Gorgeous Mint Scents

Mint perfumes are light and refreshing and if made by a good company you will not smell like a stick of chewing gum. The scent of real mint is grassy and lemony with a strong back scent of peppermint or spearmint.  Mint is the perfect scent to wear on a summer day when it is really hot.  Mint also has natural deodorant and cheering qualities.


A great mint scent that came out in 2012 is called Mint by Toni Guard.  Designed to improve your mood it is a pleasing combination of middle notes that last iced peppermint, mate tea leaves, lily of the valley, iris and passion fruit.  The top notes are mandarin, orange and lemon and the base notes are musk, amber, driftwood and white peach. The bottle is also beautiful featuring and old-fashioned green ruffled glass flask topped with a silver and purple atomizor.


Many mint scents are unisexual.  A good example is the sweet and fresh Phaedon Oriental Blend, which is a mint blend that also has notes of resin, the salty sea and tobacco.  It sounds like it should be masculine but it smells surprisingly feminine. It is from Paris comes in a dark brown clear bottle with a gold and black label.


A very pure fragrance is Lemon and Mint by Durance de Provence, which is also for both men and women and just smells simply of both of those ingredients.  For a scent with a stronger greener smell try Nest Moss and Mint by Body & Soul which was just launched this Spring in 2013 and that features mint decorated with notes of vetiver, apples and lily of the valley.  Nest comes in a clear body with just a hint of green.


A very nice simple and affordable mint scent is Happiology Yuzu Mint, which contains notes of fresh grapefruit, yuzu, eucalyptus, spearmint, peppermint and vanilla. This scent was partly created with the idea in mind of being uplifting for the mood. It is available as a perfume roll-on.


If you want to smell a bit like a Mojito cocktail then you might want to try Fruttini Lime Mint.  This is part of a sorbet collection of body sprays that came out in the summer of 2008 and that is still very popular. It is also augmented with vitamins and minerals so not only is this body spray naturally deodorizing, it is also good for your skin.


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The Kerosene Line of Perfumes

One of the most hip and youthful lines of perfumes to come out in recent years is a made by a company called Kerosene. They have created several scents in the past few years that have genuinely impressed both newer users and older collectors of exotic scents.  Both men and women can wear these complex perfumes although the line does make specific scents for both sexes.


An example of one of the company’s bi-sexual scents is Pretty Machine. The label looks like battered copper and is emblazoned on a bright sky blue bottle.  The scent is compared to “taking a walk in the light spring air.”  This scent was launched in early 2013 and it features top notes of lemon, lime neroli and linden blossom; medium notes of jasmine, rose and orange blossom and an enchanting base of vetiver mixed with musk.


The latest scent called Unknown Pleasures was actually inspired by a Joy Division song.  The scent was created to evoke the experience of drinking Earl Gray tea with a lemon treat while listening to Joy Division on a rainy day in Manchester.  The perfume smells like Earl Grey tea with a bit of lemon and melts down to a waffle cone and vanilla smell.  The natural bergamot of the Earl Gray scent lingers for others.  The bottle is very retro as well with a weathered burnt orange label on a glittery gold flacon.


Some of the company’s older scents are also still very popular. One example is the highly creative Fields of Rubs which has a strong raspberry and patchouli smell that suffuses into a long lasting mix of wood, vanilla, musk, sandalwood and tobacco.  This scent, also perfect to be worn by both men and women, comes in a glossy blood red bottle with a copper label.


Another classic is the 2012 Whips and Roses perfume. This comes in a lipstick red bottle wrapped in metal-knotted rope. It features top notes of bergamot and blood orange backed by rose, jasmine, gardenia, iris sandalwood, musk and leather. It was also created for both sexes to wear.


Another unusual scent from 2012 is Copper Skies which is like “a song in amber.” It is a very smoky smelling and unique mix of amber, cedar, tobacco, basil and cloves. It is very sweet but in a light way that is not cloying.  The bottle is a glittery copper color.


Many of the scents are worth investigating in this line just because they are so clever.  The genius responsible for the wonderful blending of smells in the Kerosene line is British Perfumer John Pegg.


Exciting New Spring and Summer Scents

There are some wonderful new scents and revised versions of old favorites coming out this spring. One of the nicest that is new for Spring is Chloe For Women.  Chloe is an established French fashion house and the perfume is cased in square bottle made out of ruffled glass.  The bottle has a pale pink ribbon around the neck and is corked with a beautiful large jewel like cap. The scent is a combination of lily of the valley, warm amber and honey and cedarwood.


Clinique Happy to Be is a version of the cosmetic giant’s original decades old perfume known as Happy. This is a very green and floral scent that is perfect for spring. It comes in a thin bottle with a gold cap.


Daisy, by Mark Jacobs is a mix of wild strawberries, violet leaves, grapefruit, gardenia, violet and jasmine petals to create a very sophisticated layered scent.  The bottle from this deign house is also amazing and features a stopper that looks like daisy blossoms.


For a very natural and unusual scent is Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint Cologne that is inspired by the scents of an English Country garden. The scent is a mix of jasmine, lily, orange flower, rose and wild mint. The bottle is very simple, square and clear with a simple silver stopper, as if it came from an old-fashioned medicine chest.


Floral Fleur also has a very simple, almost medicinal looking bottle, very similar to the look of the Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint Cologne.  The scent is also fresh and floral with hints of peach, water Lilly, grapefruit, jasmine, violet, ylang ylang and rose.


Estee Lauder has also come out with a perfume that sure to be another classic. Emerald Dream comes in a beautiful green bottle with a surface that appears quilted.  The perfume is a hypnotic mix of tangerine, apricot, honeysuckle and mimosa.


If you love roses and want a light fresh scent for spring then Lanvin Ruemeur might be the answer. This is a scent that is white rose, lily of the valley and citrus. It is packaged in a tiny pink bottle with a pink ribbon and capped with tiny gold stopper with a ring in it.



Is there any surer sign of Spring then the cherry blossom trees bursting into blossom? For the purists L’Occitane makes a fragrance called Cherry Blossom that is very simple and comes in large pink bottle embellished with cherry blossom designs.

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