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Easy, breezy mint-infused scents for keeping your cool

Used for centuries the world over to cool, soothe and refresh, mint comes into its own in the sweltering heat of a city, to use while wandering the white beaches of an exotic island, or to splash on at any time to instantly revive the senses and soothe troubled spirits.

More correctly known by the name Mentha (from Greek míntha) there are many differing varieties – the species ranging from 13-18 depending on who you ask, and proving rather indistinct to categorise exactly as hybridisation between the species occurs naturally. In historical terms, mint was often used within various preparations to be taken as a herbal remedy for digestive complaints, to calm inflamed skin and also (of course) to splash on as a tonic for the senses.

 

 

In Greek mythology, meanwhile, mint is seen as “the herb of hospitality”- early records show mint was strewn over floors to deodorise and freshen rooms, as stepping on the leaves helped to spread its scent through the room, masking noxious odours. Perhaps we might bring this idea for the more noisome areas of cities in the heat (and obligatory in all tube stations?!)

 

 

 

So, if you’re flagging and need an olfactory boost – no matter the weather – let’s meander to these easy, breezy, simply delightful mint-infused scents we’re reaching for right now…

 

 

 

 

Molton Brown Wild Mint & Lavandin

This is an utterly unisex, breezily fragrant invitation to get back to nature. Molton Brown’s finger firmly on the fragrant pulse here, reviving flagging spirits via wild mint, vivid verdancy of torn basil leaves grounded by a caress of orris, silky sandalwood and rounded by tonka.

£85 for 100ml eau de toilette moltonbrown.co.uk

 

 

 

Atkinsons Mint & Tonic 

Capturing an English country ‘potager’ garden of herbaceous greenness, Atkinsons Mint & Tonic is the zestiest exploration of sparkling mint. Close your eyes and dream of endless summer days sharing a Mojito (or three), enjoyed in a greenhouse, ‘in excellent and flirtatious company’.

£170 for 100ml eau de parfum atkinsons1799.com

 

 

 

 

Diptyque Eau de Minthé

Herbaceously creamy swirls are stirred into the dappled shade of a traditional fougère, infused with a contemporary edge of thorny rose oxide. Cool as a long cold drink on a hot day, crisp as iced leaves, the verdant notes swoon to skin-warmed whispers of soft muskiness.

£153 for 75ml eau de parfum liberylondon.com

 

 

 

Ruth Mastenbroek Dagian

Looking for the longest-lasting gasp of freshness that feels like hope, bottled? Ruth describes it perfectly: ‘…the feeling of optimism that breaks at dawn, the exhilarating hope of a fresh start. As the sun rises, a breeze of lime and mint shimmers over notes of orange blossom and rum.’ Divine!

From £70 for 30ml eau de parfum ruthmastenbroek.com

[Try a sample in the Ruth Mastenbroek Classic Collection Discovery Set, £32.50 in our shop]

 

 

Roos & Roos Globulus

The camphoraceous mintiness of Eucalyptus Globulus is a whoosh of freshness emanating from skin as though you’re imbued with coolness from within. Gloriously uplifting, the breeze carries wafts of cardamom, freshly crumpled mint leaves torn and the airiness of ‘crystal moss’.

£110 for 100ml eau de parfum harveynichols.com

 

Written by Suzy Nightingale

 

 

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