Summer Scentsations: Heat Busters




Hi gang!

Last year I struggled to find fragrances which I could wear on a daily basis, which cut through the ridiculous heat of summer. I gravitated towards modern watery aquatics and fruits. My mainstays were Hermès – Un Jardin Apres La Mousson, and L’Artisan Parfumeur – Mandarine, and the occasional blast of Serge Lutens – Borneo 1834 for sultry evenings.

I was discussing summer fragrances with friends recently – Here’s a list of a few that we talked about for our wish lists:

Summer Scentsations: Heat Busters


Heeley – Sel Marin

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, lemon, green notes
Heart: Salt, sea water, sea grass, moss
Base: Musk, cedar, leather.

I’ve been craving more of this fragrance – I had a quick sniff last year when I was in the UK. There was something intimately sexy about it – underlying clean funkiness, like a salty sun-kissed person’s chest at the end of a very active day. A far cry from your regular ‘marine’ fragrance.


Estée Lauder – Bronze Goddess

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, ginger, mandarin
Heart: Indian samba jasmine, coconut, jasmine
Base: vanilla, cashmere wood, musk, amber.

I know that this is a general favourite for summer, but both my friend and I weren’t all that familiar with it. We will get together and split a bottle when the next round hits the shelves. I think this would definitely cover off the tropical beach coconut vibe for a summer’s day.


CB I Hate Perfume – At The Beach 1966

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Coppertone, North Atlantic, wet sand, seashell, driftwood, boardwalk.

This transports me back to the days of kicking around the beach as a kid. I remember using Coppertone, usually SPF 2 of 4….. I don’t know how we didn’t get absolutely toasted. This perfume smells like a day at the beach. Totally. It’s brilliant.


BeauFort London – Fathom V

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Juniper berries, tangerine, black currant, green notes, soil tincture
Heart: Thyme, lily, jasmine, ylang ylang, ginger, cumin, black pepper, mimosa
Base: Patchouli, vetiver, oak moss, salt, incense, atlas cedar, amber

My friend Kerri recently purchased the BeauFort London – Come Hell or High Water discovery set, which in itself is magnificent. It is a leather roll with generous 7.5ml travel sprays of each of their fragrances. I had been lusting after this for a while so I was both dead jealous and super excited to have a look at them. The green hit in the opening of Fathom V is a mix of bright freshly cut flowers and deeper greens, which we likened to walking into a cool florist shop. I need to spend more time with all of this range, they are both amazing fragrances and an intriguing aesthetic.


Le Labo – Lys 41

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Jasmine, tuberose, lily, woody notes, vanilla, musk

Lys 41 is a beautiful cool white floral. The lily is subtly sweet and there’s nothing I find overpowering. There’s a time in the morning just before the sun rises where a blue-grey haze lights up the frosted panelling of my bedroom door. I’ve been finding myself spritzing Lys 41 at this time as part of a gentle fragrant wake up, and then re-spritzing throughout the day while the sun moves through its daily arc casting different shadows and colours through the house. I really enjoy it and I will definitely be bringing this routine over into the summer months.

You can get samples of most of the at Surrender To Chance

So how about you, APJ? What have your worn this summer, or are planning to?

Till next time,
Tina G

10 thoughts on “Summer Scentsations: Heat Busters

  1. Hey there TinaG,
    Welcome back. we’ve missed your fragrant musings here.
    What a lineup. You know one of my personal faves is Bronze Goddess in every incarnation.
    Quite excited for warmer weather coming to Sydney.
    Portia xx


    • Hey Portia! Thanks! I’m excited for the warmer weather as well – although it seems we don’t have that long to wait….
      Lots of love xxxx Tina G


  2. Thanks for the nice suggestions. I’ve been wearing Sel Marine a few years ago and after a full bottle didn’t want to repurchase it. There are so many other lovely perfumes around. This summer my day scents were ELDO’s You or Someone Like You – a fresh, mint rose, and Atelier Cologne’s Orange Sanguine. In the evenings I’ve enjoyed Christopher Street from Charenton Macerations, a fantastic chypre and my secret tip when I want to feel special.


    • Hi Neva
      You or Someone Like You should have been on that list – it’s fab and a must-have for summer. I just forgot about it when writing…! I keep meaning to investigate Charenton Macerations, thank for the tip.
      xx Tina G


  3. Hi Tina!

    Great to have you back!

    I’m not a fan of Bronze Goddess at all, but I do like Sex and the Beach by Francesca Bianchi. My sample set 2 arrived, so I’ve decided that would be a great summer scent.

    I have a few of Teone’s to use over summer- Moonlight and Dragonboat. And I have Guerlain’s Herba Fresca for the mornings. Sylvaine Delacourte’s Forentina and Helicris will be used a bit more too.

    How did you find Bianchi’s scents?

    Kate xx


    • Hi Kate! Nice list, thanks for sharing. Of The Bianchi’s, Angel Dust resonated with me the most. It’s so pretty, and a joy to wear. I’m so glad you finally got your samples! That’s great news.
      xx Tina G


  4. Hi Tina,

    So good to have you back on APJ!!!
    What a lovely, varied, hot weather selection. I knew nothing about Lys 41 but sounds dreamy. Sel Marin is fab and Beaufort London is such a distinctive line. I need to try At The Beach 1966 one day.
    My summer love has been Eau de Rochas. I think you’d love it with it’s lime/patchouli combo.


  5. ooh I’m desperate to try Fathom V… Also looking forward to L’Artisan’s Un Air de Bretagne. Got a sample of G&B’s Blue Cypress that I’ve been saving for summer too x


  6. Super suggestions, TinaG! I have a neglected decant of Lys 41 that I will try on a hot afternoon very soon.

    I wore Prada Les Infusions Amande very often this summer. It was my comfort scent on warm evenings, especially wonderful at bedtime.


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