Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Perfume- My Current Summer Rotation

It's time for a current perfume rotation check-in, AKA stuff I reach out for on instinct, without much deliberation or pre-mediation.

Balmain-Ivoire (vintage). I haven't tried the re-issue, but I doubt it can thrill me as much as this classic summer staple.

Parfumerie Generale- Bois Naufrage I always overdose on fig scents in the summer, and this one has somehow become the husband's favorite, so there's always a good chance that at least one of us smells like a salty fig-laced driftwood.

Armani Prive- Bois d'Encens. I've been craving stark incense, perhaps as the answer to the opressing heat. I usually go for Heeley's Cardinal, but lately it's the even denser Armani. And all of a sudden I have a strong desire to get a bottle of CdG Black.

Speaking of strong desires, I drained all the samples I've had of Talco Delicato (I Profumi di Firenze), and I'm yearning for an actual bottle. I thought I didn't like it, but I guess my recent heavy use of an Italian talcum powder (a summer staple) has flipped out a switch in my fickle brain.

Ines de la Fressange (1999 version). It's a summer bedtime staple. I've come a long way from shrugging at it as too delicate to deep appreciation  and then true love.

Stephane Humbert Lucas 777- Soleil de Jeddah. A good reminder that summer can be sexy.

Bois 1920- Sutra Ylang. Speaking of sexy.

Etat Libre d'Orange- Fils de Dieu. Another summertime before bed ritual, just like Fin du Monde is a winter comfort thing, the lemony steamed rice is lighthearted and easy to wear.

Guerlain- vintage L'Heure Bleue eau de cologne. I picked an old bottle (the one with the cone-shaped glass stopper) at a Connecticut antique store. It's lighter than my other LHB edc and helps me start the morning when I'm really not into being fully awake (that describes most days, really).

Estee Lauder- Sensuous Nude. After being on the fence for a long time I decided that the 15ml bottle (eBay is your friend) would be a cheap and dirty little treat. since I can't really eat coconut (allergies), this is the next best thing.

Image: Olivia da Costa for Please Magazine, styled by Julie Nivert.


  1. Great list, Gaia! My perfume rotation consists of Bois Blond and L'Ombre Fauve by PG, Khol de Bahrein by SHL, Heliotrope Blacn by Oriza L. Legrand, Amouage's Gold Woman, Bruno Acampora's Musc, and Ormonde Jayne's Frangipani.
    Happy Wednesday

  2. Love these lists because they inevitably remind me of perfumes I need to wear more of or send me off to get samples of those I've yet try. Recently I seem to be wearing a lot of perfumes like Montaigne that I associate with structured clothing on the formal side when the reality is that my wardrobe's been pretty much all about light and loose blouses or casual sundresses.

  3. I recently discovered Bois Neufrage - it's gorgeous!

  4. My no brainer includes Kouros in any vintage form, though surprisingly I'm warming up to the current as well, Ninfeo Mio, Shalimar, surprisingly often Poison in vintage edt, Songes, and Ubar on I-don't-give-a-damn days!


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