Do you like salty/marine fragrances or scents that remind you of the beach? I do. I grew up on the ocean, but the house Mr. Petals and I purchased is closer to the city than any beach, so my trips to the shore happen most often when I visit my parents.
I look forward to the approach to their house, where even the dog gets antsy over the first whiff of salt marsh. And when we round the corner onto Beach Avenue, I deeply inhale tangy, salty air that usually has a base of something murky (seaweed and clam muck) and know that soon I can curl my toes around cool, smooth, talcum-powderlike sand and taste the air.
This might be my first perfume review, so please keep my inexperience in mind. I can describe makeup colors til the cows come home, but even though I read about fragrance terms like top, middle, and base notes, as well as "drydown," I am not sure I can align those adjectives with the fragrances I wear, so I'll just skip the technical terms and report what I smell, shall I?
Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel is sharp at first and very salty--the way my skin smells after a day of swimming in the ocean. I initially detect something almost citrusy, but more herbaceous than floral. Instead of the sweet/savory rugosa I detect an herblike aroma of rosemary. The fragrance eventually softens into a gentle cloud of salty beach grass in the breeze, with earthy undercurrents, like wet moss creeping into a seaside kitchen's herb garden under the noon sun. There is also the faintest inference of skank--like an old suitcase in the attic or a wet animal sleeping under a deep canopy of trees on the damp and fecund forest floor after a summer shower.
My other (unreviewed) summer fragrances are:
- Prescriptives Calyx (spring into summer)
- CB I Hate Perfume Mr. Hulot's Holiday and Beach 1966
- Bobbi Brown Beach
- Jo Malone Assam & Grapefruit
- i Profumi di Firenze Brezza di Mare
- Profumum Acqua di Sale
- Hermès Eau des Merveilles (summer into fall)
- Hermessence Vanille Galante (summer into fall)
Bottom line: Fleurs de Sel is a sheer, light, excellent summer fragrance, practically guaranteed to not overpower or offend those near you. Alas, its gentleness is also fleeting; this fragrance lasts about as long on me as Dior Escale à Pondichéry, but I can layer it over an unscented carrier oil for better staying power.
What are your favorite summer scents?