The dog days of summer are over, and yet I still can't avoid feeling gross and sweaty all of the time — when I leave the frozen tundra of my office, that is.
When I need a bit of freshness, I opt for a few sprays of Agua de Colonia Concentrada by Alvarez Gomez. It's a classic Spanish brand often found in hotels and sold at the corner drugstores. The scent was first developed in 1912 and smells like lemon, bergamot, rosemary, geranium and other good stuff my nose can't identify. As a daughter of a Spaniard, I think of family and childhood whenever I use it. But the best part about it, in a practical sense, is that it's not too strong — meaning it provides instant gratification and doesn't linger too long. I carry it around in my bag for those moments I'm feeling clammy or uninspired. Funny how a scent can change everything, right?
Alvarez Gomez Agua De Colonia Concentrada (150 ml), $21, available at Amazon.
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