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Monday, August 17, 2009

Fraîche & Easy

Last summer practically forced me to wear citrus scents. Ever since, my taste has been gradually becoming fresher and fresher. I learned to appreciate clean, fresh perfumes for three reasons: a) the noli me tangere quality, the icy, poker-faced feeling that they lend me; b) the cooling effect in the heat; and c) the easy, relaxing comfort that they provide. A good fresh scent to me is an olfactory equivalent of a good chillout tune. A no-brainer, calming sound/smell in the background. And if that seems like I am damning the genre with faint praise, I am not: being able to make to one's life easier without being obvious about it is a great quality in a perfume. Or indeed in a person.

This summer my fresh scent wardrobe (already including L'Eau de L'Hermine, Vanille Galante, Puredistance, Lotus Blossom & Water Lily, Eau de Fleur Magnolia and Cristalle) benefited from the discovery of the following:

Cristalle Eau Verte by Chanel. Sweeter, more floral, in no way a chypre and significantly softer and gentler than actual Cristalle, this is basically...a different scent entirely. Please, don't look in it for a variation on Cristalle that will still be recognisable as the classic favorite. Taken on its own merit, however, it is a lovely, harmonious, incredibly easy-to-wear citrus fragrance with a pretty magnolia note in the heart. The citruses in the top are slightly sugary, with a floral accent added by neroli; the heart enhances the floralcy with jasmine, honeysuckle and the aforementioned magnolia; and there is something dry and green in the base that lasts, discreetly, all day, long after the citrus sparkle is gone, and adds some of that hard, brisk Chanel-y edge to the overall very easy-going composition. Elegant, versatile, youthful...as much of a little white dress (a summer must-have) as the original Cristalle. Only, while the latter I imagine as a somewhat haughty shift dress, Eau Verte is, perhaps, more of an egalitarian and more flirty baby-doll. (Bergdorf Goodman, $105.00 for 3.4oz.)

Eau Divine by Divine offers the dry, spicy freshness that I love in summer. Anise, ginger and nutmeg add an interesting twist to what could have been a rather ordinary unisex blend. I also love the unexpected presence of violet in the heart. The slightly powdery solidity of the note adds body to the fairly transparent mix and a certain retro feel. It smells "French" and a little old-fashioned to me. It should come in a huge retro splash bottle (oh, wait, it does!) and a tome of Bonjour Tristesse, because the Sagan's France is where Eau Divine takes me. And that is one of my favorite places. (Divine.fr, 50€-145€)

Cote d'Amour by L'Artisan Parfumeur inhabits approximately the same territory, but very now. Celine Ellena's characteristically gauzy and modern composition is the smell of skin heated by the sun, salty from the sea, with a saline, weedy undertone that seems to stick to one after a day on the beach. In that respect, I find this quiet, chilled out scent quite sexy. With its spa-like, herbal ambiance, in reminds me a lot of L'Eau de Jatamansi, however, Côte d'Amour has much less of that "I am natural and choke-full of the ingredients that are good for you" feel that I resented in Jatamansi, although there is still some in the blend of immortelle, rosemary and pine...still, when I am in Côte d'Amour, I am not aware of wearing an ORGANIC blend, but of wearing a perfume. A very non-perfumey one, but still. (Luckyscent, $155.00 for 8.4oz)

Bigarade Concentree by Editions de Parfums. There are perfumes with an animalic undertone. Jean-Claude Ellena's citrus masterpiece smells...human. I can't describe it in any other way. Few citrus scents easily blend with the wearer's skin. They tend to sit on top, sparkling as if in a myriad of tiny unmeltable crystals. Bigarade Concentree melts into the skin. A friend with a very keen nose suspects that there might be some cumin, and I agree. Nothing humanizes a perfume like that warm, dirty spice. Put too much of it, and -voila!- the scent is animalic. Clearly, only a touch (might have) been added to the bitter orange overdose of Bigarade C. It also might be hay, with its strangely fleshy aroma. In any case, a unique take on citrus that I couldn't get enough of this summer. Men should be forced to wear this, as the perfume smells even more human on them. (Barneys, $85.00-$200.00)

