Summer Fragrances for the Finicky

Does the very idea of just sitting next to someone doused in department store fragrances cause you immediate feelings of revulsion? Do you rip fragrance ads out of a magazine before you flip though them?

In the past, fragrances and I were not a great mix. While I could, at times, appreciate a fragrance on others, once I doused myself with the same blend I was met with feelings of nausea and anxiety. Sampling fragrances was never an enjoyable experience for me. Just a light spritz of a mainstream perfume, that had for a moment caught my curiosity, had me hightailing it to the nearest sink to vehemently scrub away every last remaining odor. I had desperately wanted to find my signature scent, but years of perusing the aisles of Sephora led me nowhere. It wasn’t until I discovered cleaner fragrances (free of parabens, alcohol, sulfates and phthalates) that I realized that not only could I tolerate fragrances, but I could experience feelings of joy and peace when wearing them. I also found that I could enjoy a whole plethora of different notes and blends.

If you’re like me and find yourself finicky with fragrances, I have a few recommendations that will have you finally falling in love with perfume.


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Satori Perfume Oil by Lina Hanson*

Since I first caught wind that Lina Hanson was in the process of formulating her first fragrance, I have been anxiously awaiting its debut. As a die-hard fan of Lina’s Global Serum line, I had tremendous expectations. This said fragrance, was to carry similar notes to her famous Global Body Serum. When we were united alas, I realized that this fragrance was far more incredible than I had anticipated. It was love at first whiff.

Meet Satori, a fragrance inspired by Lina Hanson’s travels to the far east.

“My goal was to create a perfume that evokes the beauty of the landscape and culture of the Far East. An elegant, sexy and unique scent that transports you to the most exotic and remote areas of Thailand, Japan, and China.”




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Satori is a blend of warm vanilla, grounding sandalwood, and notes of crisp and refreshing yuzu and ginger. The result, a soft citrus fragrance that is both sweet and spicy.  Vanilla, in combination with the citrus notes of yuzu, reminds me of a sweet creamsicle. Ginger lends this sweet combination some spice, while sandalwood creates a woodsy addition. Satori has an uplifting aroma, that adds a smile to my face every time I wear it. It’s sexy, exotic, and undoubtedly intoxicating. With similar notes of yuzu and vanilla, Satori is the perfect complement to the Global Body Serum

With this new fragrance release, its easy to notice the ingenious capabilities of Lina’s olfactory senses. I must add a recognition for the art of subtlety expressed in Satori. This fragrance does indeed speak, but doesn’t scream, as fragrances should. I am over the moon for Satori.

 Satori Perfume Oil $105

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Ooh la la – Dyptique Eau Duelle

Dyptique Eau Duelle

This wasnt love at first sniff. For me it happened after the fragrance melted into my skin and left a subtle warm sensual skin scent. That was when I fell for Dyptique Eau Duelle. I anticipated a blast of Vanilla but didn’t receive it. It was a far more subtle vanilla wrapped in spicy notes. This fragrance doesnt scream, you have to search it to find it. It’s warming and sensual. Its my skin but better.


vanilla, bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper, elemi, juniper, saffron, calamus, frankincense, cypriol, black tea, musk and amber

This fragrance comes in 50ml and 100ml bottles as well as a perfume solid.

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What is your favorite fragrance?