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Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Favorites

L’Artisan, Nuit de Tubereuse. Go ahead, say I‘ve fallen for the hype. I don’t care. Austin has been hit by one tropical thunderstorm after another for the last month and this stuff, with it’s supercharged pepper top, green mango heart and creamy, yet transparent floral drydown is just too perfect for the electricity before the rain comes, and the green swampiness that hangs in the air afterwards.

I have fallen in love this summer with Chaparral by Roxana Villa , in fact, I just can't stop wearing it. This intoxicating blend of white sage, soft woods and frankincense melt together to become a wild honey on my skin that's absolute passion unbridled...

I have to choose La Via del Profumo's African Night, its floral and fruity notes mingled with calming green and earthy essences that make it smell like the sweet breath of the Earth exhaling in the coolness of awakening life as the sun goes down, making it the perfect antidote to both heat and stress.

Green Water by Jacques Fath (1947, reformulated 2008) - It is like bathing in cool peppermint tea with slices of orange and orange flowers floating all around you!

I've been wearing Lostmarch's Din Dan this summer. It is by far the softest fragrance in my inventory: a burst of not-too-sweet lemon sherbet that very quickly mellows into a skin scent reminiscent of lemon cookies, the fuzzy skin of apricots, and a clean musk that remains feather light all day. It's so simple and so perfect for the heat.

Khaltat Nokhba by Al Qurashi, enhances the usual trio of oud, rose and musk with floral, spicy and herbal notes- a dry and cool antidote to summer’s flaming oppression.

The green, icy metal armour of Futur by Piguet has been my defense against the cruel heat of this summer. I can't help but think of the spiky, thorny, dry earthiness of the re-edition as of a protective shield. There is also a certain hidden floral sumptuous within the arid sharpness of the scent. Well concealed amongst the green branches and blades of grass, flowers, jasmine and ylang, suddenly open up in very hot weather, adding another enjoyable dimension to this very successfully resurrected masterpiece.

During the day, I’ve been wearing everything from Annick Goutal’s Mandragore Pourpre to Ninfeo Mio, but in the evenings, if it’s warm and sultry, I’ve been enjoying Penhaligon’s Amaranthine, which reminds me so much of the tropical gardens of the lower latitudes I miss so much…

The scent I've been reaching for this summer is an oldie, and one that most likely should be the dead last that most people should wear in summer: Muscs Kublai Khan by Serge Lutens. It's warm, slightly feral embrace is just what I've been needing on these cool Los Angeles evenings.

If you would like to participate in a prize draw for a set of 10 summery samples (Marina's choice), please, say so in your comment. The winner will be chosen at random and announced next week. The draw is closed.

To check other lists, please visit: Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc, Now Smell This and Perfume Posse

Image by Rodney Smith.



Anonymous L said...

I've worn Chanel No. 19 more than anything this summer and it's worked perfectly for me. I switched it up over the weekend, though, and wore Lutens' Sa Majeste La Rose to a bridal shower. I was afraid it would bloom too much in the heat, but instead, the heat seemed to make it disappear.

I do so love a drawing! Please sign me up!

12:13 AM EDT  
Blogger elizabeth said...

I love reading lists like this, thanks! I love MKK in summer, too, (although summer here means fleece jackets and cozy pants for the first part of the day), but the others are all new to me. I'm particularly intrigued by Chaparral, since I live in CA and love the smells here. And I can never turn down the chance to try an oud, so I ought to look for that Al Qurashi one as well...oh, and please enter me in the drawing - thanks!

12:22 AM EDT  
Blogger Furriner said...

Interesting choices! I've been wearing a bunch of things, but Yuzu Fou has come in with the most wearings.

Sign me up for the draw, please!

12:32 AM EDT  
Anonymous Tamara*J said...

Hello Perfume peeps,

I've been wearing Soivohle's Acoustic Flower- it's supposed to be gardenia but comes off as jasmine but even then reminds me of Carnal Flower without the florist chill, more in the evening garden after a hot day.
And also 10 CC because it is almost like my skin scent, it's me but better. Way better.