Eau des Lagons by Comptoir sud Pacifique is another scent to be shared with a male. It is, perhaps, more unisex that any of the scents described here; read: it is rather masculine. Like Côte d'Amour, it manages to be evocative of the sea without smelling too obviously aquatic. Unlike the quietly languid Côte d'Amour, Eau des Lagons is brisk. I would even call it sharp, but in a good way. It is a wake up scent, a "I need to be alert at work" scent. A friendly sort of slap on a cheek that would prevent one from nodding off in the heat and the boredom. The beginning of the scent is momentarily fruity; immediately, the sweetness disappears, and it becomes all about rind, zest, sap, salt, driftwood and very white musk after that. I see Eau des Lagons as transparent white. Pure, almost sterile white...If you need a politically correct, but not boring office scent, this is the one. (Comptoirsudpacifique.us, $85.00 for 3.3oz)

What are your fresh perfume favorites? Do share. If you would like to be in a draw for samples of Eau Divine, Cote d'Amour and Eau des Lagons, please say so in your comment. The winner will be announced on Friday.

Image credits, Numero, Miles Aldrgidge.

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101 Comments:

Blogger Datura5750 said...

Lalique White and 4711, sometimes both at once, have been my hot weather friends.
I would love to try your choices!

12:44 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me it is O de Lancome, all Un Jardin sur le... by Hermes and Yvresse. Thanks for including me in the drawing! Alica (alica@cleis.net)

1:13 AM EDT  
Blogger popcarts said...

I can't in all honesty say that I have one. For quite awhile there I was wearing Bulgari The Vert, but I can no longer smell it and have moved on to more *obvious* scents, which is a deliberate choice, frankly. I enjoy the hell out of wearing dirty jolie laide florals and criminal tuberoses in the heat of August, and ta'if and attar on sultry nights in the city.

But Eau Divine with its old-fashioned French thing sounds like it might be my cup of iced tea, so I would love to be entered, please. Maybe there's hope for me yet!

1:18 AM EDT  
Blogger Klara said...

Right now I really like Chanel Cristalle Edt.
I have noted something about these fresh, summery scents: I do like them, however, I do not love them.
I use them to give me that much needed freshness in the summer, but I have not yet found a summer fragrance that I would crave. I guess I'll have to start looking for one.
Please enter me in the draw, thank you!
Klara

2:45 AM EDT  
Blogger Tama said...

I've been all about Comme des Garcons Vetiverru and Roger and Gallet Bois d'Orange. The first because it is a light summery citrussy vetiver, and the second because it is a nice dry citrus cologne. I have also been enjoying Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom - its so flirty! I am with you on the Malle - I recently got a sample and it is marvelous - you nailed it with it smelling human.

And yes, please enter me in the drawing!

3:12 AM EDT  
Blogger carmencanada said...

Like Popcarts, I don't do fresh much. Chanel's EDC is about it in my rotation.
I liked the Cristalle Eau Verte a lot less than you: it seemed distressingly acid and even a little oily in the top notes. The Divine is pretty nice, kind of like a more romantic Eau de Cartier.
No need to include me in the draw, though, I've sample all of these...

4:01 AM EDT  
Anonymous Patricia said...

O de Lancome, E.Arden's Green Tea, Body Shop's Aqua Lily and The Vert a la Menthe from L'Occitane. Thank you for including me in the draw. Patricia

5:10 AM EDT  
Blogger lutefisk said...

Right now I love Beth Terry Element of Surprise---emon, lime, jasmine, and white tea.
please enter me in your giveaway.
thanks!

6:47 AM EDT  
Anonymous Fernando said...

"Men should be forced to wear this"!

Well, I might, could I afford one more bottle of perfume right now...

This summer I've been going with things that smell fresh but are a little heavier, such as New York and Timbuktu. The lighter stuff seems to vanish on my skin. I'd be interested in testing some of the ones you mention, so enter me in the draw. Maybe one of these will be a bit more lasting.

9:02 AM EDT  
OpenID chasarumba said...

I'm still discovering scents for seasons, but I tried L'Artisan's L'Eau de L'Artisan this summer and adored it, am still lusting for a full bottle (and holding back...so far). I also love Ormonde Jayne's Frangipani, so gorgeous on warm days...though I've tried both the EDP and pure parfum and I swear, the stuff is so delicate and elusive on me that I keep telling myself I can't justify anything more than sample-sized purchases.

(I spend a lot of time talking myself out of purchases, as you might be able to tell, heh)

Please do enter me in the sample draw!

