Thank you to Elena of Perfume Shrine and Ines of All I Am — A Redhead for organizing this blog post! I’ve never been to the Mediterranean, but the scents I associate with it include lavender, herbs, the ocean and the beach, orange blossom, tomato leaf, olive, and fig.
I have only tried a few scents that make me think of the Mediterranean. Estee Lauder Azuree Soleil is a light beachy scent that evokes sun-warmed skin and fits the Mediterranean image. It’s pleasantly sweet without being cloying. The soft woods, vetiver, amber, and musk in the base work well with the floral notes, and the composition feels very summery. EL Bronze Goddess is apparently similar but I’ve not tried it.
Another scent that makes me think of the beach is Miller Harris Fleurs de Sel, but in a much more nature-realistic way. It features grassy notes, woods, iris, and herbs in a dry, salty composition evoking a beachside scene. It’s beautiful and unique, and it captures a grassy beach landscape without using the ozonic notes I dread. Orange blossom scents also make me think of the Mediterranean, and two summery ones that I like are Lorenzo Villoresi Dilmun and Annick Goutal Neroli.
On a perfumery note: I’ve not smelled a perfume with a strong olive note, but I recently received a sample of poplar bud absolute that has a strong olive note to me. The poplar bud has many facets (fruity, honey, woodsy), but the olive for me is really prominent. It’s interesting stuff.
I’m looking forward to reading the other posts about the Mediterranean because I would love to know more summery scents of this type. I’d love a lavender and herb summer scent and will look for suggestions. I’ll have to work on one someday. 🙂