It’s officially summer in the Northern Hemisphere! If you’re looking for something new to wear to compliment the season, here’s my suggestions:
For days at the beach or for the days you wish you were there!
Balenciaga Paris L’Édition Mer EDP – Cool, watery lily-of-the-valley aquatic that’s a nice nod to Japanese designer perfumes of the 1990’s. The coolness works well with hot beaches. Retails for $145 at Neiman Marcus but there’s rumors going around saying it’s available at discounters for crazy cheap.
Yves Rocher Pop Exotic EDT – OK, this limited edition perfume isn’t exceptional but sometimes I get a craving for unapologetically fruity fragrances in the summer. And this wears like a tropical fruit cocktail mixer that someone needs to add rum to ASAP. It retails for $25 at Yves Rocher. At this price, I don’t feel bad about having such a guilty pleasure craving.
Tom Ford Private Blend Soleil Blanc EDP – If you’re into spending hundreds of dollars to smell like tanning lotion, then this is for you. It smells like the tanning oils of your youth (coconut and orange blossom) with an addition of musk and sandalwood. Personally, I’m insulted by the price but it does smell like it’s name and it fits with the “beachy” theme. Retails for $220 at Nordstrom. There’s a sparkling body oil in this scent that’s a lot of fun.
But, for people that are usually bored by citrus perfumes.
Chabaud Vert d’Eau EDT – This is a lemon and mandarin paired with bitter greens that remind me of tomato leaves (they’re actually fig leaves). The bitter greens really cut through the heat. Retails for $105 at Osswald.
Tonatto Profumi Magnifico EDP – This is a fresh, aromatic scent with lavender and licorice that opens with a blast of citrus. It’s the sort of fragrance that will effortlessly transition from summer to fall. Retails for €80 at Tonatto Profumi.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Teazzurra EDT – Green tea with a huge blast of yuzu! It’s as refreshing as it sounds. Retails for $90 at Nordstrom.
Cool, Fresh Scents
Summer brings out the grossest smells (especially in NYC with mass transit, garbage,etc.) and I like to counteract this funkiness with aggressively fresh, pretty scents.
Odin Vert Reseda EDP – It’s a blast of bitter, green galbanum over citrus-like florals and sandalwood. There’s a powdery thing going on but it always stays fresh and green. Retails for $210 at Barneys.
Olivier Durbano Jade EDP – Aggressively cool with cardamom, mint and turpentine-like spices. It’s unusual but not too weird to wear. The dry-down is warm with cinnamon and musk. Retails for $205 at Luckyscent.
Gourmands for Summer
These are the sort of gourmands that won’t suffocate you even on the days that you’ll melt if you go outside.
Aedes de Venustas Cierge de Lune EDP – Reading the note list, I expected for this to be a heavier vanilla and chocolate sort of scent. Instead, it’s a lighter fragrance that wears like a dusting of powder. It’s like a whisper of vanilla powder and a doughy amber. Retails for $245 at Aedes de Venustas.
Fragonard Lune de Miel EDP – It’s vanilla with blackberries over a creamy sandalwood. The forest berries add a summer-y freshness. Retails for $68 at Beautyhabit.
Demeter Gingerale Cologne – This seriously smells exactly like gingerale. It’s spicy and effervescent with a subtle sweetness. It’s one of my favorites from Demeter. It’s on this list as my “gourmands for people that don’t like gourmands”. Retails for $20 at Demeter.
Date Night – Feminines
Here are a few special or “evening” scents for those that prefer more “traditionally” feminine scents.¹
Comme de Garcones Grace by Grace Coddington EDP – If for some reason this bottle isn’t enough for you, I’ll quickly describe the fragrance. It’s a sheer, delicate fruity rose. It’s feminine. It’s pretty. It comes in a cat bottle. Retails for $110 at Sephora.
Le Labo Thé Noir EDP – Really, this could fit into a few categories in my list. Unlike most Le Labo perfumes, this one smells like the name. It’s a bitter green fig over a smoky black tea with a bit of “lift” from ambroxan. It’s perfect for casual nights. Retails for at $175 at Nordstrom.
Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger Neroli Oud EDP – A juicy neroli contrasted by sweeter woods. This brand really knows how to treat an orange blossom right. Retails for $110 at Beautyhabit.
Date Night – Masculines
Here are a few special or “evening” scents for those that prefer more “traditionally” masculine scents.
Hermès Eau de Neroli Doré EDT – This is a classic neroli that’s fresh and leans more green. There’s something in the base that reminds me of old school masculines from the 1960’s. Simple, refined and polished. Retails for $129 at Sephora.
House of Matriarch Albatross EDP – This is one of those Neo-Aquatics that wears like a cool ocean breeze. It’s a fresh evergreen fragrance with a saltiness over woods. Retails for $330 at Nordstrom. Review here.
Chanel Les Exclusifs Boy EDP – I’m a sucker for Chanel and this is no exception. It’s aldehydes, lavender and some vanilla. It’s a fougere with that Chanel touch. Retails for $185 at Chanel.
Need more suggestions? Check out my guide from 2015.
¹Of course, that’s just marketing and you all know that you can wear whatever you want!
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