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Friday, July 10, 2009

Top 10 Summer Perfumes and a Prize Draw

"A something in a summer’s noon —A depth — an Azure — a perfume —Transcending ecstasy..." To celebrate the season, everybody at PST named one perfume they've been enjoying the most lately; below, is our collective Top 10 of Summer; please share with us your favorites!

Paestum Rose by Eau d’Italie. After several weeks of ninety-percent humidity and temps above 100 degrees, my summer struggle is less about what perfume to wear than how to stay awake. Lately, I’m reaching past the usual suspects to Paestum Rose. This resinous, dark-hearted beauty is one of my favorite fall scents, but right now the pepper braces me up and the sweet myrrh, dark rose, and dry woods make me feel like I’m walking in the cool of a pine forest under an occasional magical shower of velvet red petals. Somebody send me a full bottle, please.

Soir de Lune by Sisley. Is it the honey or the jasmine or the chili pepper that makes it so compelling? Perhaps a little bit of moon magic? Who knows, but I cannot hug anyone that I meet without them burying their face in my neck and sighing over “that amazing fragrance....God what is that?” Definitely a desired effect...absolute bombshell in a bottle and I adore it!

L'Air du Desert Marocain by Andy Tauer- the more I wear this the more I love it; it's good in any sort of weather but it really comes into its own in the intense heat of summer. The combination of incense, spices, cedar, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli and vetiver conspires to create pure magic on the skin, evoking fantasies of faraway places and dreams of desert passion.

L'Eau de l'Artisan by L'Artisan Parfumeur. According to the website, L'Eau de L'Artisan adds to the traditional notes of citruses, herbs and tree moss a fresh twist of marine accord and hay. On me, this starts out as the most wonderful, sunny, lemon verbena. After a short while, it morphs into a delicious violet leaf that reminds me of my great grandmother (not a bad thing). This is a very light and fresh scent that is perfect for the heat.

Champagne de Bois by Sonoma Scent Studio. I find its dry aldehydic sparkle both comforting and refreshing. To my nose, it perfectly represents the scent of orange peels, both green and dried, without a trace of the sweetness that would come from a twist of ripe orange. Supported by soft whispers of clove and sandalwood, and even softer hints of labdanum and vetiver, this works for me for every summertime activity: a sunrise walk on the beach, a hike in the hills, a late-evening dinner party, or a midnight movie.

Amra by Agarscents Bazaar. Amra's herbaceous note of basil, combined with fresh grapefruit, dry orris, white musk as gentle as a summer breeze and the saline scent of ambergris make it a refreshingly cool "Arabian oil" to offset the suffocating humidity of Manhattan summers.

L'Eau de L'Hermine by Lostmarc'h became my unexpected summer favorite. The gently candied blend of lavender and citrus, at once fresh and sweet, strangely comforting in its soft, child-like cleanness is all I want to wear these days. It goes so well with the sun, the sand, the ocean...the carefree joy, and the I-will-think-about-it-when-Autumn-comes mood of summer.

Saks Boca Raton by Bond No. 9 was a thoughtful gift from my family, and I believe it was limited to a few hundred bottles, all sold at Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton, Florida. The notes are lily of the valley, blackcurrant, gardenia, freesia, amber, cedar, cardamom, and musk. This is a light, sweet, floral gourmand, with a daintily spicy drydown, and it's been truly perfect for hot summer days in Florida. If anyone influential from Bond No. 9 is reading this, please put this charming perfume in your regular lineup!

Yatagan by Caron is the perfect summer fragrance because I go away from it for a while and then return; like it were seasonal and the scent wears well in the heat of the day and the heat of the night.

Une Rose Chyprée by Andy Tauer: velvety roses and geranium lifted by spice and citrus. A souffle of edible flowers that has that rich Tauerade drydown but is perfect for a summer day.

If you would like to participate in a prize draw for a 1.7oz bottle of L'Eau de L'Artisan, say so in your comment. The winner will be announced when we return from our vacation. Enjoy your summer, everybody!

And don't forget to check out other Top 10s of Summer at:

Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc, Now Smell This and Perfume Posse.



Blogger Andigirl said...

Tiempe Passate has such an understated beauty to it. It works for me for all occasions, all seasons. The sun warms it on my skin to a floral beauty, the winter chill brings out it's woody depths. Never before have I been so deeply attracted and affected by a scent for so long. I must also appreciate that it does not work for many people.

