L’Occitane believes it too, because they’ve launched The Provencal Eaux de Cologne Collection, a line of colognes made just for the Summer that are pretty huge, and really good. You can enjoy these for the rest of the Summer, without killing your budget, or the nostrils of others. That’s because these “Cologne Fraiche” Summer scents are big, light and lavish! But that doesn’t mean that they are wimpy, watered down versions of scents you can barely recognize from an original version, or the same, boring, fruity floral.
Go ahead! Spritz them with wild abandon!
The Provencal Eaux de Cologne Collection by L’Occitane brings you a choice of floral, citrus and aromatic options with three summer-centric scents: Ravissante, Universelle and Captivante. Meant to be unisex, these light fragrance have enough staying power to enjoy for hours, but they won’t change in the heat or smell less than lovely when you perspire. these The generously sixed glass bottles come with pump tops (or if you wish, just keep the cap on it and pour a bit into your hands to smooth on your skin. Summer Beauty Tip: put this in the fridge for a cooling effect (just don’t try to freeze the bottle–it’s glass) and you can spritz it on your linens to make them smell happy as sunshine-y too.
So what are these classy colognes from Provence offering for Summer 2013? These are inspired by the “freshness of the fountains of Provence,” (how poetic!) , childhood Provencal memories, the irresistible smell of laundry that has dried in the sun, that feeling of squeaky clean skin and the slow, relaxed pace of summer holidays. Note that all of the fragrances start with Bergamot in the top notes, This adds a fresh, invigorating feel without taking away from the spices, woods and florals that make each, unique.
The packaging is quintessentially French. A clear glass bottle that looks a bit like an apothecary style, featuring a herringbone motif based on the stonework columns of Provençal fountains. The name of each cologne, written in Avignon lettering, recalls the letters of cast-iron signs that would guide visitors through the villages of Provence.
So what do the Eaux de Colognes smell like?
EAU RAVISSANTE FLORAL COLOGNE If freshness were a woman, it would be mischievous and graceful. MOOD: The sensual softness of flower petals combined with the sparkling freshness of citrus fruits give this Eau de Cologne a mischievous, beguiling air. The notes are: a top of Bergamot & Pink Pepper, a Heart of Damascena Rose & Freesia, and a Base of Musk & Amber 10.1 fl. oz./1.7 fl. oz. – $52/$27 *this is the one I tried. Light pink tint, fresh floral that is lovely for daytime. You’ll be sniffing your own wrists, for a while!!!!
EAU UNIVERSELLE CITRUS COLOGNE If freshness were a match made in heaven, it would be the zest of two juicy citrus fruits. MOOD: With its refreshing accord of bergamot and grapefruit, this sunny, invigorating Eau de Cologne is playful and carefree. The notes are: a top of Bergamot & Grapefruit, a Heart of Petit Grain & Geranium, Base of Musk & Cut Wood. 10.1 fl. oz./1.7 fl. oz. – $52/$27
EAU CAPTIVANTE AROMATIC COLOGNE If freshness were a color, it would be the aromatic green of Provence. MOOD: A fresh bouquet of radiant bergamot, herbs and lime zests create a sense of adventure in the countryside of the south of France. The note are: a top of Bergamot & Lime, a Heart of Mint & Basil, and a Base of Lavender & Woody Notes. 10.1 fl. oz./1.7 fl. oz. – $52/$27 F
One more tip: Summer fragrance lasts longer but still won’t overpower your body when you add another layer of scent. Affordable and subtly scented are three shower gels to match the fragrances. They’re a generous 8.4 fl. oz. – $20.00