Some of the hardest days to get out of bed is when it’s pouring down rain. The last two days have been that way here in gotham city otherwise known as New York. On such days, I like to add bright accents to my wardrobe as its a nice burst that stands out in the gloom. So, for instance, I might wear a bright colored pocket square or scarf. These past two days however, I’ve been in the mood for fresh bright scents. Sure the weather is getting cooler and warmer spicier scents are in season but every now and then I like to shake it up a bit.
Ruban D’ Orange by L’Occitane is a wonderful Eau de Toilette with surprising lasting power. This warm and uplifting scent opens with a fresh burst and dries down to a nice subtle warm woody/leather scent. Ruban includes notes of Calabrian Lemon, Sicilian Mandarin and Sweet Orange (hence the opening burst), Fig Leaves, Vetiver, Tonka Bean and Cedar and will run you $44 for 3.4 fl oz.
Another rainy day goody is Bracing Silverbirch by Molton Brown. Long known for its therapeutic benefits, the silverbirch tree has bark that is rich in Vitamin C, flavonoids and saponins that are deeply refreshing. Also priced reasonably and quite gym bag friendly I might add, this is another eau de toilette that that possesses good staying power. Notes here include a potent blend of American cedarwood, Somalian incense, Indian cumin and Italian bergamot oils. I especially like the presence of cumin. It’s just enough to give this lively scent presence. $60 will get you 1.7 fl oz.