Terraces are full, the pools are splashing and the heat is on. Summer is kicking in and the city is buzzing in anticipation of upcoming traditional festivals and events like the Grand Prix. In warmer weather of course, we shed the layers, bring out the lighters colours and strap on the sandals. It is fair to say that we review our style and usually go for a summery fun look. The same goes for wintery perfumes. Personally, I tend to drop the spicy or musky scents and opt for a fresher nose. Scents are important to me as they are like mini time-machines; they take me back to places I have visited or pleasant memories that make me feel good. The scent of a product can make a big difference to the buyer depending on if it is associated to a positive or negative memory. Psychologically, much of human behaviour is based on this concept but, I digress...
when I buy sun block, I look at the SPF, the waterproofness, blablabla...but most importantly, I smell the lotion. I do it, you do it, we ALL do it. Why? first of all, because we don't want to smell like something we don't find attractive. Secondly, because a lot of those sun blocks scents probably take us back to fun family vacations, visits to tropical beaches, a picnic by the lake, that weekend at the cottage, basically: good times!
That being said, one of my favourite go-to summer product line is definitely Yves Rocher's Monoï collection as well as their after-sun skin care lotions.
Presented in a simplistic glass bottle, the Monoï eau de toilette smells like a mix of vanilla, coconut and tiaré flowers. It is a magical blend of sweet and fresh and I am taken to the beach and summertime every time I myst myself with it. Of course, I love this scent so much that I also got the Lagoon Moisturized Perfumed Body Mist which was on special. To me, this is the lighter version of the eau de toilette and is in a plastic bottle instead of glass which makes it travel friendly. In the summer, I keep this in my purse and re-apply when I want to freshen up. I also bring these two bottles with me on my trips to Cuba.
The other two Yves Rocher products that I really appreciate are the SOS After-Sun Cooling Gel and the Beautifying Anti-aging Care. The SOS gel is wonderful and it was my mother who introduced me to it. It is a MUST for the summer season especially for sun burns. The gel feels cool when applying it and it contains aloe vera so it truly does rescue your skin from dryness. Best part? It is not sticky unlike pure aloe vera feels and bonus points: smells divine! It actually complements the Monoï perfumes so I usually combine both. I have been using this product for a few years now and absolutely love it. Unfortunately, I went to purchase another bottle last month and was told that the SOS gel would soon be discontinued. Booooo. They still have reserves and as of yet, it is still available online if y'all wanna load up.
The anti-aging facial lotion I have only tried this year. I think it is replacing the old anti-aging facial gel they had. In a new glass pump bottle, I have used the product on my face and décolté following sun exposure and I like it! The texture is between gel and lotion and feels light. I feel fresh, hydrated and it too smells nice. I definitely makes a nice alternative to my richer cold weather facial lotions. Might I add that most of these products are also wallet friendly? That means I have money left to fill up the gas tank of my Vespa! ;)
What are your summer scents?
My name is Ivana. I love photography and meeting people. I hold a Master's in counselling psychology and work as a career consultant. Music is my fuel and an important source of energy in my life. I drive my vespa around the city and I love what I do! :) About this blog: me on my artistic soap box!
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