9:16 AM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

Am definitely not the Queen of Fresh, but I do have a few I reach for from time to time (mostly in the winter when I need to be reminded that warmth still exists in this world). My faves are Pantelleria's Dammuso, SMN's Eva, HS Stecca, M&B Green, Green, Green and Blu Med's Arancia. Love most of the ones you listed, but my fave (and maybe fresh fave of all time) is FM's BC.

9:31 AM EDT  
Anonymous Ross said...

Hi Marina, first time poster here and I'd just like to say I really enjoy reading your blog even though you're enabling me to feed my growing perfume obsession!
This post has come at a great time for me as I've been trying to find a good citrus/fresh scent for our upcoming summer and my current samples/decants/bottles are all in the incense-y and woody type categories.
Soooo, (hint hint) I would love to be entered in the draw please as the Divine and CSP in particular sound right up my alley.
Thanks again for a great read.
Ross.

9:48 AM EDT  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Hi, It's been a super busy, very hot Texas summer, and I've found myself uncharacteristically unable to worry about perfume choice. I find myself reaching for the very simple Marc Jacobs Lemon Splash. The name says it all. It is what it is, but it's never a wrong choice and my mind need not engage.

I love fresh scents, including the new Cristalle Verte. Please include me. Thank you!

9:55 AM EDT  
Anonymous PhinClio said...

I've never been too thrilled by the "fresh" options in my wardrobe. Right now they include Fath's Green Water (very nice, but not terrible exciting) and Hermes's Eau d'Orange Verte (lovely, but ridiculously fleeting).

I have other citrus frags that I love, but they don't really fall into this category: Terre d'Hermes, Eau Sauvage, Chanel PM. I'm also a huge fan of Eau d'Hermes, which is a variation on the traditional Eau de Cologne, but in an entirely different direction.

Please enter me in the draw!

10:14 AM EDT  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

Been sneaking some Terre d'Hermes for fun, but my fresh scents this summer -- which, because it has largely been cool, hasn't required much of the hot weather scents -- have been Eau de Patou and Balmain de Balmain. Must admit, have been known to enjoy O de Lancome and Jean Nate...

10:26 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I love these sort of poles! You lot really inspire me!

What I've been reaching for CSP Ecume de The, AL Moroccan Mint Tea, Ajne Fleur Blanche and Printemps, l'Artisan's Cote d'Amour (!), Saffron James Ume and L'ea, and intermittently, for lovely cheap thrills: Demeter's Gingerale.

I'm painfully jealous of your Puredistance!

Also, I must try that CSP you mention. It sounds divine

lovethescents

11:01 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how could I forget to request to be entered in the draw, please :-)

lovethescents

11:02 AM EDT  
Blogger Tara said...

I love M & B Green, Green, and Green. In fact I've wearing it today (a 90 + degree day in humid NYC!!). I also loved Cote d'Amour when I sampled it recently. I am trying very hard to resist buying that big bottle, but I don't know if I can hold out much longer!!

11:26 AM EDT  
Blogger Marko said...

I've given up "fresh and easy" this summer for "dirty and hard" (well....not THAT dirty or hard). Most of this hot, humidish So. Calif summer I've reached for FM Une Rose.....I love the scent's spicy, creamy development on warm, sticky skin - and surprisingly, most friends and colleagues comment on how "fresh" I smell when I wear Une Rose. I never would have labeled Une Rose as a "fresh" scent......I guess "fresh" is a subjective term??? Regardless of my rhetorical quandaries, I would love to be included in the drawing. Thanks!

11:29 AM EDT  
Blogger LuLu said...

YES I would like to be in the draw.
BARBARA

12:09 PM EDT  
Blogger ahsu said...

My go to's for a hot humid summer day are Miller et Bertaux Green and Rosine Un Zest. I also love Bigarade Concentree, but tend to wear that when it's sunny but not humid. I would love to be entered in the drawing for samples!

12:20 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a small vial of Sisley's Eau de Campagne, which is lovely, but fleeting. I may have to invest in a bottle just so I can spray it on! I also adore L'Artisan's L’eau de L’artisan
and Chanel LE EDC, but the latter is not long lasting, either.

Please enter me in the drawing!

Mavourneen

12:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Dixie said...

I've been enjoying Pampelmousse Rose this summer. My other go to summer fragrance is Mandarin Basilic, Passage D'Enfer, and Un jardin Sur le Nil.
Please include me in the draw!
Thanks!

