Frivolous Friday: Smell Like the Beach

It’s no secret I have kind of a…thing about perfume. I’ve shown the crazy sample vial collection before, but just in case:

perfume sample vials

Frightening, I know. So when I ordered a sample pack from indie perfumer Olivine Atelier, I thought I’d just try them out and move on, but when I smelled Amongst the Waves, it was love.

olivine atelier samples

Normally I’m not one for ‘beachy’ perfumes, because they smell too much like suntan lotion, or, worse, they smell like nothing at all, but this stuff could make you feel like you’re on a tropical island in the middle of January. Sweet coconut and a huge wallop of lilies, with a clean, musky base that has a really sexy skin-like quality, it’s become my go-to scent this summer. I love the way all of this company’s perfumes use classic floral notes in a way that smells new and fresh instead of like grandma’s soap dish.


Plus, check out the adorable packaging:


Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go lie in a hammock and drink out of a coconut.

Not really, I’m on my way to work, but at least I SMELL like coconuts!

Published by Diane McMartin

Diane McMartin is a Certified Sommelier and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America’s Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program. She also works in wine retail, teaching wine education classes and helping customers wade through the endless sea of bad Chardonnay in the world. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

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