Saturday, July 9, 2016

sensational summer perfumes 2016

I AM BACK!!!!  And I'm going to start off by doing my favorite type of post - a perfume post.
It's not too late to celebrate Summer with a scent that enhances the experience!

I've been MIA for 7 months due to a wicked depression in the Winter (Seasonal Affect Disorder, yes even in California) and then got bad pneumonia that had me feeling sick for months.  That's not to say I left the beauty world - Hell No! I did plenty of online shopping - I just haven't blogged is all.     Looking back on some of my old posts it seems like I was sick a lot last year but now I am taking massive doses of vitamin C and refuse to let it happen again.  Certainly I refuse to continue complaining about it on my blog lol.  So here I am now and I hope you enjoy this one.....

Etat Libre D'Orange Don't Get Me Wrong Baby is so pretty and happy it is perfect.  Yes, there is a touch of cocoa, patchouli, and amber solaire so it isn't innocent-pretty.  In fact the entire name of this perfume is "Don't Get Me Wrong Baby I Don't Swallow".  How very naughty of them!  But I do think of it as a girly floral.  A seductive girly floral with lily of the valley, jasmine, and orange blossom.  Add it to your perfume wardrobe to be unique.

A mainstream favorite is Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream.  It's somewhat sophisticated for a fruity and sweet floral, but the coconut water in it lends a fresh, almost aquatic vibe.   I keep a rollerball of this in my purse because no matter what mood I'm in while on the go this is never offensive; it easily fits the bill.  Blackberry, pear, blue wisteria, and jasmine are the popular notes.  I initially bought it for the packaging alone - it was irresistible!   

My favorite indie perfume house is Charenton Macerations and they make perhaps the most beautiful unisex fragrance I own:  Asphalt Rainbow.  I know, I know, asphalt doesn't sound beautiful, but in this incarnation it is.  Asphalt Rainbow was created to pay tribute to the street art of NYC's West Village. Here is color, and energy, and a very sexy rose.  This is not your grandma's rose - it is a street-savvy rose.  There are also some lily of the valley, magnolia, ylang-ylang, and leather and woodsy notes.  If you want something really special try Asphalt Rainbow.

As far as celebrity perfumes go, Lady Gaga Eau De Gaga 001 is a refreshing tea-like scent, just right for Summer.  It's not quite as light as say the Bvlgari tea fragrances because there are significant leather and woods present in this background.  Still, it is a vibrant unisex with a hint of floral (white violet).  And to let you in on a little secret of mine, I like to wear Eau De Gaga on one wrist and another celeb scent, Jennifer Lopez Glow (powdery/soapy), on the other wrist.  This celebrity combo gives me quite a lift!

At first I didn't like Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day eau de parfum but I have ended up reaching for it all the time this Summer.  I think it is the vetiver that initially put me off - I'm not a huge fan of it - but this vetiver is lighter; a more brighter citrus.  Once this dries down the underneath turns into almost an Oriental-floral, though nothing nearly as weighty as Opium.  I'd say that Rain Day is a real crowd-pleaser and is easily available at Sephora.

House Of Cherry Bomb Pink Haze is a little different for a Summer fragrance, it is often considered more of a Spring perfume due to the prominent lilac, but I have been wearing it a bunch lately anyway.   With metallic notes and cedar it is considered a unisex scent, however be aware that it is very floral (gardenia).  There is something about this that reminds me of my childhood growing up often outdoors back east, and has nothing to do with the smells of California where I live now.  Perhaps that is why I cherish it so much.  Again, LOVE the packaging!

What perfumes are you enjoying this Summer?

Images stolen from Sephora, Luckyscent, Amazon, Etsy, and Charenton Maceration websites

all products reviewed were either bought, researched, or sampled by me. And product pictures were stolen from the link's websites. I am not financially compensated for my reviews

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