I’ve never been much of a perfume girl. Until a couple of years ago, it would pretty much remind me only of my great aunt who doused herself in way too much of her questionable fragrance, or that headache-inducing feeling you get as you walk through any department store perfume section. However, when done right, perfume can smell intoxicatingly good. And as we head into the warmest season of the year, sweet and subtle summer fragrances are high on my radar.
As we change from season to season, our wardrobe changes, our skincare regimes change, and our fragrance library should too. The rich, musky and woody scents of the winter are usually too overpowering for our summer selves. Instead, start introducing light floral notes, pops of refreshing scents like grapefruit and cucumber, and beachy notes that evoke a Caribbean vacation.
With summer on the horizon, there is so much to look forward to. Jaunts to beachy escapes require fragrances that are sweet and tropical. Tom Ford’s Soleil Blanc is the perfect blend of floral and spicy notes, finished with a dash of coconut milk to give you that just-got-off-the-beach smell. And if you’re looking for a fragrance that will get you through the day to day, a refreshing blend of tangerine, bellflower and pink pepper found in Korre’s eau de toilet is just the thing you need.
As for nights spent gallivanting after dark, a sexy scent like Gucci’s Bamboo, with Tahitian vanilla, orange blossom, Casablanca lily, and more, will have you at your most seductive. Plus, Ralph Lauren has you covered for every occasion, with his foursome of fruity, floral and oriental fragrances.
1. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum
Beachy getaways and yacht vacations all mesh together in Tom Ford’s summery scent. A mix of floral amber, spicy cardamom, creamy jasmine, cardamom and tuberose, plus tropical coconut milk will take you away to your favourite beach memories, sunbathing with a piña colada in hand.
2. Gucci Bamboo
If you’re in need of a sexy fragrance for a special night out, Gucci Bamboo is the pick for you. With a soft yet intense concoction of sandalwood, Tahitian vanilla, and grey amber, you’ll surely smell amazing. Mix in floral notes of Casablanca lily, feminine orange blossom and ylang ylang, for a fragrance that will knock ‘em dead.
3. Marc Jacobs Cucumber
Marc Jacobs never disappoints when it comes to perfume, and his ‘Cucumber’ blend is no different. What could be more refreshing for a summer scent? Its crisp smell is soothing and light, and infused with lily of the valley and frosted musk, it should definitely be on replay this season.
4. Selena Gomez Eau de Parfum Spray
Selena Gomez is HOT right now, with the explosion of her new album and beating out EVERYONE on Instagram for the top number of followers. Her fragrance has raving reviews due to its combination of stimulating smells combined of raspberry, vanilla, sweet orange, pineapple, dewberry and more. Oh, not the mention the sweet flavours of chocolate and coconut. Can it get any better?
5. Ralph Lauren Big Pony Collection
This four-in-one collection of fragrances has you covered for every summer occasion. It’s a fun and sporty assortment that includes fruity, floral, and oriental scents including grapefruit and lotus (Big Pony #1), and pear and mimosa (Big Pony #3).
6. Dior J’Adore Eau Lumiere Eau de Toilette
Evoking hints of a sparkling cocktail, the combination of Sicilian blood orange essence, floral notes, and neroli essence is both refreshing and divine. Spray some on on a gorgeous summer day to awake your senses and smell incredible.
7. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette Spray
Chanel is a girl’s best friend, I mean, really, will it ever do you wrong? This fragrance is subtle and sweet, with a punch of grapefruit leaving a delicate, fruity tail. It’s just what you need to get you through the hot summer days.
8. Creed Virgin Island Water Eau de Parfum
One whiff of this Caribbean, beachy scent will have you falling head over heels. With head notes of Sicilian white bergamot, Jamaican lime, and Sicilian mandarin, heart notes of ylang ylang and Indian jasmine, and base notes of Tonkin musk and tropical woods, you and everyone around you will be mesmerized.
9. Terry De Gunzburg Thé Glacé
Lime, grapefruit, lavender, black tea and almond are infused to create a fragrance that is hard to resist. It’s soothing and refreshing and will be the perfect accompaniment to your vacation to the French Riviera, or you know, your daily life dreaming about a vacation to the French Riviera.
10. Korres Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Eau de Toilette
If the name isn’t enough to hook you, how about the fact that this fragrance is 88% natural, and will stay with you all day long? Heavenly notes of bergamot, mandarin, vetiver, iris, tea and more creates a sophisticated and sweet aroma you’re sure to love.
11. Vilhelm Parfumerie A Lilac a Day Eau de Parfum
Lilac is a classic summer scent that can be, warm, sensual, or breezy. This perfume boasts notes of blue lilac, freesia and Egyptian jasmine on a base of black amber and Turkish rose. Inspired by the designer’s travels and childhood, the sweet scent will have you in a dreamy daze.
12. Clavin Klein One Summer Eau de Toilette
A dose of lime mojito and sweet guava makes this fragrance a must-have for summer! With base notes of cedar wood, it has a crispness that with keep you smelling sweet and fresh all day long.
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