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Intoxicating Summer Fragrances to Pack for Your Seaside Break

Photographed by Bert Stern, Vogue, January 1965

Photographed by Bert Stern, Vogue, January 1965

Whether you’re heading to a lavish garden party, planning a day by the sea, or having your girlfriends over for brunch, a splash of perfume is a warm weather essential. But, with so many summer fragrances to choose from, opting for the right scent isn’t always an easy decision to make. As I pondered this idea aloud, a vibrant discussion took over the office.

“I tend to look for something light and floral. I avoid overpowering scents, so I don’t have to keep a stash of coffee beans in my pocket,” said’s Copy Editor Yasmin Harake who is currently coveting Paul Smith Floral.

“I usually choose something fresh,” agreed Fashion Writer, Nouriah Al Shatti. “I choose a new scent every year so that every time I smell that same fragrance, I’m transported back to that summer.” (Her perfume of choice is Fragonard Rose de Mai).

Editorial Associate Olive Sevilla described her choice as “light and summery,” and touted Givenchy’s Dahlia Divin as her ultimate summer perfume. But what if you, like me, prefer something that will linger on your clothes long after you’ve stepped out the door? You sprits the floral (yet musky) Azzedine Alaïa Paris on your pulse points—after soaking in the accompanying shower gel and body lotion, of course.

Discover seven summer fragrances’s writers are coveting below.

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