Aye, Mother Nature, you tricky lass, you. (Can you tell I’ve been reading/watching too much “Outlander”?) Just when we think we are out of the woods for a devastatingly hot summer here, sliding by with temps in the 80s for the most part, you come out of left field with a mid-August wallop of high 90s and even higher heat indexes. Not that I’m complaining, mind you, as I’ll take whatever relief we can get, but I just wish that the moderate temps had lasted. For a while there, I was thinking I wouldn’t need this post or the scents, but I guess it’s finally time for the heavy-duty heat busters.
I had wanted to test a new scent or two to chat about, but drat and double-drat if in the midst of this heat wave I haven’t come down with a nasty little summer cold (waves tissue box at the Posse’s Tom along with much sympathy). Arrghh …
So please do share with me what your favorite heat busters are this summer. I do enjoy the traditional eau de colognes as always, and the usual hot-weather suspects (Calyx, Escale a Portofino, etc.), but lately I have been wearing the dickens out of Frederic Malle’s Eau de Magnolia. It has the refreshingly crisp, citrus-y open which I adore, as well as a lovely ribbon of magnolia in it, but the green, woody, mossy drydown is what I’m loving most. It has an oddly cooling, soothing effect on me which is most welcome. And there is something in there that reminds me a bit of Cartier’s La Panthere, so when my sniffer gets unstuck, I think I might try layering the Malle with a bit of the La Panthere body lotion, to see how that works.
I really can’t afford it, or even think about affording it right now, but the Magnolia is edging into full-bottle-worthy territory for me. Although ideally, I’d rather get by on samples and decants, wait it out, and hope that Mssr. Malle will do the three-piece travel set in this one that I could split with someone. I’m sure a couple of you would be interested, right?