In Search of Pale Scents
As Seattle opens its arms to real summer (maybe I'll be less romantic about it when I start sweating), I'm seeking sheer scents, translucent fragrance that doesn't weigh you down.
This morning I have five fragrances on different parts of me ... and here's what I'm smelling (note all the fruit! This from someone who ordinarily avoids fruitiness!) (But this is pale, green fruit. That's different):
Jo Malone French Lime Blossom
Not acidic, but very dry herbal quality, with notes of lime blossom, bergamot, tarragon
Victoire Gobin-Daudé Sève Exquise
A dry green chypre with notes of orris, poplar bud, liatrix (also called deertongue) vetiver ... very, very subtle and very beautiful
Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier
Off-center but pleasing lemon/spice quality, with notes of lemon blossoms and leaves, neroli, white honey, Indian tuberose, iris, nutmeg, styrax, musk
Hermès Un Jardin sur le Nil
A bit bitter, tart bruised fruit with notes of green mango, lotus flower, aromatic rushes, incense, sycamore
The sweetest of those I compared, with notes of pomegranate, pear, cucumber, water lily, aloe vera
Of course, you'd be the judge of what is most appealing to you in the heat. Me? The Sève Exquise is perfect. Perfect! A subtle veil, a mere shadow of scent.
(And the five mixed together? Wonderful. Not an overbearing note in the whole lot.)