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Best fragrances for summer

Best fragrances for summer

Now that we’re getting back out on the town and spending time in (slightly) closer proximity to friends, it’s time to get back into a regular grooming regimen — and that includes choosing a fresh summer fragrance. As warmer day are ahead, which means it’s time to give fresh florals, tangy citruses, and breezy beachy scents the spotlight, give yourself a little spritz to lighten your spirits with this roster of captivating scents.


Acqua Di Parma Sakura

The latest addition to the Italian maison’s sunny waters contains spicy pink pepper, delicate cherry blossom, and warm musk – it projects heavily for two hours before fading close to the skin. Spritz the exhilarating fragrance all over your body to transport you to the coast of Italy.


Maison Francis Kurkdjian Gentle Fluidity Silver 

Made for him and her, this scent would the perfect olfactory compliment to a summer outfit of all white. Hints of salty beach air and the soft, spicy heat of nutmeg from Indonesia mix comfortably with the smell of aromatic notes of juniper berries from Macedonia for a scent that’s earthy and refreshing.


Diptyque Eau De Minthé

Diptyque sticks to minimal recipes for this one. Crisp mint is pepped up with a healthy amount of floral scents mixed in and lengthened with patchouli, making for a contemporary mix that’s perfect for summer.


Aesop Rōzu 

Australia’s finest cosmetics house doesn’t release fragrances very often. This is just the fourth. It employs rose, bergamot and shiso before settling into sandalwood and an ambery balsamic myrrh. It’s woody, musky, and fresh, but with way more staying power than your average summer scent — a masterpiece of androgynous elegance.



Chanel Blue De Chanel

This one is the ultimate classic. This fresh and warm parfum from Chanel has a mood-lifting intensity thanks to its well-rounded blend of cedar and sandalwood. The subtle notes of tonka beans lends a musky twist, taking this firmly away from generic territory. A stellar summer evening fragrance.


Louis Vuitton Sun Song

The French Maison references Sun Song like the memory of a dream of the perfect summer day by incorporating the luminous and poppy notes of orange blossom and citron and livened up with a spicy hint of musk. A spritz of this savory scent will make you feel sun-kissed.


Malin+Goetz Stem Eau de Parfum

Stem is really the perfect name for this scent. Typically unusual, Stem somehow smells exactly like the deconstructed garden, with subtle notes of juniper and green leaves creating an addictive breath of fresh air. A brilliant option to mix-up your usual rotation.


Loewe Paula’s Ibiza

Ibiza is just a sniff away with this one. Composed to help summon up a carefree summer days, coconut water, green galbanum, Madgascan mandarin oils driftwood, sand lily and frangipani flowers are combined to give this scent its fresh and playful personality. Vanilla absolute, patchouli oil and ambergris give it a nostalgic, slightly bohemian sign-off.


Maison Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning

Summer fragrances need not all invoke sunny beachside scenes. If you love the feeling of freshly laundered sheets and sleeping in in warmer days, this scent is perfect for you. Pear, lily-of-the-valley and iris notes all make for a delectable floral scent, while patchouli leaf and white musk give it a darker edge and some much-needed complexity and gravitas.


Tom Ford Costa Azzurra Acqua

Described as “capturing the magical crosswinds of the coast, where trees and greenery mingle with the salty aroma of the sand and the sea”, this scent has a certain arid minerality that pairs perfectly with warm, dry days. It opens with a citrus burst of lemon before softening down with a wild tangle of cypress, juniper and myrtle for a lingering musk.