How To Wear Perfume: Tips From The Perfume Whisperer

How To Wear Perfume: Tips From The Perfume Whisperer


How to you put on perfume? Do you spray your wrists and pulse points? Do you rub your wrists together to activate the perfume? Or, have you been told not to do that because you will damage the scent molecules, thereby “changing” the fragrance? Do you dab demurely behind each ear, and maybe in your décolletage? Or, do you spray a cloud into the air and walk though it?

Spraying or dabbing on wrists and pulse points used to be recommended, as the thought was that the “heat” radiating from these areas on our bodies will help us emanate our scent more effectively. The reality is, the heat has nothing to do with it. We also tend to wear watches and jewelry on our wrists, and the metal and leather can alter the fragrances. Leather holds fragrance as well, and eau de watchband tends to be many perfumes mixed together. We can transfer it to our laptops, to our computer mouse etc. Better to spray the tops of our forearms, above the wrists. There is body hair on our arms that gives the scent another place to cling to, making the scent last longer. The worst thing that will happen if you rub your wrists together after applying will be that you might rush through the top notes – maybe. It’s not a bad thing, and won’t “change” your perfume.

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 Dabbing behind the ears? There are conflicting views on whether or not there may be glands behind our ears that can make perfume smell “funky”. I’m not sure, but I feel like perfume behind my ears is wasted and prefer to spritz or dab on the nape of my neck. Again, the hair there holds on to scent and makes it last longer. But, I like it when I get a bit warm and can reawaken the scent later on in the day. If you have long hair, when you lift your hair up, you can seductively waft your scent and sillage wherever you wish. If you want your perfume to play softer and quieter, dab or spray lower on the body. Behind your knees or on your ankles means your fragrance slowly rises and will be diffused by the time it reaches nose-level.

Spraying a cloud and walking through it? No. Do not do this unless you want to waste your perfume. More settles in the air than on you, and even then where it lands is random. If you want just a little bit of scent, consider lightly misting your clothes (maybe not silk). This is also a good option if you have sensitive skin and would prefer not apply any perfume but still want to smell good. A scented scarf, or the collar of your jacket or sweater, can help extend the life of your scent without being bombastic.

Spray a little, or spray a lot. If you spray a lot, wait a little while before leaving the house….


Tom Ford Private Collection Venetian Bergamot is Actually A Gardenia Perfume

Tom Ford Private Collection Venetian Bergamot is Actually A Gardenia Perfume

Well, not exactly, or not exclusively, or at least, not what I expected. When trying a new Tom Ford Private Collection release, my expectations could be called cautiously optimistic. I like a few, love three, (Velvet Gardenia, Moss Breches & Black Violet, all discontinued) and am indifferent to the rest – for me. For men, Tuscan Leather is incredible, and whatever Tom Ford releases, I know it will be well constructed and well executed. It’s Estee Lauder, after all, and in my humble opinion, Lauder does great perfumes.Many differ with me on that, but it’s just an opinion.  I don’t love the price point of the Private Blends, but a perfume is worth what someone will pay, so who am I to say? At any rate, I was expecting that the latest Tom Ford Private Blend to be “good” but it’s definitely more of a WOW. Because it’s lovely, but it’s also kind of unexpected.

Tom Ford Private Collection Venetian Bergamot

My first thoughts when I tried Tom Ford Venetian Bergamot was of a classic eau de cologne, with a nice tart lime opening and a lovely clean, almost aquatic, air about it. I put it aside and tried a few more times, liking it more with each wearing, and trying to figure out what it reminded me of. This happens a lot with me and perfume as my scent memory is like a trap, even if I still don’t know where I put my keys. I got lovely fresh lime, which is common with any scent that says “bergamot” – I feel any tart citrus/floral notes could be called bergamot. Then something that was more like a watery floral, not quite water lily but something similar…and then the ubiquitous but lovely tingly white pepper and cedary woodsy dry down.

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Venetian Bergamot has a feminine and airy almost magical feel, then becomes quiet and dark. Like a forest at night.