Please enter me in the drawing for the L'Artisan bottle.

12:30 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like light citrusy chypres with hint of bitter aroma in summer. Maybe L'Eau de L'Artisan would be a good idea. Thank you for entering me in the drawing. Alica

12:32 AM EDT  
Blogger popcarts said...

Manoumaila and Turtle Vetiver, both by LesNez, Amouage Homage Attar, vintage Shalimar, and my old standby hot weather faves, Tubereuese Criminelle and Carnal Flower, PdN's Le Temps du Fete & Odalisque, Divine, Quartz & Missoni by Missoni. I know, I know, I should have probably something light and airy in the mix, but I never seem to reach for them somehow. Perhaps L'Eau de L'Art will be The One, so please enter me in the drawing :)

12:59 AM EDT  
Blogger jms said...

I love L'Ete En Douce in the summer, it's so sweet and soft and lightweight. I would love to be entered into the draw for L'Eau de L'Artisan. Thank you.

1:15 AM EDT  
Blogger Datura5750 said...

Sycomore for me, please enter me in the draw!

2:17 AM EDT  
Blogger Tama said...

I've been enjoying CdG Vettiveru, No. 5 Eau Premiere, and Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom.

Nice to see a couple of Tauers on the list!

I'd love to be in the draw - thanks!

2:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi! I'd love to participate in a prize draw.

BTW, my recent summer favorite is Champaca by Ormonde Jayne.

2:53 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Excess. The ancient and coarse feel of San Fermin feasts in Pamplona, the stillness of fields scorched under a punishing sun, and the respite of a sip of elderflower under a heavy oak, or the bite of lemon and mint slush, or the beauty of swimming obliviously under a turquoise wave. To balance that excess, citrus rules - Orange Verte by Hermes, Eau d'Hadrien (outdated, in a way, but still a marvel), but then also the reverberation of fig as in Phylos., and the woody crispness of Cristalle de Chanel, and the ardent pulse of Noix de Tubereuse by Miller Harris, or, gracefully clad in golden light, the skin meeting bath oil and body lotion of Tolu by Ormonde Jayne. But I also think L'Eau de l'Artisan is soft and civilized, and Eau d'Hermes is a nod to perfectly ironed cotton that is not totally unsexy.

3:09 AM EDT  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

Hm, I guess my summer perfumes are not sooo summery : LeLabo's Poivre (London special), Oud and Figue. But I haappily alternate them with Goutals Hadrian, L'Eau de l'Artisan and with quite a few ones from J.Malone's (Grapefruit, Basil & Mandarine, Nectarin Blossom).
Have a nice holiday !

3:13 AM EDT  
Blogger Karrie* said...

I would love to participate in your prize draw for a 1.7oz bottle of L'Eau de L'Artisan.

4:06 AM EDT  
Anonymous patricia said...

I would like to take part in the draw. Thank you and have a nice day!

4:22 AM EDT  
Blogger lutefisk said...

I never heard of the Saks Boca Raton, but it sounds lovely.
Please enter me, thank you.

6:41 AM EDT  
Anonymous Chris G said...

Dior's Eau Fraiche (the one from the 50s)is perfect for summer. Please enter me in the draw. Thanks!!

6:50 AM EDT  
Blogger thescentmuse said...

Goutal's Mandragore is my favorite summer scent--followed by Ormonde Jayne Champaca.
I would love to be included in the drawing for the L'Artisan. Thanks.

7:04 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just planning a decant order and this list is full of wonderful possibilities -- thanks! And yes, please do enter me in the drawing.

7:43 AM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

Andigirl -- I love Tiempe Passate! I can't wear it in the summer, because it me, and intimate, and yes, "affecting" is a great word for it. Nice to see it get a little love.

7:52 AM EDT  
Blogger saralevy said...

Terrific list! Typical summer weather still hasn't arrived so my usual hot-weather scents aren't getting spritzed too frequently. I would like to enter the drawing. Thanks!

8:31 AM EDT  
Blogger Ines said...

Pplease, enter me in the draw. And the fragrance I reach for most these days (while it's still raining and cold, where is the summer?) is Bronze goddess - it enbodies the smell of perfect summer at the beach and I so long for that.

