Summer time…

Happy July? We’ve now in theory changed seasons. In this house we celebrated the summer solstice with ice cream from the farm shop. The dog got Dog Ice in chicken flavour.

For the past few days, it’s been cool and mostly overcast, with the sun peeking out a bit. It is sane weather after our hot period.

As of July, I’m in the six-month countdown to retiring and am starting to really nail down some of the things I could want to do with myself. It will be interesting to see how the guy I work for responds to my notice email later this year.

My world smells incredible, as I’ve mentioned recently. The mock orange is receding a bit, but the jasmine is totally getting its bloom on. Early morning and mid-evening it wafts through the garden and into the kitchen window. (See pic below, where you can also see one of the fake wasps nests in the garden, which are meant to be too macho for the wasps – ie, they apparently won’t nest where they already see a group.)

In late afternoon, the smell of the fruit bowl – in particular, the peaches and nectarines – perfume the air.

The coriander/cilantro and the basil are working hard to be bigger plants soon. The olive is blooming. Only the roses are really struggling this year. Lots of flowers but leaf blight, meaning I’ve had to cut off all of them and dump in the green recycling bin to be taken away.

So, where is all this leading? Nowhere much actually. Just some summer thoughts.

First off, on jasmine. I adore my jasmine vine and it’s done really well since being planted over 10 years ago. But I realised I don’t have a jasmine perfume in my collection. Orange flower, tuberose, ylang ylang – I’ve got all those heady things in different forms but no jasmine soliflore or even anything based around jasmine. Years ago, I owned a bottle of Patou Joy but it was more rose and I don’t know where it went. I’m more a pongy jasmine person vs a soapy jasmine.

Next up is the fruit smell – the peaches and nectarines, as above, plus the strawberries, raspberries and blueberries when they sit in a bowl on the counter warming up and waiting to be eaten. This is my absolute favourite season regarding fruit. The peach smell sent me to the box in the closet and Mitsouko perfume. My bottle of EdP was a swap on the Makeup Alley website and sadly I can’t recall who the wonderful perfumista was. Its (see pic) is at least 20 years old – and I have no idea how old it actually was by the time I got it. I don’t wear this much any more (see juice level). The juice is still astonishing. Absolutely outrageous. Per Fragrantica, the notes for the EdP are something like bergamot, citrus (plural), jasmine, rose, peach, ylang, more jasmine and rose, lilac, oakmoss, spices, cinnamon (mentioned individually vs ‘spices’), vetiver and amber. Slightly powdery fruity floral chypre – that description doesn’t begin to reflect how incredible this smells. I haven’t had a go at the more modern iteration of Mitsouko simply because I’m afraid it will be so much less than this. Anyway, it’s glorious on cooler, greyer days, smelling of this fruity, spicy, mossiness that lasts and lasts (I could still smell this on Sunday afternoon when I put it on midday on Saturday and showered in the morning).

Then next up is that ice cream (afraid that doesn’t smell much). I’ve now added decaf lattes to my Saturday purchase from the local bakery – and I’m actually getting fewer pastries but adding in a tub with two scoops of artisanal ice cream from the farm shop. I frequently get the coffee, as it’s beautifully made and neither bitter nor too sweet. It gets teamed up with pistachio or hazelnut or salt caramel mostly, but sometimes one of their summer specials, which include mint and dark chocolate. They have hay (yes, really – it’s a farm shop, after all) and raw honey on the list at on the board at the back but neither is currently available. I am very curious about hay.

Onward to summer candles. Portia has mentioned Boujee Bougies several times, a UK-based brand. They are launching perfumes as well as candles and rebranding in the process. Which means they are selling the previous generation at steepening discounts. The minis are now a huge bargain (well, the bigger ones are as well, but the minis are like buying a cocktail that lasts). I now own Gilt (incense), Succulent (sort of green but more) and Hellflower (hothouse madness, with grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, neroli, magnolia, jasmine, ylang, LotV, sulphur and musk), and the last two are my summer burning.

Further on candles is a brand called Boy Smells. I don’t own any of these yet, but I keep looking at one of their newest releases called Snap, which is based around green bell pepper. I’m thinking this might be the replacement for my previous winter kitchen candle, which smelled of tomato leaf, fruit and soil.

