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Perfume Review: Monsoon Season by Lisa Simon

Monsoon SeasonThe year of 2006 has been so full of perfume releases that when December came along, I found myself almost relieved that I could now take a break and enjoy what I have. Little did I know there’d be one more fragrant beauty waiting to stop me in my tracks, a body mist to boot. I’m talking about the new Monsoon Season by Lisa Simon, a refreshing body mist inspired by the “lavishness of India” and created by one of my favorite perfumers, Olivia Giacobetti (L’Artisan Tea for Two, Idole de Lubin, Hermes Hiris, Diptyque Philosykos). The scent is part of the Lisa Simon (a twenty-six-year old woman who “has taken her inspiration from ayurvedic medicine, phytotherapy, and local flora”) skincare line and is meant to not only envelop you in its gorgeous aroma but also stimulate your skin with vitamin C. This time of year, we could all use extra vitamin C, and what can be better than wearing it on your skin and smell good? As we say in Russian, combine the pleasant with the beneficial.

Monsoon Season is a rose scent that’s gently fluffed with cardamom, saffron, nutmeg, and just a drop of jasmine. “Fluff” seems like the perfect verb to use as the scent intensely reminds me of the popular Indian dessert – shrikhand (strained yogurt, mixed with cardamom, saffron, and sugar and whipped together). Since I can eat shrikhand by the buckets, I instantly fell in love with Monsoon Season. The scent has the same soft milkiness of cardamom and savory piquancy of saffron. I’ve been wearing it almost daily since my (unsniffedly purchased) bottle arrived. I must say, for a body mist, it has a decent staying power, and I’m now lemming the body cream.

Monsoon Season is available at Beautyhabit.

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Still chilling today but stay tuned for my review of the new Lisa Simon Monsoon Season body mist, new at Beautyhabit, and, to wrap up the year, Best of 2006 on Friday. Any new fragrance discoveries/acquisitions you’d like to share? I’m all ears.

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