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How to Cool Down and Smell Good



It’s hot in the UK today and we’re totally unprepared.  After wearing three layers to bed and three layers and a coat to do the school run,  I found myself struggling to find summer clothes in the sudden mini heatwave that hit us.

Although Wales, where I live, is my favourite place ever, there are certain weather anomalies that one must learn to endure. You can have rain all summer anda singular freak hot day in October, or a nine-month winter and a heatwave nobody’s ready for, which I think is what’s happening now.

photo from Russia Beyond the Headlines rbth.com
photo from Russia Beyond the Headlines rbth.com

A nice cold, ice cold fragrance feels like an essential rather than a luxury today so I thought I’d tell you a few of my Go-To scents on this sticky summer day.

When the weather’s hot, I want eau do cologne. This is not just because the high alcohol content cools down skin on contact but because the classic ingredients of herbs and citrus remain to this day the most refreshing combination you can get.  Most of the bottles I reach for have cologne elements in them.

Niobe from Cologne  and Cotton


On my dressing table is a large glass bottle of Niobe from Cologne and Cotton. It has the herbs and the citrus and surprisingly in a cologne,  even good longevity.  I have decanted it into a mini travalo for when out and about and I always get compliments.


Le Jardin Retrouve Citron Boboli: It was a photo finish between Citron Boboli and Verveine d’Ete.  Both are perfect for hot weather and the citrus will really put a zing in your step and take away the hot fussies.  You can read my review here.


Avon Little Black Dress Eau Fraiche: This one is going down fast. Lighter than the original, but still recognisably its flanker, this pale green bottle isn’t always available, so when it is, do grab it. My bottle was a fiver from the Avon brochure a few months back. I reviewed it here.


4160 Tuesdays Doe in the Snow: I adore this fresh peachy chypre and have a little travel bottle. In case you were wondering why I never reviewed it,  it’s because I cannot match or surpass this description “citrus fruits, flowers and woods, stirred with an icicle.” That’s exactly what it smells like and it is beautiful.  EDIT- I have since reviewed this and you can read my verdict here.

Copy of sparklycitrus


Avon Scent Essences Sparkly Citrus: I bought this for just £2.50 when it was on offer.  It’s a 30ml eau de toilette that does what it says on the tin and smells a lot more expensive that the price I paid. In a similar vein, do try Crabtree and Evelyn West Indian Lime.  I tried it in winter and it was good in cold weather, but it’s fantastic now.

orange sanguine

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine; I was sent a decant of this by my dear friend Patsi. Hi Patsi!  Atelier Cologne take all the things you love about the lightness and sharpness of cologne and add outstanding longevity.  Orange Sanguine is no exception. I also recommend Atelier Cologne Bergamote Soleil.


Yardley English Lavender is always uplifting, but never more so than when you keep it in the fridge and squirt your hot cleavage with it.  I’m hoping the words “hot cleavage” won’t direct the wrong sort of traffic to my site, but you never know,  the hot cleavage seekers might learn something.

Over to you

What’s your favourite Cool Down scent in hot weather? Do you keep any in the fridge?  Do let me know, I always love to hear from you.



Atelier Cologne: Orange Sanguine

orange sanguine

Being a recent convert to the genius that is Atelier Cologne, I was delighted when friend of the blog (and friend of me) Patsi sent me a wonderfully generous decant of Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine.

The Unique Selling Point of Atelier Cologne is that they take all your favourites bits of cologne and make them stick around, whilst never losing their initial impact. Using specialist techniques and “anchoring” ingredients, an Atelier Cologne lasts around nine hours on me. I’m not the only one  impressed by the brand: L’Oreal has just snapped them up in a huge deal announced last week.

Orange Sanguine takes that juicy note from a plump orange (in this case a sharp blood orange) and makes it sing a top note for nine hours without wavering. The background chorus (yes, we’re running with the opera metaphor) is made up of many voices. I found hints of peppery geranium and a light feathery touch of jasmine, which for jasmine, is very restrained. The base has sandalwood, which I always manage to discern, (I seek it like a stalker) and tonka bean. In case you were wondering about tonka bean ( it used to confuse me) our old friends Fragrantica provides this trusty explanation: “The beans are also commonly used as a replacement for vanilla and their olfactory impression has a powdery-sweet effect with intensive balmy, warm, gourmand and intoxicating character.”

Nine hours later, (yes nine hours for a citrus!) this still smells like I’ve just sliced a segment of orange: juice, pith and pips. It’s incredibly refreshing for hot sticky weather and would be great layered with something incense-y in winter.

Thank you, Patsi, I love it!


You can buy Atelier Cologne from the Atelier website or from Liberty or John Lewis to name but a few.