8:44 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the top 10....I love lists. I've been wearing a lot of CSP Ecume de The, AL's Moroccan Mint Tea, l'Artisan Fleur de liane, and Reminscence Do Re.

Please enter me in the draw for l'Artisan!

Thank you so much,

9:08 AM EDT  
Anonymous london said...

I always pass by the L'Eau de l'Artisan for some reason so I'd love to be in the draw, thank you. My Summer staples are Iris Nobile, Eau des Merveilles, Eau de Guerlain and The pour un Ete (and about 30 others but they're the ones I have worn most recently).

9:40 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone! I love L'eau de L'Artisan! Please include me in the draw. My summer favorites for right now are Guerlain Vetiver and Un Jardin Sur le Nil. :)

9:54 AM EDT  
Blogger vischka said...

I've only just recently delved into the world of perfume, but I'm totally obsessed (pouring over perfume blogs for hours every evening out on my patio)! For the summer I have a small collection of L'Artisan's Ananas Fizz, Les Nez Turtle Vetiver and Moroccan Mint Tea by Ava Luxe. I hope I'm not too late to enter the draw!

9:56 AM EDT  
Blogger ScentScelf said...

This summer has yet to fully emerge...we've a long and drawn out labor here in the middle's hot and muggy, it's cool and I've been enjoying the ability to pull out the old guns for multiple kinds of weathers and learn how they work beyond their usual boundaries.

Usual suspects include Mandragore, Eau Imperiale, Jean this summer is Matin d'Orage...newly appreciated in summer are DK Gold and a few leather scents... But, I must confess, I have a prized summer delight that I love for hot and cooler weather: Eau de Patou. (Runs and takes cover, because yes, it is discontinued.)

Would love to be in the L'Artisan Eau draw...thanks!

10:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Kathryn said...

The refreshing, light scents of Olivia Giacobetti are the way I would like summer to smell: L'Ete en Douce, The pour Ete, Bonte's Bloom. I'd love to be entered in the draw for her L'Eau de L'Artisan. Thanks!

10:03 AM EDT  
Blogger krnszn said...

Well, it's hardly been summer here in Maine...rainy and cold for the past weeks!!! I've snuck in a few summer fragrances during that time, though also dipped into my winter stash (actually wore a WOOL SWEATER one of those days - crazy).

So, I'm anxiously looking forward to seriously breaking out the summer favorites. Currently, they are:
- Bobbi Brown Beach
- Juicy Couture (a fav all year round - especially in summer)
- Le'a by Saffron James
- L'Artisan's Premier Figuier
- PdN's Eau Turquoise
- Cologne a la Francaise
- Rive Gauche

I also suspect a couple of scents I have coming in the mail may qualify - Eau Noire and Kenzo's L'Eau Par Kenzo Pour Femme.

What did I just spritz on this morning? Dzing! Strange choice, but who wants to follow rules???

Would love to be included in the draw! Thanks Marina et al for this offer and for such a wonderful blog. Have a great vacation!

10:14 AM EDT  
Blogger krnszn said...

Ooops! Meant Eau de Rochas, not Eau Noire (though I'd love to try this, too)! :-)

10:24 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite summer scent so far is Jo Malone sweet lime and cedar. I'd love to be entered in the drawing. L'eau... was a favorite spring scent.

10:25 AM EDT  
Blogger Dixie said...

I would love to be entered into the prize draw for th L'Eau de L'Artisan.

Alyssa, Beth, and Donna- Thank you for naming three of my favorite fragrances and giving me "official permission" (LOL) to wear them in summer! I thought they were more "winter" fragrances (I'm so happy to be wrong) but am delighted that you consider them warm weather fragrances. Living in South Florida I thought I would be tormenting those around me with my love of ambers and patchoulis in the dense heat. But no more!!!!

11:23 AM EDT  
Anonymous Nina Z. said...

So far I'm just collecting samples and "training my nose," but on a foggy Northern California morning like this one I want something light but spicy, like Eau Lente. If the sun actually comes out, I lean towards Eau Illuminee, Osmanthe Yunnan, and Rose Ikebana. I would love to be included in the draw, and am enjoying learning how different everyone's summer favorites are.

11:23 AM EDT  
Blogger curtis.w said...

L'Air du Desert Morocain sounds lovely for summer! Can't wait to get a sample.

Please enter me in the draw!

11:34 AM EDT  
Anonymous ScentRed said...

