It’s hot here. And Humid. Now, I know that I should add the addendum “humid for LA” because the actual humidity has got nothing on the rest of the country, where it can get to 100% without even having an actual raindrop form. Having grown up in New England, lived in both New York and Milwaukee I can attest that I know what that’s like and I am sure that March is remembering DC and thinking “oh yeah?” I have a friend who now lives in Alabama who could chime in as well. So whinging on when we get to the upper 80’s and 50% humidity in the Hills of Beverly does, I will admit, seem churlish. I will say that that’s just for today, and that we have actually had some crazy downpours both here and (more often) in the desert. So, I am going to whine. It’s humid. It feels like you’re swimming through the air and that those little suspended droplets of moisture are acting like little magnifying glasses, making it seem hotter than it is.
So of course I look to cool off using perfume. Lately and specifically Florida water.
Florida water was according to Wikipedia introduced in 1808 in New York City and apparently has been pretty much the same and sold under the same Murray and Lanman brand since then: a super light and super fleeting splash scented with sweet orange, lavender and clove, none especially discernible. I actually think I feel he clove more than smell it- a slight prickling sensation that’s oddly cooling. Then it’s vaguely powdery, then it’s gone. You’re just left with a slight scent of spice and, well, freshness that’s quite appealing. It’s so light it makes Jean Nate seem like Fracas, but on a hot and sticky day it’s perfection.
It’s also, ridiculously, absurdly cheap. I bought a tiny 2oz bottle from Amazon for under $5 and could have (and might) get the two pack of 16oz bottles for $17 and keep one in the icebox. The 2oz bottle has resided in mine all this week and has been popped in my bag when I go out. A little splash on the neck after a stroll out (and before reapplying sunscreen- priorities, people!) is as refreshing as a cocktail and better for your liver.
So I know that practically the whole of the northern hemisphere has been roasting- what are you doing to keep cool? Wearing? Recipes? Hats? Let’s discuss in the comments (where it’s cool.)
As I wrote, I purchased my bottle from Amazon. Photos are mine except for cover photo from Pexels.