In the words of Mundy, Oh my my July… you’re not exactly working out as planned this year! It’s hard to get into summer mode with an umbrella constantly on hand and one evening last night I’m ashamed to say I actually put on the heating. Admittedly I am the coldest person in the history of all time, but still - heating on in July is bad even for me. That said it’s not a ride off just yet, I maintain the eternal summer optimist and have high hopes that clear blue skies are just around the corner. I’ve also spent the morning googling flights to warmer climates by way of insurance…
And so in the spirit of midsummer optimism let’s talk summer scents. I’ve really got into changing up perfumes along with the seasons over the past few years. Scent is a very individual and funny thing, your olfactory system (sense of smell) is actually the sense most likely to trigger emotions and memories. To this day a blast of Tommy Girl takes me right back to junior cert exam stress and teenybopper discos, synthetic watermelon scent brings me back even further to scented markers I was a little obsessed with in first class, and cinnamon equals mulled wine which can only mean Christmas, simple as that.
I generally lean more toward heavy winter scents, having an ongoing borderline obsession Viktor Rolf Flowerbomb Extreme and a recent fixation with Jo Malone Incense & Cedrat to carry me through the colder months. But for now, dodgy weather forecast aside, it’s the right time of year to lighten things up a little. I’ve three go-to summertime scents, which when combined with the right Tropical House Spotify playlist will have you feeling all summery in no time at all!
Firstly up is a scent I first discovered almost ten years ago (eek!) in Hawaii, Vera Wang Princess. We were lucky enough to be spending three weeks on the island of Oahu and this scent takes me right back in a heartbeat. It’s a really soft and delicate scent, sweet and oriental with notes of waterlilly and Tahitian flower layered over base notes of vanilla and royal musk. Every time I finish a bottle I decide that’s it, that I’ve grown out of this one now… and then every time I pass a duty free I somehow end up restocking! Vera Wang Princess is available from larger Boots store nationwide, usually priced €76.00 for the larger bottle but currently on offer for €41.99 (bargain!).
Then there’s my bridal fragrance which holds the sweetest memories for me and is something I’d highly recommend every bride to be to put a little thought into. I was lucky enough to be treated to a surprise pre-wedding fragrance consultation with Jo Malone (care of my maid of honour Alex!) where we played with layering scents and choosing a combination that represented the style and feel of my big day.
I decided on Blackberry & Bay, an intoxicating combination of sweet & fruity blackberry, spice of bay and deep base note of cedarwood. Its feminine and summery and created the most beautiful layered scent when combined with the amber & patchouli notes of English Pear and Fresia Body Creme. Only on my wedding day would I put this level of thought into fragrance, but it’s actually such a lovely special bridal treat that will take you right back to your big day for many years to come. Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay is available from Jo Malone counters at larger Brown Thomas and BT2 stores, priced €52.00 - €105.00 (30ml - 100ml).
Finally my most recent summer scent discovery comes care of the French fragrance guru’s at L’Occitane. Violette & Rose de Mai Eau de Toilette is a new summer scent from L’Occitane, and the latest addition to their Le Collection de Grasse - fragrances inspired by the perfume region in the South of France.
Violette & Rose de Mai beautifully combines violet and may rose floral notes with musk and sandalwood base notes. This is my new everyday go-to fragrance, it’s perfectly balanced but still maintains that feminine quality and lightness for this time of year. A seasonal fixture in my handbag for the next few months! Violette & Rose de Mai Eau de Toilette is priced €62.00, available from L’Occitane stores nationwide. What's you go to summer scent for this time of year?