Finally, this year’s ‘holiday’. It’s going to be a staycation and very close to home, involving day trips. I have just decided this isn’t the year to do much. I’ve tried several times to organise trips to Paris and in both instances things simply haven’t worked. Too much else to think about. So, some lunches out at nice places (including one where Joe the Lab is going to have to ride on a small ferry boat across the estuary). I figure I can get vicarious pleasure via all of Portia’s trips later this year.

So, there we go. Onward with summer. Are there any jasmine fragrances you love? Summer eats you’re enjoying? Vague things about the season (unless you’re down under) that are making you happy?

  • Tom says:

    What a great read Sorry for the laste post- once again Blogger decided my iPad was some evil spam machine and wouldn’t let me post the comment I lovingly prepared. Trust me, it was heartbreaking it it’s erudition and played the English language like Heifetz played the fiddle. Okay, maybe not.

    I love the smell of jasmine but can’t think of a scent that really does it for me. A la Nuit didn’t and while I worshipped the opening 1/2 hour or so of Sarrasins, it just sort of petered out after that.

    I am really sad if it’s true that Uncle Serge is putting things out to pasture. I just hope they’ll make special guest appearances, like Candbury Creme Eggs or Kosher Pepsi.

  • March says:

    What a fun post! Those candles sound lovely … I was sniffing some other nice ones recently and reminded myself firmly that I don’t “need” another candle but who knows. I would love some jasmine blooming outdoors. And of course you know how much I love Mitsouko, sounds perfect for your weather right now.

    • cinnamon says:

      It is actually fun here right now, as it isn’t mad hot. That starts again next week. Oh, I really don’t need candles either, but these were on sale (the last two) for £10 each so hard to pass up. Yup, know you’re a Mitsouko lover 🙂

  • Dina C. says:

    Great summer themed post, Cinnamon! I love Mitsouko, too, and have it in edt. I’ve tested the parfum at Epcot France many years ago, and it transported me to Heaven! Such a masterpiece. Here are 3 or 4 vastly different jasmines I like/love: Vilhelm Parfumerie Don’t Tell Jasmine, is jasmine with kir Royale; Creed Jasmine Imperitrice Eugenie, a grand perfume-y jasmine made for royalty; Bobbi Brown Beach, easygoing jasmine that smells like Coppertone sunscreen; and Chanel 1932 is a sparkling, sunshiney jasmine.

    • cinnamon says:

      I was actually thinking that when this bottle of Mitzie goes I’ll have to investigate the perfume. That name is great: ‘Don’t Tell Jasmine’.

    • Musette says:

      BBBeach and 1932 are both such lovely, sunshiney jasmines!

  • Portia says:

    Hey Cinnamon.
    YAY for you getting some Boujee Bougies. Succulent is my current bathroom candle for when we have guests. It’s so gorgeous, everyone asks what it is.
    Come on, Paris is so EASY! Book the train, book a hotel or AirBnB, pack almost nothing and go. Once there just wander. I have faith that you can make this happen.
    Mitsouko has become my most work Guerlain. There is something so easy about its luscious wafts.
    Santa Maria Novella does an unbelievably gorgeous Triple Distilled Jasmine Extrait. You will swoon.
    Portia x

    • cinnamon says:

      Hellflower smells amazing too. Nope on Paris. Just won’t work this year — too much else on the plate. Will definitely have a look at the SMN jasmine. I’m sort of surprised I don’t have at least one jasmine among my bottles.

  • Musette says:

    Mitsouko is mah JAM! I wear it on the hottest days Because I Can – and it really blooms beautifully in the heat – at least for me.
    My peach trees are in full fruit – and Monsieur keeps snatching semi-ripe peaches off and eating them! Huh. Apparently they don’t interfere with his gastric so… (Lordt. Yet another shrug emoji)

    The idea of a staycation sounds perfect! I haven’t traveled much in the last few years – first COVID, then getting caught in the Long Con with M. Jacques (yeah. so much for that 6-8 weeks for eval/light training). Plus, this is the time of year I really enjoy my garden!

