Yesssss! It’s SUMMAH! And time for the Top 10 Best Perfumes for Summer.
I know a lot of folks hate summer, hiding out in their AC until the first nip of autumn arrives. Not Musette. I love the whole ‘so hot you can’t move’, louche, laissez-faire feeling of a Midwestern summer, as the tomatoes ripen and the sunflowers hit shoulder-height and the blood runs just under the skin,instead of having to drop deep into your core, like it does in deep winter, just to keep you alive.
On the hottest days I get mah Freak on. Where others might long for cool citruses and vetivers, my soul cries out for Amouage Tribute Attar. Hey, go big or go home! Of course, the Amouage line is an Omani house (Royal, don’tchaknow) – and those folks know a thing or two about perfume in extreme heat. Tribute Attar comes into full bloom right about the 90F mark. That raspy smoke accord that can be somewhat distracting in cooler weather morphs into this ashes of roses tone and the rose oil melds into your skin and the whole thing becomes a silken,languid lounge on the pavillion, watching sunlight play on the splashing water in the fountain. If they made a body cream of this attar I would have to kill myself. Christopher, don’t do it, I beg of you! (okay…do it! Just. Do. It.)
Frederic Malle Carnal Flower. This is another beauty that just blooms on hot summer days but you know what? In extreme heat the Body Butter (Beurre Exquise) is even mo’ bettah! Something about the perfume goes a little scratchy in the summertime but that butter… yum! It’s been reformulated so it doesn’t separate anymore – it’s a smooth slickery-slide of hot-flower goodness, with that beautiful stab of eucalyptus winding through it. I am unrepentant about wearing it in high heat and you know what? Folks seem to love it. Either that or they’re too terrified to complain. I wore it yesterday. It was 96F. Gorgeous!
We in Los Angeles are having out usual wild swings between chilly onshore flow and arid Santa Anas, with a week or so of humidity to make it interesting. So my two summer faves have been from the vault:
Acqua di Parma (the original, whatever they’re calling it these days) is a go-to for summer weather. A lovely citrus floral with a clean drydown that makes me feel crisp and fresh in the worst of summer.
The other that I’ve found myself reaching for is Montale Musk to Musk. It’s light touch of spicy woods and warm oud that whispers. I’m starting to run low on this one, it’s been in such heavy rotation.
From the lovely Ann:
For the never-ending heat wave that this summer is turning out to be, I’m dusting off something old and pulling out something new (well, not THAT new, but newish, at least to me).
With all the talk this spring of the royal wedding scent, Illuminum’s White Gardenia Petals, several comments bubbled up about its resemblance to Prescriptives’ Calyx. I loved the heck out of Calyx in the late ’80s but over the years sort of forgot about it. So when I sniffed the Illuminum, I definitely thought it could be Calyx’s quieter, more reserved younger sister. And although I liked the WGP a lot (but not enough to fall full bottle for), it did serve to re-ignite my love for Calyx and I made haste to get some in my hot little hands.
My second summer love is Le Labo’s Tubereuse 40. As others have said before, it really is sunshine in a bottle. There’s just something about it that tickles my nose, my mood and my fancy. It makes me happy, and, silly as it might sound, near-giddy. And all with nary a prescription drug in sight. Now if it weren’t for that hefty price tag and that pesky NYC exclusivity business, this baby would be mine in a heartbeat.
I am the most boring top 10 best perfumes of summer person in the world. I pick the same things over and over. Hermessence Osmanthe Yunnan, Rose Ikebana, along with Rosine’s Zeste d’Rose and Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin. The last one used to not be on my list, even though I’ve had it in my drawer for years. I finally noted it was in a Top Ten Best Perfumes List from Perfumes: The Guide, so I tried it, and it’s really pretty freaking great.
Patty thinks she’s boring; she’s got company. Another Rose Ikebana fan here, albeit there ain’t much left in the bottle; Philosophy’s Enternal Grace has replaced Pure Grace this summer, because…I know, I know, you’re sick and tired of hearing about it. And bringing up the rear is Fresh Brown Sugar. That’s all I can tolerate; it’s been a freakin’ scorcher here in the Great White North!