We’re well into April and summer is very evidently here—you know it when you find yourself gravitating towards the lightweight pants, skirts and shorts in your wardrobe. The season may leave you wanting to bask in the sun and click those perfect holiday selfies all the time, but you want to make sure that you’re not subjecting those around you to any unwanted body odour in the process either. Finding the right summer perfume is almost like an essential annual rite, considering the fact that new concoctions hit beauty shelves every year. So what should one keep in mind while selecting one? For one, your summer fragrance should be light and fresh, but should linger all through the day at the same time. Most importantly, it should be one you fall in love with to the point where every time you get a whiff of it later, whether it’s within the year or a decade after, you’ll be reminded of the summer that was and the memories you made then. Take cues from our edit of 10 new perfumes that are as good as created to be spritzed all through the summer.
Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico Di Amalfi
Whether you’re hanging out with friends at home or wearing this perfume to work, it’s an instant olfactory trip to a Mediterranean holiday. Fresh notes of bergamot, lemon and grapefruit combine with cedarwood and pink peppers to serve up the perfect cocktail.
Juliette Has A Gun Sunny Side Up
Go ahead and judge this perfume by its name. Warm notes of creamy sandalwood and vanilla absolute balance with a touch of iris butter absolute and sambac jasmine to create a summer perfume that is made for sundowners.
Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau Initiale
The latest in the brand’s Dahlia Divin range, this soft fragrance places the magnolia flower at its heart. Rose and jasmine essence join in with musky base notes of cedarwood and sandalwood for an everyday fragrance that stays with you well into the evening.
Jo Malone Nettle and Wild Achillea Cologne
Part of the fragrance house’s limited-edition summer line called Wild Flowers & Weeds, this green-based perfume takes you straight to a botanical garden with its namesake notes and a base of soft musk. The beautifully decorated bottle brings a piece of summer to your vanity too.
Paco Rabanne Pure XS For Her
Warm nights come with the request of an appropriate fragrance to go with them. The female edition of the Pure XS fits right in as a heady blend of ylang-ylang, vanilla, sandalwood and popcorn to create a sensual scent.
20 years since the first J’adore, Dior’s new perfume Joy will put you in a mood true to its name. Created by in-house perfumer François Demachy, this perfume is an amalgamation of fruit (bergamot and mandarin), floral (Grasse rose and jasmine) and intense (creamy sandalwood) scents, promising to brighten up your summer day even further.
Hermès Un Jardin Sur La Lagune
Inspired by the Garden of Eden located on the Venetian island of Giudecca, master perfumer Christine Nagel spent 18 months creating this fragrance to encapsulate the place perfectly. Floral notes of jasmine, magnolia, Madonna lily and orange blossom blend together with a saltiness representative of the lagoon and the woodiness of the surroundings in this concoction.
Dolce & Gabbana The Only One
Another one made for summer nights, lively notes of violet and bergamot sit right at the top in this perfume. Rich coffee and iris form the middle, while vanilla and patchouli round off the base in this intense fragrance.
With a bottle that looks like a diamond on your shelf, this perfume is a fusion of seven flowers, each representing the colours of the rainbow to form a unique floral perfume. Notes in VIBGYOR order: violet, lily, hyacinth, ylang-ylang, narcissus, honeysuckle and tulips.
Lanvin Éclat De Nuit
Think of spring/summer brights and you’re instantly taken to a visual of bright pink in your head—one this bottle brings to life. The sweet scent inside is a mix of black currant and red apple, along with notes of the Belle de Nuit flower at the heart and a base of pralines, wood and vanilla.