As soon as I looked up the notes for Tom Ford Venetian Bergamot ( I only do this AFTER my first impressions) I saw gardenia listed and I said YES! Then, it was all I could smell – that lovely fresh yet not fresh lovely and elusive flower, gardenia, along with the fresh mouth watering lime-y-ness. And that watery accord, well, it all added up to Marc Jacobs original Marc Jacobs, the ethereal and beautiful vision of gardenias floating on water. The two perfumes share many notes, with the Marc Jacobs also featuring lime and gardenia as the dominant notes.

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Venetian Bergamot is not “the same” as Marc Jacobs MJ at all, but at some point in the fragrance’s development on the skin, they are very similar. Venetian Bergamot dries down woodsier and drier, with some amber and tonka bean to sweeten and give it a spicy twist. I think it is one of the more unisex Private Blends, unisex meaning to me perhaps slightly more feminine than masculine, as I tend to like my scents on the traditionally (in the world of perfumes) “feminine” side. Guys, don’t be discouraged by the comparison the Marc Jacobs original – Venetian Bergamot would most definitely be perfect on a man. The woodsy lime character would be countered with the gardenia, and that would be unexpected and probably pretty sexy. All I know is Marc Jacobs original has consistently got the most compliments from men, more than any other perfume I’ve worn. And the MJ is more floral than Venetian Bergamot. Mostly…

Verdict – I love it. You could get it to share with your partner, and that might help with the cost. A 50ml bottle of Tom Ford Private Blend Venetian Bergamot is $308 CAD and the 100ml is a much better deal at $420. I love it, but before you buy it, go to Sephora and try Marc Jacobs Marc Jacobs at $108 CAD for the 100ml. You might be just as happy with that one.

Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger Violette Sucree – Perfume From An Enchanted Forest

Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger Violette Sucree – Perfume From An Enchanted Forest

There is one perfume I am regularly reaching for, which is unusual for me. Specific perfumes that I enjoy “regularly” are few and far between, as my nose is fickle and sensitive. I either love something one day, then wonder what I was thinking the next. Or love something upon first spray, then have to remove every last trace of it when my nose goes into overload. Don’t get me wrong, I like to wear intense perfumes too, but they have to be masterfully blended. But this one perfume has me mesmerized. 


One of my favourite things is to wear perfumes that are rare and unique. Oh don’t get me wrong. I love mainstream perfumes as much as the next person, but there is something so satisfying about wearing something fresh and out of the ordinary. The ones that are less likely to pervade the air in public places. I went to a movie and the entire theatre smelled like D&G Light Blue – ok I get that it is popular, and for good reason. It smells good. But come on people – use your imagination. You don’t have to smell like everyone else, and that’s one of the reasons I avoid the latest greatest department store and Sephora launch offerings.

It was with great joy that I tried the Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger line. I had some samples last year and fell HARD for their Collection des Inédits (translates to Collection Never Before Released more or less) which are based on the classics of perfumery, like lavender, rose, violet, iris, tuberose and the like. However they have a beautiful and subtle twist which makes them deliciously modern. The bottles are works of art on their own. Heavy, substantial white opaque glass with solid ash caps.

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Being a lover of violet perfumes (my violet perfume obsession is chronicled here and here) I knew I would love Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger Violette Sacrée even before I sniffed it. I just didn’t know how much until I wore it. It smells so beautiful and sensual, as the name “Sacred Violet” would imply. From Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger:

The opening of bright bergamot is instantly captivating as we move to a blend of lily of the valley, roses and white flower. Deep in the woods, wild violets bloom under a verdant canopy of violet leaves as the sun sets. The scent of vetiver and sandalwood appear and the soul of this fragrance is revealed, rich and confident.

Top: Bergamot, violet, violet leaves.
Heart: Rose, Jasmine, Orange Blossom,
Lily of the Valley.
Base: Cedar, Vetiver, Musk, Wood Accord.

The violet leaf ads a rich almost soapy aspect that I adore. It has a green almost grassy and clean note that makes me think of rainforest waterfalls. This takes the violet out of the too-sweet candy category, but it’s still sweet enough to smell delicious. What elevates Violette Sacrée and makes it irresistible is the divine base. All of the flowers in the top and middle notes are beautiful and gentle. They play up the violet top notes and play soft supporting roles – they’re there, but stay close to the skin and just glow. But the rich woods, smoky vetiver and warm skin musks are what sets this apart. It’s soft and sexy, dries down to an enticing and gorgeous skin scent that is irresistible.

