For summer I like to wear lush, white floriental scents, the ones that remind me of hot days spend somewhere on a fantasy beach I’ve never been to. For this feel, in past years I’ve been turning to Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia and Terracotta Voile d’Été, but there’s a new kid on the (sun-) block, Terracotta Le Parfum.
Imagine yourself surrounded by an azure sea, palm trees and exotic white flowers and the quiet lullaby of waves hitting the shore. In the shade, the scent of skin, warm and fragrant from sun, sun lotion, a light breeze carrying the scent of salty sea towards land, and sand, too hot to thread onto with bare feet.
The scent is of tiare flowers, jasmine and ylang-ylang intertwined, the bouquet is sensuous, sweet. The balmy coconut is flirty, with a bit of ‘come-hither’ even, a feeling supported by vanilla and musk embracing the composition warm like suntanned skin, with a touch of bronzer. I feel a slight saltiness to it all, like the salt left on the skin from bathing in the sea. And it all comes together to something smooth and elegant like flowery white garments and sunshades, as elegant as it is possible to be in the heat.
The overall feel of Terracotta le Parfum is much less dessert like, and beachier than the sunny Lys Soleia, and although Terracotta le Parfum could have held notes of tuberose, it’s much easier to wear than the lovely but perhaps more grown-up feisty Mahora. It does however have that quintessential Guerlain feeling; it’s an oriental for the summer.
Truthfully, as much as I love the fantasy, I think I’d prefer a Mediterranean beach holiday or even a gorgeous summers day on my own local beach, but that doesn’t change the fact that Terracotta Le Parfum conveys the quintessential holiday feeling. Something to wear all summer, or in the long winters when I long to dream myself away.
For more reviews of Terracotta le Parfum visit anotherperfumeblog, perfumeshrine,(with comparisons to Voile d’ete and Terracotta Sous le Vent), bestthingsinbeauty, colognoisseur, and possibly many many more.
Top picture is mine.