26th August 2010

Summer perfumes: Hermes Eau d’Orange Verte vs Guerlain Herba Fresca

By Get Lippie

I mentioned in a recent perfume review that I go a little bit crazy for minty perfumes and colognes and the two I’m talking about this week are two of my all-time favourite summer scents.

First off, Hermes Eau d’Orange Verte, which is a unisex cologne.  I find this is quite citrussy on it’s opening (that’ll be the orange in the name, I expect, I’m clever that way), and it smells a little like you’ve gone a bit mad with your other halfs’ aftershave for a few minutes – not that I mind that too much – in the mid point it smells a little like Imperial Leather, sort of soapy, clean and warm, a little musky but not too much, and then once it’s dried down completely, you get a mossy sort of minty smell which I find totally intoxicating.  Sadly this one doesn’t last all that long, the top notes last minutes at most and the middle disappears irritatingly fast, and you’ll find that you will have to go hunting on your skin for the dry-down (it sticks very close to your skin), but it’s worth it.  Also, I find that the irritating lightness is also part of it’s charm, as it means you can reapply quite regularly, without worrying that the people around you are going to need a gas mask.

But, my all-time favourite summer-minty fragrance of all-time is Guerlain’s Herba Fresca, which is part of their “Aqua Allegoria” range of scents inspired by nature.

It’s decidedly green, and smells of fresh cut grass, hay and MINT on first spray, it’s cooling and delicious, and very, very, very light.  I spray it everywhere (and I mean everywhere, arms, legs, chest, back) and then spend the day sniffing delightedly at myself.  It’s clean and fresh and very different to anything else I own, which is probably why I like it so much.  Occasionally, if I want it to last longer, I will layer it over Korres Spearmint Shower Gel and Body Lotion, which are an excellent companion to this scent.  This is also the only perfume I own that MrLippie comments on spontaneously, saying how wonderful it smells.  Of course, he thinks it smells of orange, but hey, that’s men for you, right?

What are your favourite summer fragrances, and what do you think of mint as a perfume ingredient?