Film Title: Snow White and the Huntsman

If I had to give it a colour, it would be a smoky purple grey. If I had to give it a texture, it would be a silk tapestry, with many shades of purple and grey. Ethereal and soft, but never lacking in substance. This ghost is earthbound.

Verdict – LOVE.

You can buy Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger at Twisted Lily and at Beautyhabit, and in Canada at White Oaks Spa in Niagara on The Lake, at around $125 for a 100ml bottle.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Noir Exquis Eau de Parfum: Perfume Review

L’Artisan Parfumeur Noir Exquis Eau de Parfum: Perfume Review

The September 2015 release from L’Artisan Parfumeur, Noir Exquis, should have perfume lovers excited. Especially if they  love sultry, dark and subtly sexy scents. Noir Exquis is a collaboration with master perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. He has created some of my favourite perfumes, including L’Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu, the beautiful Neela Vermeire creations, Bombay Bling and Trayee (reviews coming!) and the magical Penhaligon’s Amaranthine (I need to own this).

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Back to dark and sexy. Noir Exquis was inspired by an unexpected rendez vous in a French patisserie. In the delicious atmosphere of patisserie and coffee, hushed looks are exchanged. Noir Exquis is a work of contrast – the unexpected. It features a positively addictive coffee note, accented with the warm and cozy notes of maple syrup and chestnuts. It melts into the skin into a confident and delicious embrace. It’s rich and enticing with an irresistible and seductive aura. The dry down is oak wood, and it is warm and subtle as it evolves on the skin. Coffee is a surprisingly compelling note in perfume. It isn’t common, but is in the sexy YSL Black Opium, the delicious Bond No9 New Haarlem, and of course, Tom Ford Cafe Rose.

I smell almonds, almost marzipan, but the woods and coffee note keep it from veering off into sugary sweetness. As it dries on my skin, I find it addictive. The maple note peeks it’s head out just to keep it from being overly woodsy or bitter. There is almost a smoky note that comes and goes, and it just adds to the addictive quality. A touch of orange blossom adds a sexy twist – but just a touch.

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L’Artisan Parfumeur Noir Exquis is a beautiful fragrance for cooler weather and evening, as it feels like a soft cashmere shawl. The balance of sweet and bitter, of dark and cozy, make Noir Exquis a must try. I can imagine this will be a huge success for L’ Artisan. If you love dark sultry scents, or woodsy notes, you will adore Noir Exquis.

L’Artisan Parfumeur perfumes cost between $100 and $145 USD. You can purchase their perfumes on their website and at select perfume counters. Find a store here.

Soft And Clean Perfumes Because Sometimes Perfume Is Too Much

Soft And Clean Perfumes Because Sometimes Perfume Is Too Much

Sometimes we just want to smell like ourselves. Sometimes we want to as good as we feel when we get out of the shower or bath. When our skin is warm and soft, and we are wrapped in a big fluffy towel, that’s the feeling I want. Sometimes my nose is overloaded, due to allergies, migraines or even hormones, and the last thing I want is a strong scent. Sometimes it’s just my mood. Often my bedtime perfumes are like this – soft and gentle and soothing for sleep.

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Gendarme & Gendarme Carrière: These are men’s and women’s scents, respectively. They are very similar, with the women’s version being slightly more floral than the mens, but just as fresh. I love them both, and both my husband and I wear the line. It is pure soft soap, without any of the sharp edges in some “soapy” scents on the market. Launched in 1991, Gendarme is the original clean and fresh fragrance line, and has been copied by many others. It is still my personal favourite, and on hot summer days it’s a shower in a bottle. Either one is a great choice, and it is always in my perfume cupboard.


Demeter Clean Skin: This one is completely unisex and lovely! As soft as they come, Demeter Clean Skin smells like warm skin after a bubble bath. Completely soft and unobtrusive, with some gentle citrus and floral notes, Clean Skin is transparent and lets your chemistry take over and make it your very own.

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Le Labo Ambrette: This is a perfume created for babies, and is literally the softest perfume I have ever tried. The precious Ambrette seed has soft and gentle musk scent, and with some soft fruity notes (almost undetectable) the alcohol-free version of this perfume is the perfect perfume for people who don’t like perfume. Another perfect bedtime scent for sure, I have never tried anything like Le Labo Ambrette. It is definitely worth a try for those seeking a luxury perfume for sensitive noses and skin.

