I know it´s only the beginning of June, but you´re all going to have to indulge me for a bit. My aunt´s air conditioning has been busted for the past week, and I´ve been schvitzing like a pudding at a picnic. Not that I wish I was buried under 5 feet of snow right now, but I miss the air conditioning! And yes, it does get hot here in Canada, contrary to popular belief; unless you want to live in Nunavut where you can enjoy the arctic climate, pretty much year round. Thankfully the new AC unit is being installed tomorrow morning.
In the meantime, I´ve been craving not only citrus, but fruit. I think I am desperately in need of a fragrance shrink, because my scent schizophrenia seems to be out of control lately. Last week, I posted on my Facebook page that I woke up wanting to smell like a fruit salad.
Well, I did indulge in a bit of a drive-by “fruiting” at Bath and Body Works. I went in, just to appease this ridiculous craving of mine, and damned if I didn´t walk out with a “Buy Three Get Two Free” bag o´ goodies. I have to say, what I bought really hit the spot, and it didn´t cost me the proverbial arm and a leg. Their new White Citrus scent has the perfect bit of sharp, tangy ginger and it doesn´t pull the disappearing act most citrus scents tend to. And, I finally bought that bottle of Sweet Pea Forever, the one with the cute little peace sign on it. If you want fruit salad, that one is fruit salad in a bottle. Check out their new Exfoliating Shower Gels; three tubes completed the BOGO deal, and they´re pretty awesome if you´re into body wash/scrub/shower gel.
The real surprise discovery for me is Burberry Sport For Women. Like Kevin over at NST (he reviewed Burberry Sport For Men on Wednesday), I´m well aware that “sport” fragrances are generally scoffed at. I was turned off of sport scents rather early on, traumatized as a teenager by à” de Lancà´me Pour Le Sport. Now, I see they´ve dropped the “Pour Le Sport” from the name, but I am reluctant to go near it again. I doubt it smells anything like I remember, but honestly, I’ve got bigger fish to fry.
Burberry Sport for Women´s notes include mandarin, sea salt, vetiver, freesia, honeysuckle and something called “Solar Sand Notes”. What it boils down to is a tangy, slightly floral citrus, with the clean saltiness I love in certain summer scents. Two of my hot weather faves are Bond No. 9 Hamptons, and Antonia´s Flowers Sogni del Mare. I wouldn´t go out of my way to purchase a bottle of Burberry Sport for Women, but at least I know the whole “sport” category of fragrance seems to be undergoing a bit of a makeover. The bottle is in keeping with the casual sporty vibe this fragrance attempts to convey, and it is rather charming. I like the contrast of the red glass with the white rubberized material, and the rectangular shape. The women´s version also comes with a red rubberized bracelet around the cellophane wrapping; just what we need – another LiveStrong rip-off. But, all in all, it is wearable and gets all nice and salty on my schvitzy skin. Once I´m back hanging in the meat locker, (as much of a meat locker as my aunt will allow) I´ll have to go back and try it again.
So, who here likes salt? Do you like a salty rim around your margarita, salt and vinegar chips, or a salty fragrance on your skin? Speak up please…
Disclosure: White Citrus and Sweet Pea Forever are part of my personal collection. Burberry Sport for Women was sampled at The Bay.