My summer perfume staples

During the last few years, several perfumes have come into my summer rotation and stayed there. 🙂 Of course, I don’t use only these, but these are the ones I use the most.

For the beach

Bronze Goddess – ever since it came out, it’s been in my rotation, along with the body oil that comes with it.


For work (when it’s not too hot)

Vamp a NY –  I find it a perfect combination of flirty but nice and very likeable (many people have commented on it smelling great)

For hot days when almost nothing works 

Eau de Cartier – which as probably everyone knows is the perfume equivalent of Gin and tonic (with lots of ice if you ask me)

and Pamplelune – with its zesty refreshing feel

For balmy evenings

Guerlain Mahora – well, I’ve been applying this for those evenings when I’m going out. Seductive and velvety. Perfect!

(I linked to Kafka’s review of it – I really enjoyed it and have no review of my own – shame on me)

So tell me what are your summer staples? I am always open to adding to my list, especially if you have more cooling choices.

By what I smelled lately (or read about), Nuit Andalouse, Cologne du Maghreb and Terracotta le Parfum might be joining the list…

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14 thoughts on “My summer perfume staples

  1. Asali July 7, 2014 at 20:58 Reply

    MmmmmMahora! It’s not getting enough love- you should do a review definitely. I’s a great list, although it will never be so warm here that I have to have a staple list of refreshing summer fragrances- but those that reminds me of faraway tropical Islands are always good. And thanks for the links 🙂


    • Ines July 8, 2014 at 09:50 Reply

      Will do that! 🙂 I agree, definitely not enough love out there for Mahora. Which I find very strange. I read Kafka’s review and saw some of the quotes she put in and was very surprised at how negative people were about it.
      I will have to do my part in spreading the love now. 😉


  2. Vanessa July 8, 2014 at 01:01 Reply

    I am not sure I have summer staples, as we don’t have a ‘staple summer’ here, hehe. Yup, the weather so far has been all over the map and I have had recourse to heavier orientals some days. And I am not sure I have ever tried Bronze Goddess, which is an error I must rectify. But in hotter weather I did recently come to appreciate Hermes Eau de Cologne Verte again, and there’s always the new Tauer, and Juniper Sling or TDC Bergamote. For going out I tend to reach for sultry white / tropical florals – Black Orchid Voile de Fleur. Today I am wearing FM Lys Med, as it happens – drained my sample of that.


  3. Ines July 8, 2014 at 09:53 Reply

    Actually, Juniper Sling is in my opinion interchangeable with Eau de Cartier. They are quite similar (and Eau is much cheaper).
    That Hermes Cologne sounds pretty good. I only realized it yesterday but when you start to sweat it’s better to have cologne on than something stronger as to not overwhelm either the people around you or yourself (I was testing Cologne du Maghreb and was rather happy how it behaved on me in the heat). 🙂
    Thank you for the suggestions!


  4. lucasai July 8, 2014 at 12:28 Reply

    My summer staple is definitely Eau d’Italie Acqua Decima. I will probably use up the samples of Cologne du Maghreb that I have. A sample of Terracotta Le Parfum is on a way to me so I will give it a try soon.
    I also like Musc Monoi, the new Parfums de Nicolai which resembles the suntan lotion.
    Azemour and Aqua Decima will be in rotation as well.


    • Ines July 8, 2014 at 13:13 Reply

      Oh, I heard about Musc Monoi and thought it might work for me too. 🙂
      Thanks for the suggestion of Aqua Decima, haven’t tried that one yet.


  5. Tara July 8, 2014 at 12:31 Reply

    I really must check out Eau de Cartier now! Is it in the men’s fragrance section?

    My summer staples are Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfume for a beach-y scent, Dita Von Teese for something balmy, Osmanthe Yunnan for something classy and Eau de Mandarine Ambree for citrus. I do think the Hermes Eaux are a good option.

    Do you have green perfume you could wear? They can be very cooling in the heat.


    • Ines July 8, 2014 at 13:15 Reply

      Actually, I don’t know but I don’t really think so. Though I do think it’s labeled as unisex (and it is).
      Hmm, I heard about Nuxe perfume but never got around to trying it (even though I love their oil).
      As for green, Guerlain Vetiver is always close. 😉 But I didn’t want to put it in the post as it appeared as my spring perfume. It seems I really love that one. 😉


  6. Undina July 10, 2014 at 08:21 Reply

    Since I don’t wear the same perfume more than a couple of times per month I don’t have any “staples.” But let’s see what perfumes i consider summer perfumes… I agree with you on Bronze Goddess. Bombay Bling. Champs Elysées, Rose Ikebana, Hothouse Flower and Johana.


  7. Ines July 10, 2014 at 08:50 Reply

    Thanks! Oh, yes, Bombay Bling would be a wonderful addition. 🙂
    Honestly, I don’t remember ever trying Rose Ikebana – will have to now.


  8. Natalie July 10, 2014 at 13:42 Reply

    Thanks for the link! Regarding Mahora, I think something weird has been done with the formulation and naming of that scent that is more than Guerlain admits (I believe they say that what is now sold as Mayotte is the same as Mahora). I have found it at times smelling amazing, and at other times smelling absolutely dreadful, to the point where I didn’t/don’t think it was the same perfume. I have never had a sample from a genuinely older bottle of Mahora to my knowledge, but I do have one sample that smells amazing and proclaims itself to be Mayotte, but doesn’t smell like current Mayotte …


    • Ines July 10, 2014 at 13:48 Reply

      I only ever tried the one I had and it’s definitely Mahore (says so on the bottle) and it’s the right bottle. 🙂 This one:

      I have never tried Mayotte (it’s not available here and I never remember when I’m someplace else) but as soon as I get the chance, I will definitely compare the two.


  9. australianperfumejunkies July 15, 2014 at 18:30 Reply

    AHHHH Mahora,
    I love it so much. I have a couple of the older bottles and they smell divine.
    Portia xx


    • Ines July 17, 2014 at 18:50 Reply

      Lucky you (with older bottles). 🙂
      I love my bottle and I agree, it smells divine. 🙂


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