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Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien: This is a beautiful and simple citrus perfume, and smells to me like lemony orange soap. This is a perfect “perfume for people who don’t like perfume” scent. It is never “perfumey” (not that there is anything wrong with that!) and perfect for anyone who just wants to smell fresh. It does have a hint of the classic eau de colognes, and I always associate that scent with cleanliness. Beautifully unisex.


Jovan Musk for Women: Guys – this one is amazing. Don’t let it’s sexy 70s vibe turn you away, Jovan Musk For Women smells like Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo! It is super soft, and another one that works with your chemistry rather than overwhelming it. Jovan Musk is really a comfort scent, as it has a warm aspect that always makes me think of that  “fresh out of the bath” feeling. Love!

Musti Eau de Soin

Musti Eau de Soin: Another alcohol-free, gentle as water scent. This has passed my migraine test, which is pretty tough for any scent to do. It smells like the air in the bathroom when you have a bubble bath, which is pretty soft! It has added ingredients that soften skin, which is pretty much the opposite of alcohol, and is the softest perfume in my collection.

Do you like soft perfumes? What are your favourite “no perfume perfume”?

Babe Perfume Is Back, And She’s Still Fabulous & Named Just For You

Babe Perfume Is Back, And She’s Still Fabulous & Named Just For You

Ah, Babe! Just seeing the vintage ads with the glorious Margaux Hemingway takes me back to my teenage years. I adored her, and even though she seemed impossibly chic and grown up, Babe just sounded cool and casual. It was attainable and suitable. Not too riské, but not square and childish either. I can remember the smell like it was yesterday, one of the original fruity florals with a delicious rich dry down. As a perfume fanatic, I know that a lot of the ingredients that made Babe so delicious are no longer used in perfumery, and for that reason I’d love to get a vintage bottle. It is hard to find though, and I’ve heard that the formula did not age well, and that top notes were gone etc etc. That would probably break my heart, so perhaps it’s best to keep that scent memory intact and just move forward.

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Moving forward just became easier because Babe has been relaunched! A London based company has relaunched Babe using the original formula:

After lengthy research we were fortunate enough to find the original ingredients from the public records and from collectors of the original perfume. This gave us the assurance that we could recreate the original Babe perfume. We employed the renowned French perfumer, Givaudan to develop the perfume, working with this information in their highly specialised laboratories to create numerous samples for the fans to test and eventually approve.

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Upon first spray, I thought “no way this is not Babe” and I had a bit of the sads. There was a juicy aldehydic opening in the original perfume that just isn’t there in this one. I would imagine that is because the ingredients to create that fragrance are banned. But, don’t worry dear reader, because as it dried down on my skin, the original Babe materialized like magic. There is a yummy yet sexy fruity aspect that came from raspberries and citrus in the original scent and the new Babe has that fruity zing. The new Babe does not list those actual notes, but perfume is a complex thing, and just because a certain “note” isn’t mentioned doesn’t mean there isn’t an aroma-chemical in there recreating it. Many true citrus ingredients have very high allergenic qualities and have been banned so it has likely been recreated as well. The mossy chypre notes of the original have been recreated, and while they are lighter than I recall, they are still lovely. I’m not going to bother listing those notes simply because who cares. It smells terrific, and makes me happy. I have let a few friends who remember the original smell my new one and they had a lovely “scentimental” journey as they recognized the original vibe.

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All of that said, Babe also functions perfectly and beautifully as a new scent of it’s own, waiting to be discovered by a new generation of Babes. I kind of wish they had the original bottle, but I know how costly custom bottles are, and frankly I like the modern bottle. It’s smooth and somehow feminine, but seriously, guys could totally wear this too. I’m curious about how someone who never tried the original and who doesn’t have any preconception of how Babe should smell would like it. I love it and am so glad it’s back. You can order it from the Babe website for £24.99, and they ship internationally.


