Summer fragrance: citrus and musk

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Hermes Eau de Citron Noir and Musc Pallida and Cardamusc pure perfume oils
This summer’s twin fragrance obsessions are citrus and musk, I can’t get enough of either. My big citrus passion at the moment is Hermès Eau de Citron Noir (from £48 for 50ml), the latest addition to the Hermès colognes by in-house nose Christine Nagel. From the same family of cool citruses as Eau D’Orange Vert, it’s so juicy and delicious, I want to stick a straw in it and drink it. (Side note: related obsession – San Pellegrino Limon. What the hell is in this? It’s officially more addictive than Coke.)

My other big scent infatuation right now is musk. It seems to be in everything from the light salty-woody musk of Gosha Rubchinskiy eau de toilette (£65 for 100ml), to the two new pure perfume oils by Hermès (£275 for 20ml at Hermès stores and Harrods). These are uber-sophisticated perfume oils so you only use a drop. Cardamusc opens with an ancient spicy cardamom note and then develops into something creamy and a bit soapy with a hint of animalic musk. Musc Pallida is softer and iris-scented with a subtle musk dry down.

These are very elegant worn as is, but are also designed to wear under one of the other Hermessence fragrances (aka the line that prides itself in pairing unexpected olfactory notes) to intensify and personalise its sillage. Remember, Christine Nagel came from Jo Malone London, the house that actively encourages fragrance combining, so its nice to see this spirit of experimentalism encouraged at Hermès to add an individual edge to your perfume.
Hermes Eau de Citron Noir and Musc Pallida and Cardamusc pure perfume oils

Craving a combination of citrus and musk, I’ve recently re-fallen in love with the classic Jour d’Hermes – a delicious contrast of clean grapefruit with an earthy musky trail – amazing for summer. Or if you want something super-light and fresh with a hint of musk then the new Eau de Givenchy eau de toilette is a good bet (£60 for 100ml). It’s a cool, effervescent citrus but dries down to a gentle musk.


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