The Summer Body Mist

Some sexy little body mists that have caught my attention this summer – they are brilliant for freshening up without perfume-gassing everyone within a ten mile radius. The key to summer fragrancing is to keep it subtle, I think – if you’re going for something heady and exotic then keep it to the pulse points rather than dousing yourself in scent!

The Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Moisture Mist is actually quite strong, so you don’t need to layer it with the matching eau de toilette or parfum. It’s not as moisturising as a body cream or lotion, but it’s gentler in the heat than spraying on raw perfume, so a nice option for holidays and post-beach shenanigans. £28 from House of Fraser

Clarins Eau Dynamiste reminds me of my teen years – I used to have loads of mini bottles of this because they would always come free in the Gift With Purchase. (And I have always been a sucker for a gift with purchase.) This isn’t exactly my “scent of choice”, but it is invigorating and it does have a certain je ne sais quois that makes it appealing enough to keep on re-spritzing. Personally I think that it’s the clever marketing – it’s put forward as a moisturising, firming and toning product! Who can resist a bit of multitasking sales-spiel? Not I! The sparkly bottle is a special 25th Anniversary version, you can find it for £23.20 with free delivery at

Roger & Gallet Eau des Bienfaits is the freshest of the three. It’s instantly cooling and it has a wonderful…


…have you ever sprayed a bottle thinking that it would go the other way? I have just sprayed a whole spritz of Roger & Gallet into my mouth! It’s not pleasant. It has just slipped in the popularity poll!


It’s beautiful on the skin, though. Very citrussy and zingy, it’s a great wake-up spray for those muggy, tired-leg days. In fact, it makes quite a lovely leg-spray! London Underground should spritz this out at knee-height as you pass up the escalators – never mind all of these fancy ticket barriers they’re spending money on!

Eau des Bienfaits is £28.50 from Marks & Spencer Beauty

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  1. August 6, 2012 / 8:39 am

    Going off on a slight tangent here (I hope you don’t mind!) could you recommend anything that smells like clean fresh linen?

    I’d douse myself in Fabreeze but I don’t like the spray it gives ;)

    I have quite a sensitive hooter and anything really fruity just has me sneezing all day – I just want to smell clean, does that make sense?

    My pong is now in your hands, so to speak!

    • Ruth
      August 6, 2012 / 1:01 pm

      Interesting! Let me have a think about this. Oh – have a look at my Rituals Pillow Mist review on here – that smells like fresh linen andis also a body spray.. x

      • August 6, 2012 / 3:26 pm

        I did wonder if a linen/body mist existed – and it does!

        Thank you, Ruth :)

        I have a friend who uses a strawberry scented room spray – a dual purpose product – looks like there a niche in the market!

    • Micaela
      August 6, 2012 / 10:13 pm

      Philosophy’s amazing grace smells exactly like fresh linen and is marketed as such! xx

  2. Darina
    August 6, 2012 / 9:27 am

    Ruth, do you know how much approx. will cost a facial at a salon on average? where they just use hands to clear pores?
    thanks xxx

  3. Mel
    August 6, 2012 / 10:33 am

    Hi Ruth, hope the holiday was good. Clarin’s Eau Dynamiste is a classic fresh, slightly lemony fragrance to me.. It never lasts on my skin, which to me is its down fall as a fragrance. I wish I paid more attention to exactly who, but I can say your Escentric Molecules Fragrance..was worn by someone taking part at the Olympics. My ears pricked up when I heard on the radio the mention. I wish I could be more specific as I know you loved this fragrance, and the fact that it was not so common. Well, I reckon if I heard it millions of others did too..

    • Ruth
      August 6, 2012 / 1:00 pm

      No way! Really? I shall investigate! x

  4. judelovesthis
    August 6, 2012 / 11:55 am

    Lovely! I’ve been dousing myself in Clarins’ Eau des Jardins this (non) summer but I NEED that glittery bottle! I live in Devon and it’s only when I visit my sister in London that I realise how lucky I am that being near the coast generally means less humidity. I worked in London for 11 years and the underground on a hot day could easily bring me to tears, horrid! I actually visited my sister this weekend and saw her two British Shorthairs, their current entertainment of choice is catnip bubbles. Have you seen/heard of these before?

    • Ruth
      August 6, 2012 / 1:00 pm

      I haven’t! Where do I find these? xx

      • judelovesthis
        August 6, 2012 / 7:17 pm

        Amazon! They were recommended to my sister. At first the boys were far too cool to go chasing bubbles through the house but they dropped their aloofness when they realised what fun they could have! xx

  5. August 6, 2012 / 12:01 pm

    I love wearing the lighter scents and sprays during the hot months (and it’s VERY hot here at the moment). The R&G sounds perfect. However, is it too summery a scent for fall and/or winter?

    • Ruth
      August 6, 2012 / 12:58 pm

      It is VERY summery, I think, but can’t see why you couldn’t wear it all year round anyway… x

  6. August 6, 2012 / 1:50 pm

    Really need to look more into getting a body mist this summer…

  7. Ange
    August 6, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    Hi Ruth, hope you had a fab holiday I’m off to Crete in a few weeks and can’t wait! Love the Greek islands. I’ve picked up the L’Occitane Sorbet Verbena Mist which is brand new and not as citrusy as the original verbena. Smells amazing and you can even use it on your face – even better it only costs £10! Definitely worth checking out x

  8. Nikita
    August 6, 2012 / 4:24 pm

    So funny as usual :)
    Thanks for this article because, honestly, I never understood the idea of body mists… but now i do thanks to you!

  9. Paige
    August 6, 2012 / 8:17 pm

    Ruth, is that you on the Victoria’s Secret home page?

    • Ruth
      August 7, 2012 / 11:46 am

      Nope, I wish! x

  10. Lisa
    August 6, 2012 / 9:56 pm

    @Amanda – try Clean “Warm Cotton” it smells exactly like fresh laundry. You will love it.

  11. August 7, 2012 / 3:12 am

    Huh–I hadn’t considered a body mist for summer. Whenever I think of body mists, I think of those awful Bath & Body Works ones that smell way to sweet and synthetic and…well, cheap. I’m so curious to smell that Chanel one now! Must definitely check it out!

  12. August 7, 2012 / 3:28 am

    Hi, I’m your new follower! Your blog is very nice, I’m looking forward to be reading your posts in the future :) I’m very interested in british / european / american beauty items as I’m living in Tokyo. Hope we can share information about our cultures! <3

  13. Yulia
    August 7, 2012 / 5:20 am

    I just read this upon waking, still half asleep, and laughed so hard, it woke me up. Also, Etro makes some “hydrating” perfumes, d

  14. Yulia
    August 7, 2012 / 5:22 am

    I meant to write, did you ever try those?

    • Ruth
      August 7, 2012 / 11:45 am

      No! Must look them up! x

  15. Elodie(a.k.a gappy)im gap toothed 2
    August 16, 2012 / 9:34 pm

    I love those perfumes ,I have the Chanel which is divine.I was wondering what kind of fragrance is a British trade mark sent?

  16. Elodie(a.k.a gappy)im gap toothed 2
    August 16, 2012 / 9:36 pm

    and I would really appreciate if you checked your Facebook messages,I sent you one :)

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