Please enter me in the draw,
I hope the Perfume Gods smile upon me this time. ;)

Truly~ Tamara Jackson

12:33 AM EDT  
Anonymous Claudia0219 said...

My current 3 summer fav's are Lutens L'Eau Serge Lutens, DK Iris and Hermes Voyage D'Hermes. I also love the newest Lubin additions, especially Lubin Itasca and Figaro...both gorgeous for the nice summer weather and into fall.
Would love to included into the draw for the sampler set :)

12:35 AM EDT  
Anonymous Jiyin said...

I've been wearing Diptyque L'eau de l'eau all week -- oddly refreshing despite the warmth of the spices.

Please do enter me in the draw, thank you!

12:50 AM EDT  
Anonymous Zazie said...

I love these lists!
Though some of the coices sound a bit scary... ;)
This summer I am wearing almost everything I love in any other season...
...and would love to be entered in the draw.

3:41 AM EDT  
Anonymous PhinClio said...

I love Green Water as a summer frag, too. This summer I've been wearing Terre d'Hermes a lot.

Please sign me up for the draw!

4:54 AM EDT  
Blogger queen_cupcake said...

I enjoy reading a list like this, even though most of the favorites would never be my choice...I do love to read of other people's perspectives on perfumes. I often wear light musks and vanilla-based scents in summer but my all-time summer favorite is still YSL's Y. Please enter me in the draw! Thanks.

6:03 AM EDT  
Blogger Gojira said...

Khaltat Nokhba by Al Qurashi I was wondering how you got this? I can't find it any where.

Pleas sign me up for the drawing.

6:06 AM EDT  
Blogger Karin said...

Oooh! A draw! Would love to be included - thanks! My current favorites for summer: Eau de Sisley #3, Mandragore, Bobbi Brown Beach, and like L, Chanel #19 EDT. Also have a love affair with Nuit de Tubereuse...

6:34 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Summers are tough for me because I don't usually like the lighter summer fragrances, although I may have to go back to Chanel 19. I used to love it. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

7:05 AM EDT  
Blogger ARO said...

i have yet to find the perfect summer scent for me. Over the years, i've worn Eau de Revillon (too strong,) L'Artisan's premier figuier extreme (too much green left over,) viktor & rolfe Flower Bombe (too much,) The Different Company's Osmanthus, and most recently, Fleurs D'Oranger from Lutens. So far, nothing's perfect. I am content all winter to wear Carnal Flower, so why should this be so difficult? So far, Osmanthus comes closest to what i'm looking for, but there's something very icky in the drydown. Oranger is terrific, but more spring than summer. Just sent back Nana deBarry's Green- even ickier drydown, and trying Rosine's Rose d'Ete. But I'm not optimistic. Any suggestions for poor me?
And yes, of course summer samples would help so much. Please enter me, I hope I win!

8:07 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loving the cold metallic of Rive Gauche lately.
Sign me up--need some new inspiration. Thanks.

8:18 AM EDT  
Anonymous RusticDove said...

I've been reaching for Jo Malone's and Penhaligon's Orange Blossom scents, PG's Papyrus de Ciane, Ava Luxe Incense [a lovely green incense], and a few vintage ones - Colony by Patou, Lubin Gin Fizz and Chanel no 19 - as well as a couple others. My Summer fragrance wardrobe is not very extensive and I would love to be entered in this drawing. It would be a treat to have Marina select some wonderful things. :-)

8:46 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marina, ah, I love seeing the photo I took in your profile! You make that red sofa look like something special. :))

9:01 AM EDT  
Anonymous Tiara said...

Love these group posts and yes, please enter me in the draw.

I've started wearing Hermes Voyage D'Hermes and Jo Malone's Blue Agava and Cacao with an occasional day of Jil Sander Sun. All work fine in the AC or when I have to brave the humidity and heat for yard work!

9:04 AM EDT  
Anonymous Fernando said...

