Amouage Opus III
Amouage Opus VAmouage Opus VI
Amouage TributeAnnick Goutal Encens Flamboyant
Annick Goutal Heure ExquiseAnnick Goutal Petite Cherie
Annick Goutal Sables
April Aromatics Calling All Angels
April Aromatics JasminaAt the Moment (Chanel 22 & Marshall Crenshaw)
At the Moment (Saki & Lubin Idole edt)At the Moment (Secret de Suzanne /D'Orsay L'Intrigante) At the Moment (Vera Wang & Fireman's Fair novel)
Ava Luxe Café NoirCarner Barcelona D600
Caron Aimez-MoiChantilly Dusting Powder
Clive Christian C for WomenComme des Garcons Daphne
Comme des Garcons LUXE ChampacaCostes by Costes
Creed Virgin Island WaterDeneuve
Devilscent ProjectGuerlain Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia Guerlain Samsara Parfum How I Store Decants
Il Profumo CannabisKenzo Jungle l’Elephant
Kenzo SummerLa Via del Profumo Hindu Kush
La Via del Profumo Oud Caravan Project
Montale Black AoudNeila Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling
Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps
Nez a Nez Ambre a SadeOmar Sharif Pour Femme
Oriscent Pure Oud OilsParfum d'Empire Azemour
Parfum d'Empire Cuir OttomanParfumerie Generale Indochine
Parfums de Nicolai SacrebleuParis, je t'aime
Pascal Morabito Or BlackPuredistance Opardu
Ramon Monegal Cherry Musk
Robert Piguet Fracas Serge Lutens Borneo 1834
Serge Lutens BoxeusesSerge Lutens Un Lys Sonoma Scent Studio Voile de Violette
Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods (brief mention)
SoOud Ouris Parfum NectarStone Harbor, NJ Vacaton pix (non-perfume related)
Strange Invisible Perfumes Lyric RainTightly
Tokyo Milk Ex Libris
Vero Profumo Mito Viktoria Minya Hedonist
Viktor & Rolfe Flowerbomb
When the Deep Purple Falls
Over Sleepy Garden Walls...
and you find yourself dreaming of lavender-filled days and dusky-blue twilight nights in Provence, nothing hits the spot like Tauer Perfumes Rêverie au jardin. This is lavender at its prettiest: a tranquil, almost silky rendering of the note (usually a difficult note for me, often coming across as brisk to the point of medicinally cruel in many compositions). Perfumer Andy Tauer uses “high-altitude mountain lavender from France” in this composition, along with notes of galbanum, fir, bergamot, rose, frankincense, ambrette, orris, wood accord, ambergris, sandalwood, and cedar. Rêverie au jardin is, of course, more than a lavender scent; as its name implies, it presents an olfactory picture of a garden, and a mesmerizingly lovely one, at that!
I'm not a pastis drinker myself, but I do keep a big bottle of Pernod in my liquor cabinet, using this anisette-scented liqueur whenever I make Ina Garten's Seafood Stew (which is Provence in a pot, in my opinion), as well as lacing it into my pumpkin pies come autumn. When I am craving the smells of the Mediterranean in terms of cooking, I often turn to the foods of France: niçoise olives (the wrinkly, black, salty ones preserved in oil); the earthy chickpea crepe, Socca, which I've written of here before; and the garlic, herb, and wine-braised beef stew known as Daube de Boeuf.
Good Day, Sunshine!
You can't talk about the scents of the Mediterranean without sunlight figuring into the equation. Sunlight, the lover of beautiful flowers, pressing its full weight against them and rendering them ever more heady and sensuous by the heat of its embrace. Of course, Frederic Malle Carnal Flower immediately comes to mind (it will always be my number one tuberose perfume), but as that one gets the lion's share of attention on the perfume blogs, I thought it would be good to name a couple other perfumes that smell sunlit in that streaming, Mediterranean way.
How about Profumum Roma Acqua Viva? Featuring an amalfi lemon note so bright and shimmering, you can't help but feel happy when you spritz it on, Acqua Viva proves that flowers are not the only ones to capture the sun's loving attentions.
Or maybe you like a litte more complexity in your love affair with the sun? Sonoma Scent Studio's Jour Ensoleillé mixes glowing sunlight with pockets of restful shade: it's a romantic chypre scent featuring notes of orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine, neroli, beeswax absolute, labdanum absolute, myrrh, sandalwood, ambergris, vetiver, green leaves, and oakmoss absolute.
C'mon, Join the Joyride
...that's the sweet reminder of the last Mediterranean scent on my list: Sarah Horowitz Parfums Joy Comes from Within. This is a sheer gourmand scent that’s quirky, flirty and fun. Notes of nutmeg, almond, orange blossom, vanilla, tonka bean and musk have a bittersweet quality in the beginning that reminds me of the almond-apricot smell of a Lazzaroni amaretti cookie. It's not a heavy smell at all, but as light and airspun as those tiny fragrant cookies themselves, which makes it delightfully easy to wear. And 'though it's the last stop on my tour, it doesn't have to be yours...
To read more about Scents of the Mediterranean, please visit the participating blogs, below.
All I Am - A Redhead
A Perfume Blog (Blacknall Allen)
Another Perfume Blog (Natalie)
Australian Perfume Junkies
Beauty on the Outside
Bois de Jasmin
Bonkers About Perfume
Ca Fleure Bon
Eyeliner on a Cat
From Top to Bottom - Perfume Patter
Glass Petal Smoke
Grain de Musc
I Smell Therefore I Am
Katie Puckrik Smells
Memory of Scent
Memory & Desire
Muse in Wooden Shoes
My Perfume Life
Notes on Shoes, Cake & Perfume
Notes From Josephine
Notes From the Ledge
Now Smell This
Oh, True Apothecary!
Pieces of Paper, Squiggly Lines
Redolent of Spices
Riktig Parfym: Ramblings of a Fragrant Fanatic
Scents of Place
Scents of Self
Sorcery of Scent
Tea, Sympathy and Perfume
The Alembicated Genie
The Candy Perfume Boy
The French Exit
The Scented Hound
The Vintage Perfume Vault
This Blog Really Stinks
Undina's Looking Glass
WAFT by Carol