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Terracotta Voile d'Ete – How to enjoy summer heat (July 18, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

This past week we have had some of the hottest days of the summer, and what I crave is a summer fragrance. Yep, you read that correctly, me – the one who wears what she wants when she wants regardless of season, weather, time of day, gender designations, religion, race, political affiliations, food preferences – whatever.
That’s all I know. I want to wear a summer fragrance: but which one?

This is when I start to troll Top Ten Summer Fragrance blogs – searching, searching for….something. I find it where I find most good things, at Grain de Musc. Denyse is a great gal and she knows what she is talking about, so I trust her opinions and insights on fragrance.  Her Top Ten Perfumes of Summer 2010 is chock full of gems, such as: Vamp à NY, Sira des Indes, Ensoleille Moi, De Bachmakov, Eau du Sud all great frags that belong on any top ten summer list but I’m hunting for something else. And then I see it – the last frag on her list: Terracotta Voile d'Ete by Guerlain.

Here’s what she says about Terracotta Voile d'Ete:

“Terracotta Voile d’été can still be had online for a fairly reasonable price and has, as such, become one of those little perfumista secrets that aren’t much blogged about, but have wound their way into many a collection.” Bingo! We have a winner!

Terracotta Voile d'Ete not only wound its way into my collection, it wrapped itself around my heart. I tried it, loved it and bought it and now is the perfect time to trot it out and put it on.

Launched in 1999 as to complement to Guerlain’s Terracotta makeup collection, Terracotta Voile d’Ete was based on another Guerlain scent, Quand vient l’été, which was developed by Jacques Guerlain in 1910. Noses Jean-Paul Guerlain and Mathilde Laurent used the formula for Quand vient l’été as the base for Terracotta Voile d’Ete totally updating it in the process. The result is a summer stunner.

It opens fresh and green with bergamot and cool mint – refreshing on a hot summer’s day and the perfect teaser for the white lush florals -  jasmine, lily and ylang-ylang that follow. Moving to the heart, rich rose appears and combined with peppery carnation give warm spiciness to the white florals. Pear adds a soft fruity note while at the base vanilla gives it an exotic sweetness rounded out by helitrope’s almond/musky/vanilla goodness. Iris gives it an earthiness and mellowness. This sounds like a gourmand, but a salty/sweat note keeps the vanilla sweetness in check. Everything is in balance here, with no loud sharp edges so that what you get is the smell of summer –  an evocation of Tropicana sun tan lotion, sun-warmed skin, a little salty from sweat, lush florals and exotic vanilla that is a sophisticated, seductive veil of a scent.

Terracotta Voile d’Ete let’s me enjoy the heat of summer whenever I want to - regardless of season, weather, time of day, gender designations, religion, race, political affiliations, food preferences….

Today, we’re adding Terracotta Voile d’Ete to our decant sample offering. Samples are $4.00.