Labor Day is not the last day of summer. If you hear anyone lamenting the end of summer today, remind them that they've got until 4:44 on September 22 before it's officially fall.
I, for one, won't be lamenting the end of summer, today or three weeks from now. Summer has never been very good to me. Any time the temperature goes above 82 degrees, I sink into a heat depression that even doubling up on Cymbalta can't fix. I sweat so much that I can go all day without peeing, and this stinky city I love so much smells like an overcooked version of itself.
I just don't experience the romanticized version of summer. Drinking piña coladas with friends on a clean, breezy beach? Sounds like fiction to me. I'm sure some of you manage to embrace summer this way, but as much as I'd like to, I've never found a way.
Well, I've sort of found a way.
I've found a fragrance that captures summer the way I'd like to experience it but never have; the way it's glorified in movies and magazine spreads and Facebook photos that don't really tell the whole story.
Tilly by Rosie Jane is a warm yet light scent that mixes richer tropical notes like gardenia and coconut with decidedly summery fruity notes like grapefruit and pineapple. I swear, when I used the roll-on on my wrists, it triggered false memories of summers gone by in which I was completely comfortable in a two-piece.
The balance of creamy and tangy notes makes it a perfect scent not only for these last few days of summer, but far beyond. It doesn't read as something strictly summery, and yet, it's summery enough to make you feel like you have a little bit of vacation on your pulse points, even if it's 40 degrees outside.
I love that it's also available as a candle. It transforms even the bleakest atmosphere into something a little more relaxing and balmy.
If I could have the kind of summer Tilly manages to encapsulate, I'd be sad that it's ending, too.