This summer I've mostly been wearing vetiver perfumes: Encre Noire, the Guerlain, the Lubin "Le Vetiver", etc. Even wore the new Prada Infusion de Vetiver. The grassy smell seems to go well with the heat and humidity of the last couple of weeks. Of course, every so often I need to go for something much more intense, like Ambre Sultan --- my wife likes that one.

Please do enter me in the draw. Who knows, maybe the samples will show me a way out of the vetiver labyrinth.

9:34 AM EDT  
Blogger orchidfae said...

Please enter me in the draw

9:59 AM EDT  
Blogger Cymbaline said...

MMK is the only fragrance I have tried from your list and it wasn't during the summer! Maybe I'll experiment with it today.

Sign me up for the drawing, please.

11:42 AM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love lists! And I love draws! Nuit de Tubereuse has slayed me as well. I like it during the day. At night: Amaranthine. For scent-sensitive outings I wear Silences or Philosykos--green things that won't offend.

12:14 PM EDT  
Blogger David said...

Icy metal armor! I've sensed metal in Bandit and Visa, but the ice in Futur piqued my interest!]

Please enter me into the drawing!

12:17 PM EDT  
Anonymous Mimi Gardenia said...

Lovely reading list ! Please sign me up for the draw !

12:26 PM EDT  
Blogger Ola said...

This year it's all Dzing and Padparadscha.
Enter me in dhe drawing, please :)

12:35 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

YEs, please enter me in the draw! I've been alternating Penhaligan's Orange Blossom with Hinoki - one for day, one for evening.

1:10 PM EDT  
Blogger acrossbee said...

I too love Futur. Please count me in for the drawing.

1:17 PM EDT  
Anonymous dissed said...

I'm living in the late, great Moroccan Mint Tea from Fresh Index. I'll lie down and cry when it's gone. Today I may go for Encre Noir. Would love to be considered for the draw.

1:28 PM EDT  
Anonymous sybil said...

I am always up for a prize draw, and I enjoyed reading what people are smelling like. I wish you'd come to a shopping center near me so I wouldn't have to smell D&G Light Blue quite so often (w/ apologies to anyone who likes the stuff....)

1:33 PM EDT  
Anonymous Olivia said...

Yes! NdT is perfect - sadly it reacted poorly to my skin so I just had to pass along my bottle :-( But I've re-discovered Fracas, to fill the void left by NdT, and it has been shockingly wonderful on these hot sticky days (last time I tried it I found it cloying!)

Must try Amaranthine & Chaparral, and check out the others on this lovely list! :-) I would love to be entered into the draw, please? Thanks for hosting it! :-)

2:13 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love nuit de tuberose, just smelled it the other day...
please sign me in for the drawing!

2:43 PM EDT  
Blogger tsetse said...

Yay for lists and giveaways, both! I would love to be entered in the draw.

In this worst-of-the-worst weather I've been wearing Mandragore, AA Pamplelune, CdG Rhubarb, PdG Yuzu ab Irato, and L'A Jatamansi. If it lets up just a little, I'll also reach for Jardin en Mediterranee, Tiempe Passate, and Songes.

2:56 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lavanya said...

Chaparral sounds fabulous! I've been mostly wearing Serge Lutens Fleurs D' Oranger this summer (And my sample of Jubiliation XXV on cooler days)- I love how wafty it sometimes is.

I finally got to smell Musc Kublai Khan at the scent bar a while ago- and I couldn't smell anything..:( I hope I am not anosmic to the musky compounds (Though I could smell and loved the CB musk). Hopefully it was an old bottle..

Oh and I'd love to be entered in the draw!

3:11 PM EDT  
Anonymous ScentRed said...

In heavy rotation this summer:

Bigarade Concentree
Nuit de Tuberuese
TDC Bois D’Iris
Eau de Cartier
AG Eau de Sud
Etro Shaal Nur at bedtime

I'm eager to try Green Water too.

I'd love to be in the draw.

3:11 PM EDT  
Blogger Jen said...

I've fallen for Nuit de Tuberose, too. I would love to be in the draw.

