Grab ‘n go Monday: No thought required scents

thoughtSome days you really don’t want to have to give too much thought to fragrance. What to wear today, you ask yourself, restlessly poking through your collection, searching, searching. And after waaay too many days of doing just that, I’ve finally put together a collection of scents that are the perfect antidote, and am keeping them within easy reach, so I can grab one and go. Especially for those days when I’m in a rush and can’t stop to make than one quick decision.

This time of year (summertime temps), Annick Goutal’s L’Ile au The, Chanel’s Eau de Cologne, and Guerlain’s Cologne du Parfumeur have made their way into my box. Goutal’s Eau d’Hadrien is also nice and refreshing, and doesn’t require a ton of thought. If I want something with a bit more oomph, perhaps for evening, I reach for Frederic Malle’s Eau du Magnolia or the AG’s sultrier cousin, Les Nuits d’Hadrien. Part of me would like to include Carnal Flower here, but as beautiful as it is, I fear it could be a bit polarizing in the wrong circumstances.

Of course, some of you daring souls wear what you like any time, anywhere. But for those of us with office restrictions or allergy-minded friends and co-workers, an innocuous scent or two is a must, especially when traveling in close confines, such as an airplane cabin, the family car, or a train or bus.

What go-to scents do you keep close at hand, knowing that you can reach for them and spritz (or dab), with no thought required, knowing you’ll be well-scented without causing olfactory upset around you?

Emma June 14, 2016

My grab 'n go Monday morning scents for summer are Chanel's Cristalle, l'Eau d'Issey, Penhaligon's Bluebell and Acqua di Parma's Gelsomino Nobile in Edt. Another summertime grab 'n go classic for me is the O de Lancome - going strong since around 1969!

Eloquaint June 14, 2016

Chantilly. Timeless, ageless, seasonless, lovely. Perfect emergency purse scent, too.

Marianna June 14, 2016

Vanil-Le is a great vanilla - very lemony but not sweet. To me it is a perfect summer scent. I can send you a sample - I have a FB and am a long way from ever finishing it. Marianna_r in the yahoooooland

Marianna June 13, 2016

Diptique Eau Rose, any of Ateliers, VCA California Rivière, Jacques Zolty Vanil-le. Easy peasy!!

SamanthaL June 13, 2016

Another vote for Philoskyos. Also Debaser by D.S & Durga is another one that I grab all the time in summer...fig is very much my favorite note for this time of year! Oh, and Aod by's very light and salty,lovely in the heat too.

Cheryl Fleming June 13, 2016

Chanel No. 19, L'Artisan Oeillet Sauvage (often!), AG eau d'Hadrien, Guerlain Habit Rouge, Diptyque L'Eau, The Different Company Sens En Bois.

AnnieA June 13, 2016

Top office scents aka grab and go are No 19, Jasmine White Moss and Ferre.

CbSutcliffe June 13, 2016

Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay (moved from a decant to a bottle of the bath oil), Goutal's Honeysuckle Cheverefeuille (drained two bottles and that's rare), Bulgari Tea au Vert or Femme (also re-purchases), and I'll ditto the Kelly Caleche from up above.

SublimiSomnium June 13, 2016

Calvin Klein Reveal, Prada Infusion d'Iris, Chanel Cuir de Russie, any of the Bvlgari au Thés, Terre d'Hermes (though most of the Hermes would also work), and Dior Eau Sauvage off the top of my head. I also wear Shalimar whenever the urge strikes :)

Sherri M. June 13, 2016

Byredo Tulipe, La Chasses Aux Papillons, Mure et Musc, Etro Heliotrope, Guerlain French Kiss, Malle Fleur de Cassie, Le Rivage (by MDCI), Promesse de l'Aube and my newest, La Danza des Lillebulles. I just realized a lot of the ones I reach for often, though they are not necessarily my favorites, are the top sellers of their brand!

eldarwen22 June 13, 2016

No19 is fabulous in the summer so is Worth Courtesan. For those cool summer days, Shalimar is great. Deneuve and Chamade are excellent choices.

Deb June 13, 2016

L'Eau d'Hiver was THE one before it was reformulated. Now, it's Houbigant Orangers en Fleur year-round and Un Jardin Sur Le Nil in the summer.

Portia June 13, 2016

Hey Ann, This has never really been a qualification for my spritzing. Been pretty heavily spritz & going with Shalimar, Guess by Marciano, Eau de Gloire by Parfum d'Empire, CK Contradiction Woman and Bulgari Man In Black lately. None of them shy and retiring but all comfortable, easy wears for me. Portia xx

Neva June 13, 2016

At the moment I have close at hand Diptyque Philosykos, Arden Green Tea and Juliette Has a Gun's Anyway. They fit perfectly into the warm weather.

mikasminion June 13, 2016

Atelier Cologne Trefle Pur, 31 RC (because my decant is evaporating, but it turns out to be perfect), Ineke's Poet's Jasmine, Zoologist Hummingbird, Fleurs de Sel and my year-round standbys of Tropic of Capricorn and Azemour. I realize that ToC isn't everyone's easy scent, but it's one of my default comfort scents.

hajusuuri June 12, 2016

Chanel No. 19 EDP, Atelier Cologne Sous le toit de Paris, Atelier Cologne Cedrat Enivrant come to mind immediately.

Robert H. June 12, 2016

Guerlain Cologne Du 68, Bond Fire Island, Chanel Boy (this summer) and Bois Des Iles Extrait, Aroma M Camilia oil, En Voyage Loerlei, Hermes Habit Rouge Dress Code

HeidiC June 12, 2016

Annick Goutal's Songes, Chanel No. 19 EDT, and Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino Forte are pretty easy summer scents for me. Also, Atelier's Orange Sanguine Cologne.

bevfred June 12, 2016

Chanel 5 eau primiere, Sarah Jessica Parker's Lovely, Prada Iris Infusion, Hermes Kelly Caleche. Easy!