My Summer Me July 26 2013

Fall is for fashion, winter is all about regal elegance and spring is the season of renewal and rebirth. But summertime is for unlocking that passionate, inspired and creative side of yourself that brings joy and meaning to life- it's about unleashing your summer you.

We all know that special liberating feeling of bare feet in sandals and billowy cotton dresses and hair not studiously styled but piled up in an impromptu wispy up-do. In summertime I find myself constantly experimenting with things that I like to give them that little extra summertime kick.

For example, why settle for ordinary lemonade when you can have cucumber lemonade with a sprig of mint? From Mexico City street vendors I learned that one of the best ways to enjoy watermelon is to sprinkle some hot chilies on top. The heat of the chilies and the sweetness of the fruit do a dance of pleasure and pain on your palate and help to keep the body cool.

TOVA Signature Summer is the untamed, fun-loving sister scent to TOVA Signature. It starts with a base of bergamot, absolute jasmine and sandalwood with the added zing of cooling California grapefruit, scintillating pink cyclamen and the subtly seductive amethyst calla lily. I spray some on moistened towels that I roll up and keep in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for a refreshing and invigorating post workout pick me up. TOVA Signature Summer is an expression of my spontaneous, imaginative summer me and always gives me the uplifting sensation of real summer joys like waves gently lapping at the shore or larks' song in evening or children's peals of delight when the ice cream truck comes around. I think of it as the Creamsicle version of TOVA Signature and really, what could be a better treat on a summer's day?