OK, so we’re into a week of August and even though it hasn’t been an extremely bad summer here, I’m feeling a bit bored with all my favorite hot weather scents. I got a craving for something a little bigger, a little more buxom, and packing a bit more punch than the citrus coolers I’m usually wearing — in fact, I was in a rare mood for me: Go big or go home.
And after poking through a huge sample stash, I settled on Estee Lauder’s Tuberose Gardenia. Just perfect — not a knock-you-dead fragrance but no shrinking violet either. Now I wouldn’t wear this beauty in close quarters or around scent-sensitive folks, but for a hot August night of spacious, al fresco dining, it was darned near perfect.
In Patty’s “gardenia roundup” on the Posse from a few years back, she calls it “the best of the middle of the road ‘pretty’ gardenia perfumes. This makes a better grab at the gardenia, and it stays sunny and bright, but never gets too sweet, and it has a nice lushness that fits better with a gardenia perfume, even though this really is more a tuberose perfume for me than a gardenia.”
And that, folks, just about says it all. I enjoyed its big-boned floralcy now for two nights and didn’t get tired of it. Wearing it makes me thankful that Estee Lauder is so good about maintaining its stable of scents, and not discontinuing them left and right, as other lines often do. You can visit most any EL counter and get a sniff of old favorites and newer launches. Now granted, some of them may have been somewhat reformulated, but you’ve gotta give EL points for at least hanging in there with them.
So what about you? What do you wear for a hot August night of “go big or go home”?