Weekend Poll – A Pleasant Surprise

This morning I woke up to gentle knocks on my bedroom window. As droplets of the water were hitting the windowsill and the glass they were making this tiny little sound. A sound quite familar but not heard for a very long time. For the first time in months we had a proper rain. Not a delicate shower but a true rainfall that even had some sound effects later on. It was a pleasant surprise to wake up to a rainy weather outside. As weird as it may sound we desperately need rain. Without snow in the winter and with no rain in the springtime there’s not much fruit available now, it’s expensive, plants are drying and crops are not as efficient as they should. I hope for more rain.


Life can pleasantly surprise us in many different situations and such surprises are not a stranger in the perfume world as well. When was the last time you read or heard about a fragrance, then you got a sample (or bottle) and after smelling it you thought that there’s no way it would be a good choice for a specific weather or occassion? But you gave it a try anyway and it turned out to be a fantastic choice that you absolutely didn’t expect to work. For me such a perfume was for example Jacques Fath Rosso Epicureo – a big bouquet of white flowers that I decided to try on a hot summer day. I was ready to wash it off any time as I was afraid it would suffocate me but it worked just fine.

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17 thoughts on “Weekend Poll – A Pleasant Surprise

  1. Jillie says:

    So glad you have some rain at last. The climate is a worrying subject.

    Big White Flowers are lovely in the heat. I first realised this when I tested Guerlain’s Jardins de Bagatelle … I don’t even know why I was testing this, as someone at my place of work used to wear it and it suffocated me! …. but for some reason I sprayed this on lavishly and then walked out into the searing heat. What a revelation. It was perfect. I was surrounded by tropical flowers which made me feel happy and that feeling lasted well into the day, not fading like it would with any other wimpy perfume!

    • lucasai says:

      It is still raining so I’m happy, although this also means staying at home.

      Thanks for bringing up your discovery. I wonder if other white floral scents would also work in the heat.

  2. MMKinPA says:

    We have had so much rain here – I wish I could send some your way. I’m glad it’s there now. I just wore Tauer Le Maroc pour Elle which I had never tried on a hot day. I was worried it would overwhelm. Used sparingly it was beautiful and complex and stayed with me all day.

    • lucasai says:

      The weather is becoming very weird, it’s either drought or a flood, nothing balanced in between.
      Le Maroc Pour Elle wouldn’t be an abvious choice but in the heat it probably blooms even more.

  3. Holly says:

    Thank goodness that you finally got some rain!

    I surprise myself all the time with how I respond to fragrances. Just yesterday I risked sampling Nishane’s Ani which is a huge vanilla and something I previously would have absolutely run from in the summer. It worked beautifully, although I did just use a dab but tbh, I would probably use just a dab in any season anyway. Now I’m looking forward to exploring my samples this summer since they do bloom in the heat and they’re not going to be muffled by clothing nor will they live on in my clothing which is a risk when I’m wearing scarves and sweaters and the like. Maybe I’ll join you and Jillie and just go ahead and blast on a bwf that I know works for me in cooler weather!

    • Jillie says:

      Hi Holly. Just wondering what BWFs you like?

      • Holly says:

        Hi Jillie! I have a very long list, but I’m actually picky about my BWFs. I love orange blossom and jasmine and almost always dislike tuberose, lily and gardenia. How about you?

        • Jillie says:

          Hah! Tuberose is one of my love/hate notes. If something is obviously tuberose I can’t deal with it, but I have found that some of my all time favourites have it sneakily included (Caron’s Infini being a case in point). Jardins de Bagatelle is very nearly too much, but it just gets away with it. I am on a jasmine kick at the moment – I think because it has been so hot, and a non-indolic jasmine is sort of “wet” and cooling; favourite to wear right now is Floris’s Night Scented Jasmine – simple and calming.

          • Holly says:

            It’s funny that you mentioned Infini, as I love that one and many other vintage perfumes that have tuberose and/or gardenia in them, but my nose doesn’t pick them out as such. I think that perhaps many of these older compositions were purposely blended in a more subtle way so that the overall effect is of the whole rather than its parts.

    • lucasai says:

      Yeah, it’s very needed. I saw some fields that are already after the harvest while the grains should still be there for around a month longer. They were mature but I’m sure farmers won’t make as much flour out of them this year. I got a miniature of Ani so I might test your observations.

  4. Undina says:

    As someone who recently waited for a rain for four dry years, I totally sympathize with you and welcome your rain. I hope you’ll get more of it, preferably at night time – so that you could enjoy your weekends outside.

    Several years ago I discovered that unexpectedly Volutes that I brought with me for hopefully cooler nights, worked wonders in hot and humid weather, both on my skin and for my vSO, while lighter “summer” scents I had with me either felt wrong or would disappear within 30 minutes.

    • lucasai says:

      4 years? Then it’s not as drastic here. Rain at night would be great for sleep and then more pleasant & mild weather during day.
      A tobacco in the summer sounds intriguing.

  5. rickyrebarco says:

    Glad to hear of the rain. I know the farmers are happy. We have had buckets of rain but it was needed and it has calmed down the excessive heat. I always associate Apres l’Ondee with rain and rain aftermath. Today I’ve been wearing Miller Harris Coeur de Fleur, a pretty mimosa and sweet pea fragrance with some peach notes and white florals added in. Perfect for a summer’s day and it smells rather like damp flowers to me so it’s perfect for a wet day in Florida.

  6. Perfumelover67 says:

    Glad to hear you finally got some rain. We haven’t had much rain here. It has been a dry summer, so far. Temperatures have been very high for the past 3 weeks, so we really need more rain.

    Tauer L’Eau is supposed to be a spring/summer perfume, however it was overwhelming to wear it during warm season. Almost a headache inducing scrubber. However, it wears beautifully on me during cold season and I enjoy it greatly.

    • Perfumelover67 says:

      Oh! I see I misunderstood the question. A perfume that I was scared to wear in the heat, but that I wanted to give it a try was Donna Karan Black Cashmere. However, just one sprirz on each wrist was amazing, it bloomed beautifully and was never overwhelming.

  7. hajusuuri says:

    As soon as I read this post, I knew I wanted to wear Sonoma Scent Studio Forest Walk. Because it is a resinous fragrance, I try to avoid wearing it in the summer but whatbInfound our upon wearing it was that it bloomed and worked fabulously in the heat. Another perfume that I previously wore only on a cold winter day isnFrederic Malle Carnal Flower. This BWF smells really nice in the heat!

    • lucasai says:

      Thanks for adding your comments. I remember Forest Walk as through a thick mist. Been many years since I smelled it and it wasn’t a perfume for me.
      Carnal Flower seems to confirm the rule that BWF work in the summer.

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