Three cool scents for summer from Ormonde Jayne, Castle Forbes and The Different Company

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Even if in Europe summer is not about to leave us soon, I for myself found the best way to deal with the heat wave: fresh scents. Now, there`s a common thought that fresh scents are too weak or even boring with their lemony bla-bla, but if you look close and test much you might find some out of the ordinary nice examples.


On my shelf I have now this three weapons that I use in rotation to combat the heat:

The first one I`d like to talk about is Frangipani from Ormonde Jayne. I love Linda Pilkington approach and her collection is so well made and eclectic, each scent having a surprise factor – no wonder if they are developed by one of the most talented noses of our time Geza Schön.
I use Frangipani for about three years now, mostly during warm days and I cannot get enough of this beauty. Frangipani, on contrary to what the name simply suggests does not deliver that classic well known smell of frangipani with it`s creamy exotic features but more the atmosphere around this flower. I do like a hand of beachy ambrosial sweet coconuty scents, but this is something totally different. When you open the cap you get a cool breeze of amazing citruses nuances, and you almost want to dive in this scent, to let it absorb you in it`s clean and crispy flavors.The culprit for this uplifting opening is a zesty lime accent and the best part is that it will remain on stage during the entire development of the scent. It has a sharp side, as if you smell the peel of the squeezed fruit and also some fruitier aspects, but is definitely not sweet. After some time I begin to notice some flowers in the background, but they are quite fuzzy and far away, sending just some delicate feminine vibes to the surface where everything is fresh and prime. Among the flowers I get whiffs of honey infused linden blossom, delicate frangipani and a jasmine that shows here without its indolic characteristics. Frangipani has a special sparkling bubbliness, offering the equivalent effect of a champagne shower. A citrusy-green scent that always puts a smile on my face and makes me feel confident no matter how hot outside is.

The second one is a scent featured for men, but I encourage every woman to give it a try – it`s called Keig and is made by Castle Forbes a brand that is well known for their exquisite shaving products. A wing of the castle Forbes in Scotland was converted into a small perfumery, every item of the line being produced there, so the batches are small and they sell only in a few selected shops in Europe. My encounter with Keig was a fantastic moment, almost like a revelation! First of all because it is a citrus scent – I always neglect this category AND is for men – oh, I have to leave my prejudices aside and think out of the box. Unusual here is how the lemon note was treated, not giving the impression that it pinches my skin with the typical astringent facets. That`s because right from the start the sandalwood plays a pretty intense part enveloping the citruses in an almost creamy veil. Still, it isn`t that rich sandalwood you know from oriental compositions, no, here this wonderful and mild wood note only softness a bit the edges. There is also a bit of amber here leaning a little more towards the masculine side thanks to the amplified cedar facets. Another aspect that is important to be mentioned is the good longevity. Rarely a citrus scent lasts so long as Keig does. Never underestimate the lemon :)!

And the last one is the fabulous Sublime Balkiss from The Different Company. I don`t know what to say first: that this is one of the most refined blackcurrant scents on the market or a marvelous new way to present the whimsical patchouli? Because this scent is mostly about these ingredients perfectly juxtaposed, and both display different flavours as the ones they are usually known for. The blackcurrant note has the misfortune to be presented so badly in various mainstream scents where it gives the same pungent artificial echo below vanilla pudding like combinations, but luckily there are a few examples in the niche territory who offer the real potential of blackcurrants – that of adding a touch o vividness and one of these is Sublime Balkiss. I have never smelled a scent that seems so bright and dark at the same time as this one. At start it is very juicy from the blackcurrants mixed with freshly cut violet leaves that seem so wet and green that you have the impression you`re walking in a forest right after the rain. Then the patchouli comes at the surface covering the refreshing aromas with an earthy powdery scent, so fine and delicate like a transparent cloak. After a while the shadowy footpath leads your steps to a luminous glade where lilac bushes and roses are in full bloom. At this stage the scent begins to spin blending all ingredients to perfection. Amazing for summer nights!

Hi, my name is Raluca! I am born in Romania and live in Switzerland for many years. I love perfumes since I was a little girl and now I am an avid perfume collector and totally dedicated to the amazing world of essences. I am always looking for something new and interesting to discover and among my personal preferences are the delicate and powdery notes, but also some bold orientals. I admire both clasic and niche fragrances with a special twist in them. A good perfume for me should be able to put me in a special mood, to complete and inspire me…things I need when I paint or do photography, my other two passions.

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