Craving Monday: Aerin Lauder Mediterranean Honeysuckle

honeysuckleSometimes when I’m out walking, as I round a corner on the path and pass a big clump of bushes, I’ll get the most wonderful whiff of honeysuckle. “Oh, if we could only bottle that exact scent,” I think to myself. Well, I have yet to smell a complete and utter dead-ringer for honeysuckle on the vine, but there are some nice scents out there that fill the bill. And one I’ve recently discovered is Aerin Lauder’s Mediterranean Honeysuckle.

It creates an overall honeysuckle effect and then adds a citrus kick to it. And that tart underpinning (bergamot and grapefruit) is what really pulled me in, as I found it to be quite refreshing on these hot July days.

Also refreshing is the fact that this scent won’t break the bank. Other pluses: It also comes in a body cream, which I saw in the store. As I poked around on the Nordstrom site, I see that there’s also a body wash (mmmm … sign me up for that!), bar soap, and a rollerball, always a nice addition. Although I think with this one, it’s just so refreshing to spritz away, that I’ll stick with a spray. Obviously, this is not going to be a long-lasting fragrant experience, so frequent spritzings will be necessary, and welcome.

I’m finding that Mediterranean Honeysuckle isn’t likely to wear out its welcome anytime soon. I’ve worn it five nights in a row now and not tired of it. I think I’ve found my summer craving, folks!

What about you – what are you craving so far this summer, perfume or otherwise? What are your favorite honeysuckle scents? I enjoy Annick Goutal’s Chevrefeuille quite a bit, but haven’t been able to lay my hands on my little bit of it, although I’ll keep looking until I do. Because this summer, I just can’t seem to get enough honeysuckle.

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  1. This is pretty lowbrow, but Bath & Bodyworks used to make a scent called Wild Honeysuckle that was quite nice! I still have part of a bottle. But the new Lauder one sounds lovely — I’ll have to swing by and give it a sniff!

    • Howdy, Heidi! No such thing as lowbrow around here — we like what we like and it’s all good, no matter what it is. 🙂 Lucky you to have some of the B&B; it sounds delish. Do try the Aerin next time you’re near a counter.

  2. I haven’t tried any perfume with honeysuckle as a dominant note. It’s been years since I have smelled the real thing. I have been wearing quite a bit of no 19, Sarrasins, and Memoir Woman this summer.

    • I’d forgotten about Sarrasins — yum! And you can’t go wrong with your other choices either. I find No. 19 is crisp and cooling on a hot day.

  3. I gave this scent as a present to a dear friend who loves honeysuckle and she is still raving about it. I got the body wash for myself. It is a very nice refreshing citrus, but less honeysuckle. A lot less honeysuckle. One thing I very much liked about the perfume was the floral development after that first citrus rush. Not present in the body wash. I still recommend it, but be forewarned.

    • Good to know, thanks!! But I love, love, love its citrus rush, so think I might enjoy the body wash. And what a nice present (and a nice friend you are)!

  4. Lostmarc’h makes a scent called Ael-Mat that smells just like honeysuckle to me. Based on the notes (heather, juniper, sea weed & jasmine) they were going for something more coastal, but it takes me right back to the vines in my grandparents’ garden.

    • Oh, that sounds lovely! Will definitely have to give it a go. Thanks!

  5. I’m also loving Mediterranean Honeysuckle right now!

    • Yay! Another MH fan!! I find when I put it on that I seem to feel about 10 degrees cooler. Definitely a winner on these days top 90 degrees!

  6. Love honeysuckle! It grows wildly and profusely in Tennessee and hems in the borders of our property. The air is so thick with its scent in the Spring, it just smells heavenly! I haven’t found a honeysuckle perfume to love, so I will have to check out this one! I’ve been presently on more of a bath and body spree lately…I loved Molton Brown Rhubarb and Rose shower gel so much I bought myself a big bottle plus the lotion. It’s tart and I like that it’s not overwhelming. I’ve also been using Pure Fiji coconut lotion. I love coconut, and this one manages not to be overwhelming or cheap smelling.

    • Hi, sweet Sherri! So nice to see you. Glad you’re enjoying that Molton Brown — it really is a great scent, isn’t it? And I’ve been looking for a coconut that doesn’t smell too cheap or fake, so will definitely check that brand out. Where do you buy it?

      • Ann, I got mine at Luckyscent. Amazon has it for $4 less, but Luckyscent has great GWP’s!

  7. I love honeysuckle, so I will checking this out post haste. I have a big bottle of Le Chevrefeuille – got mine from fragrancenet and looks like they still have some. Also Bloomies and Saks online.

    • Thanks, dear! I just found my decant of the AG and so am happily ensconced in yet another cloud of honeysuckle. Do try the Aerin when you can, although it does go to citrus fairly quickly.

  8. Demeter Honeysuckle is the most realistic honeysuckle fragrance I’ve tried. And inexpensive to boot.

    • Good to know, Pixel! Many of their scents seem very true to life, so I’ll be excited to try this one. And you’re right — you can’t beat the price. Thanks!

  9. Hey Ann,
    Sorry I’m late to the party.
    I LOVE honeysuckle but have to be a bit careful. It can turn quite pissy on me. Only sometimes though. I think I must eat something that causes it but can’t work out what.
    Portia xx

    • Hi, Portia! I know what you mean about things going south (me, too). Hope you have at least one or two honeysuckles that work for you, though. I never thought about the correlation between what you eat and how fragrance smells on you, except maybe for garlic. That would make a fascinating blog post one day, eh?

  10. I agree, Demeter Honeysuckle and AG Le Chevrefeuille are wonderful. I really enjoy Parfums DelRae Wit and L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons. They are perfect when I am craving yellow/white florals that lean towards honeysuckle. Haven’t tried Mediterranean Honeysuckle, but I love florals with prominent citrus so now it’s on my must-sniff list.

    • Ah, Tiffanie, I’m smiling as I read all your lovely scent suggestions. I need to get out my La Chasse and wear it again (if I can find it, ha!). Do give the MH a try; hope you find it as refreshing as I do! If not, you are well-covered with your white/yellow floral scents.

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