It’s officially summer in the Northern Hemisphere. And you know the drill by now, here’s my perfume picks for hot, humid weather:
These are the scents for the beach or for those days that you wish you were at the beach.
MIKMOI Ao EDP – If you don’t like tropical scents that smell like piña coladas, there’s this. It’s a fresh, aquatic tuberose that is inspired by Thai beaches. It’s the tropical scent for those that usually don’t like tropical scents. Retails for $90 at MIKMOI. Full review here.
April Aromatics Tempted Muse EDP – This is a mouth-watering tropical floral with juicy fruits and creamy florals. It’s ike a Costa Rican getaway in a bottle. Retails for $190 at Luckyscent. Full review here.
Auric Blends Black Coconut Perfume Oil – I usually try to throw in a few budget friendly scents and it doesn’t get much more budget friendly than Auric Blends. Black Coconut is a deep, dark coconut with heliotrope sweetness. I mean it’s so festival ready, especially with that dream catcher printed on the bottle (plus it’s portable!). Retails for about $8.50 at Auric Blends.
But, with a twist!
Juliette Has a Gun Gentlewoman EDP – This is a modern take on the classic “eau de cologne”. It’s a fresh citrus floral with an unexpected addition of almond. And this stuff actually lasts on the skin. How many “colognes” are like that? Retails for $100 at Beautyhabit. Full review here.
Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga EDP – I don’t understand why I haven’t heard more about this sparkling lime and Earl Grey fragrance. It’s seriously really, really good. All of these refreshing notes are over a soft musk and leather. It really is a citrus with a twist! Retails for $34 at Sears.
Cartier Declaration Essence EDT – Bitter citrus and cool spices over dry woods. This version is less “funky” than the original (one of my favorite “colognes”). Because of this, you bring the funk to this fragrance – BYOB.O. And when the temps rise, that isn’t difficult to do. Retails for $110 at Nordstrom.
I know I’m a boring perfumista but I walk a lot and ride mass transit. After being crammed in a can of stranger’s B.O., sometimes all I want is to smell something that reads as clean to my nose.
Monsillage Eau de Celeri EDT – This indie perfume has a really good perspective when it comes to “fresh”. It’s a green garden like galbanum over an earthy patchouli and vetiver. Retails for $95 at Twisted Lily.
CB I Hate Perfume Memory of Kindness Water Perfume – I’m continuing with the garden theme here. Memory of Kindness smells just like a tomato garden. Bitter, green and herbal yet inviting. Retails for $120 at CB I Hate Perfume.
DSH Perfumes Want EDP – This is one energetic little number of lemon sugar and fresh herbs over a green, mossy base. I want to bathe in this stuff. Seriously. The 1 oz retails for $100 at DSH Perfumes. Full review.
Gourmands for Summer
These are the sort of gourmands that aren’t too heavy or “sticky” for summer wear.
Providence Perfume Co. Provanilla EDP – This is a delicious natural vanilla perfume with a boozy edge. But, what makes it stand out is the cool, aquatic opening. It’s like a Mexican Caribbean vanilla. Retails for $35 at Beautyhabit.
Lalique Amethyst EDP – Blackberry is one of my favorite go-to gourmand notes for summer. This is a berry rose over a vanilla musk. It smells like late August. Retails for $100 at Nordstrom.
Date Night – Feminines
Here are a few special or “evening” scents for those that prefer more traditionally feminine scents.
Dior Dune EDT – Dune is a dry, aromatic amber that is like well, a sand dune. Retails for $59 at Sephora.
Huitième Art Vohina EDT – Vohina is a sweet peach and animalic honey with a fresh lavender. It’s sort of an “old school” fragrance in that it’s sweet yet dry. However, it really stands out in the sea of current fruity-floral offerings. Retails for $125 at Osswald.
Date Night – Masculines
And here’s the ones for those that more traditionally masculine scents.
Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur EDP – I’ve really fallen hard for this “incense by the sea” fragrance. The frankincense in this wears amazingly in the warm weather. Retails for $245 at Aedes. Full review here.
Masque Milano Terralba EDP – Terralba is an aromatic evergreen fragrance that smells like an Italian vacation. Retails for $215 at Luckyscent.
Clinique Chemistry Cologne – Chemistry smells like soap. This is exactly why I like it. Smells like some sexy guy is showering in your shower. Retails for $42 at Nordstrom.
Want more suggestions? Here’s my picks from 2014.