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    Default Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    I live in New Orleans, LA (US) and it's already a consistent 95 degrees (100+ heat index, VERY humid).

    I'm finding fragrances are starting to annoy me with the heat and humidity so high.

    I don't wear any darker, sweeter fragrances in the summer already, but even the fresh ones feel a bit stuffy, sickly.

    Kinda sucks because the rest of the year was awesome. Starting around late September to mid May the temps were 50-70 degrees consistently, with some 30 and 40 degree days here and there. No snow, no ice, consistently sunny. Great weather and I wore any and everything, everyday.

    I'll probably limit them to special occassions and still test out some out, but I actually feel better, cleaner, fresher not wearing anything. Won't wear them on a daily basis until the fall probably.

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    Good luck in your endeavor! It will be tough if you go through with it but I'll be rooting for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Good luck in your endeavor! It will be tough if you go through with it but I'll be rooting for you.
    I know right, lol.

    Thanks for the support

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    Default Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    Have you tried the classic eaux de cologne? Splash with abandon for a bracing pick-me-up (better if you store them in the fridge) that doesn't outstay its welcome.

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    Default Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    Quote Originally Posted by saminlondon View Post
    Have you tried the classic eaux de cologne? Splash with abandon for a bracing pick-me-up (better if you store them in the fridge) that doesn't outstay its welcome.
    I was going to make this very suggestion. Something Guerlain Eau de fleurs du cedrat or Guerlain Cologne du coq might tick the boxes for something fleeting, yet undeniably fresh.

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    Default Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    yes indeed i have the same problem with whatever i'm wearing in nola this last couple of month..in the end just keep grabbing old spice after shave
    congrats for going frags sabbatical this summer
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    Good luck!

    in extreme heat and humidity I turned to traditional Eau de Cologne style scents and fresher grassy vetivers. Often frequently reapplied due to their fleeting nature (which also means that don’t overwhelm). looking at your wardrobe I guess Mugler Cologne kind of works in that role, so maybe you have explored that style of fragrance and still found it doesn’t work for you.
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    I understand.

    When it's really hot, I usually wear Carthusia Mediterraneo. It's sufficiently dry. Even the classic eaux de cologne can indeed become a bit suffocating, especially if they contain a lot of neroli or other florals.

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    This is the situation in which I'd wear a mellow, breezy aquatic (something like Acqua di Parma Colonia Pura).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    Good luck!

    in extreme heat and humidity I turned to traditional Eau de Cologne style scents and fresher grassy vetivers. Often frequently reapplied due to their fleeting nature (which also means that don’t overwhelm). looking at your wardrobe I guess Mugler Cologne kind of works in that role, so maybe you have explored that style of fragrance and still found it doesn’t work for you.
    Yep.

    Tried to rock Mugler Cologne and it comes off sickly sweet sometimes. I love it but I think it works better in the fall/spring for me.

    Also tried Bleu De Chanel, Emperor (Aventus essentially), Replicas At The Barbers, D&G Light Blue, Versace Man Eau Fraiche, Tres Nuit and none of them have worked in this weather for me.

    I sometimes take public transport to work (when my wife has our car). The combination of being sweaty and my fragrance smelling a bit more sickly or not as fresh in the heat humidity sucks. They were amazing in the fall/winter/spring though. Was in fragrance heaven for about 9 months (lol) with the beautiful weather.

    I'm going to give the EDT version of Grey Vetiver and some Eau De Cologne style fragrances a try (as some of you guys have suggested).

    Appreciate the suggestions everyone, thank you.

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    Hi Tyronious-

    My DH is from New Orleans, so I have experienced the summer heat there. I understand why you might want to go scent free. On hot days, I really enjoy Sisley Eau de Campagne, which also comes in an excellent shower gel.

    I'm wondering if you have ever visited Hove or Bourbon French in the French Quarter? They have traditional Eau de Colognes as well as excellent Vetiver, Verveine and other compositions that are well suited to the New Orleans summer.
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    1. Buy a bottle of 4711
    2. Keep in fridge
    3. Splash judiciously in ridiculously high temps
    4. ???
    5. Profit!

    On a serious note, look into Eau de Cologne style frags. When it's really hot, I don't touch anything unless it's very citrusy / tart. Last summer I kept a bottle of Dior's Escale aux Marquises in the fridge and it was a godsent.

