I was going to post on one of the new Xerjoff Oud Stars but I’m still futzing around with this blasted infection (note to self: do NOT refuse prophylactic antibiotics for oral surgery – EVER!. Mouths are germy things! Ew! I remember reading an ad that said mouths contain more germs than the floor of the average NY taxicab. ……who knows if that’s true but considering the time it’s taking to get over this drama I am willing to consider it.
But enough about my stupid mouth. It’s fine. It’s just got a few more days of amoxy then we’re good to go. But the drugs sort of wonked up my nose and allergies are HIGH right now and it’s 90F in the shade and…and…pant!pant!pant! Honey, it’s HOT!!!
I wanted something cooling. And citrus (even my beloved Agraria Bitter Orange) just got beaten to a pulp (HA!) by the insane heat. So I’m drinking ginger ale and spritzing Heeley Selmarine. Okay, I’m lying through my busted gums. I’m drinking tequila with a splash of Roses and spritzing Selmarine. The tequila has no salt on the rim. I’m usually not a Salt Girl. I never think of salt in summer, except as something to wash off, should I actually go in the ocean (which I rarely do, having been chased back to shore by a nurse shark when I was 8. Granted the shark was nearly dead, having been torn up on the coral and all – and he was shorter than the average barracuda…but hey, I was 8. It had a dorsal fin. You do the Screeching Math. So it’s not that I don’t actually LIKE salty scents – I just don’t think about them much. I can’t even tell you what prompted me to grab this decant but I’m thrilled that I did. Nothing cuts the heat and gives the illusion of watery coolness like a salty fragrance, which makes perfect sense, now that I think about it. It really does evoke a day at the shore. Note that I didn’t say ‘beach’ – it doesn’t have a beach vibe. No suntan oil and no thongs. It’s more nautical. It’s shore-y, Not Jersey Shore – more like you just came in from a day on the ocean and are sitting on the deck of your catamaran, talking about whatever it is folks talk about when they tool about on a katrillion-dollar yacht.
The notes are deceptively simple: lemon, Sicilian bergamot, sea salt, seaweed, vetiver, birch, cedar. The whole composition is just refreshing, without trying too hard. It didn’t give me much of anything like this when I sampled it at Barneys and I’m not a big Heeley fan in general – so I was prepared to dismiss it – but Bradley told me to be patient. Glad I hung onto it and I am so glad I retried in the scorching 90s. If summer turns out HOT I think I’ll have to get a full bottle of this, as there isn’t a snowball’s chance in July that I’mo be invited on that katrillion-dollar yacht.
My sample came from Barneys.
My yacht is yet to be found…sigh …
So…do you reach for salt in the heat? What’s your favorite ‘salty’ fragrance?