Another Day At The Beach – Summer Scent Mini-Reviews Part 2

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?

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33 Responses to Another Day At The Beach – Summer Scent Mini-Reviews Part 2

  1. lady jane grey says:

    I’m wearing two (yes, two – I couldn’t decide, so I split myself lenghtwise early today …) of my absolute summer favorites : Blenheim Bouquet (Penhaligon’s) and Cologne Bigarade (F.M.). The past few days I tested Keiko Mecheri’s Hesperides collection, they are said to be “summer citrus fragrances” but they have nothing to do with colognes (exept probably Les Nuits d’Izu) and I just loved them, unfortunately. I wouldn’t mind if somebody would leave them on my doorstep one day (with my multiple personality I could solve the problem of wearing multiple frangrances the same time…). But more probably, I will go for a decant.
    The conclusion from your post to me however is : I have samples of both, Alahine and Meloe – I have to give them a test.

  2. JoanElaine says:

    Flora Nymphea sounds lovely! Another Aqua Allegoria fragrance I like in Summer is Tiare Mimosa. It’s not too representative of its name, but it’s a lovely fruity floral and it makes me smile!

    • Olfactoria says:

      The AA fragrances are mostly nice, I think. There are a few duds of course, but I like many. Will take a closer sniff at Tiare Mimosa next time I come across it at the deartment store.

  3. Tara says:

    Part 1 was fun and so is Part 2!

    Must check out those Jo Malone Tea scents, just out of curiosity mostly. I always felt CB I Hate Perfumes to be rather off-puttingly gimicky but, after seeing the man behind them on the BBC Four doc, I have a lot more understanding and respect for them. I’ll be sure to check out At the Beach 1966 next time I’m at Liberty’s. As for Carthusia Via Camerelle, sounds like it would be a good one to check out while I’m in Sicily.

    I think it’s very hard for colognes to capture the imagination, no matter how well they are done. I keep banging on about it but, the Atelier Colognes are in a league of their own. Particularly love Oolong Infini and Trefle Pur. I’m so grateful that you introduced me to them. I also love the Sisley Eau de Campagne you sent me, a lovely crushed leaves scent for summer. Basically I owe my entire summer scent wardrobe to you, dear B!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I am always banging on about Atelier as well, I had a reference to them in this post but then took it out again, lest people start to think I am being paid by them. 😉 But they are indeed unique, nothing holds up like they do!

      Carthusia is a great line to smell in the beautiful setting of Sicily. I think you would like Via Camerelle.

      I wish I could go to Liberty’s with you! Are they generous with samples there?

      • Tara says:

        I wish you could too! However, generous with samples they are not. Despite my best efforts asking 2, or maybe 3, SAs I left with none.

        • Olfactoria says:

          How shortsighted those SA’s are! I don’t understand why they act as if they have to pay for the samples themselves! Wanting to sample before commiting to a bottle of expensive perfume is no crime, I wish they would stop acting so scandalized at the notion. Okay, mini-rant over. 🙂

          • Tara says:

            My thoughts exactly! They act like you are some kind of scrounger when you ask but the perfume companies give them free of charge so people then buy the perfume! There is a reason I have spent literally hundreds of pounds on perfume at Selfridges and none at Liberty – samples!

    • deeHowe says:

      Gotcha! I will send you some Via Camerelle 🙂 See how sneaky I have become?

  4. HoneyDawn says:

    The Guerlain fragrance sounds divine! And I know what you mean when you say how you would wear it, because when I read your description, that’s the picture that came into my mind, too!

  5. Liam says:

    I love the sound of On The Beach 1966. Is it like sun-block and marine/sandy smells? I miss the beach too. Despite the fact I live on an island, and one with some of the world’s finest beaches, I feel terrible this year for not evening being to one! Must leave out my bucket and spade and remind myself, “SOON!”

    • Olfactoria says:

      Yes, On the Beach is like sunscreen and sand and ocean spray and fresh air. Lovely! Ireland’s beaches must be so beautiful, sadly I have never been there.

