Another day at the beach is in order (yes, I am aware of living in a landlocked country, painfully aware!), but Part 1 was fun, so here are a few more candidates to take along:
Jo Malone Sweet Lemon Cologne: is primarily a layering scent, it is even intended as such, since it came out with the Tea Collection, and lemon is a condiment for tea after all. What is kind of funny, is that I like Sweet Lemon (and Sweet Milk for that matter) a lot more than the three tea scents. It is very sweet, not too lemony actually and reminds me more of lemon custard, than actual fruit. It is nice to add a gourmand layer to many florals or deepen the impact of summery colognes. Nice, but not a must-have. On its own it smells a bit synthetic.
Jo Malone Assam and Grapefruit: the tea scent I liked best out of the three. The others, Fresh Mint (slight toothpaste alert) and Earl Grey and Cucumber (slight calone-aqua-freshness alert), were quickly dismissed, but this is a nice tea and grapefruit combo, that does not inspire anything more than the word nice though. Wait – let’s say: nice, but fleeting. But that does nothing to improve this review.
Teo Cabanel Meloè: Bergamot, mandarin, lemon, lavender, basil, neroli, orange blossom, jasmine, nutmeg, crystal moss, musk and amber – these are the lovely notes of Meloé, an Eau Legére by the creators of one of my favorite ambers, Alahine. Meloé is very nice, smells great, alas, it does so for only about five minutes and that is me generously erring on the side of the scent. So, I enjoy my sample, but it would not be worth a full bottle, providing I do not win the lottery tomorrow.
Carthusia Via Camerelle: now this is lovely! A fresh citrus scent with notes of bergamot, lemon, bitter orange, marjoram, cyclamen, jasmine, sheer woods and amber. It is sheer and light and perfectly summery. It is also not terribly inventive, but it fulfills its purpose to refresh and invigorate perfectly. This got some skin time already in the heat and made me happy.
Guerlain Flora Nymphea: an Aqua Allegoria release from 2010, it is an undemandingly nice floral bouquet, dominated by magnolia and orange blossom. It is fresh and floral, like a summer dress. Very girly and happy. Sometimes something like this is needed, especially on vacation.
CB I Hate Perfume – On The Beach 1966: I am not American, but I’d very much like to be, so of course to smell like Coppertone on the Atlantic circa 1966 is exactly my cup of tea. This is a true to life and therefore happy and relaxing beach scent that inspires urges to built sandcastles and frolic in the waves. Real or imaginary ones.
Dior Cologne Royale: a classic, cologne-as-cologne-can-be rendition of a familiar theme, and therefore works as expected – refreshing and uplifting, cooling and inoffensive on the hottest of days. The top is interesting with freshest, sparkling and crisp citrus notes and a hint of mint, the drydown is more of a let down though. Instead of the promised sandalwood, I only smell white musk (and not much of that). Not unique in the least, but a no-brainer of a scent, perfectly unisex and – for a short time – quite pretty.
Which important summer scents did I miss? What are your favorites?