Once, on a trip to Sorrento, I stayed in a beautiful pied a terre that overlooked a lemon and blood orange grove. At night, the fragrance from the blossoms and newly fallen fruit was intoxicatingly heady, and so heavy that it made me dizzy. Combined with the Sorrento moonlight (and the limoncello), well . . . let's just say that since then, real lemon has been one of my favorite scents. It's so refreshing and cool, with the bitter edge that makes it exciting, too. And lemon can be eminently feminine without being floral or cloying, which is part of what makes it such a singular scent. I'm always nostalgic for Italian sojourns long past this time of year, so I've put together some lovely lemon products that have all the yummy tartness of the original. Take a bite out of a couple yourself — and stay away from the limoncello.
About four years ago I was staying at a Santa Barbara hotel that used Fresh as their bathroom products, and ever since I've been addicted. My favorite lotion is SugarBath Body Lotion in Sugar Lychee, but there's something about their Fresh Sugar Lemon Parfum ($65) that blows me away.
Imagine wearing refreshing lemonade laced with flowers on your skin. The fragrance is made from a succulent blend of lemon, mardarin, yuzu, bergamot, orange, ginger flower, oak, caramel and santal. It's sweet, crisp, zesty and it makes your mouth water every time you smell it.
I only wish it lasted longer. This isn't the kind of grand, layered scent that's going to take your from day to night. It's a casual scent that definitely wears off quickly (which means you use it up quicker than most of your other perfumes).
However, everything else about it is purely blissful! I've even got my sister hooked on it too. I am telling you, this stuff is addictive.