Pandemic Perfume Diaries (Week 18)

As I’m writing this post, I’m also checking the weather forecast. Temperatures are expected to rise into the high nineties for the next few days. Time to break out more summer-themed perfumes, including a few that are light enough for even the hottest days of July…

Viktor & Rolf Magic Salty Flower

Sometimes I embrace the heat and go for a tropical floral. This beachy frangipani-and-amber scent feels like a child of Guerlain Terracotta, which I also like to pull out occasionally on steamy days.

You can find my review from last November on Now Smell This.

Aroma Sanctum Mermaid

This indie perfumer’s scents always remind me of a long-ago visit to Salem, Massachusetts. Mermaid is a perfect summer pick, a mix of notes that suggest driftwood, sea air, and a few white flowers.

I reviewed this one for NST, too—see here.

Kerosene Summer of ’84

Detroit-based perfumer John Pegg describes this one as “Popsicle wrappers and fresh cut melons half-eaten on the picnic table.” It reminds me of a melting Creamsicle. It was supposedly a limited edition, but it’s still available on the Kerosene website.

You can read more about it here.

Aroma M Geisha O-Cha

A longtime favorite in perfumer Maria McElroy’s catalogue, O-Cha is a greet tea fragrance with hints of citrus and clary sage. The oil formulation also has rosewood and vanilla notes. So revitalizing!

EauMG called it “a meditative ‘chill out’ fragrance.” You can read her review here

No. 4711

There’s nothing more classic or refreshing than a splash of 4711, a traditional citrus-and-rosemary Eau de Cologne. Just handling the bottle, whose basic design hasn’t changed in well over a century, makes me feel cooler and cheerier.

You can find Victoria’s review of 4711 on Bois de Jasmin.

Stay cool, fragrant friends!


  1. I completely missed Salty Flower. I love that illustration, and now I want to try it and also Blue Grass. I have a vintage BG I’ve yet to try! I was thinking of roses today, and before I could think about any options I have, I saw the Calligraphy Rose bottle. I thought that is sort of heavy for the humid heat wave we are having: I’ll go for it. It is fun and a little naughty. No co-worker comments..yet?


    • Oh, I’ve never tried that one. Love the bottle design! I think the V&R Magic line is pretty well done, if a little overpriced. Dancing Roses is fun too!


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