The weather here has been mild so far and I’m not complaining. We don’t have a/c and I don’t want to sweat it out. I’ve put together a mint perfume guide before the hot weather hits. I need to be prepared.
Mint has a high content of menthol. And menthol is sort of magical. It activates cold-sensitive receptors in the skin and that’s what gives it that cooling sensation.
Now this cooling effect is awesome in the summer but mint is tricky. I don’t want to smell like toothpaste or mouth wash. Nor do I want to smell like a York Peppermint Pattie. Personally, I like the mints that venture into the Persian cuisine territory. I like mint tea perfumes or when mint is paired with other herbs.
Here’s a guide of perfumes featuring mint as a rather predominant note to keep you feeling “cool” this summer.
Alice & Peter Fancy Choco EDP – This is a gourmand, sweet mint that wears mostly like orange-mint-chocolate. Comes in packaging that you’ll either love or hate. The 1 oz bottle retails for $38 at Beautyhabit.
LUSH The Smell of Weather Turning EDP – Another LUSH made the guide. This is a weird scent that starts out cool and minty and dries down with warmth from hay and oak barrels. It’s moody and that is why it appeals to me. The 1 oz. bottle retails for about $55 at LUSH. Full review here.
Comme de Garcones Series 5: Sherbet Peppermint EDT – Fresh, sharp mint. Simple. 1 oz bottle retails for $55 at Luckyscent.
Ebba Miss Marisa Perfume Oil – It’s mint and fruits. The 1/2 oz perfume oil retails for $62 at Beautyhabit.
Guerlain Aqua Allergoria Herba Fresca EDT – This is a fresh, herbal green tea perfume with a sweet mint. The 2.5 oz retails for $65 at Sephora.
Cartier Roadster EDT – It’s mint, vanilla and vetiver. It’s a great masculine for summer. The 1.6 oz retails for $80 at Nordstrom.
DSH Perfumes Menthe Moderne EDP (not pictured) – It’s a fresh garden mint. The 1 oz retails for $80 at DSH Perfumes.
Comme de Garçones PLAY Green EDT – I’m starting to think this is my favorite mint. It’s mint and lime accompanied by mastic and vetiver. It really does smell green. I think it’s my favorite on my guide. The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $100 at Beautyhabit. Full review here.
Parfums de Rosine Diablo Rose EDP – OK, so you like the idea of rose but are still nervous that you’ll smell like toothpaste, well, here’s mint paired with rose and citrus. It’s a great rose for summer. The 1.7 oz retails for $110 at Beautyhabit.
Serge Lutens L’eau Froide EDP – This is an icy fragrance that opens with mint and and dries down to incense. The 1.7 oz retails for $110 at Beautyhabit.
Phaedon Oriental Mint EDT (AKA Noir Marine) – I like this blend of mint tea and tobacco leaves. If you want a “darker” mint, here you go. A 3.4 oz bottle retails for $125 at Osswald. Full review here.
HEELEY Menthe Fraiche EDP – This seems to be the mint that everyone thinks of when they think of mint perfume. It smells exactly like mint leaves. Unfortunately, it hangs around for all of 10 minutes on my skin. The 3.4 oz retails for $180 at Luckyscent. Full review here.
Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur EDP – It’s a cool minty geranium over some spice. Timeless. The 1.7 oz retails for $180 at Barneys.
Humiecki & Graef Eau Radieuse EDP – This is a weird minty cologne with tart rhubarb and banana leaf. The 3.4 oz retails for $220 at Babalu Miami.
Cire Trudon Abd El Kader Candle – This smells just like mint tea. I love it. Retails for $85 at Beautyhabit.
Kneipp Mint & Eucalyptus Shower Gel – This will clear your sinuses and wake you up in the morning. And cool you off (really great for after work-outs).
Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Castille Soap in Peppermint – It’s a refreshing minty all-purpose soap. Retails for about $11 at drugstore.com.
Also, I feel like Smell Bent Ice Station Zebra is worth mentioning. It’s limited edition and shows up around the winter holidays. It’s mint and evergreens, so crisp. It’s worth buying to hoard until summer.
What are your favorite mint-centric perfumes? Any you would add to this guide?
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