Perfect Perfumes for Summer
«It’s hot outside, I’m in my shorts and my skin is covered in fake tan and sunscreen. I long for a holiday – somewhere next to the sea, with hot men and cold drinks and a chic European vibe. I am stuck at work, but I can get a hint of that resort feeling by switching up my perfume. I want fresh perfumes that evoke water and flowers, with a sexy and grown-up undertone. I might even swop my shorts for a pretty dress and sandals to go with my new summer perfume!
This year the vibe is floral, but fresh. Think of a tall elegant girl in a flower meadow, or an overgrown country garden, not hothouse blooms and coconut sunscreen. Flowerbomb, La vie en Rose by Viktor&Rolf hits all the right notes. It’s rose based, but not grannyish – instead it lightens what could be a heavy floral with bergamot and tangerine, layered with rose, freesia and lily of the valley. It adds amber and patchouli basenotes for a sensual touch. This queen of summer perfumes is romantic but sexy like white lace underwear.
I also love Dolce Floral Drops by Dolce&Gabbana. This is a Italian take on fresh perfumes that feels airy and sophisticated. Think walking through a garden of white flowers just lightly dusted with dew. It has neroli and papaya flower topnotes with white flowers, and a base of cashmere, musk and sandalwood. It’s grown up, elegant and perfect to take you from boardroom to dinner.
Men need perking up too at this time of year. You may be stuck in a busy commute and hot office, but you can smell like a windswept ocean with a zesty citrus tang with the right fresh fragrances
Aqva pour Homme Marine Bvlgari is an ode to the sea with Posidonia Oceanica seaweed, neroli, grapefruit, rosemary and white cedar. It’s a new take on classic summer fragrances and one that will be sure to become a firm favourite.
Other pick for the season is Bleu de Chanel. This is in the category of fresh fragrances and layers aromatic grapefruit, vetiver and ginger onto a woody base with amber and sandalwood. This is a perfect scent both spicy and masculine. It feels like a warm summer evening dancing under the stars.
The choice then is yours – a balmy evening or an ocean breeze. Either of these summer fragrances will lift your spirits and make your every-day feel that little bit special.»