It´s hotter than Hades here right now à¢â‚¬” 96 degrees and humid, the sort of weather that reminds me why, until recently, the D.C. area was rumored to be a Hardship Post for the European diplomatic community. (It still could be, based solely on the food and the traffic.)
Here is a list of what I´m actually wearing in this infernal heat, as opposed to sampling, sniffing, trying, re-trying, considering, etc. These scents go on smoothly and don´t make me want to curl up and die in the general stink of summer in Washington:
Bvlgari Eau Perfumee Au The Blanc à¢â‚¬” In my opinion, this one is underrated. It´s kind of a lame tea scent, but it is not really about the tea; it´s about the artemisia (a.k.a. wormwood), that fabulous, odd plant smell. FYI this is what absinthe is made from. The Big Cheese loves this on me, which I find funny but also a bonus.
Malle En Passant à¢â‚¬” Someone (Colombina?) hates the lilac in this, and I admit lilac is not my favorite soliflore. This one has just enough of a metallic sharpness (what I think of as à¢â‚¬Å“wet fenceà¢â‚¬?) to redeem it in the heat. Sublime.
Novaya Zarya Carnation à¢â‚¬” Colombina the
Wonderful Terrible sent me a big decant, knowing how much I love carnation. I could probably dump an entire bottle on and live. And for three bucks a bottle, why not?
Guerlain Vitalisant à¢â‚¬” Notice the conspicuous absence of many Guerlains on my list. I even had to scrub my beloved Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat off the other day, which is what happens when the temperature hits 95 à¢â‚¬¦ Vitalisant is crisp and citrusy cologne and doesn´t bite the hand that splashes it on.
Muelhens 4711 à¢â‚¬” I´ve been wearing this since my pre-air-conditioning teenage days. (Yeah, I had air-conditioning growing up in D.C. It was called opening the window and sleeping on the porch.) Objectively I can´t swear that it´s a great scent, and probably part of my love is just nostalgia. But $14 gets an enormous bottle at your local TJ Maxx/Marshalls. I keep mine in the fridge. My first cologne love.
Guerlain Apres L´Ondee EDT. I am still waiting for the season/occasion/mood when this doesn´t work for me. My most consistently perfect scent, in that I have never put it on and thought: oh, I´ve made a mistake.
Floris Summer Limes. Limes. End of story. So tart it makes my mouth water when I apply it. Lasts 20 minutes. Reapply. (NOTE: I am NOT referring to Floris Limes, which is a fruity/floral I recall not liking. You are looking for SUMMER Limes.)
L´Artisan Passage d´Enfer. I know. It Seems So Wrong. I wound up spraying this on accidentally right before leaving the house and decided I´d just suffer through it. It did the oddest thing: that buoyant incense I love so much spring, fall and winter morphed in the heat into something à¢â‚¬¦ woodier. And still buoyant. I reapplied in fear and curiosity and it did the same thing. Summer incense; who knew?
What works for you in the heat?
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