There are lots of great smells to associate with summer. Fresh cut grass, roses, sea air. But one of my most favourite smells of summer is hot asphalt even better is wet hot asphalt. Weird right? But actually these smells for me are some of my strongest memories of summer as a kid in NZ. Now, those who have experienced an NZ summer know it is generally pretty good but we do love a tropical storm leaving everything damp and humid and the fantastic lingering smell from the wet roads. As the hot tar cools off and we run off barefoot down to the beach or jump in the swimming pool in the rain. Before you knew it the rain stops the sounds of the cicadas reemerged and the sun came back out.
Sunday was an equally wet/sunny day here in Chorleywood. We took the dog for a walk and the faint damp grass smell lingered while the black clouds were looming and threatening overhead.
This is now actually a pretty typical summer weekend for us. Get up, muck about, walk in the common.
I wonder what smells my daughter will associate with this time? Maybe the smell of wood from the new woodland climbing area or maybe the smell of damp wool (less romantic) from the dog who has just rolled in the wet grass.
I have created a couple of limited edition scents for this summer to try and reflect different moments. Summer Breeze is a unique mix of English Rose and Pomegranate. It will appeal to those who love the more sweetness but the light floral tone will capture those who love more traditional scents. The Rose always reminds me of my nana as she had a lot of hand creams and soaps most were Rose scented.
I have also tried to find a scent that reflects our summers here in England. The 'Chorleywood Summer' is a blend of Mandarin, lime and basil is really unique and captures the earthy and grassy smells of a Sunday walk on the common.
I realise I must have suddenly become British as I right this post. It started out about the smells of summer but actually I realise it really is about weather!