Heat busters

heat bustersAye, 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?

41 Comments
john August 29, 2014

I'm loving this as well, it's such an unusual but refreshing take on the cologne accord, the lasting power is also phenomenal as well.

Laurels August 27, 2014

Jour d'Hermes has been my go-to lately--I have to force myself to try new samples. I found a tester, cheap enough to make me worry, but it seems right and I'm happy. It even has decent longevity on me, conking out after about six hours, leaving me free to try something new at night (or reapply). Maybe you'll find a great deal on the EdM--it happens! And if not, maybe you'll get tired of it anyway. I've been trying to spend less time agonizing over how to spend my little perfume budget, and rely more on serendipity, and I think it's paying off.

Beth August 25, 2014

Ann, you are making me want to try a decant of this!! I am wearing the heck out of my decant of Amouage Journey. Going through it like gangbusters. It's sophisticated enough for work, but something about it is light and easy to wear in the heat. At the beach on vacation I was wearing MDCI Peche Cardinal every day. I still love that on the weekends, but I'm not sure if it will make it to the FBW after I drain the 15ml decant. Etro Royal Pavillion also works well for me on those steamy days. Heavy in the rotation for the summer: 1932, 28 La Pausa, Jersey, Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere, Bel Respiro, OJ Woman ... and for the sultry date nights I wore a ton of Organza indescence.

Suzanne August 25, 2014

Ann, you make this sound so pretty!! I can definitely picture you wearing and enjoying it, being familiar with your tastes. No heat-busting perfumes for me, I mostly like to wear big perfumes even in the heat. As far as softer colognes go, though, I do like Jo Malone Saffron Cologne Intense. It's not a heat buster, but it wears well in the heat.

Di August 25, 2014

I have been told by a sales associate that a travel set is likely to be released some time this fall.

monkeytoe August 25, 2014

The Kenzo Eau de Fleurs are really good in the heat. I have bottles of the The, Magnolia (my fave), and the Yuzu.

Kandice August 25, 2014

I love the FM Eau De Magnolia! It's sadly out of my price range as well but would be really interested in sharing a bottle. My other new favorite is Pear, Waterlily, and Amber by Dame Perfumery. Extremely affordable and so pretty! If you haven't heard about the launch of Jeffery Dame's new line, it's well worth checking out!

Musette August 25, 2014

I saw the black cap and thought "oh! My cooling scent! Geranium Pour Monsieur" (I have the perfume and the body lotion - perfect after a post-gardening shower. But everyone seems to be LOVING that Magnolia. Gonna try it. xoxoxoA ps. it's elebenty-billion degrees here, after a Saturday deluge. Everything is still soaking wet. Except now it's soaking wet and steaming hot. Yay.

Dina C. August 25, 2014

Ann, Eau de Magnolia sounds gorgeous! I live in magnolia country, so that sounds very appealing to me. I just wore Bulgari's green tea scent yesterday for the first time this summer. That's a great heat-buster for me. Today it's cooler and less humid, so I'm rockin' the Gucci Envy extrait. Last week, I also did a green fig (LAP Premier Figuier Extreme), and SL Bas de Soie (green hyacinth) so you can see that I'm loyal to my greens, any way you slice it.

Jaime August 25, 2014

During the two weeks of *actual* hot weather over in my neck of the woods, i ended up craving green scents like L'Ombre Dans L'eau or even simple ole Al Rehab Green Tea oil. A new 'refresher' of mine is Korres Iris Lily of the Valley Cotton, which is light & soapy. Eau Magnolia sounds beautiful, by the way!

Diana August 25, 2014

Olympic Orchids Elektra (formerly Midsummer Day's Dream) has a greenish fig smell that really says "summer!" to me.

Jennie August 25, 2014

Calvin Klein Truth is my go-to humidity scent. Light and cool all the way.

furriner August 24, 2014

Following a fairly cool summer, it has finally gotten hot and humid here in Chicago (as Musette has recounted). My favorite heat buster is sadly discontinued: L'Artisan's L'Eau de Jatamansi. An alternate cheapie: Domenica Bay Rum. It's now only available as an after shave.... just keep reapplying!

stina August 24, 2014

CdG Avignon does a great job of counteracting the Midwestern humidity; I've also been wearing 28 La Pausa and Sous le Toit de Paris. I've heard lots of good things about Eau de Magnolia, but I'm almost afraid to try it because of the price tag! As you say, though, there are always splits and travel sets; guess I'll have to add it to my next Surrender order. Sooner or later the lemming always wins... (I should know this by now.)

Heather F August 24, 2014

I'm with you 100% on the Malle, Ann--my small decant is going fast, which is very rare for me. And I'm also with you on the heat…I thought TN was bad, but our new state of FL makes the heat back there look like it's not even trying (I just looked at the weather predictor for all of September…it seems 90 is the daily average every day…omg what have I gotten myself into?!?!) The Different Company's De Bachmakov is another one of my go-to, it's too hot to step outside but I gotta go out anyway, scents--very bright citrus, and lasts a few hours, which is pretty good w/ me and citrus. Also L'artisan's L'eau de l'artisan--very light, but stays for a freakishly long time (until I manage to sweat it off, basically).

cookie queen August 24, 2014

I bought a large bottle and absolutely love it, every single second. It last for hours. Not to be undersprayed, You miss the rich beauty otherwise. xxx

JanLast August 24, 2014

Those Fairy people among us may recall when my cousin, who was "helping" me while I was at work, took all the samples from all the boxes, tested or not, and put them in a gallon ziplock bag. That bag has been taunting me since it became the unknown. Today, I've tested and liked perfumes from Sweet Anthem, Blooddrop, Black Phoenix, and a bunch of En Voyage. Makeda was a real winner, and my notes say "flutters on to your body and hovers, weightless". Yes, I'm getting carried away. Nectars des Iles says "and the crowd breaks into wild applause because this tropical doesn't smell like sun tan lotion!". I wouldn't mind going in on some of the Malle, myself, since I just had to purchase a new washer and dryer.

Atest Ter August 24, 2014

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