3:15 PM EDT  
Anonymous Simone B said...

It is difficult to find a summer favorite...
But this July I have been mostly wearing bois des iles... And the usual Hadrien!
I loved your list!

3:20 PM EDT  
Blogger Janet said...

I would love to participate in the prize draw! Going to google Chaparral ... it sounds amazing!

3:58 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going through crazy amounts of both Magie Noir and Bandit in this heat. Likely either isn't considered a "hot weather" frag but to me they're perfect!

I'd love to be entered in the draw though, most of those you have listed I haven't had the chance to try.

4:10 PM EDT  
Blogger Elisa said...

Lately I've been loving L'Ombre dans L'Eau, Rossy de Palma, White Linen, and L de Lolita Lempicka ... and I've just become intrigued by TDC Osmanthus, and Tauer Orange Star.

Please enter me in the draw!

4:49 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how fun! Love everyone's choices, and am intrigued by the African Nights one. Never heard of it.....

I've been loving:
Lilly Pulitzer's Beachy
SL Clair de Musc and Datura Noir
Evody's Note de Luxe
LostMarch's Eau d'Hermes

How I love the I'd love the win the sample collection :-)


5:25 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to have all of the samples! They sound wonderful!

5:25 PM EDT  
Blogger woodgirl said...

In this heat and humidity, I've been wearing Dzongka, L'air du desert Marocain, Chergui, Paisley, Commando, 10 Corso Como, Shaal Nur, and good ole' 4711. Please enter me in the draw.

7:01 PM EDT  
Blogger Dixie said...

What a fun list! Please include me in the draw. I'm particularly intrigued by the Al Quarashi.

8:15 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh...prize draw! Throw me in. I've been wearing vintage fragrances in the moderate west coast heat...the ones with musk in them seem to just fly. I am craving sultriness in my perfumes....
But I also crave AG Madragore. And AG Encens Flamboyant. For the first time Alahine smells good on me. Oh and I have a Rosine..a lemon zest one..and it's a lovely afternoon perfume.

8:28 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been juggling this summer with Hascisch by Veejaga and Alfred Sung's Sung. By jugling I mean one on left side and the other on the right side. The result is that I have been stopped by strangers in my building at work who wanted to know what perfume I was wearing.
Please sign me up for the draw.

8:34 PM EDT  
Anonymous March said...

Look at all those skanky, heavy scents! Hah! We are not the only ones loving the big flowers and musks in the summer! And I am wearing L'Artisan Tubereuse right now.

9:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love FM En Passant but I've been out for a while, so I've been rotating between samples of by Kilian Beyond Love, Guerlain Apres L'Ondee and occasionally when I am feeling special, a dab or two of a tiny sample of Arabian Oud Prince Diamini.

If its cold or overcast in Los Angeles, I don't mind putting on vanilla like M.Micallef Note Vanille or LM Vanilla-Gigembre.

I am really wanting to try L'artisan Nuit de Tuberueuse and MH Coeur d'Ete this summer but please enter me in the drawing, I'd love to try them all!

Regarding Al Qurashi Nokhba, its crazy expensive and not available in the U.S., thats why no one sells decants :(

9:10 PM EDT  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

Wow, MKK for the summer - now that's "bold"! Please enter me in the drawing as well.

9:34 PM EDT  
Blogger DWR said...

Oh prize draw -- I'm in! It's been so wet and cool here all summer I've been stuck in an overlong Spring for months now. I'd love a little bottled summer.

11:56 PM EDT  
Anonymous chris g said...

I always fall back on Diorella in the heat - also Y by YSL is great in the heat! Please enter me in the draw. Thanks...

12:14 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks for entering me in the drawing. I am surprised with MKK idea ;-). Alica -

1:28 AM EDT  
Anonymous RM said...

Great post! But we're in the dead of winter here so I'll be keeping these in mind for the summer.
However, I'd still like to be included in the draw! Thanks for a great read.

1:43 AM EDT  
Blogger Proximity said...

