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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Top Ten of Summer 2005

The Top Ten of Summer!!

Decisions, decisions! Well, I know it's been a hot summer, and although I've been mostly indoors lately, in frigid air-conditioned buildings, when I actually do get outdoors, the heat has been absolutely stifling, and the humidity is so high, you can almost feel the thickness of the moisture as you pass your hand through the air! And need I remind y'all of the unbearable action of entering into a car that's been sitting in a sunny parking lot for many an hour? Aiya! Now I know what chocolate chip cookies feel like when they are in the oven! Well, I want to smell as yummy as a cookie in this sort of weather, but of course the fragrances have to stand up to the smothering heat!

1) L'Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons- it's still #1 in my book. Light and floral, it's a very happy carefree scent, and just epitomizes the way summer should be... linden, orange blossom and tuberoses...
2) Jo Malone Orange Blossom- more citrus than floral, and quite fresh! Works well alone or to layer with other scents (esp. heavier white florals) to give them a lift.
3) Marc Jacobs- my current default fragrance; the creamy lovely scent of a gardenia bud just about to open. There really is a cool watery quality to this scent. Think of a summer evening with gardenia bushes and a lovely cool pond nearby.
4) Boucheron Trouble Eau Legere Nacree- still has the warmth and oomph I want for a come-hither fragrance (after all, we all must have a come hither scent, just not overly-smoldering in the heat!), yet just lightened a touch so as not to smother in the warmer weather. The shimmer is a cute touch, but not that noticeable. A nice opening with citrus and jasmin sambac with a good soft base of amber and vanilla.
5) Blue Mediterraneo Arancia- delightfully cool and refreshing citrus scent with the right balance of piquancy and sweetness. Like you just peeled a clementine.
6) Etro Vicolo Fiore- summer nights by a pond inundated with the loveliest lotus and lily pads
7) Chanel Gardenia- Quintessential and elegant. Just the right balance with jasmine predominates this scent with a subtley warm base.
8) Frederic Malle En Passant- Lilac, lilac everywhere! But with a wonderfully refreshing coolness from a cucumber accord.
9) Demeter Gingerale- That lovely smell when you open up a can of fizzy lemon-lime soda... it's perfect in this concoction! Fun, fun, fun!
10) Dior Addict 2- (aha! I didn't tell you that I finally got to try this one, did I? More about this later!) The initial blast of refreshing citrus softens into a fun, fruity scent which isn't overly sugary sweet. And the pink bottle is just too cute!

Keep cool, kitten-friends!

Want to see more Top 10 Summer Fragrance lists? Check out An
Alabaster Brow
, Bois
de Jasmin
, Blogdorf
, Brain
Trapped in Girl's Body
, C'est
, Koneko's
*Mostly* Beauty Diary
, Life
in Paris
, Now
Smell This
, Make
a Mental Note
, Ombligo!,
Nice Nowadays
, Self-Styled
, She’ll
Be Feverish After So Much Thinking
and This
Bananafish Smells Like Leaves


ParisLondres said...

Hurry - I cannot wait to see yours!


Koneko said...

LOL! Here you go! =)
I just read your list! Very lovely! I have to try some of those fragrances. I always love the pics on your blog!

boisdejasmin said...

Oh, what a wonderful and diverse list! I really loved reading it as well as descriptions.

Koneko said...

Thank you dearest V!
Do you know that introduced me to many of the scents listed? I am always forever grateful to you!

Campaspe said...

Meow, Koneko, guess who? :) I always love your taste. YOU introduced me to DHC, my HG cleanser. And La Chasse is so, so lovely; I totally associate it with you.

katiedid said...

I have a sample of La Chasse sitting around and I must remember to try it out!

How fascinating to hear that about Addict 2. I'm usually stubborn and don't try out the "sequels," til after its old news, but I guess I should make an exception for this one.

Koneko said...

Campaspe! Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness! Is this my dear F??? I have been lurking on your wonderful blog, but I didn't realize it was you, but now it all makes so much sense!!!!!! Much love to you!!!!!!

Koneko said...

hello katiedid!
I have a tendency to hype La Chasse, but honestly I think it's one of the prettiest happy florals around. =) Let me know how it works out on you!

Ah, Addict 2. I only tried it out on Saturday, but I was really about to break down and buy it. I never just buy a fragrance after walking around with it for a few hours, but I was in one of those moods... this just smelled very yummy. I couldn't stop smelling my wrist, I wanted to bite it. (sorry if that sounds weird!) I held off but will defn. revisit very soon (and if all works out, I'll have a new purchase!)

Diane said...

Lovely list, M! Naturally, your La Chasse is at the top. I know it smells fantastic on you and goes with all of your new dresses.

Atreau said...

I have recently fallen in love with La Chasse aux Papillons. I tested it last year and hated it, decided to test it again and love it!

Wonderful list and just as sunny and cheerful as you are! :)

careerlady (on said...

What a great list! So happy!!! I love the idea of Chanel Gardenia for summer. I feel my own bottle is neglected :-( I will drag it out and wear it more often - it's such a sparkler, and so refreshing! Love all your suggestions and will give them all a try! {{{{HUGS}}}} L

Koneko said...

Hullo-hullo! =)

D- You know me all too well! ;-) I don't think La Chasse can ever fall off from #1 (unless my body chemistry changes and does something awful to it, and it better not, or else, LOL!) Thank you for listening to my dress-drama sagas! =)

Atreau- awww, you are very sweet to me! Thank you. I think it's the funniest thing that fragrances can do 180's like that! I'm so glad that this story had a happy ending! =)

Lucia C- huge hug back!! aww, take that bottle of Gardenia and make friends again, ok? ;-) BTW, the music on your blog is one of my favorites! It's melancholy, but it makes me happy, LOL!

ParisLondres said...

Lovely and rather diverse list! Also loved reading your reviews.

Thank you so much for your kind words.


jon said...

While searching for new room air conditioner info for my house I stumbled onto your blog. I totally agree!