Alternative Sources of Sunshine: A Homegrown Scent Story
Sun in a bottle for rainy days, Mondays and everything in between
A few months ago, right around June, it seemed anyone and everyone I was interacting with was at a low point. At first I thought it was just my seasonal offsetting acting up (I’d discovered that once or twice a year I would fall into an emotional slump of sorts), but tweets, texts and face-to-face interactions with friends soon confirmed that most of us were feeling a little gloomy. It took a few days in those moody, mercurial waters to figure out what was up––or more accurately, what wasn’t. It was the lack of sun.
Surely I can’t be speaking for everyone, but that seemed to be the issue for those of us who found ourselves in that volatile stretch. Without missing a beat, June robbed us of the constant sunshine we’re so used to––and it took the best of our moods with it. Weird, because I don’t even like the sun all that much. But I guess no matter how much I hate the scorch and sweat the climate drags with it, I have an undeniable soft spot for sunshine.
I mean, we’re Filipinos after all. We’re sort of programmed to complain when the sun is relentless and miss it when it goes AWOL. Call it a hard-wired love-hate relationship.
Long story short, I don’t want to ever be without sunshine anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still like my rainy days, but I’ve learned to keep the sun––or substitutes to remind me that it’ll always be back––closeby. Read on for a short list of proudly homegrown olfactory alternatives to sunshine. Put them on your pressure points, display them on your dresser or spray them all around your space.
No. 10 Kung Tag-Araw by Saan Saan
What it is: A scented candle
What it smells like: Fresh and stimulating, with hints of citrus, bergamot, sampaguita, olive and pine
How much it costs: P600
Where to purchase it: Saan Saan’s Instagram
Bright Mornings by Real Scents
What it is: Comes as a handwash, a room and linen spray, or most recently, a fragrance oil
What it smells like: Invigorating, like a glass of citrus juice on a balmy summer day
How much it costs: P150 as a fragrance oil, P220 as a spray
Island Sunrise Mist by Amber Lights Laguna
What it is: A mist crafted of fragrance oil and natural essential oils
What it smells like: Warmth, or an island getaway. Tropical fruit like guava and passionfruit give the scent body, while notes pineapple, pear and strawberry lend an extra kick.
How much it costs: P395
Where to purchase it: Amber Lights Laguna’s website, or their brick-and-mortar stockist at The Park, 4/F East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Gayuma by Simoy ng Haraya
Image via Simoy Ng Haraya
What it is: A bottle of eau de parfum with a traditional 4-line poem, known as a tanaga, by poet Angelo V. Suarez printed emblazoned on the back
What it smells like: Perhaps the least overtly sunny scent from the list, Gayuma smells like its name: a love potion. Catch a whiff of pine, lemongrass, orange, lavender and patchouli forming on one musk-cloaked whole.
How much it costs: P650 for a 50ml bottle, P1150 for a 100ml refill
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