Beating the late summer blahs

blahs calyxAh, August – the dog days of summer are still going strong here in the Northern Hemisphere. Although I can’t complain too much as here in the southern U.S., we’ve been enjoying a period of on-again, off-again rain showers near daily, and those have been giving us a bit of relief. But I’m still feeling the late summer blahs.

You know, when you’ve enjoyed the season you’re in, but it’s lasted long enough and you’ve had enough (insert weather here) and are ready for something new (such as fall here).

To help keep things refreshing, I’ve been turning to a couple of hot-weather staples to help defeat the blahs, including my newest mainstream love: Aerin Lauder’s Mediterranean Honeysuckle. A few spritzes of this sparkling gem and I automatically feel 10 degrees cooler, fresher and much less sticky. Also, I’ve been playing with a sample of Hiram Green’s Dilettante (love that orange blossom lift) and am thinking about a small decant to see how this baby does sprayed. Clinique’s (formerly Prescriptives) Calyx also has been getting some love; its lively, fruity vibe takes my mind off things and sometimes makes me feel like dancing. Although with my office’s no-scent policy, I’ve been mostly limited to weekends and after-work hours, but I think that’s made me appreciate fragrance even more.

So what about you? What are you wearing to beat the blahs? Or what are you really loving right now?

22 Comments
rosarita313 August 23, 2016

Hi Ann! Late to the party here. Perfume hasn't been high on my list this summer, the heat wave did me in and whatever I wear just sweats off so I am enjoying our now cooler temps and examining my collection for early fall. My sister is here for her annual visit taking care of our parents to give me a break and I spent the last week with my best friend who lives in a big city.....she took me lipstick shopping and I bought my first red, stepping out of my comfort zone for sure! Your lipstick posts have had an effect on me :)

HeidiC August 23, 2016

I am digging Dilettante! But I've been eyeing my cuirs and my decants of Ciel de Gum...

Musette August 22, 2016

Dilettante is lovely, isn't it? I played with it in the convection oven aka Santa Fe and it held its own quite nicely. After a few gasping-hot weeks we're in way cooler temps (70s) with even cooler nights. It's been nice having to sleep under the coverlet! I've been in No5 for the bulk of the heat wave, with occasional forays into deParma territory (mostly Magnolia). Today, I'm in 3/4 sleeves (SLEEVES!!!) and vintage Mitsouko edt. xoxoxoA

Tiffanie August 22, 2016

It's fun to think back over the past months and realize I've worn four fragrances most often: Eau de Guerlain, Terracotta, Eau des Merveilles, and Chanel Eau de Cologne. All agreeable refreshing scents that work in warm afternoon weather and play nicely with whatever fragrance I may have worn in the morning. Yay for FALL. I'm ready.

Sherri M. August 22, 2016

Hi Ann! I'm also loving that Dilettante! It is really perfect for the warm weather (though, as you said the rain has really cooled it down here). I also have loved and worn a lot of La Danza delle Lillebellule (sp?). Not sure I can describe it well, but it is an apple note over a vanilla musk base, not overly sweet, but sweeter than say, Mure et Musc. They both are very upbeat and help chase away the end-of-summer blues!

australianperfumejunkies August 22, 2016

Heya Ann, I feel like I've hardly worn ANY of my cool weather frags this year. We really haven't had much of a winter at all. I've been mainly wearing my mid-season beauties and enjoying them a lot. Portia xx

Neva August 22, 2016

Hi Ann, it's still rather warm here so I'm using my scented body creams/milks: Narciso Rodriguez for Her, Amouage Epic, Clinique Wrappings - depending on my mood. It's a great way to smell good but not too strong and it lasts very long.

eldarwen August 21, 2016

I've been trying to break this perfume rut with going through my collection. So far, I rediscovered my decant of Amouage Beloved and splurged on a full bottle. But I have been wearing a lot of Chamade and Lyric. It's tough having a large collection.

Caroline August 21, 2016

Should give the Aerin Honeysuckle a try, but find the Aerins quite lacking in heft & staying power (and I prefer quieter scents!) Just this week at Nordstrom I gave myself a couple of healthy sprays of Rose de Grasse, and couldn't detect it 10 mins later. I've been fragrance shy in all this heat & humidity, but did recently enjoy Heure Exquise. Can't wait for fall.