, though the longevity is limited. Beyond this, I desire scents that behave in heat and humidity and compliment the richly scented environment around me. Killian’s Love and Tears seems to work well. When I want something optimistic, and cooling, I tend to reach for my diminishing supply of Dior’s Coloressence Energizing Fragrance, and then overspray with a light application of Kieko Mecheri Jasmine, or Creed’s Imperatrice Eugenie, or even a drop of TF Champaca, to make it more “tropical” and less focused upon lemon and mint. Lolita Lempicka L is exceptionally nice wafting on the Hawaiian breeze. More than once I have had people remark ” what is that flower – it smells so nice” when I am wearing L. I find No 5, or the very vintage Chanel 47 (my grandmothers signature scent), to be especially sublime blended with the scents of sub tropical nights. Of course too, no matter the weather, or where I am in the world, there are scents I wear simply because I love being enveloped in their scent veil. 31 Rue de Cambon, and vintage Diorella being my top two. When I smell something particularly wonderful on others, I do inquire. In the heat and humidity I have enjoyed: Flowerbomb (the smell of blooming plumeria trees nearby worked so well with this); Patou’s Joy, Hermes Sur le Toit (it works well with all the greenery around); Ellie Saab (smells beastly on me, fabulous on others); ELs Beautiful (surprisingly nice on my son’s girlfriend in the heat and humidity); Diorissimo (swoon); the floral flanker of J’Adore; Gianfranco Ferre for women (classic tropical and elegant on my best friend). I recently smelled Jasmin Noir on a man and it was swooningly perfect on him in the heat and humidity. July 6, 2012 at 11:25pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Janine, thanks for mentioning how personal fragrance complements the scented environment around you. When I smell the profuse jasmine in St. Augustine, I want to reach for one of my jasmine fragrances. Keiko Mecheri’s relatively (to Nuda) gossamer jasmine I can see would be ideal in a sticky, tropical place, and your other suggestions have me scribbling on my “to try” list. All except Ellie Saab, which likewise didn’t work for me. July 7, 2012 at 9:56am Reply

    • Janine: Note: Flying fingers typo on my grannys’ favorite perfume: Chanel 46. I do not know of any Chanel 47 (but perhaps there was one?). My grandfather returned from military service in Europe with several bottles of this, informing his wife this perfume was his favorite. I inherited one bottle, and have found others thru the years. July 8, 2012 at 4:56pm Reply

      • Victoria: Janine, your grandmother had quite a special perfume as her signature! Chanel No 46 had a very short run during the war and then it vanished. Lucky you to have inherited a bottle! Such a lovely memory of your grandmother and a great collectible too. July 8, 2012 at 6:28pm Reply

  • Cybele: My summer is
    Envy
    Outrageous
    Lime Basil Mandarin
    EL Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia
    Osmanthus DC and Osmanthe Yunnan
    Manoumalia
    Huile Prodigieuse
    and…newly Coromandel (enjoy it in humidity) July 7, 2012 at 1:25am Reply

    • Suzanna: Cybele, what a coincidence, I’ve been wearing Coromandel lately, too. I suppose it works so well because it’s light and very nuanced. It also always gets me compliments.

      Isn’t osmanthus a wonderful note in the heat? July 7, 2012 at 9:50am Reply

      • Cybele: I love the peachiness of osmanthus, must try Peau de Peche now. July 7, 2012 at 2:38pm Reply

        • Suzanna: Cybele, I think you would truly enjoy Peau de Peche, and let me know what you think! July 8, 2012 at 7:43am Reply

    • Janine: Cybele: I adore Coromandel! Thank you for saying it works well with humidity. I had feared otherwise, but shall now order up a sample and give it a try. July 8, 2012 at 5:02pm Reply

  • Emma: I don’t do the seasonal summer thing, I’m not an outdoorsy person, I don’t go to the beach, I’m a New Yorker who loves her cool dry air-conditioned house 😉
    I’ve been wearing Caleche vintage parfum lately, so beautiful, it’s a beast but I love it and no complaints from anyone because I’m not wearing some non-obtrusive PC frag.
    Can’t wait to put my hands on Serge Lutens new Santal Majuscule which has just been launched in France and his exclusive gardenia Une Voix Noire,, July 7, 2012 at 2:50am Reply

    • Suzanna: Emma, sometimes I question why I go outside in the heat when I could be comfortable inside!

      I want–to try at least–those two new Lutenses myself. July 7, 2012 at 9:49am Reply

  • Rowanhill: In addition to some of the beautiful fragrances already mentioned here, Goutal’s Songes is wonderfully tropical. I also very much enjoy the fragrance of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. Thank you for the mention of Caleche as a summer fragrance, I am going to try that out right away. July 7, 2012 at 5:32am Reply

    • Suzanna: Rowanhill, I agree that Songes is a beautiful tropical fragrance. It’s never worked for me–I seem to be one of the few–but I love it and it is an excellent choice. July 7, 2012 at 9:48am Reply

  • solanace: I live under a terribly hot and humid weather (great for the garden, since its the rainforest!), so I wear anything I want all year long, otherwise I’d barely have a couple of months for my beloved rich perfumes. Eau de Shalimar is my favorite “summer scent”, but I prefer the real deal – though not for work. BTW, its winter here now, and I’m crazy about SL Un Bois Vanille. July 7, 2012 at 6:33am Reply

    • Suzanna: solanace, I am also crazy about Un Bois Vanille in the winter. I don’t much like it in the summer, but the cold seems to display the depth of this frag so you get all of the delicious layers revealed.

      I wish Eau de Shalimar were not discontinued! July 7, 2012 at 9:46am Reply

  • Elizabeth: My summer favorites:

    Cefiro (Floris)
    Eau de Cologne (Chanel)
    Vetiver pour elle (Guerlain)
    Eau de Guerlain (Guerlain)
    Chanel no. 5 Eau Premiere (Chanel) August 11, 2012 at 8:13pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Elizabeth, I’ve never tried the Floris and will have to! I’m crazy about No. 5 EP and am glad you like it, too! August 11, 2012 at 8:59pm Reply

  • Domestic Goblin: I recently ordered a sample of Peau de Peche from Luckyscent and now wish I hadn’t. I love the smell and can’t afford a proper sized bottle. Plus, it’s not available in the UK, mainly the USA, so the customs/import tax would be a killer. August 15, 2012 at 4:49pm Reply

    • Suzanna: Oh, dear, Domestic Goblin–that’s terrible. It is a truly lovely perfume with its peach skin and sandalwood. Keep your eye open for eBay, though, or could you use one of the decanters? August 15, 2012 at 5:11pm Reply

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