I’m reviewing two new and exciting fragrances in this feature: Vince Camuto Divina, and the marine-centric Maritime Deep Blue by Tommy Bahama.
Why Use A Summer Scent?
Some people wear the same signature fragrance all year but if your favorites are on the heavier side, it’s a good idea to stow them in a cool dark dry place for the next couple of months. Reach for Summer centric scents that are lighter, softer, or fresher versions of a scent you already love, or something entirely new that won’t hang but will enhance your skin’s chemistry.
The temperature, your mood, your health, and your clothing all work with your body chemistry to affect how a scent smells on you. Sweat and heat don’t make your fragrance smell so sweet. The heavier the scent is, the less lovely for you and for the people around you. A fragrance isn’t meant to be smelled across the room, it’s meant to be savored just by you, and when others are up close to you.
Divina Vince Camuto
Divina by Vince Camuto (Parlux fragrances) isn’t meant to be just a Summer fragrance. You can wear it year-round, but it’s a great new warm weather “find.”
Divina looks sunny, even before you even lift off the golden “crown” topper that’s a signature of Vince Camuto’s women’s fragrances. The round, faceted bottle reflects the golden yellow juice within like the rays of the sun.
Even the yellow bow at the neck holding a Vince Camuto golden house crest charm, adds sunny sparkle.
This fragrance first hits your senses with lots of juicy, fruity excitement featuring top notes of pamplemousse (grapefruit), and black currant, followed by florals of mimosa blossom, sunflower petals, and a hint of honey and violet leaves.
The dry-down is powdery heliotrope and golden sandalwood with a base of warm, sweet musk. The base notes tame the vibrant fruity florals.
We like the way the scent is fresh and light but it’s not wimpy. It lasts. As it is warmed by your skin, the base comes to life. Depending upon your body chemistry the fragrance brings out the florals, or the woods and musks.
The Concept/Caroline Sabas
The sunny-fruity-floral fragrance was created by Caroline Sabas, perfumer at Giva(she’s created over more than 33 popular fragrances).
According to Sabas: “With Divina Vince Camuto, I wanted to create a fragrance with a lot of energy and happiness. Sunflowers and mimosa blossoms both give me those feelings and inspire moments of carefree femininity. I remember my house in France filled with mimosa when I was a little girl, and that scent always gave me pure joy… the warmth made me feel so alive,” said Sabas.
Where to Buy
Add some “sun” to your Summer fragrance wardrobe. Divina by Vince Camuto is available for $90 in a 3.4 oz. Eau de Parfum Spray at Macy’s and other fine retailers nationwide. For more information, you can also visit the Vince Camuto Website: https://www.vincecamuto.com/fragrance/
For the Boys?
We don’t really believe in male and female fragrances in this gender fluid age. You should wear what smells great on you and that you like on your own skin. However, it’s clear from the presentation that Maritime Deep Blue by Tommy Bahama (Parlux Fragrances) will appeal mostly to men.
This is a nautical-inspired scent, from the silver cleat wrapped with a rope that rests atop a wood platform, to the deep blue glass bottle that reminds me of the deepest part of the ocean. If you like ships and the sea, it’s going to take a place of honor on your shelf.
The top notes are cardamom, bergamot, juniper oil, and rosemary. A heart of water lily, freesia, orris, and geranium adds freshness.
The dry-down makes this a beautifully blended fragrance featuring patchouli, cedarwood, musk, and moss.
While this is a fragrance meant for men, it’s got everything I love in a fragrance as a woman: it’s fresh but also aromatic and marine-centric. On my skin at dry-down, it’s reminiscent of the last moments at the beach, when you’re packing up to leave and you can smell the sea and sun that has warmed your skin all day.
The Concept/Frank Vaelkl
The perfumer is Frank Vaelkl of Firmenich (among other things, he helped create one of my favorite brands, Le Labo and a number of their popular fragrances).
According to Vaelkl: with the power of the ocean in mind. “I was inspired by a trip to a secluded beach – it was so rustic and elemental, that I wanted to express its authenticity – the powerful waves, deep waters, strong winds and sizzling hot sun,” said Voelkl. “Maritime Deep Blue captures this intensity with a burst of watery freshness, crisp aromatic notes and sun-drenched driftwood.”
You don’t have to be a sailor, love the sea, or be born male to love it1
Where to Buy:
Maritime Deep Blue by Tommy Bahama is available in a 2.5 o. Eau de Cologne Spray ($65) or 4.2 oz. Eau de Cologne Spray ($80) at retailers like Belk, Dillard’s, Tommy Bahama stores and online at http://www.TommyBahama.com