Just as summer comes with a separate wardrobe, so too, should your fragrance collection — reflecting the warm, breezy, and laid-back vibe of the season. Create your own scent-sation with a new fragrance (or two) that bottles the essence of the sunny months. Here are nine ways to get summer started on the right note.
1. Sigil Scent Balance Eau de Parfum
Summer should be all about regaining balance (with a side of the beach, too) and Sigil Scent’s Balance Eau de Parfum is a sweet way to remember accomplishing that goal. According to the brand, the bright and crisp scent is reminiscent of wild meadows. With key notes of labdanum, palmarosa, and verbena, it evokes the feeling of floating through blades of grass, with a backdrop of singed flowers and dried tobacco. Sounds like some kind of summer fantasy to us. Oh, and it’s formulated only with organic and wild-crafted essential oils, and includes no potentially toxic phthalates, parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, or propylene glycol.
2. Hi Wildflower Botanica Hanalei Extrait de Parfum
Influenced by Hanalei, the striking paradise town on Kauai’s coast, the Hi Wildflower Botanica Hanalei Extrait de Parfum will likely take your breath away, too — and inspire plenty of wanderlust for Hawaii. Described as soul-stirring, lush and brimming with cosmic energy, the spicy floral perfume packs plenty of power into the spritz. Ylang ylang and jasmine sambac flowers — the same blooms that adorn leis and flower crowns — are at the heart of this luxe, feminine scent. Top notes include pink peppercorn, pink grapefruit, and rosewood with a base of bourbon vanilla, Royal Hawaiian sandalwood, and balsam.
3. Korres Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Eau de Toilette
We love the sweet smell of summer — as long as it’s not too sugary. The cotton-candy pink Korres Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Eau de Toilette hits just the right notes with hints of florals and fruitiness balanced out with a woodsier depth. The “modern Greek apothecary” brand is known for their fragrance-forward, feminine scents cultivated with premium extracts and with no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. The citrusy-smelling bellflower is grown on Mount Olympus, considered the home of the ancient gods, bringing a mystical edge to the fragrance. Tangerine is associated with good fortune and prosperity and pink pepper was actually a currency for the ancient Greeks. You’ll practically be wearing a lesson in Greek mythology.
4. Vilhelm Parfumerie A Lilac A Day Eau de Parfum
Vilhem Parfumerie A Lilac A Day is for those whose summer is illustrated in the brightness of fresh-cut flowers. Although lilac is something of an elusive scent to truly capture, the brand has effectively bottled the blue-hued blooms into a vibrant bouquet balanced by freesia and Egyptian jasmine with a base of black amber and Turkish rose. Vilhelm Parfumerie is something of a new scent superpower on the scene, having just launched in 2015 by Jan Ahlgren who once worked as a handbag designer in Sweden. Now, he crafts perfumes instead of purses, inspired by his travels, family, and childhood.
5. Ex Nihilo Love Shot
Classified as a “sensual manifesto.” Ex Nihilo Love Shot turns up the heat — and it is quite apropos for date nights with that summer crush of yours. Conveying a sophisticated and uninhibited Parisian femininity, the French fragrance looks to the lush opulence of the ’70s mixed with a contemporary edge. It’s a fantasy blend of pink berries and peony with jasmine, patchouli, plus a rich, leather and vetiver base.
6. Marc Jacobs Splash Cucumber
There’s nothing quite so refreshing as the crisp crunch of a cucumber — in your salad, on your eyes — or in your signature summer scent. Marc Jacobs Splash Cucumber bottles bring cool deliciousness for an everyday spritz that’s green and fresh, truly capturing the essence of the easygoing, lighthearted warmer months.
7. Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume
For all the fragrance rebels, we have a scent for you. Juliette Has a Gun brand founder and perfumer Romano Ricci has turned the fragrance world on its head with Not a Perfume, which proves that sometimes the simple things can also be the most powerful. His elegantly pure fragrance is composed of a single note, called cetalox, which is usually used as a base note in perfumery. With Not a Perfume, it plays the lead role for a scent that will intoxicate with its minimalistic simplicity. It’s also hypoallergenic and ideal for those who don’t normally wear perfume.
8. Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum
For all the bohemian in spirit, with summers draped in breezy dresses and fringe, we have your scent. Byredo Gypsy Water is inspired by Romany — a glamorization of it — and smells of earthiness, deep forests, and campfires. Top notes of bergamot, lemon, and pepper meld with a heart of incense, orris, and pine needle, all finished with an amber, sandalwood, and vanilla base. It has the gypset mindset written all over it with its evocations of a free, colorful lifestyle that’s close to nature.
9. Dior J’adore Eau de Toilette
We’re all likely familiar with Dior’s J’adore fragrance. But it has a new lease on life for summer. Perfumer François Demachy wanted to accentuate the luminous character of the original spritz, filling it with even more light, joy, and zest for life. Blood orange and magnolia along with hints of Damascus rose and neroli provide lively, floral notes. “J’adore Eau de Toilette has an extraordinary temperament,” said Demachy. “There is something attractive and sparkling about it. It is an immediate explosion, a direct road to pleasure.” Sounds like the perfect summer to us.