Woooo-hooo! The first day of summer is fast-approaching, so it's time to talk about my favorite perfumes for summer 2016. At first I was going to call this post my "top 3 summer perfume picks", but we all know that picking only 3 perfumes out of the millions out there is totally impossible. Five was SO HARD, trust me, there were many perfumes I wanted to include but I was am on a mission to keep it succinct. Here are my Top 5 in no particular order:
Terracotta, Guerlain - You knew this was gonna be here, right? I gave it a glowing review, plus who can resist being transported to the Aegean Sea with the scent of bold white florals, sunscreen and coconut? Now available at Nordstrom.
1804 George Sand, Histoires de Parfums Few things say "summer" (or "Hawaii") like pineapple. These days it seems like coconut gets all the attention, but some nice, juicy pineapple and a hint of cloves (a spice that does really well in hot weather) is just the tonic you need in the summer heat. You can purchase a sample or bottle at LuckyScent.
Bergamot Jasmine & Labdanum, Dame Perfumery - If you seek a gauzy veil of jasmine without all the fruit and globs of tanning lotion, I really love Jeffrey Dame's spin on this delicate white flower. It is not heady (i.e. head-achy) jasmine; it's fresh, pure, and breezy in this gorgeous fragrance. Travel sprays and full bottles available from Dame Perfumery.
Morn to Dusk, Eau d'Italie - From the nose who created Hypnotic Poison, you knew this was gonna be a good vanilla. A strong note of juicy bergamot atop a sugared vanilla, rather than a cloying, creamy vanilla. No incense nor any other heavy notes weighing it down, this could be your vanilla go-to for the warmer months. Get a sample or a full bottle at Beauty Frontier.
Marrakech Intense, Aesop - One thing I love is to wear a good spicy perfume in hot weather. And if you love Orientals like I do, and you aren't willing to give them up just cuz it's hot, give this juice a whirl. There are no cloying notes of vanilla nor tonka, just a lot of smooth sandalwood and gorgeous cardamom & cloves. Do people in India stop eating curry because it's hot? No way! They've known for thousands of years that heat and spice go together like Bert and Ernie. You can find it at Barneys.