Hey there APJ! How is everyone doing?
Summer is my absolute favorite season. The long bright sunny days full of warmth hitting every pore of my body make my heart pulsate with pure joy. Barefoot feet, leisurely days by the pool side, lazy mornings sleeping in and days where I can decide on a whim or fancy what to do take years of stress and weight off of my shoulders. This is cherished time with my son who enjoys summer as much as or if not more than I do.
Hermès: Summer of Hermessences!
Moving to Basel has been a revelation – truly! I was sorely mistaken thinking that I would be living through chilly summers and snowy winters. Little did I know that Basel has the mildest climate in the country! In a way I joke and say I feel cheated as I am not getting the full Swiss experience here of snow and sleds. Ha! Basel has given me the simple luxury of heat and sunshine, breathing with ease and childhood memories again. The only difference is that we have mountains and lakes which still give me a Mediterranean vibe with the wide boulevards and palm trees. Oh and one way that I know I am living in Switzerland is that the pool water is so frigid that it feels as if the nearest glacier melted into it! My Argentine blood freezes as soon as my big toe touches the water.
This summer in particular has been quite hot and humid at times and generally full of sunshine. With that came a deep desire to wear pretty much one house for 3 months. Before summer went into full swing I headed over go Hermes and bought myself four 15 ml bottles from the Hermessence line. I came home with Cuir d’Ange, Iris Ukiyoé, Myrrhe Églantine and Osmanthe Yunnan.
Cuir d’Ange never felt quite right in Rotterdam. But here, in this dry heat it blooms. Quite surprisingly, Cuir d’Ange has become more floral and tenacious here in Switzerland. The violets are almost tactile together with the suede accord. I adore Cuir d’Ange now.
Iris Ukiyoé is one that does not get much love on the blogs, but I find its ethereal beauty perfect for those warm summer evenings. The iris floats on a bed of flowers and musks creating imagery of large white clouds passing by on a summer day. I have already used up a full bottle and now have a small one to tie me over. Obviously I love this.
Myrrhe Églantine is a new love affair. This rose perfume is complex and the longevity is stellar. It instantly makes me smile and keeps me smelling fabulous all day long. I have already gone through two 15 ml bottles. Perhaps I should buy some more.
Osmanthe Yunnan is all about delicate osmanthus petals gently infused in a delicate white or green tea. Many years ago I used to drink an osmanthus oolong which was sunshine in a cup every morning. I have worn Osmanthe Yunnan for years, always replenishing my empty bottles.
It has been a wonderful summer season of perfumes, and having said that I am looking forward to autumn and wearing perfume which keeps me warm and cozy.
Do you rotate your perfumes according to season? Do you have a preferred house for any given season?
Wishing you all a fabulous start to autumn or spring. Until next time.
Oodles of fragrant kisses.