Choosing A New Perfume: Tips From The Perfume Whisperer

Choosing A New Perfume: Tips From The Perfume Whisperer

So, you want a new perfume. First of all, you should get a new perfume. Wearing the same perfume every day can lead to “olfactory exhaustion”, meaning your nose starts to get accustomed to smelling the same thing every day, meaning you have to wear more and more in order to smell it. I used to have customers actually bring their perfume back to the counter, saying it had lost it’s smell. This happened more than anyone would believe. And trust me, it is not the case. You just can’t smell it anymore, but everyone else still can. This is a bad thing for everyone around you, so for their sake, it’s time to go shopping.

First thing to do is figure out your favourite scent family. Michael Edwards has very kindly put our perfumes into categories and also some handy PDFs you can download to read more. But basically it says this- Floral (the perfume is dominated by notes of flowers), Fresh ( tends to have fruity, citrus and/or green stemmy notes vs flowers), Oriental (notes of spice, resins and vanillas) and Woods (just as they sound with notes of sandalwood, cedar, and even burnt woods). Many perfumes fall in between, and are Floral Fresh, or Fresh Woods, etc etc. You can find out what category your perfume(s) is on Fragrantica by quickly searching the name.

Now that you know the family you enjoy, you can head off to the perfume counter armed with some helpful knowledge, and check out perfumes in the same family that you may never have even tried before. Also, a terrific sales associate can be a great help and direct you to certain scents based on knowing some that you have loved and worn in the past. When I sold perfume, this was one of my favourite things to do, either with shoppers looking for a new scent for themselves, or someone looking to buy a gift. And I always had happy customers!

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I always suggest a maximum of six perfumes to sniff at any time when shopping. It is easy to overload our nose and either not be able to smell anything anymore, or worse, feel queasy. You may have noticed some perfume counters have little dishes of coffee beans to sniff when shopping. Do this – it really helps “cleanse the scent palate”, so to speak. It’s like eating sorbet between course. I actually like to bring a coffee with me while shopping, as just taking a sip between sniffs helps me. If you don’t like the smell of coffee, try sniffing a bit of unscented skin or fabric, or the best thing – step outside and take some deep cleansing breaths of fresh hair

If you are getting serious about exploring perfumes, the fragrance boards, forums and reviews on Fragrantica, Make Up Alley and Basenotes are amazing places to search and look for guidance. And, if you need a jumping off point, tell me in the comments some of your favourite perfumes that you’ve worn and loved in the past, and I can recommend something new for you!

The Beach, by Calvin Klein

The Beach, by Calvin Klein




Smell Like Happiness And Soften Your Skin

Smell Like Happiness And Soften Your Skin

I love citrus scents. They’re uplifting and boost our mood, as well as simply smelling good. Citrus fragrances are decidedly unisex, which make them perfect for sharing. Citrus fragrances are particularly lovely in hot weather – like drinking a tall ice cold glass of refreshing juice. My recent favourites are soft and wonderful. Never too strong, and perfect when you just want to smell, well, good.

Cake Beauty’s Inca Oil is my most recent body oil obsession. It is made for body, face and hair, and believe me, once you sniff it, you will want to slather yourself head to toe in this deliciousness. I love to apply it after the bath, when my skin is still dewy and damp. It absorbs beautifully, leaving behind a soft and delicious citrus scent, as well as glowing skin.

A luxurious 3-in-1 oil for body, face & hair, blended with inca inchi oil, the richest plant based source of omega 3, 6 & 9 in the world.
-Improves skin’s texture
-Provides immediate & long-term hydration and suppleness
-Gives a radiant glow to skin & hair
-Reduces the appearance of imperfections
-Smooths & conditions split-ends

I Profumi di Firenze Limone di Sicilia – freshly picked lemons from the seaside cliffs of Sicily with a hint of lemon peel and bergamot. This is a sparkling, crisp, fresh scent that captures the true essence of lemon. Honestly, it makes my mouth water with it’s tart yummy deliciousness. Lovers of lemon scents MUST have this beauty.

Roca Nuvol de Llimona is also known as “Lemon Cloud”. How delicious and lovely does that sound? Gentle lemony-orange with bergamot and gentle sugared notes smell like happiness. It is both freshly effervescent and gourmand,  with soft and light touches of creamy milk. It was created by a Spanish chef and is based on a lemon dessert. The dry down is lovely, with a whisper of lily of the valley and musk. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love this. You can buy it in North America at Luckyscent.