      I can just imagine you with your bucket and shovel determinedly digging a big hole. Boys. 😉

  6. deeHowe says:

    Mini-reviews are tops!

    I never thought I would like beachy fragrances, but it turns out they make me very happy; starting with Bronze Goddess, then on to Terracotta Eau sous le Vent, and even Bulgari Omnia (which I find very beachy). At the beach sounds like a must try.

    The Carthusia line makes me happy: when I fist tried them, my main problem was that I could only pick one to purchase a bottle of! As you say, they aren’t startlingly original, but they do the job nicely, and there is something to be said for that. Via Camerelle makes me feel as if I’m strolling down a street in a beach-side town. Happy!

    Today I want to be reminded of the ice-cream trucks I chased in my childhood summers, and am wearing Anne Pliska! Creamsicle’s were always my favorite treat 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hmm, due to overlong sample queues I told myself to keep Anne Pliska for fall, but seeing that you wear it now, I should promote it a bit. Via Camerelle is great! Thank you for sending it! xoxo

  7. Julie says:

    Summer scents are my favorites! I just pulled down several from the closet to put on my vanity to remind me to wear my favorites. Can’t recall all off the top of my head but here are most of them:
    AA Herba Fresca (which you mentioned in Pt. 1), AA Mandarine Basilic, MPG Bahiana, Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint, LAP The Pour un Ete, AG Chevrefuille, JLo Deseo, MAC Africanimal, and Hermes Jardin sur le Nil. Most of them are decants. I’m wearing Mugler Cologne today. I think I must be anosmic to something because everyone raves about this one, but all I get is a little soap at first and then it’s gone. Or maybe I just need to spray a bit more lavishly.

  8. Vanessa says:

    I am sooo behind the curve where those Jo Malones are concerned – but they do sound well worth checking out.

    Am intrigued to know why you would “very much like to be” an American? I love America and have many American friends, but feel no need to actually *be* one. : – ) Apart from being landlocked, is there anything else up with being an Austrian, may I ask? Just curious. But you have Hundertwasser and Wiener Werkstätte, Art Nouveau and Sachertorte, and that funny waxwork in the Cafe Central? And the restaurant in a crypt! And horse drawn carriages and lashings of gold leaf and wacky clocks, and the Pure Distance lounge I have yet to visit…

    But back to summer scents…I would add Ajne Calypso, Parfums 06130 Yuzu Rouge, TDC Bergamote, Jasper Conran Woman, Kenzo Eau de Fleur de Magnolia, Lostmarc’h L’Eau de L’Hermine & Byredo Gypsy Water.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I don’t essentially need to “be” an American, I just would very much like to have a Green Card, so I could come and go and work as I liked.
      Austria is not bad, if maybe a little narrow in every sense of the word. 🙂
      America means freedom to me, but most probably it is a severe case of the grass is greener… I would not want to miss European culture and food and mindset most of the time, but I’d certaily love the option to miss my home. 😉

  9. Vanessa says:

    Aha, “be an American” in the sense of having the freedom to work there – now I understand! A Green card would be handy for sure. I know what you mean about narrowness – friends who lived in Germany said they were not allowed to wash the car on a Sunday, though I don’t know if that is still the case. And I still love Germany despite all the Verpflichtungen. That said, there is narrowmindedness in every country, including certain parts of the US if I dare say so – and I have visited 30+ states. Though geographical gneralisations are always dangerous! There are probably liberal and narrow minded people just in my street of 11 houses… : – )

  10. Lucy says:

    Yes, CB got that Coppertone at the beach scent exactly, I remember it well.
    Teo Cabnel Meloe sounds so intriguing, I wonder if you put some balm on first, it might hold a bit longer. Perfume for Strange Women on Etsy makes a balm for that purpose.
    So many Americans want to go to Europe (and be able to work there too) so we’re even…
    Maybe some day, hopefully soon, the borders will be a lot softer.

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