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2017 Summer Favorites

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When it comes to wearing fragrance, summer is my favorite season. Maybe it is my taste, or the fact that I live in a hot, dry climate, but when I am out in public under the blazing sun, I’d much, MUCH rather smell summer fragrances. On those days, sweet scents can smell too sticky and gross, and spicy scents can smell like cumin-tinged sweat in the heat. But those summery citruses and florals, oh my… THOSE can be beautiful. Here are some favorites that I’ve been enjoying in Summer 2017:

Xerjoff 1861 Renaissance:

Cool mint, ice cubes, florals, and musks. Simple, clean, elegant, and very Italian. Imagine an old-fashioned gentleman’s cologne, modernized for the 21st century with a stronger concentration. It lasts quite a long time on my skin, and has excellent sillage.

Creed Green Irish Tweed:

Yes yes, I know… It’s typically known as a spring fragrance. Still, it’s hard to deny that Green Irish Tweed can make a sublime summer fragrance. It’s strong (but not too strong), squeaky clean, traditional, and unmistakably floral and fresh.

Le Labo Bergamote 22:

Riddle me this… In the summer heat, what is better than the combination of bergamot, neroli, and vetiver? Nothing. So reach for a bottle of Bergamote 22 and enjoy the magic. This fragrance comes in two distinct stages: First, the bergamot and neroli; second, the vetiver and musks. It’s always clean, always enjoyable, and always attracts positive attention.

Penhaligon’s Espirit du Roi:

When I was younger, I distinctly remember playing in the garden during summer, running through and being surrounded by herbs and tomato plants. Basically, that’s what Espirit du Roi smells like. There is a distinct tomato leaf note to this fragrance that smells photorealistic, and while it is unique in that herb garden fragrances are few and far between, it isn’t so unique that it smells weird. A hidden gem!

Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta:

Another hidden gem, Colonia Assoluta is often overlooked in favor of other hits from the brand. That’s a mistake, since Assoluta is a masterpiece collaboration from Bertrand Douchafour and Jean-Claude Ellena, smelling of citruses, soapy florals, and a distinct note of lemon verbena. Assoluta is the lightest fragrance on this list, and consequently I tend to wear it on the very hottest days of summer.

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