When you’re this hot, lemony perfumes are super cool



Currently Loving: 70s Smooth Rock, Skincare You Drink & The Perfume of Summer Days

Currently Loving: 70s Smooth Rock, Skincare You Drink & The Perfume of Summer Days

Music: I have really been loving my smooth seventies rock playlists – “Yacht Rock” on Songza is a favourite, but yes I have my own as well. Now, if I can only figure out the latest iTunes iteration and My Music, hopefully I can find them. I’m not sure why, but this music just feels like lazy, sunny summer days to me. The days when endless days summer seemed to lie ahead, and time went by so slowly. Ahhh, *saudade….

TV Marathon: Thank the TV gods for Netflix! My favourite marathon recently is the Danish TV show Rita, about a Danish school teacher. From IMDB: “Following the life of a very outspoken and rebellious woman, Rita is a school teacher who is competent in the classroom, but seems to need a teacher of her own, when it comes to her personal life”. I LOVE Rita, and all of the characters are just so great. There is something about the whole Danish vibe that reminds me of Canada (the weather? Socialism? LOL) and I just can’t get enough of it. Season 3 was just released and I binge watched that sucker like a boss.

Rita Netflix Danish TV

Food: Bowls, bowls and more bowls. Seriously, what could be better than all the yummy ingredients you love stirred up in a bowl? Better yet, make them healthy and flavourful? It’s like a salad/soup/main course sandwich. All the good stuff. In a bowl. I’m sure this is actually not even close to being new, but it’s become A Thing at the healthier restaurants and assorted eateries and I am addicted. GIMME A BOWL OF ALL THE GOOD STUFF PLEASE.

Pure Kitchen Ottawa Noodle Fantastic Bowl

Pure Kitchen Ottawa Fantastic Bowl: maple tamari tofu steaks / broccoli / red pepper / napa / bok choy / scallions / cilantro / roasted peanuts / spicy peanut sauce / rice noodles

Wellness: Internal skincare. Yeah, that’s right. Supplemental beauty that you eat. Not a million miles away from taking biotin for nails and hair, right? Canada’s coolest cutting edge skincare company, DECIEM, has this line called Fountain. I am pretty sure the creator has a time machine and has travelled to the future to bring us miracles. So far I am loving the Hyaluronic Molecule, “a concentrated beauty supplement with Hyaluronic Acid to keep your skin looking plump and happy from within”.

DECIEM Fountain Hyaluronic Molecule

Skincare: DECIEM Hylamide and Eminence Eight Greens. My aging, hormonal acne-prone skin has never been happier. Never. Detailed reviews to come, but in the meantime, if you suffer from any of the same skin care woes as I do, go get these things. Now.

Eminence Eight Greens Hylamide

Makeup: The most delicious bronzer in my collection, Guerlain Terracotta Terre d’ Été Tan Enhancing Bronzer. This gorgeous limited edition bronzer is dusted in gold, and smells like heavenly tiare. It is one of the loveliest sheer bronzers I have ever used, and is super easy to build up. It comes in a giant pancake sized compact, so I feel free to dust that baby from head to toe. Looks gorgeous and summery on moisturized arms and legs. LOVE. Get it while you still can!

Guerlain Terracotta Terre d'Été

Perfume: If you know me, you know I adore green perfumes. I love the fresh, earthy fragrances of green things – grass, leaves, stems, mosses….They take me to happy summer place, with daydreams of freshly cut lawns on hot summer weekends, walking through dark, cool green forests and pathways to beaches, mossy stones in mountain streams, hiding in hedgerows and picnics in meadows. The delicious greens in Hampton Sun Privet Bloom has been like a summer memory in a bottle for me lately. “Named after the beautiful privet privacy hedges synonymous with the Hamptons lifestyle, Hampton Sun’s Privet Bloom Fragrance is a delicate scent that captivates the senses and captures the Hamptons’ pure, natural elegance. This destination fragrance is reminiscent of a blooming privet blossom tousled into a stunning bouquet of delicate aromas. Privet Bloom encompasses the essence of nature’s beauty and transcends the seasons – making it the perfect fragrance all year round.” Truth in adverstising, I must say. LOVE.

Hampton Sun Privet Bloom

*saudade:  A deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return.