    Some of the ones I like:

    - 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser (the original EdC)
    - Dior Escale aux Marquises
    - Dior Homme Cologne
    - Annick Goutal Eau de Hadrien
    - Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay

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    Quote Originally Posted by grayspoole View Post
    Hi Tyronious-

    My DH is from New Orleans, so I have experienced the summer heat there. I understand why you might want to go scent free. On hot days, I really enjoy Sisley Eau de Campagne, which also comes in an excellent shower gel.

    I'm wondering if you have ever visited Hove or Bourbon French in the French Quarter? They have traditional Eau de Colognes as well as excellent Vetiver, Verveine and other compositions that are well suited to the New Orleans summer.
    No never been to those.

    That'll be something to do one day, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    1. Buy a bottle of 4711
    2. Keep in fridge
    3. Splash judiciously in ridiculously high temps
    4. ???
    5. Profit!

    On a serious note, look into Eau de Cologne style frags. When it's really hot, I don't touch anything unless it's very citrusy / tart. Last summer I kept a bottle of Dior's Escale aux Marquises in the fridge and it was a godsent.

    Some of the ones I like:

    - 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser (the original EdC)
    - Dior Escale aux Marquises
    - Dior Homme Cologne
    - Annick Goutal Eau de Hadrien
    - Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay
    "Profit!" lol

    I thought about 4711 but never took it seriously because I heard the performance was next to nothing.

    I've also heard it smells exactly like Neroli Portifino (or the opposite) which I love.

    It's cheap too, so I'll definitely be ordering a gallon of that stuff and putting it in the fridge , give it shot.

    Sounds great for this weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyronious View Post
    I thought about 4711 but never took it seriously because I heard the performance was next to nothing.

    I've also heard it smells exactly like Neroli Portifino (or the opposite) which I love.

    It's cheap too, so I'll definitely be ordering a gallon of that stuff and putting it in the fridge , give it shot.

    Sounds great for this weather.
    4711 is exceptional! It's better than Neroli Portofino--much fresher, more natural--but it has a fraction of the longevity (though it'll stick around a bit on clothing). 4711 was only designed as a refresher rather than as a proper fragrance, and, in that respect, it excels.

    I apply it to my pillows before bedtime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyronious View Post
    "Profit!" lol

    I thought about 4711 but never took it seriously because I heard the performance was next to nothing.

    I've also heard it smells exactly like Neroli Portifino (or the opposite) which I love.

    It's cheap too, so I'll definitely be ordering a gallon of that stuff and putting it in the fridge , give it shot.

    Sounds great for this weather.
    The performance is next to nothing because it's all about those tart, fizzy, volatile citruses, but this gives you an even better excuse to reapply and cool down. To me, it's the equivalent of drinking a refreshing, ice-cold drink or lager in high heat

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    As others have said, don't expect longevity. That's not what it's for - and I'd argue that it's the last thing you want in stifling heat.

    Aside from 4711 you could try Roger et Gallet Extra Vieille, or Eau de Cologne Impériale or Eau de Cologne du Coq (pricier but arguably better quality). Some people enjoy Cologne Sologne but the florals could be a bit much in the heat imo. In any case ideally you want a nice big splash bottle so you can apply liberally and frequently

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    I see that there's been a lot of trial and error with several frags. So a lot of what I would recommend have been tried.
    Has anyone mentioned Eau Sauvage? Worth a shot.
    Maybe try a Sport style flanker from Chanel Allure, Dior Homme, or Polo.
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    Default Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyronious View Post
    I live in New Orleans, LA (US) and it's already a consistent 95 degrees (100+ heat index, VERY humid).

    I'm finding fragrances are starting to annoy me with the heat and humidity so high.

    I don't wear any darker, sweeter fragrances in the summer already, but even the fresh ones feel a bit stuffy, sickly.

    Kinda sucks because the rest of the year was awesome. Starting around late September to mid May the temps were 50-70 degrees consistently, with some 30 and 40 degree days here and there. No snow, no ice, consistently sunny. Great weather and I wore any and everything, everyday.

    I'll probably limit them to special occassions and still test out some out, but I actually feel better, cleaner, fresher not wearing anything. Won't wear them on a daily basis until the fall probably.
    Blasphemy! Burn the heretic! (just kidding, of course.)