My Summer Favs:

La Haie Fleurie du Hameau (L’Artisan)

Eva (Santa Maria Novella)

Eau de Cartier

Chevrefeuille (Annick Goutal)

Eau de Sud (Annick Goutal)

Would love the chance to win L'eau D'Artisan :-)

11:47 AM EDT  
Anonymous Fernando said...

Well, I'm new at the perfume game, so I don't have a huge store of familiar smells on which to draw. But my favorites for this cold, wet summer are Timbuktu from L'Artisan and New York from Parfums de Nicolai. On the other hand, I like to vary things, so during the current trip (three weeks away from home) I brought a stack of samples to try, and fell in love with two strange ones: Aoud Lime from Montale, and Or Black from Pascal Morabito. (It had to be expensive and hard-to-get stuff, didn't it?)

Please enter me in the draw!

12:14 PM EDT  
Blogger Cadence said...

Tokyomilk 12 Gin and Rosewater is currently my summer fav. The rosewater is light and the "gin" adds a sparkling element. One of my summer standby favs is L'Artisan The` Pour Un Ete`. Please enter me in your drawing!

12:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Juan Garcia said...

Too bad the top 10 summer lists have only been including niche scents because all I have are designer scents and some vintage designers :( Oh well, more reason to get a niche scent one of these days haha. Anyways, count me for the L'Artisan prize draw please :)

12:46 PM EDT  
Anonymous dleep said...

I have been wearing and enjoying, Marguerite from Bourbon French Perfumes, the original Azuree, Vent Vert and Bel Respiro. I find them all very refreshing.

I would love to be entered in the drawing. Have a wonderful vacation!

12:52 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love these lists...I've been wearing a lot of Eau des Merveilles, Bel Respiro, Sycomore, and Dior Homme. I gravitate to slightly more masculine/unisex scents in the summer.
Thank you for entering me in the draw!
Karen G.

12:53 PM EDT  
Blogger Jen said...

I'm still searching for the perfect summer scent but two of my favorites are Serge Lutens Un Lys and (dare I say) Clinique's Happy.

Please enter me in the drawing for the L'Artisan bottle.

1:01 PM EDT  
Blogger Proximity said...

I've been loving Ormonde Jayne's lighter fragrances this summer, mostly Champaca and Osmanthus. However, my biggest Summer winner so far has somewhat oddly turned out to be Bulgari's Omnia Crystalline.

I would love to be included in the draw!

1:04 PM EDT  
Anonymous KathyT said...

I've been enjoying AL Chypre Noir, Eau de Rochas, and MH Feuilles de Tabac lately because florals seem too much to me lately in the heat. I would like to try some of my heavier fragrances to see how they bloom in the heat - Dzing! sounds like a great idea.

I'd love to be entered into the drawing. Thank you!

1:07 PM EDT  
Blogger womo531 said...

My summer scent has been Herba Fresca for days when I need a kick, but recently I find that my usual suspect of Hiris + En Passant does beautifully in the heat =) Now having read everyone's top 10 I'm planning my days of AG Musc Nomade, Violette Encens, and SL Fleurs d'Oranger.

Speaking of the L'artisan.. I should go dig out my sample but would love a bottle =)

1:07 PM EDT  
Blogger carmencanada /Grain de Musc said...

Hum. Apart from L'Air du Désert Marocain, I can't say I've worn a single one of these -- and I call myself a perfume blogger? Ack...
But I'm with Alyssa on the myrrh-rose combo, with IUNX L'Ether and L'Artisan Safran Troublant. Must seek Paestum Rose (off to dig into sample stash).

1:10 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I've made so many attempts with Tiempe Passate. You make me want not to give up on it :-)

1:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

What a gorgeous, opulent list!

1:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in!

1:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Love Eau Premiere in summer!

1:23 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:23 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I want to be in that place that you describe!

1:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Le Labo has a Figue?

1:24 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add me to the drawing.
Cheers, Barbara

1:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:25 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Chris G
You are in

1:25 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:25 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

maybe the perfumed court should combine all lists on the participating blogs into a big sample set of Top 10s of Summer 2009 :-)

1:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

This summer has been slow to arrive

1:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:27 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fantastic list! I'm going to have to check several of these fragrances out. Please enter me for the drawing. Thanks! ~Jordan S.