12:58 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Datura5750,
I must finally try Lalique White!

1:12 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Alica,
All Un Jardins are perfect in summer.

1:12 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Popcarts,
"I enjoy the hell out of wearing dirty jolie laide florals and criminal tuberoses in the heat of August, and ta'if and attar on sultry nights in the city" as well! Always have, always will, hopefully!

1:13 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Klara,
I understand what you mean, I think. Maybe it is not that easy to love them, because, as Popcarts said above, they are not Obvious scents.

1:14 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Tama,
I will have to search for the R&G and Pacifica Malibu, they sound lovely.

1:15 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Denyse,
I am sorry it was acid. It is so surprisingly soft of me. Just an incredibly easy-going fragrance :-)

1:16 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Patricia,
Great, fresh list!

1:17 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Lutefisk,
another scent goes on my to-try list!

1:18 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Fernando,
You are already smelling wonderful in New York and Timbuktu, love them both. Men should be worn to wear them :-)

1:19 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

chasarumba,
Frangipani smells so fab when it is very hot...I think you need to cave :-)

1:19 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

L,
I am off to research Pantelleria's Dammuso

1:20 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Ross,
Welcome and thank you!
You are in the draw!

1:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Cynthia,
When it's hot, simple is the best! Lemon splash sounds like just the thing for right now.

1:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

PhinClio,
Great list of very classy and classic scents!

1:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

S,
Your comment suddenly filled me with nostalgia for O de Lancome. I need to find some. Has it changed much?

1:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

S,
So many new names! Ajne Fleur Blanche and Printemps! Saffron James Ume and L'ea! I've been living under the rock.

1:23 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Tara,
I need to re-try M & B Green, Green, and Green. It's the 2nd vote for it today!

1:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Marko,
"Fresh" is certainly subjective. But "dirty and hard" is always good. And Une Rose when it's hot- gorgeous!

1:25 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Lulu
You are in

1:25 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

ahsu,
Wow, the 3rd vote for green. And glad to see so many fans of BC.

1:25 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Mavourneen,
Oh, Eau de Campagne, haven't smelled it in such a while!

1:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Dixie,
Passage d'Enfer definitely has a cool quality that makes it so enjoyable when it's hot.

1:32 PM EDT  
Anonymous ScentRed said...

Please enter me in the draw. My fresh favorites are Eau de Cartier, AG Eau de Sud, and Calyx. If I had Bigarade Concentree it would certainly be at the top of the list. I've powered through two small samples in record time:-( I'd also be curious to try it sprayed vs. dabbed from a vial - I suspected I'd love it even more this way. Any thoughts?

1:44 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

ScentRed,
I've been spraying it, so I can't compare, I can only imagine that generously splashed or sprayed it would not so much smell but "feel" better than dabbed.

1:49 PM EDT  
Anonymous ScentRed said...

I think you've hit the nail on the head. I do like the refreshing feeling of a generous spray of something fresh on a hot day.

2:07 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

ScentRed,
Sometimes I am tempted to put my summer scents in a fridge :-)

2:11 PM EDT  
Anonymous ScentRed said...

Mmmmm. I like the sound of that.

2:17 PM EDT  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

Marina, I am sorry to say I can't offer an opinion on whether O de Lancome has changed much. I've read a couple of bloggers who think not...and my own came in a spanky clean new box, which suggests I only know a current (or very recent) iteration.

2:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Well, it's not like I really remember how it used to smell, just a vague recollection. But I am going to look for it next time I am in a store.

2:32 PM EDT  
Blogger Eleven European Mystics said...

Oh..Vanille Galante comes up from my skin as suspiciously similar to Jasmin de Nuit (there is a family liason there, in any case), but Cote d'Amour is versatile and full of depth for a summer creature. I used to love Eau d'Hadrien, but now I'm sad with it. I do love the (for me) traditional Orange Verte and Orange Verte Concentree by Hermes. I have a certain affinity with Puredistance and...I hope this won't offend anyone...with Neroli Sauvage by Creed. It works well after the harsh head note...when it melts down to a freshly sprayed forest. Count me in,for the Cote d'Amour

3:02 PM EDT  
Blogger Eleven European Mystics said...

Oh..and the Eau de Cartier.........so complex and seamless at one and the same time!