    You do you, my good sir. There are definitely some great suggestions in this thread, and hopefully you can find at least one that works for you. If not, it's still OK if you feel better in those conditions without a fragrance!

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    For me -- I don't get it

    Wearing fragrances is part of my life

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    Default Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    Screw all that Euro-Germanic Kolnisch stuff -- go local!



    I spent 13 miserable summers in New Orleans, much of them scent-free because perfumes made me nauseated in the humidity.

    But Florida Water, kept by the quart in the fridge, was my salvation. Which is appropriate, since it's favored by santeria/voodoo practicioners. And even Basenoters like it!
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    Get yourself to a local botanica and try this elixir. You'll be rushing to the fridge to spray yourself down every time you come back in out of the heat. Bonus: costs pennies and allegedly discourages mosquitoes.

    The massive F&F Botanica on Broad Street closed after I moved away from NOLA, but here's an article on alternative shops that feature similar products:

    https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orle...85725251a.html

    The Treadway in N.O. East sounds especially inviting, with its orisha altars. And seriously, these shops are so much fun to visit, with all their bizarre and esoteric items, whether you have any interest in spirituality or not. (For the record, I don't, but I still find botanicas delightful. Who wouldn't want a floor wax designed to keep the devil away?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    This is the situation in which I'd wear a mellow, breezy aquatic (something like Acqua di Parma Colonia Pura).
    New Orleans in the summer is brutal, but i def agree with this suggestion! my bottle of AdP Pura is definitely the lightest, most refreshing fragrance i own.

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    Perhaps another that might not get too cloying is Iris Rebelle by Atelier Colognes!
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    Default Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    Here in the UK summer is the time to get spraying! Everything just smells so much better as it leaps off your bronzed, taut skin with a lot more diffusion for the fortnight or so when its warm

    One interesting thing I did note when traveling to other climates is how much of a difference it can make to how scents perform/project as some stuff that I'd wrote off as weak in the UK with its relative dry/crisp atmosphere became almost overbearingly strong with a bit of humidity not to mention how some types of climate control seem to whip frags up into a frenzy of beast mode dudebro proportions.

    Just goes to show that there are so many variables at play when it comes to scents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saminlondon View Post
    As others have said, don't expect longevity. That's not what it's for - and I'd argue that it's the last thing you want in stifling heat.

    Aside from 4711 you could try Roger et Gallet Extra Vieille, or Eau de Cologne Impériale or Eau de Cologne du Coq (pricier but arguably better quality). Some people enjoy Cologne Sologne but the florals could be a bit much in the heat imo. In any case ideally you want a nice big splash bottle so you can apply liberally and frequently
    Cologne Sologne was s good one for me. It seemed to focus on the greener aspects of neroli rather than being too floral. Your mileage may vary.
    I guess a lot is down to personal tastes. I find neroli clean and soapy in the heat, never cloying, but it’s clear that not everyone experiences it in the same way.
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    In Memphis our summer temps and humidity are similar. I tend to do well with eau de cologne styles, too. Or fresh greens.

    My winners are:

    Escale a Portofino by Dior
    Eau Parfumee Au The Vert by Bvlgari
    Eau de Shiso by Roger & Gallet
    Un Jardin Sur Le Nil by Hermčs
    Eau de Neroli Dore by Hermčs

    Also love Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat, but the performance is nonexistent.
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    I work just outside New Orleans, and live not far from it. I’m a native South Louisianan. I’m happy to report that I’ve never (nor my family and friends) had this issue. I’ve worn fragrance fishing in the marsh, walking around the Quarters, while boiling 8+ sacks of crawfish at company crawfish boils, indoors, outdoors, daytime, nighttime, Who Dat, Geaux Tigers, lets go get Chargrilled oysters at Drago’s, go for an airboat ride, you freaking name it. I have something to fit every occasion and doesn’t bother me.

    In other words, my heart breaks for you.
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    Succes!
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    Good Luck!
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    There are times when I do not wear a fragrance for a few days or sometimes even a few weeks.What may happen is you may even get used to not fragrances and that is not a bad thing.To each their own of course.On hot days I find some light eau de cologne type fragrances or something like Eau Sauvage actually refreshing.




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