This will be a summer-short and summer-sweet review of L’Occitane Verbena Summer Secret. I was wondering if spring would ever arrive in Seattle this year, let alone summer, but the weather went from cool and rainy (the heat came on in my house on the Fourth of July) to 92 degrees…in just a few days. During the hot spell, I didn’t feel up to trying out any abstract, complex, or heavy fragrances (I barely felt like writing) so Verbena Summer Secret’s blend of verbena, basil, mint, green apple, “green” anise, cedar and musk sounded like a perfect scent to review.
Verbena Summer Secret begins with citrus and hints of basil, anise, and a great, fuzzy mint note (no, I didn’t mean “fizzy”— this mint is dry and “rough”). Verbena Summer Secret’s opening notes are refreshing but fleeting (you’ll be running after them and begging them to return, especially the mint). Verbena is center-stage but not the “star”; it’s well blended with both the top and base notes. The crisp, fresh green apple note is rather elusive: sometimes noticeable (and strong) right out of the bottle, sometimes popping up in mid-development. The base of cedar and super-light, fruity musk provides the longest-lasting component of this fragrance.
Verbena Summer Secret didn’t make me moan with pleasure, it didn’t make me fall to the ground in a boredom-induced stupor, and it didn't impel me to throw the bottle across the room in disgust (at my house, things turn dramatic in hot weather); it’s a pleasant, breezy (it lasts about two hours on skin) summer fragrance…a bit stronger than most Eaux de Cologne. Verbena Summer Secret would make an excellent “sport” fragrance for men or women.
L’Occitane Verbena Summer Secret (limited edition) Eau de Toilette is available in 100 ml for $46, which qualifies it as a “cheap thrill” in my opinion; other Verbena Summer Secret scented products include a candle, shower jelly, and moisturizing body gel.
Note: top left image of The North Wind and the Sun by Milo Winter via Wikimedia Commons.