3:03 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Fabiana,
I am going to re-sniff Jasmin de Nuit looking for the hints of the beloved VG. And I also need to revisit Neroli Sauvage.

3:45 PM EDT  
Blogger ***Zeina*** said...

I love FM Carnal Flower and TF Velvet Gardenia in the heat of summer, but I reach most often for fresh. My faves of late summer are Marc Jacobs Fig, Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint, AG Neroli, AG Petite Cherie, Czech and Speake Neroli, and Stella. I would love to be in the draw.

4:09 PM EDT  
Anonymous Flora said...

Please do put me in the draw, I would love to try those!

I am loving on DSH Perfumes Pamplemousse - today, in fact. It is the essence of bursting-fresh juicy grapefruit, right down to the bitter rind, and nothing is more bracing when you need a wake-up scent.

I also love Max Mara original, with its thirst-quenching lemon and birch sap, and anything at all with lime in it.

4:23 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

***Zeina***,
I have a sample of the Cz & S, you inspire me to try it asap.

4:35 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Donna,
I adore grapefruits- to eat and to drink juice. The scent on my skin however- not good. :-(

4:36 PM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

Wearing MetB Green X3 for the second time in two (90 degree) days, so I'll add my voice to that evergrowing crowd. Also quite fond of Sel de Vetiver in this weather.

4:47 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

J!!
Definitely Sel de Vetiver. And have you tried something Sel by Heeley? Also salty in a very wearable manner.

4:51 PM EDT  
Blogger Diana said...

/For summer hotness I love: CB I Hate Perfume At the Beach 1966, L’Artisan L’Eau de Jatamansi, TDC Sublime Balkiss, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, and DSH The Vert. Thanks to you I have a few more scents to try while I enjoy my first So Cal summer.

I'll jump into the drawing as well...

4:58 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Diana,
I think that maybe I finally achieved the stage where I might love CB I Hate Perfume At the Beach 1966. Am going to find my sample.

5:03 PM EDT  
Blogger Natalie said...

The hotter it gets, the more I am loving Bigarade Concentree, and I agree that there must be something warm and spicy in there. You mentioned how good it smells on men, and I'll add that it smells absolutely divine on my 3-year-old son as well! He seems to bring out that subtle spiciness more than I do, and it's just stunning.

Oh, and I'd love to be entered in the drawing -- thank you!

6:19 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Natalie,
Aw, little perfumisto!

6:24 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been playing with Eau Illuminee (Parfums Delrae) and vintage Fidji edt (Guy Laroche) in summer-- that's the season I like least, however. Cooler weather and fuller scents are my preferences. But I would like to enter your drawing! Maybe I'll find that one of the sampled fragrances will reconcile me to summer weather.
-- Gretchen

7:01 PM EDT  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I am not much of a fresh perfume person myself, but I like Bel Respiro and Timbuktu - they seem very transparent to me. Vetiver often strikes me as fresh, so I'd throw Sycomore onto my fresh list, too. PLease enter me in the drawing, thanks!

8:16 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Gretchen,
vintage Fidji, oh, how lovely!

8:32 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Elizabeth,
I agree about many vetiver scents being fresh in their own unique, rooty-earthy-green manner. Great list!

8:33 PM EDT  
Anonymous Margot said...

Dior Escale a Portofino has become this year's go-to fragrance for steamy summer. It is so effervescent, a delicious, complex citrus scent. Nothing captivates me in quite the same way!

8:39 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Margot,
It is very lovely. I like it's Pondichery sister maybe even a little more.

8:41 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Marina,
Great piece! I would love to be included in the sample draw: haven't tried any of those. Citruses definitely work for me. Love Parfums 06130 Yuzo Rouge and Ginestet Sauvignonne (grapefruity, not winey to me). Also like DKNY Women, which seems grapefruity, but isn't. The tomato leaf gives it a nice crispness. I also like the softness of Matsushima M, with bergamot and other citrus. Jardin en Mediterranne works as well in heat because of its transparency. No vanillas or heavy florals in teh summer, but I'll take some soft, light woods, which work in warmth, e.g., Sequoia.
Laura M

8:53 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Laura,
I agree with you, soft, light, dry woods work so well in summer. As does light, dry incense.

