We have enjoyed the most amazing summer weather here in Copenhagen. It’s safe to say, that I don’t remember it ever having been so consistently beautiful. So writing about perfume has come in second, and being outside enjoying the Danish summer won. It also seems the fragrance flies of my skin in these temperatures, of course that’s just an excellent excuse for spraying lavishly.
Here are a few photos from Copenhagen over the last weeks, as well as a sort of scent diary, and I apologise for the quality of the pics as they are taken with camera phone.
So what have I been wearing; to the nearby Amager beach (no photos, sorry), predictably, it has been Terracotta and Lys Soleia. A bit of tropical inspiration to make the environment even more enticing, adding imaginary palms and coconuts.
I have enjoyed the life out of my Cologne du Maghreb sample and have also been dozing myself in Guerlain’s La Cologne du Parfumeur. A classic cologne which to me feels like a cooling veil. The notes are all typical cologne; citruses, amalfi lemon, african orange flower, mint, rosemary and lavender.
But the orange flower is quite sweet and smooths out the hesperidic notes, to make LCdP a mellow kind of cologne with only the slightest whiff of lavender and rosemary, just enough to make you think of freshly ironed, crisp, white shirts. It all comes together to something that smells almost a bit nutty and perhaps a tiny bit musky in the end. A refreshing but intimate smell of summer.
I also had to go and dig out an old favourite. Had I not once loved it so dearly, I’m not sure if I’d really tolerate it today, perhaps it has just the tiniest bit too much laundry musk, but there’s no denying that (the now discontinued) Relaxing Fragrance by Shiseido (1997) has something going for it in the summer heat. The notes are artemisia, tea rose, cassia, raspberry, cucumber and bamboo, peony, gardenia and cardamom. I’d say it’s green, sheer and watery. A minimalistic Spa-pampering-feel-good fragrance.
Another discontinued summer favourite has been Guerlain Aroma Allegoria Vitalisant. The notes are, citruses, bergamot, green notes, tea, jasmine, peach, saffron and woodsy notes. What you see is what you get, a really gorgeous blend, starting out with an ensemble of citrus notes, followed by a feeling of a green jasmine ice tea added a touch of peach, and floating above the composition is a glorious saffron note which instills sunbeams and warm happiness. Truly sunshine in a bottle.
Also working its wonders has been a vintage bottle of Diorissimo EdT- which at some point deserves a post of its own, and then I have been wearing the new version of Carven’s Ma Griffe. I’ll be writing more about that shortly.
Summer and sunshiny greetings from me to you.