Turning The Fragrance Clock Forward


Tomorrow marks the unofficial kick-off to the summer season, even if it has yet to feel that way. As such, it’s time to turn the fragrance clock to something lighter and sweeter – usually in the way of citrus and neroli – such as in the grapefruit-based Eau de pamplemousse rose by Hermes, or the Palermo by Byredo Parfums. I also like the lighter juniper notes of Angeliques Sous La Pluie by Jean-Claude Ellena or another Hermes classic, Eau de gentiane blanche. Tom Ford is, for the most part, too much for this heated season, but his Neroli Portofino is a summer standard, and the Azure Lime of his Private Blends line is perfectly in keeping with the citrusy softness of this time of year.

Personally, I don’t like a lasting cologne when the heat is on, but if the evening calls for it (such as Ford’s ‘Lavender Palm’ for a certain Lavender party) I’ll make exceptions. In fact, I’m providing that proviso for precisely the use of Mr. Ford’s ‘Black Orchid‘ – a fragrance that is almost too much for a summer spritz. Almost. Sometimes you need to go overboard to make a proper splash. The heat is on.

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