12 Fresh Scents That Are Basically Summer in a Bottle
By now we all know we should switch up our skin care strategy once the weather warms up. But you should also hit the refresh button on your go-to scent. Florals and fruity fragrances are the perfect summer companions because they embody everything the season stands for. And since most of us don’t have off to enjoy the high temps and cool breezes, these summer scents are great ways to bring a little sunshine with you everywhere you go.
Citrus and potent bouquets fit the profile of a standard summer scent. Not that we’re complaining. But this season we’re also favoring unexpected accents, like vanilla, creosote, sandalwood along with both black and pink pepper. Hey, we like our aromas complex, just like our personalities. As a bonus, all of these top summer scents come in bottles that are just as enchanting. Seriously, better clear some space since they all deserve to be featured on your vanity. Not to mention Instagram.
When it comes to price, as you know, perfumes don’t come cheap. But we also managed to track down a few more moderately priced options. Including one pick that rings in at just $48.
Keep reading to discover your new signature (summer) scent.
Jo Malone London Sea Daffodil Cologne, $105 at Nordstrom
Snatch up this limited-edition solar floral scent before it goes away (or sells out). Inspired by sea daffodil, the rare flower is at the heart of this fragrance surrounded by yellow mandarin and vanilla. The glass bottle with a marble cap is worthy of Instagram.
Armani Beauty My Way Floral, $132 at Sephora
Confession: We love all iterations of My Way. This fresh floral take is no exception. First you’ll detect green mandarin and orange blossom, then neroli oil highlighted by tuberose. Finally, the white musk base envelopes a bourbon-vanilla infusion. Simply sublime.
Ellis Brooklyn Sun Fruit Eau de Parfum, $105 at Ellis Brooklyn
You’ve never smelled a fruity floral fragrance like this before. Top notes of fresh fig, bergamot, plum leaves and pear join forces with jasmine, cyclamen, orris plus orange blossom. The cocktail is rounded out by amber, vanilla planifolia, musks along with coconut.
D.S. & DURGA Sweet Do Nothing Eau de Parfum, $260 at D.S. & DURGA
We love an eclectic aroma. Enter this summer-worthy scent. It boasts notes of neroli, green coyote chala, desert pepper, Texas overbearing fig, orange flower and incense with a base of Texas cedar, water musk and creosote. You really need to smell it to believe it.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Love Pour Femme Eau de Toilette, $110 at Ulta Beauty
Nothing says summer like a Dolce & Gabbana fragrance. Take the brand’s latest creation. It features top notes of Italian lemon and granny smith apple along with a heart of ambrette, jasmine sambac and white rose. The base is made up of cedarwood, musk, amyris sandalwood, vetiver and ambrox. Basically, the aroma is the epitome of summer.
Cartier Baiser Volé Parfum, $149 at Cartier
Cartier doesn’t just produce brilliant jewelry. Its fragrances are also amazing. The brand’s latest aroma has key notes of lily accord and tonka bean translating into a powdery yet velvety vibe.
Acqua di Parma Colonia C.L.U.B. Eau de Cologne, $181 at Bloomingdale’s
Acqua di Parma’s new scent is pretty complex. It’s all thanks to a beautiful blend of bergamot, lemon, pink and black pepper, shiso and rosemary over a base of cedarwood and musk. This is one club you’ll definitely want to be a part of.
Valentino Donna Born In Roma Coral Fantasy Eau de Parfum, $138 at Ulta Beauty
Valentino takes us all the way to Rome for summer. Inspired by the light of Italy’s capital at sunset, it offers up orange mingled with jasmine and rose. Add in a base of ambrette and musk and you’ve got one divine seasonal scent.
Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit, $48 at Lavanila
Who knew that vanilla and grapefruit would go so well together? Lavanila, that’s who. Its combination of pink grapefruit, fresh lime, warm cedarwood and soft vanilla is what summer daydreams are made of.
Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Eau & Magnolia Eau de Toilette Intense, $115 at Bloomingdale’s
First off, how cool is this bottle? Thankfully, the fragrance inside is just as covetable. Top notes of neroli and bergamot collaborate with magnolia and rose middle notes. The sandalwood base brings it all together.
Skylar Honeysuckle Dream, $85 at Skylar
Not a fan of overly floral or fruity scents? Meet your new BFF. Skylar manages to artfully combine bergamot, sparkling cassis, pear leaves, honeysuckle (natch), lily, orange flower water, cashmere wood, sandalwood and sheer amber.
(MALIN+GOETZ) Strawberry Eau de Parfum, $95 at Nordstrom
If summer had an official fruit, strawberry would be high on the list of candidates. The brand puts a fresh spin on the treat by teaming it with bright notes of bergamot and pink pepper. In the middle are jasmine petals, jasmine lactone captive and woodland greens. A base of cedarwood, oakmoss, captive musks and orris root finishes off the delectable aroma.