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August 29 2014

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A Call For Cologne

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Annick-Goutal-Les-ColognesThere will be a common theme on Beauty Counter today, pertaining to the mini heat wave that is currently making us think twice about going outside. It caused us to consider everything we put on this morning, too: the material of the dress; the weight of the hair product; the sheerness of the tinted moisturizer in lieu of foundation; and, of course, the perfume. When the air is hot and thick, there is nothing we hate more than wearing cloying fragrances. It’s on par with suiting up in head-to-toe polyester; both leave you feeling slightly suffocated. Instead, we reach for lighter iterations of our favorite flacons or preternaturally summery eaux de cologne. Colognes, as opposed to eaux de parfums, contain smaller concentrations of fine-fragrance ingredients and are, as a result, considerably brighter and easier to wear—think of that treasure trove of Bath & Body Works “body splashes” you hoarded as a tween, if you were anything like us in our formative years. In our newfound state of arrested development that some might call adulthood, however, we’re more likely to grab for Annick Goutal’s grand entrée into the category. The formidable French brand has transitioned three of its best-selling parfums into colognes. Eau d’Hadrien lovers will recognize the scent’s key notes of Italian citrus, cypress, Egyptian basil, and musk in its new iteration; the Vétiver fans among you will still find comfort in the update on this scent’s fresh and woody finish; and Néroli’s soft and powdery blend of orange blossom, heliotrope, and soft white musk is now that much sweeter. Spritz liberally.

Photo: Courtesy of Annick Goutal

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