1:27 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Bandit is great in the heat. I am a little scared of LAdDM in summer tho' :-0

1:27 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:28 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Great choices!

1:28 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I am so looking forward to reading on a patio...mmm...vacation! :-)

1:29 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Matin d'Orage...hmm...tough one for me. Have you reviewed it yet?

1:30 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

most if not all Giacobetti's scents are just made for summer

1:30 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

The rule is that there are no rules! :-) And Dzing is always perfect :-)

1:31 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:31 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:32 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Lovely choices!

1:32 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in

1:32 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Beautiful! You are in

1:33 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You might be new, but you have an impeccable taste :-)

1:33 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I need to try the Tokyo one

1:33 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Exploring new stuff is fun :-)

1:34 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Green, elegant, classic list!

1:34 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Karen G
You are in!

1:34 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in!

1:35 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in!

1:35 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I need to re-try the Tabac, thank you for the reminder :-)

1:36 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Violet Incens? Ava Luxe or Sonoma?

1:36 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Paestum Rose is definitely worth a sniff.

1:37 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in!

1:38 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in!

1:38 PM EDT  
Blogger Julie said...

I would love to be entered. Thanks! Julie

3:19 PM EDT  
Blogger Pamster said...

Oh please enter me in this draw!
I'm got waaay too many pricey scents but I must say my all-time fave summer scent is.... Jean Nate! I know, you can buy it by the gallon at any drugstore in the US for next to nothing, but it just smells of summer to me. I fill a spray bottle and keep it in the fridge and it always refreshes. :)

3:47 PM EDT  
Anonymous March said...

Hey, that was a really fun, diverse list! There are several on here I need to try. Hope you all are having a nice summer.

4:33 PM EDT  
Anonymous Claudia0219 said...

Would love to be entered in the draw. BTW i love Tauer Un Rose Chypre, that one is definitely on my top 10 list but so is Chanel Beige, its rare that a Chanel works for me...this one did. And taht is my top 10 Summer Pick, even if its not on the list :)

4:56 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lavanya said...

I've been dying to try Paestum Rose and the new Tauer Rose as well!

Please enter me for the draw for the L'Eau de L'Artisan


5:19 PM EDT  
Blogger EileenS said...

We've been having summer full force for awhile now. What has worked best for me have been either calm green scents like LesNez Unicorn Spell or light incense scents -- Chaos lightly applied or some of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz's incenses. I hadn't been brave enough to try L'Air du Desert Marocain but this list will encourage me to branch out a bit.

Kelley's descrition of L'Eau sounds right up my alley, so please enter me in the draw

5:20 PM EDT  
Anonymous Amy K said...

Din Dan has been my #1 summer scent so far. I would love to be entered in the prize draw - thanks!

5:26 PM EDT  
Anonymous Philyra said...

Thanks so much for the top 10 list. While really warm summer has begun just recently - I'm still searching for something interesting. At the moment my favourites are: Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil, Chanel 31 Rue Cambon, AG Mandragore, Carthusia Mediterraneo.

Please enter me for the drawing.Thank you!

6:06 PM EDT  
Blogger DWR said...

Oh! I just got a sample of L'Eau de L'Artisan, and I totally loved it!

This is a great list. I'm working on my summer list, and there is definitely some overlap. I can't wait to try all these out.

7:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great picks! My summer favorite is Hanae Mori HM, I figured it would be too sweet in the heat but it just deepens and is fabulous.

Please enter me in the draw also. Fountaingirl (at) gmail (dot) com. :)

8:49 PM EDT  
Anonymous PhinClio said...

Tauer's L'ADDM and Yatagan are two cold-weather favorites of mine that I've recently discovered are also marvelous warm weather fragrances. Same goes for Encre Noir. Among my warm-weather stand-bys are also Chanel PM and Terre d'Hermes. And Jicky is wonderful (and different) in cold and heat.

Please enter me in the drawing for the L'Artisan bottle!

10:08 PM EDT  
Blogger Stefan said...

I've been reaching for Prada Infusion D'Iris pretty often this summer

I'd love to be entered for L'Eau de L'Artisan :)

10:31 PM EDT  
Anonymous OperaFan said...

