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Top 6 Perfumes for the Endless Summer

With temperatures as high as they are (and those are oscillating around 30°C) summer arrived in Poland a couple of weeks sooner than expected, an in my opinion – too soon. Will it stay with us in all its glory until the end of August? I don’t know but I have a feeling like I know the answer. But for now let’s shoo away all the black thoughts & let’s take what’s best for us in the season.

Summer has never been my favorite season but when I see people sunbathing in city parks of Poznań, or as they cool down as they take a dip in a nearby fountain I become more relaxed and I let myself be more loose. It is also a part of the year when not only I would reach for lighter and fresher perfume but from time to time I would be willing to experiment with the fragrance I wear.

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Anatole Lebreton Grimoire
Who said that you cannot wear incense in the summer? It’s the time just as good as any other of the season to wear it. Plus the fact that it is paired with lavender – one of the notes that I favor during warmest months, gives this fragrance an additional value. A warm scent of lavender blends with more cool scent of frankincense to create fresh yet contemplative perfume. True magic.

Prada Infusion de Mandarine
Hot
off the shelf of mainstream perfumeries is the youngest member of Les Infusions de Prada family. If you’re looking for the most realistic mandarin orange perfume you’ve smelled in years, the one that effuses the juicy sweetness of the fruit along with the smell of twigs and leaves, then trying Infusion de Mandarine is a must. My review will be coming soon, I hope it’ll tempt you.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Un Air de Bretagne
In the last 2 or 3 years marine compositions made a big comeback after everyone got bored with them in the 90’s. Modern sea/ocean inspired perfume don’t reek of calone anymore but instead they surround the wearer with the cloud or realistic salty breeze, marine air or the smell of wet sand and seaweed. Un Air de Bretagne would make you feel as if you were at the Northern coast of France.

Santa Maria Novella Citta di Kyoto
This one is definitely not your average summer perfume, especially that it changes a lot. At first it smells of chilled violet flowers that gradually evolves into silky petals of Florentine iris. Background note of lotus creates cascades of tiny waterfalls that give off a watered floral smell. But when the perfume dries down it becomes more woody, almost smoky. A perfume like a real chameleon.

Aedes de Venustas The Perfume
Launched 6 years ago in a purple bottle with a zamak cap that’s now become a signature to recognize the brand, the first fragrance from Aedes is a wonderful combination of tart & crisp rhubarb, crunchy-green tomato leaf, apple, red berried and some incense. It’s still unique after those years. Memo Italian Leather would be great alternative if you prefer tomato leaf with leather.

Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling
Summer is the time to wear perfume that make you feel like having fun & that’s exactly what Bombay Bling delivers in my case. Its mixture of mango, lychee and blackcurrant with heady, almost tropical white flowers makes my head go dizzy with endorfins. It’s a fruity-floral composition packed with positive attitude and good energy. It surely is my favorite when it comes to summer fruits.

As short as the list goes I assure you that these are not the only perfumes I’m going to wear this summer. There’ll be plenty more, like all of the juicy citrus cocktails from Atelier Cologne or the ultra freshness of Jul et Mad Aqua Sextius. I also can’t forget about my mojito-lemonade like Aqua Decima from Eau d’Italie. Eau de Neroli Dore from Hermes is also my summer must-have.

What are your favorite perfume you wear between June and the end of August?

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Seagull song, L’Artisan Parfumeur Un Air de Bretagne

Ever since I was a little boy I was drawn to the water. My mom and dad had it difficult to take me out of the bathtub every evening. At the age of 5, maybe 6 I learned how to swim thanks to my dad’s help and later it was thanks to my uncle who polished those skills. I always felt that water is a natural environment for me. Even my zodiac sign – Pisces – is matching. I had a splash in the sea many times but I’ve been to the ocean shore only once in my life. It was back when I was a teenager, I was visiting a pen pal friend & her family took me to Bournemouth for a day.

Almost in a straight line across the la Manche, in North-Western part of France lies Brittany, a picturesque region that inspired people at L’Artisan Parfumeur to create a perfume dedicated to this beautiful area. I mentioned it before that I was never a huge fan of the brand but Au Bord de l’Eau, Sur l’Herbe and Histoire d’Orangers that I reviewed few weeks ago made such a positive impression on me that I was happy when I was given a chance to try their latest creation that is about to launch. If you’re curious – jump onboard and get ready for this ship to sail away.

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Upon applying Un Air de Bretagne on skin first thing that reaches my nostrils is a cedar note. To my surprise if feels unexpectedly transparent & lightweight, with an interesting level of moisture to it. Its substance doesn’t feel very woody on my skin. Instead it brings the impression of a wet sand at the beach in my mind. There’s a little discrepancy between fragrantica and parfumo, as one lists cedar and other lists cedar leaf as a note. Without press release I’m not sure which is correct. No matter which is right, the feeling of something light and limpid remains the same.

15-20 minutes later Un Air de Bretagne slowly starts developing a marine accord. It’s really ethereal and still quite moist, with the additional sensation of salty air, sea spray or even marine foam, this perfume takes you on an imaginary trip to the ocean coast on a windy yet sunny day. The air is filled with the aroma of salt and sand drying under your feet. Fragrantica (only) says the perfume has Calone in it, but I didn’t recognize its usual facet of a melon. After some time the perfume becomes more ozonic. The smell of algae joins the composition, adding its specific watery green facet.

I would expect sea kelp fragrance to be rather disturbing, but no – it’s somehow soft & kind of blurry in this composition, feeling perfectly suitable for Un Air de Bretagne. There’s a possibility that it smells much more appealing thanks to neroli, which plays together with seaweed, introducing its serene, radiant floral aroma with a deliciously mouth-watering undertone of a ripe orange. Afterwards the perfume regains its salty aspect but this time it smells different. It’s more mineral and with balsamic, resinous elements that are warm. It’s thanks to ambergris I get this nice sensation.

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Additionally this newest L’Artisan perfume brings up the scent of zesty bergamot and a blend of other citrus fruit. But this happens after a few hours of wearing Un Air de Bretagne. Turns out dividing notes into top, heart, base make no sense in this case as the fragrance seems to be very flexible. Citrus notes initiate a final thrill filled with aromatic molecules. Citrus peel combines with cypress for a green-tinged, exhilarating breath of ocean-flavored air. It feels so realistic.

Un Air de Bretagne from L’Artisan Parfumeur is a 4th fragrance from this brand that made a positive impression on me in such a short amount of time. In terms of liking I would place it as a runner-up, right behind Au Bord de l’Eau. Perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou from IFF made a terrific job creating a marine fragrance that is so polished and refined, especially because it’s so easy to overdo with this fragrance family. This new creation joins Bucoliques de Provence as a second offering in Les Paysages collection. This eau de parfum has low sillage and good longevity. It’ll appear on the market in September, most likely in 50 ml and 100 ml flacons.

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