8:56 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Dear!! I enjoy your blog so much and yes, I would love, love, love to be in the draw. Deborah in Texas

10:05 PM EDT  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I didn't think that I was a fan of fresh scents and then I found Vanille Galante and Le Labo Fleur d'Oranger 27 - well, I don't know if the Le Labo counts, but it smells summery to me. Depending on the heat and my mood (and it's been very hot this year), I've also been known to splash on some L'Occitane Bergamot Tea or CK One Summer.

I love the Cristalle Eau Verte and am stopping off at Neiman's later this week to finally pick it up - I don't know that I really need a 3.4 oz bottle, but I love it too much to pass up.

I'd love to be entered in the drawing -thanks!

Cynthia W

10:56 PM EDT  
Blogger stephaniem said...

It's extremely hot where I live, and I can only stand crisp, fresh, or green scents in this heat. One summer of 110 degree temperatures for days and days, I wore nothing but Jovan White Musk. Some other hot summer favorites are 4711, White Linen, Pleasures (one of the only florals I like in summer--really blooms in the heat), and Ralph Lauren Pure Turquoise.

Please include me in your drawing. Thanks!
stephaniem

11:10 PM EDT  
Blogger Madelyn E said...

Hi Marina,
Fresh in not my thing . But I will give it a try ... Annick Goutal - Eau de Sud, very refreshing , much more palatable than the ubiquitous Hadrien, Hermes Eau D'orange Verte , (EDc and body spray). Funny, the body shampoo version is so much muskier and hefty , ok , to continue: Un Jardin Dans Le Nil ,
Creed Spring Flowers, Creed -Imperiale Millesime, very fresh , unisex, Silver Mt Water - fresh and musky ,
9 like Musk), Tocca - Stella - fresh in a orangy -citrus -green way,Jo Malone- Amber and Lavender- great in the heat !Hmm what did I forget...oh yeaj=h Christalle edp - I don't really like it though, Also Caron has some of those Eaux.
Please enter me in the draw..
I am a chypre, oriental girl- fresh in not me --

12:01 AM EDT  
Blogger Eleven European Mystics said...

dear marina...Vanille Galante is so beautiful and surprising, yet there is a moment in the line of development when it surprises with an echo of (perhaps) ylang-ylang. I may be wrong. There is a similar note on the way towards the dry-down of Jasmin de Nuit...
As for the Neroli Sauvage...it is the light woods there that work in temperatures above 29 centigrade, more than the citrus. In my opinion Neroli Sauvage's best aspect is that it doesn't 'decompose' into strange strands of decay (sorry for the crudeness...) as so many lovelier scents do in certain temperatures.
Your posts oblige me to take detours from my daily routine, and I love it. Thanks

1:30 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good old 4711 for me, for years; but I would love to try your choices!
woodgirl

7:30 AM EDT  
Blogger Eleven European Mystics said...

I think we all forgot the simple version of Acqua di Parma...and has anyone mentioned Timbuktu by L'Artisan? L'Eau de L'Artisan? I agree with anyone who's in favour of Eau d'Hermes...and confess a summer faux pas that works for me: Fleurissimo! I sprayed it instead of something else, in a rush, and discovered that it develops beautifully.
Un parfum de Therese, because of its tropical excess can be a summer night charmer.

7:49 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Deborah
Thank you. You are in!

10:08 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Cynthia W,
I think FdO totally counts as fresh, especially this one.

10:09 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

stephaniem
White Linen is so good in the heat!

10:10 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Madelyn
For someone who admits to not liking fresh scents, you have a great list of fresh favorites :-)

10:11 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

woodgirl,
A classic!

10:11 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Fabiana,
I totally agree, Acqua di Parma is perfection in summer. Big florals like Fleurissimo, unexpectedly and maybe perversely and selfishly :-), work for me in the heat too.

10:13 AM EDT  
Blogger cornlily said...

For hot weather/public situations, Bigarade and Bigarade Concentree both are good; I strongly prefer Bigarade, which seems smoother, more subtle. Malle said he isn't satisfied with Concentree. I live in San Francisco, where a hot summer day is rare. When heat comes, I grab my big bottle of Laura Tonnato's Albi: it's bland and soapy in cool weather, but when the heat turns up, it blossoms -- the scent is truly different as I become warmer. Timbuktu I disike in winter, love in hot weather. L'Eau d'Hiver is a bit watery in winter, lovely for hot, public settings. More approachable or engaging summer scents are Tabac Blond, Bois et Farine, Cedre. When I'm alone or in a situation where scent won't bother others, I love lush, rich perfumes in heat --- Nicolai's Jasminade, even Carnal Flower -- or L'Air du Morocain!