NJ has been having an unusually mild summer this year so I'm finding a lot of the "spring" scents are still wearing nicely: Joy, Apres L'Ondee, and SSS has re-released its Cameo with a gorgeous Rose+Violet+Sandalwood+Orris combination. I think Shalimar Eau Legere (especially combined with Jicky edt) is fabulous for the summer. Heartily agree with the selection of the two Tauer and the SSS Champagne!
Please enter me in the draw!

10:38 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Wow, thank you all for commenting, I think it's cool that two of us chose perfumes by Andy Tauer and that the only selection from a major fragrance maker (Caron) is an old classic and not a new release. Niche houses rule!

10:46 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I feel morally debased by the extreem greed I feel on reading some of those lists...and wonder whether I'm in for the draw?

11:35 PM EDT  
Blogger sunnlitt said...

thank you all for the wonderful list. More scents to sniff!!!
please enter me in the draw.

12:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Cynthia said...

This being my first summer of my perfume-mania, I haven't really stuck to any summer scents - other than occasionally spritzing myself with some B&BW Mango Mandarin or CK One Summer after showering in the evening.

No, despite it being over 100 degrees for a good half of June and continuing into a sweltering July, I've been happily sampling away and swanning about in Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue, Coco, Shalimar, Bois des Iles, etc. I think that I gave the SA at Ulta a heart attack when he kept trying to sell me a Summer edition of something and I sprayed Coco on one wrist and Opium on the other.

When I am picking something lighter for the summer though, my standby has been Tuberose Gardenia -same as for the Spring.

That being said - I am still looking for a perfect fruity, fizzy, citrusy fragrance. I would love to be entered in the drawing.

12:35 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the drawing for the L'Artisan bottle!
My favourites for summer are: Amethyst by Lalique, l'Eau de Pamplemousse Rose and Un jardin après la mousson by Hermès, Cristalle by Chanel, Mûre et Musc extrême by l'Artisan, and Le parfum de Thérèse by Roudnitschka for Malle.

2:24 AM EDT  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

Marina, unfortunately there's no Lelabo Figue perfume - but their Figue 15 is my summer candle.

2:49 AM EDT  
Blogger Gator Grad said...

LostMarch has really grown on me (and Sisley is a company that I absolutely have to try). Since I live in Florida, summer scents are nearly all-year scents for me!

Please do enter me in the drawing for the L'Artisan!!

8:15 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

to're soooo right about Le Parfum de Therese for is a summer scent...a delightful one. And, all of a sudden, as I sprayed a tiny bit, I thought about the very complex and slightly odd Corps et Ames by Pierre Guillaume.

8:38 AM EDT  
Anonymous HollyGolightly said...

L'eau d L'artisan sounds dreamy. I've not been tied down to one summer fragrance yet this season, but enjoying experimenting with many. L'eau d'Hadrien is a summer staple. I'd be so pleased to be entered to win the L'artisan 1.7!!

8:58 AM EDT  
Anonymous HollyGolightly said...

Obviously still a bit sleepy this morning, forget the above "L," it's just "Eau." :^)

9:01 AM EDT  
Anonymous Julie Ellen said...

So excited to see two Tauer scents in your top ten....I love his work and all of them seem to love me too ! Please enter me in the drawing....and have a lovely summer. xo Julie Ellen

9:44 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

great list. love the tauer additions and really want to try the sisley!

Please enter me in the drawing too!

12:58 PM EDT  
Anonymous maitreyi1978 said...

Please enter me in the draw.
For the summer, I'm using up my bottles of Un Jardin Sur le Nil and Hadrien.

5:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Tiara said...

I adore L'Artisan's Ananas Fizz but wish it lasted longer. Enjoying my samples of Creed Virgin Island Water and Escale a Portofino. Have also enjoyed a spritz now and then of Jil Sander Sun. Received it as a gift, thought it rather ho-hum but am finding it wears quite nicely in the hot weather.

I'd love to be entered into the drawing.

Enjoy the vacation--will miss your updates!

10:01 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Marina et al.,
Thanks for your recommendations! I am loving Ginestet Sauvignonne and 16130 Yuzu Rouge. It hasn't even been so hot here, relatively speaking, but they're lovely even so. Citrusy and light yet still interesting!
Please enter me in the contest for the L'A L'Eau! Thanks,
Laura M

10:04 PM EDT  
Blogger Deanna said...

I'd love to be included in the draw! :)

1:26 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally! A list a can relate to!! I've been reading all the other lists, and have felt like an outsider, with none of my scents mentioned...

