Every summer I fall again for the lovely, warm, intoxicating and tender scent of orange blossoms. Last year Parfums de Nicolai Eau de Soleil was my drug of choice, this year I found something that is such a sensory pleasure that I just had to share it with you.
Duft und Kultur is a shop in Vienna that harbours many treasures and a trip there is always nice, but this time I was especially lucky. I just went by to smell the new summer scent by Patricia Nicolai, Musc Monoi (not my cup of tea btw, it just has a too big whallop of calone in the mix that makes me uneasy and smelling like the local pool, the mini-dose of monoi doesn’t stand a chance against it on my skin) and to pick up my favorite lip balm by Diptyque when the lovely SA was so generous as to pack a selection of samples of the Diptyque body care line, L’Art du Soin, into my bag.
In the evening I tried the Lait Frais, the fresh body lotion and, people, I have never spent a more relaxing night of sleep (well, maybe not never but not in a very long time!). The lotion is heavenly scented with a soft, but persistent sweet orange blossom that is nothing short of wonderful. Aside from the fragrant pleasure, the lotion is very nice, it sinks in quickly but is very caring and rich for my skin which is on the drier side. Pure sensory delight.
After sleeping in fragrant bliss the entire night and still waking to the remnants of this delightful ointment, I hotfooted it back to the store to indulge in the full sized bottle. For good measure, I tried the L’Eau de Neroli, the matching cologne of Diptyque’s Les Hesperides line.
I walked home on an orange cloud of bliss.
L’Eau de Neroli was created in 2008 by Olivier Pescheux and includes notes of bergamot, petitgrain, verbena, tarragon, neroli, orange blossom, beeswax, white musk and cedarwood.
Now hours later, sitting here and writing about it, I am still surrounded by the warm embrace of the musky drydown, blissfully happy.
L’Eau de Neroli is not a complicated scent (you would have guessed that anyway, wouldn’t you?), but summer for me is not about complicated. I do not want to be distraced or put to work (as Undina would put it) by my perfume, I want it to be as light and carefree as I want to feel right now. L’Eau de Neroli does what is says on the package, it smells like neroli. Opening sparkly and brightly it segues into a warm and softly sweet orange blossom heart that fades into a woody musk made slightly creamy and even warmer by the delicate beeswax note.
Right now that is all I want.