    • cinnamon says:

      I don’t know why I haven’t gotten Mitsouko out recently — except maybe the level in the bottle. Until a year or so ago I wore it fairly frequently. I guess I need to make myself go smell the newest iteration… Ah, a peach tree. Would love that but no space. So, is M Jacques now an established part of the household? Joe the Lab sends him paw bump and silly dog kisses.

  • SpringPansy says:

    Love this summery post. Yes, the blue sky and sunshine and warmer air (finally! I’m in Seattle) are all making me incredibly happy. Not to mention the orange/pink sunsets that go on and on until at least 10pm and my gorgeous veggie garden. I love it all. We’ve got guests coming throughout July, two camping trips plus a wine tasting trip planned and I hope I remember to appreciate every single moment. Wearing Chanel No. 5 L’Eau and heading out to the garden.

    • cinnamon says:

      It’s amazing how much better longer periods of light during the day and a bit of sunshine can us feel. Ah, veggie garden. A great thing. Sounds like you’ve got a lot of really lovely things happening.

  • alityke says:

    What a relaxing read.
    I have the date in my reminders of when we picked the dwarf rooted morello cherry tree last year. There were enough for just a single pie. I gifted DH the tree when he retired in 2018. The apple tree is over ladened already & the blackcurrant bush is covered with marble sized fruit ready to pick. The gooseberries got picked last week & the pie I made was delicious.
    Jasmine fragrances? Now we’re talking!
    SL Sarrasins is my HG. All that dirty jasmine & well worn leather is so lush. I finished my decant & on a pension buying a bell jar is out of my grasp. I do have SL A La Nuit a dirty jasmine soliflore but I rarely reach for it. I tend to reach for Woods of Windsor White Jasmine EdT is more of a cologne but in warm weather is perfect for a simple indolic yet cooling jasmine. The bath & body range is lovely too. I picked mine up for pennies on Perfume Click & from TKMaxx. There are too many others to love.
    I’m envious of the Mitsouko Parfum. Mitzi is “my” Guerlain, the newer stuff is good, her bones are there but she’s some how less voluptuous

    • cinnamon says:

      A cherry tree. Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever smelled Sarrasins. That goes on the list 🙂 A La Nuit doesn’t do it for me. A visit to TK Maxx is pencilled in for the week off.

      • alityke says:

        Enjoy your sniffing! A city TKMaxx should have the best of what they have available but it can be very hit & miss.
        Sarrasins is just the most swoony fragrance. Hot, breathy, dirty jasmine with well worn, supple, slightly horse sweaty, leather. It’s only downside is it’s a deep purple/blue & stains pale & white clothes. Not skin though.
        Sarrasins has been out of stock for months on the Lutens websites & searching Google rumours that it is d/ced are out there.

        • cinnamon says:

          The TKMaxx hasn’t been that exciting when I’ve visited in the past. One can but hope. Hmmm, so maybe gone, along with Tubereuse Criminelle? Another thing I’ll have to find in decant…

          • alityke says:

            I am so disappointed at SL doing such a cull.
            Brooke from Sainte Cellier has kindly offered me a decant of Tubey Crim with my next purchase. She is so kind, enthusiastic & supportive. She carries very interesting lines too, including Eris & The Zoo
            It’s the most interesting online perfumes store I’ve come across & she’s in the UK.

  • ElizaC says:

    The Serge Lutens jasmine was so beautifully intense! I love the feral jasmine! There is a local perfumer, Filigree & Shadow, who has made a perfume that is simply orange blossom and jasmine. I haven’t tried it yet, but it is on my list!

    • cinnamon says:

      Filigree & Shadow? Interesting name. I’ve got the discontinued Hiram Green Dilettante and that’s my only OB.

  • Tara C says:

    My summer jasmine favorite is Amouage Ashore, but I also am enjoying Dior Grand Bal, Guerlain Jasmin Bonheur and SL La Réligieuse and Fils de Joie. I love the Korres jasmine body creme as well.

    • cinnamon says:

      Sadly, I have yet to meet an Amouage that really works on me. It is a conundrum. Hmmm… will have to look out for the Korres. Had forgotten about the brand — used to use their shower gels.