Basically, I live in Paestum Rose these days (a signature scent), and crave Incense Rosé and L'Air du Desert Marocain...

I would also add Manoumalia and Let Me Play the Lion.

I keep searching for a good orange fragrance for the summer (I use l'Occitane's Orange Blossom Home Fragrance around the house during the summer, and it is lovely.

Please enter me in the draw for the L'Artisan bottle.


3:44 AM EDT  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

Not sure that I have one in particular, but I do enjoy Bois D'orage and the old standby AdP. Please enter me in the drawing as well, and enjoy the break!

6:43 PM EDT  
Anonymous Sikkim said...

Apres L'ondee and L'Eea D'Hiver are both my favorites this summer

Please enter me in the drawing for the L'Artisan bottle

8:52 PM EDT  
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10:56 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am still looking for my new summer scent! I've tried many so far with Creed Love in White and Hermes Kelly Calethe being favorites. They just don't seem summery enough though.

Please enter me in the drawing for the L'Artisan bottle - this may be the one!

11:03 PM EDT  
Blogger Ksenia Coffman said...

Please enter me in the draw for the L'Artisan, thanks!

My recent summer favorite is Osmanthus Interdit by Parfum d'Empire

11:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Isa said...

This summer my favourite scents are: Hermès Un Jardin Après la Mousson (it has grown on me and now I'm enjoying it a lot), Sugar by Fresh, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic (a stapler), Demeter Wet Garden, Diptyque Tam Dao (I love it in winter too) and Rosine Écume de rose.
Please, enter me in the draw! Thank you :)

4:42 AM EDT  
Blogger Laurinha said...

Many thanks for your "tops"; fascinating how many radically different fragrances will make it into a "Summer Top 10"! Incidentally, yes, I wouldn't mind being entered in the "L'Eau de l'Artisan" prize draw.
Happy Hols, all.

9:07 AM EDT  
Blogger ahsumaker said...

I love Miller et Bertaux #3 Green Green Green in the summer heat. The citrus and herbs are very refreshing. I would love to be entered in the drawing!

9:20 AM EDT  
Blogger 734elizabeths said...

Ooh, pick me, pick me! (Please.)

I never get tired of Bulgari Eau de Thé Vert in the summer. I also love Diorissimo - for everyone else it's a spring thing, but its airiness makes it perfect for summer too. And I second the vote for Eau de Merveilles.

10:41 AM EDT  
Anonymous Victoria said...

I love what everyone selected, particularly since a few of these fragrances are new to me. And I am thrilled to see Paestum Rose mentioned by Alyssa. It reminded me of other Eau d’Italie fragrances I have been neglecting lately.

1:11 PM EDT  
Blogger Junebug said...

Loving Floris Special No. 127 this summer. Good for the office too. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

1:46 PM EDT  
Blogger Josey said...

I'm going to be rather boring and admit that Clinique Happy to Be is my go-to summer scent XD It's light, creamy, refreshing, and goes beautifully with my Skin Trip body lotion!

Oh, and I'd love to be entered for the bottle drawing =)

7:17 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

L'eau D'Hiver for me. Would love to enter the draw :).

10:41 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Violetta Di Parma in the heat. It is such a classic.

Please enter me in the drawing for the L'Artisan bottle.

10:45 PM EDT  
Blogger Robin E. said...

I've discovered I love Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia even more in the summer than in the winter. It really blooms in the heat. Others I'm loving include Ava Luxe Rosa de la Luz, Annick Goutal Neroli, AG Petite Cherie, L'Artisan Mure et Musc, and Marc Jacobs Fig.
I would love to be entered in the L'Artisan drawing.

11:13 PM EDT  
Anonymous ScentRed said...

Does "Enjoy your summer, everybody" mean that Perfume-Smellin'Things is on summer hiatus?

Say in isn't so!

9:06 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Blog! Summer hits for me, Paestum Rose, one breath and I’m entering a cool marbled duomo where incense has been burned for millennia and fresh roses en masse have been left at the alter in fullest bloom. Cristalle Eau de toilette was love at first inhale and decades later it never falters for me, citrus sunshine in a bottle. Vintage Abano cologne parfumee, I get bergamot, honey, almonds, hay, moss and patchouli. A beach ready scent with a 70’s cool chic vibe.

