Last Tuesday, Merz Apothecary hosted our Summer Fragrance Event. It was a low-key after-hours gathering of fragrance fans from the area with snacks and cocktails. For those who really enjoy discovering new scents, it’s a great way to get more in-depth than you might during a normal shopping trip.
We selected a few of our favorite fragrances of the moment and arranged them according to a theme. Tuesday night’s theme was A Perfect Summer’s Day, with fragrances for a morning hike, a picnic in the park, and a moonstruck evening. Scent is often said to be the most evocative of the senses, and we found that our selections actually evoked a narrative all their own, taken together.
What follows is a story created to walk you through the scents at the event last week. If you want to follow along at home, we offer samples of many scents on the website. And if you’re just curious about what scents we’re into right now, here’s a fanciful guide to some of the highlights.
You begin your hike at the edge of a canyon. Gazing at the ephemeral clouds that paint the sky, you breathe in the torrid desert air.
Notes: Cinnamon, Anise, Chili Pepper, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Plum, Thyme, Clove, Jasmine, Geranium, Galbanum, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Musk
“Sky Father is unique because it’s so complex. There are so many distinct notes that reveal themselves over time, you can’t help but be intrigued.”
– Carlos, Men’s Grooming Associate
You follow the edge of the canyon to an ancient forest. A winding path beckons you through the dense greenery, towards the sea. Gently flowing through the leaves, a fresh breeze cools you.
Notes: Marine, White Musk, Ambergris, Lemon, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Rose, Ginger
The cool, light-dappled forest gives way to a stunning coastline. You walk along the shore, feet in the sand, watching the sunlight sparkle off the gently rolling waves.
Notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Orange, Lime, Galbanum, Pepper, Juniper, Marine, Rose, Geranium, Lily of the Valley, Blackcurrant, Black Tea, Petitgrain, Carnation, Wood, Labdanum, Vanilla, Musk, Ambergris
Mister Marvelous Eau de Parfum
The return path takes an unexpected turn and you find yourself standing at a precipice with the most fantastic view. You breathe deeply, savoring an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Notes: Mandarin Leaves, Neroli, Bamboo, Green Lavender, Black Amber, White Cedarwood
Sitting by the pond, you’re lost in a reverie. You absentmindedly swirl the water with your toes, releasing the scent of earth, wood, and something more…something fresh.
Notes: Juniper Berry, Tangerine, Blackcurrant, Soil, Thyme, Lily, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Ginger, Cumin, Black Pepper, Mimosa, Patchouli, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Salt, Incense, Atlas Cedar, Amber
The sounds of the city call you back from your daydream, reminding you of the hustle and bustle that surrounds your green sanctuary. You feel a thrill of the excitement of urban life.
Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange Juice, Incense, Cardamom, Ozone, Magnolia, Orris Root, White Wood, Benzoin, Amber, Musk
Bal d’Afrique Eau de Parfum
You spread your picnic blanket out in the verdant grass, next to a patch of colorful wildflowers. The breeze gently wafts the scent of the blooms your way.
Notes: African Marigold, Bergamot, Bucchu, Lemon, Neroli, Cyclamen, Jasmine, Violet, Black Amber, Moroccan Cedarwood, Musk, Vetiver
“Bal d’Afrique is inspired by Paris in the 1920s, when France was obsessed with African culture because of stars like Josephine Baker. The lemon in this scent is so delicious and juicy, but not too sharp. It’s very sexy.”
– Sharmane, Fragrance Associate
After dinner, you savor the last spoonful of a decadent dessert. The swirling flavors perfectly balance Vanilla sweetness with something deeper and headier.
Notes: Vanilla, Lemon, Grapefruit, Caramel, Nutmeg, Gardenia, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Vetiver, Musk, Tonka Bean
After dinner, you head up to the rooftop bar. The heat of the day hasn’t dissipated yet, and it heightens the smell of cigarette smoke and the flowers blooming along the perimeter of the roof.
Notes: Clementine, Bergamot, Blackcurrant, Jasmine Sambac, Ylang Ylang, Rose Oil, Freesia, Sandalwood, Musk, Liatrix, Benzoin
The attraction you feel to your date is magnetic, palpable. You spend the evening chatting and flirting. Brushing the hair from your eyes, you lean in close to take a picture together and feel the heat of their body.
Notes: Aldehydes, Pink Pepper, Black Pepper, White Pepper, Tobacco, Jasmine, Cedarwood, Muguet, Musk, Vetiver, Ambergris, Amber
“People love Aperture because it’s a super-sexy, up-close kind of scent. There are three different kinds of musk in this scent, which makes it very intense and elevating.”
– Tanja, Fragrance Associate
The sun sets and slowly the pulse of the city deepens, revealing a sensuality coaxed out only at night. You feel a thrill as you sense the city waking up from its afternoon siesta.
Notes: Madagascan Black Pepper, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Cardamom, Iris, Jasmine Absolut, Cedar Wood, Vanilla Absolut, Vetiver
You gaze, transfixed, at the skyline, watching as a million glittering diamonds illuminate the deep indigo expanse. All of a sudden you feel so small compared to the endless planes of shimmering space.
Notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Apple, Patchouli, Rose, Jasmine, Powder, Amber, White Musk
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Black Saffron Eau de Parfum
You leave the rooftop bar to wander the streets and pass a vendor selling Indian street fare. Interlacing your fingers with your date’s, you enjoy the treat as you head to a club to dance to Hindi pop until dawn.
Notes: Grapefruit, Juniper Berries, Saffron, Black Violet, Leather, Cashmeran, Vetiver, Raspberry