When a heat wave strikes, and I need to pare down the layers that I usually wear — including scent! — I do one of two things. I might mist myself with a light fragrance tinged with green or citrus notes; Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau has been a summer favorite of mine for years, and a newer contender in this category is Atelier Cologne Grand Néroli. On the other hand, I might choose a body product, such as a dusting powder or a lotion, that carries a hint of the richer and spicier fragrances that I usually enjoy. Yamerra, a small Philadephia-based company, offers several all-natural Hair and Body Butters that are intensely scented as well as functional.
The base of Yamerra's Sensual Bliss Jasmine Sage Hair and Body Butter is a blend of shea butter, jojoba, sweet almond oil, and candelilla wax; the Jasmine Sage fragrance combines essential oils of cedarwood, Peru balsam, dalmatian sage, ylang ylang, and patchouli, plus jasmine absolute. It's an unusual fragrance for a body product, and it should appeal to lovers of spicy-woody perfumes. The Peru balsam gives a wonderfully resinous, earthy-sweet feel to the composition; the patchouli is smooth and more subdued. The pairing of cedar and ylang ylang reminds me of one of my favorite perfumes for autumn/winter wear, Les Parfums de Rosine Poussière de Rose. The sage and the jasmine are actually less noticeable, although they're the notes mentioned in the name. The sage is just a suggestion of leafiness, like plants growing in a shady spot, and the jasmine is wrapped snugly within all the foresty leaves and barks of the fragrance blend.
This product feels particularly luxurious and soothing on the dry skin of elbows, heels, or cuticles, but it can also be applied all over the body (which intensifies the effect of the fragrance, too). Yamerra also recommends using its butters as hair products. If you have thick, coarse, or just summer-frizzed hair, a small dab of this product can be scrunched or brushed through the hair for nourishment. A tiny bit could also be applied to the ends of the hair, like a pomade or a serum, for control on humid days. However you use it, you'll be able to appreciate the scent for a while; it gradually fades, but then it returns at unexpected moments, like a breeze that promises more temperate weather ahead.