I thought I was a bit crazy for wearing MKK on summer evenings ... I guess I'm not the only one!

I would love to be entered in the draw :)

8:09 AM EDT  
Blogger Tara said...

I would love to be in the drawing. This summer Le Labo Poivre has worked just right for me. I don't really know if it's a summer scent, but this summmer has been very hot in NY and the cool, crisp pepper (although I realize pepper is a "hot" spice) seem just perfect. Strange, I know.

9:31 AM EDT  
Anonymous Denise said...

Thanks much for your great posts- always fun to read your thoughts about fragrance! Been wearing L’Artisan Mimosa Pour Moi lately to get in a summery mood:)

Please do add me to the draw, as I'd be so happy to receive a summer scent sampler! Thx!

11:03 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Timbuktu and Havana Vanille for me, lately. I know it seems wrong, but it feels so right. Hmmm. Have I ever thought that before?

Prize drawing, please.

1:20 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Timbuktu and Havana Vanille for me, lately. I know it seems wrong, but it feels so right. Hmmm. Have I ever thought that before?

Prize drawing, please.

I'm having trouble posting except as Anonymous; I'm Cornlily.

1:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Akimon Azuki said...

That Chaparral by Roxana Villa sounds very appealing. Would love to try it on. Please sign up me for the draw!

1:30 PM EDT  
Blogger Katherine said...

My summer faves have been Heeley Cedre Blanc, AG Mandragore, and L'AP The Pour un Ete. Please enter me in the draw! Thanks :)

1:50 PM EDT  
Blogger kris said...

I've had a craving for citrus, white flowers and funk. So Chloe the original, Coral Flower, Sand & Sable, 5th Avenue and I've been toying with the idea of Elle, since Oxygene didn't seem to sit well.

I may simply have to bust out the Joy or the Organza and pry open the wallet for some Songes, Waikiki Pikake and Tahitian Gardenia.

Hope all of your summer experimentation's are going well and please enter me in the drawing as i would love to try Marina's summer picks :)

3:04 PM EDT  
Blogger Robin E. said...

I'm also wearing a lot of Nuit de Tubereuse this summer, but on the hottest days nothing beats AG Neroli, by itself, or layered with Motia Attar (night-blooming jasmine) from Tigerflag. Or sometimes Le Labo Jasmin 17 or Guerlain AA Flora Nerolia. Never enough jasmine and orange blossom in the heat.
Please enter me in the draw if I'm not too late. Thanks!

7:44 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have a sample of Vamp a NY that I am loving in the midwest heat. I will need a full bottle soon. I would love to be in your drawing. Thanks!

8:36 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My new favs are Sunshine and Mama Cassis, both by Smell Bent.
Also love Pleasures (Estee Lauder)for a lighter scent, especially at work!
Please enter me in your draw.
Sue B

9:12 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Would love to be in the drawing. My current summer faves have to be ELDO/Tilda Swinton "Like This" It is so fresh and sunny with amazing complexity. Guerlain Homme L'eau is my second.

11:47 AM EDT  
Blogger Abigail said...



I just went in on a split of vintage Futur and it is STUNNING. It is an amazing blast of icy green. Perfect defense for summer heat.

3:07 AM EDT  
Blogger Abigail said...

oops, meant to tell you, no need to sign me up for the draw.

3:09 AM EDT  
Blogger The Gastronomic Goddess said...

I'm wearing a lot of Andy Tauer's LdDM - something about the oppressive, suffocating, humid heat here in PA makes me want to wear a (small) amount of LdDM, with it's spicy, dry-heat smell. Not too much, just a spray.

I'd also love to be entered in the summery sample drawing please! Thanks :)

10:17 PM EDT  
Blogger Veroushka said...

These sound amazing, but the only one I've actually had any experience with is Amaranthine. I am a fan.
This summer I find myself reaching for Jicky a lot. I love it especially in the warm-but-rapidly-cooling evenings.
Please enter me in the draw, as an aside. :)

12:14 AM EDT  

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