Please enter me in the drawing for the L'Artisan bottle.

3:01 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the drawing for L'Eau de Artisan, I would love to enter.
I'm still searching for a summer favorite. (just placed another decant order to try 10 more...)

9:14 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eau de Shalimar, Chevrefeuille by Annick Goutal, and L'Heure Attendue by Patou - it should suit Autumn as it's a soft smoky woody fragrance, but there's a soapy element, too: I LOVE IT! - Emma

7:54 AM EDT  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Champagne de Bois and L'air du désert marocain are two of my favorites...I also love Paestum Rose. I had expected and hoped to love Une Rose Chyprée, but it did not agree with me. I will have to try it again, being a huge Tauer fan. Please enter me in the drawing!

4:22 PM EDT  
Anonymous dissed said...

Would love to participate in the draw . . . I don't remember the scent of l'eau de l'artisan. I liked it, but it's been a long, long time. I haven't settled on a 2009 summer scent. I want something rosy, but haven't found "my" rose. Frustration! Wearing Ormonde Jayne scents, as usual.

9:11 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

p.s. "honey...jasmine...chilli pepper"?! Soir de Lune sounds amazing, and I'd never heard of it before. Thanks. - Emma

11:49 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

ScentRed, no worries, we will be back much sooner than that - our fearless leader is just on vacation right now. :-)

10:00 PM EDT  
Blogger queen_cupcake said...

My summer perfume used to be YSL's "Y" but it has become difficult to find. I currently use a vintage bottle of Floris "Edwardian Bouquet". Please enter me in the L'Artisan drawing.

9:02 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recently I ordered some Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrian soap from Aedes. Amongst my chosen samples was L'Eau de L'Artisan... Oh my goodness, so so so wonderful. I looked forward to the sample, from what I had read, but was not expecting to be so so so wonderful. Please enter me into the draw, and thank you.

6:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

oops...I was thinking about the scent and signed in wrong! Please enter me...

6:23 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please enter me in the draw! :)


9:09 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've been reaching for my sample of AG Chevrefeuille. I'd originally dismissed it as not being true enough to honeysuckle, but now I'm actually considering a bottle.
Please enter me in the L'Artisan drawing. Thanks!

10:53 PM EDT  
Anonymous article marketing said...

Very thoughtful, had a great time reading your post

10:20 PM EDT  
Blogger Ľubaša said...

I would like to enter in the draw too.
Items from this list are quite unknown for me, but I like fragrances. L'Artisan perfumes are not sold in my country, so it would be great to have it. I use this summer Light CLouds of Moschino and Boss Orange. Thanks. Lubica.
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

7:52 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There needs to be an updated top 10 romantic fragrances. Chanel No. 5 is clearly on that list, but I really like the new Lifethreads ones... where can I get more samples? The videos are cute

8:10 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:41 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry go to the second link cause i did it a round about way, love kids

8:42 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the new Life Threads Fragrance Collection by
La Prairie in Silver, Gold & Platinum. Nice videos too, check them out here:

10:54 AM EDT  
Anonymous Discount perfume said...

yah its really very nice and i love it too,thanks

1:17 PM EST  
Blogger 99Perfume said...

Its great to see such an eclectic grouping of fragrances and their notes. I think their are several perfumes and colognes that could be worn year round without becoming considerably out of place.

5:45 PM EST  
Anonymous Select Perfume said...

love it...awesome blog

5:01 AM EST  
Blogger Tucasam said...

Please enter me in the draw.

2:26 PM EDT  
Blogger aweseome blogger said...

Lately, I’m reaching past the usual suspects to Paestum Rose. This resinous, dark-hearted beauty is one of my favorite fall scents, but right now the pepper braces me up and the sweet myrrh, dark rose, and dry woods make me feel like I’m walking in the cool of a pine forest under an occasional magical shower of velvet red petals. Somebody send me a full bottle, please.peninggi badan

11:15 PM EDT  
Blogger hrichey said...

I tried Bigarade concentree and really enjoyed it however I ended up picking Lys Mediterranee over it. Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

12:47 AM EDT  
Anonymous Perfumes (top 10) Lover said...

That seems that the best from all this list is "Une Rose Chyprée" by Andy Tauer. It is very sensitive!!!

And, all perfumes in Your list are also great!

Thanks for this top 10!!

7:19 AM EDT  

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