The Summer Switch, 2013

spring into summerOkay, it’s time.

Despite the fact that four out of seven days last week were below 70F temperatures, I was so humid-sticky-miserable in the house last night, with the A/C off and windows mostly closed against the rain, that I went ahead and put my SPRING perfume wardrobe back in the cabinet and brought my SUMMER one out.

I mean, it was humid and 78F in the house last night, and good luck trying to sleep. (Actually, I slept anyway. I was tired.) Bleargh.

But the truth is that of the fragrances I usually think of as spring-only (Crown Bouquet, DSH White Lilac) , or at-their-best-in-spring (the old Kenzo Parfum d’Ete, DK Gold, Chamade, Chanel No. 19, Amoureuse, Penhaligon’s Violetta*), didn’t really get worn a lot this spring. It was either too cold, or too muggy-hot for them. So I have put most of them, excepting No. 19, away for more appropriate weather.

*Violetta I like in spring or fall, but having discovered recently that Bookworm likes it, I left it available too. Maybe it will move in to her room while she’s here this summer.

So the fragrances I only wear in summer are now in the hatbox on my dresser. Moschino Funny!, Parfums de Rosine Rose d’Ete, Hanae Mori Haute Couture, Cristina Bertrandt #3, DSH La Fete Nouvelle (my hay scent), all ready for summer. Also, I’ve put Annick Goutal Petite Cherie, currently residing in my fridge due to its notorious instability, back into rotation.

What else is in there, available for summer wear? Well, the aforementioned Chanel No. 19, DK Gold, original Silences, the new Silences eau de parfum Sublime, Tommy Girl (shaddup, I like it), the first, bellini-like, Ines de la Fressange, the old very-floral Kenzo Parfum d’Ete, Mary Greenwell Plum, vintage Emeraude, and L’Arte di Gucci (because sometimes you need a Killer Diva rose chypre no matter the weather). Plum I wear all year round, and the Ines is so lovely in warm weather but better in summer than in spring.  Seems like the only time I really like jasmine is in summer, and mixed with other things, but it’s prominent in the Cristina Bertrandt and the HM Haute Couture. Lots of rose in Ines, Rose d’Ete (duh), and Petite Cherie. Oh! And I should get out my multiple samples of DSH Rose Vert, that is gorgeous in summer. Someday I’ll have a bottle, but for now I’m making do with the little bits I have.


7 thoughts on “The Summer Switch, 2013”

  1. I love jasmine in the summer! I just got a bottle of Diptyque Olene in the old square bottle for a song, and I can’t wait to break it out. Otherwise in summer, I wear a lot of fresh florals like DSH Beach Roses, MPR Tubereuse, Tauer Zeta… Sometimes in the height of Austin summer I just wear body lotions, like Bath & Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena…

    1. I don’t really love jasmine anytime. But I like it better in summer. 🙂 That CLV is really awesome, isn’t it? I love that stuff. Usually it’s the soap, but I also have lotion and I think my mom gave me one of the body sprays… OOH, hey that would be good on sheets…

  2. ‘Shaddup, I like it’. Good attitude. I don’t think I’ve smelled Tommy Girl (not sure why not .. ). But Shalimar Parfum Initial? Shaddup, I like it.

    Your summer collection sounds marvellous!

    1. Tommy Girl is a lot like Rose d’Ete (not surprising I like both), but it has some clearly-synthetic jasmine in it and smells less nichey, more drugstore, if you get what I mean. At the same time, it lasts for evvvverrrrr, which is wonderful in the sticky humid heat we get around here in the summer.

      I don’t think I cared much for PI, but then I’m not that big a Shalimar fan anyway. (I do love Shal Light though.) A lot of people who don’t like the original think it’s great… and everybody seems to have that one guilty pleasure, don’t they? Bookworm has charge of my Sand & Sable because it smells better on her than it does on me, but that’s another good cheapie.

  3. You’re so Organized! Have been weeding things out this Spring and now for summer I have Gardenia Petale, Cologne Sologne, um… Elixir des Merveilles and uh… (shuffles feet) A Travers le Miroir. Oh Heaven help me a Mugler, but you know it’s the only tuberose that works on me and it is 20% Absinthe. The darned stuff speaks to me, I’m not sure what it’s saying, and I’m not sure I ought to listen, but it speaks.

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