Yes, enter in draw, please.

10:53 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Cornlily,
He said that? What a perfectionist! I hope he does not change a thing about BC though! :-)

11:32 AM EDT  
Blogger cornlily said...

Yup. Someone (at Barney's) asked his favorite -- I don't remember his answer. Then someone asked if there was any scent that wasn't as he'd expected, or some such delicate wording. I was surprised to hear him say that he wasn't satisfied with either of the Bigarades, and that the BC wasn't "right". I think I'm pretty close to his wording; I remembered it very accurately for a long time because I was so startled by his frankness in a small gathering. Malle has never seemed to worry much about giving the "profitable" or "correct" response. Look at his inconvenient move from Paris to NYC, presumably for political reasons.
Cornlily

12:19 PM EDT  
Anonymous dleep said...

In the heat and humidity here in the Northeast, I am enjoying Bourbon French Perfumes Marguerite, also Chanel Bel Respiro and Balmain Vent Vert. I also love to wear heavier perfumes in the heat as I love the way the scent blooms, such as Chanel Coromandel. I would love to be entered into the drawing. Thanks.

12:27 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Cornlily,
Fascinating, thank you for the info!

12:59 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina Geigert said...

Dleep,
I feel the same way about many "heavier" scents, they do bloom in the heat.

1:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous edwardian said...

Eau de Guerlain and Sisley Eau de Campagne for their herbal dryness, Annick Goutal Neroli and C&S Neroli for Gentleman because i love that particular note in the heat and, don't ask me why, but I just can't resist wearing some Eau d'Hermes in the summer.
I'd like to be in the draw, ciao.

1:23 PM EDT  
Blogger Gator Grad said...

It's been so hot lately in Florida that I've really been exploring the fresh/refreshing scents. PdN Eau d'ete is a great one and *blushes* I really like Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, which I hadn't worn in YEARS before yesterday but was craving a slightly sweet green tea scent.

I'm going to have to check out a TON of these. Cristalle Eau Verte is on my must-try list already, but there are several hear that I would love to try now. Please do enter me in the drawing.

2:18 PM EDT  
Anonymous anixterceleste@gmail.com said...

I am wearing Mimosa Pour Moi, and am grateful to be considered in the drawing.

1:53 AM EDT  
OpenID quinncreative said...

I live on the Sonoran desert floor, where, if we are lucky, it drops down to 93 degrees after a 116-degree day. So I am all about fresh. Jean Claude Elena's Eau de Campagne for Sisley does it for me. That dry, masculine edge is just right for women who don't want sweets. While we are on Elenas, I love Sel de Vetiver and Divine Balkiss, although they are better at night. And finally, completely contrary to the name, L'Eau D'Hiver is perfect in summer.
Please do enter me in the drawing!

1:58 AM EDT  
Anonymous Claudia0219 said...

For me currently they are Chanel Beige and DSH Cyan, as nice as i thought Lostmarch L’eau de l’Hermine smelled in the warm weather, on me it turned way to lemony smelling. Thank you for including me in this wonderful drawing.

11:55 PM EDT  
Anonymous Claudia0219 said...

Ohhhhhhh...there are 2 more i love Arba Wardat by Rasasi a gorgeous perfume oil, that unfolds its beauty on your skin when things heat up :) and i do love the Yosh U4EAhh! Great stuff in warm weather. Would love to try those samples.

12:04 AM EDT  
Blogger Anna said...

I love to wear fresh scents all year round- not just for the summer. My favorites change each year, but this time I favored Hermes Un Jardin Sur Le Nil (love the mango and greenery), AG Petite Cherie (innocent pear, so cute!)and Eclat Arpege for summer rains.
Please consider me for samples as well :)

11:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Theresa said...

Hmm...I love Un Jardin sur le Nil as a fresh, green thing. Have also been flirting with Byredo Green. Would love to be entered in the drawing! Thanks.

9:51 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hm,
my vintage bottle of Guerlain Super-Dry cologne and the new 4711 colognes. AG Eau du Sud. Timbuktu.
Please include me in the draw!
Thanks! Andrea

8:07 AM EDT  

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