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14 Gorgeous Summer Scents That Will Instantly Take You On Holiday


Vogue Arabia, March 2021. Photo: Fernando Gómez

There is nothing like a great summer fragrance full of scintillating notes to bring that holiday feeling to our daily lives. There’ll always be those specific scents that recall certain memories, and they’re just that little bit sweeter when they transport us to warmer climes.

Chanel’s latest addition, Paris-Paris Les Eaux de Chanel, has been a sellout, and is it any wonder when it essentially smells like Paris in a bottle? Or what about Gucci’s Flora Gorgeous Gardenia? A perfume that will instantly transport you to hazy Italy.

So, whether you’re packing for a much-needed trip away and looking for the perfect complimentary summer fragrance, or in need of a scent to supplement your staycation – take your pick of these summer-ready options.

Jo Loves Fig Trees Body Mist

Photo: Cult Beauty

The bottle can be spritzed all over, scenting you from top to toe. The uplifting fig fragrance is reminiscent of summer afternoons surrounded by nature. Glorious.

Prada Les Infusions de Prada d’Ylang Eau De Parfum

Photo: John Lewis

Sparkling citrus, spicy cardamon, and uplifting bergamot, this Prada pick enlivens and captivates the senses. The lemon-yellow color itself is evocative of sizzling summer days and nights.

Louis Vuitton City of Stars

Photo: Louis Vuitton

This is Master Perfumer, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud’s, ode to Los Angeles sunsets – a nod to the city by night. A picture of dazzling citruses warmed by sandalwood and complimented with grounding musk.

Floral Street Sunflower Pop Eau De Parfum

Photo: Floral Street

The yellow-tipped blooms of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” inspired this masterpiece. The citrus blend bursting with mandarin bergamot and bellini accord will help brighten your days.

Ouai Dean Street Eau De Parfum

Photo: Space NK

Jen Atkin’s move to include fragrance in her Ouai offering was always going to be something to covet, and the four fragrances – each named for iconic destinations – do not disappoint. This summer, we’re reaching for the fresh, fruity, and mood-boosting Dean Street.

Chanel Paris-Paris Les Eaux de Chanel Eau De Toilette Spray

Photo: John Lewis

Weekends spent in Paris, wandering the Seine, sipping espresso, and perusing the shops along Champs-Élysées. If you aren’t headed to the city of love this summer, instead reach for one of the latest additions to the Chanel fragrance family.

Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau De Parfum

Photo: Gucci

This unisex fragrance is filled with Italian mandarin notes that will instantly help you arrive at that perfect mid-holiday level of R&R. Plus, the bottle is gorgeous.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent

Photo: Boots

Fragrances don’t come more classic than this long-standing favorite. While the temptation to wear it in the winter months is real, save it for summer to put you quickly in a warm-weather mood.

Byredo Sundazed Eau De Parfum

Photo: Liberty

The aptly named Sundazed is perfect for summer days and has been concocted to take us back to sun-dappled evenings, thanks to the notes of fresh flowers and citrus fruits.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau De Toilette

Photo: John Lewis

This evocative scent is the ultimate fragrance for those of us wishing to bring the allure of the Mediterranean to the dressing table.

CK One Eau De Toilette

Photo: Boots

The CK fragrance is a must-have for anyone looking for that instant transportation to fresher climes. Think of this fragrance as the injection of a cool summer breeze towards the end of a warm day by the ocean.

Maya Njie Tropica Eau de Parfum

Photo: Net A Porter

The hand-blended, filtered, and filled fragrance range is inspired by founder Maya Njie’s Swedish and West African heritage. Tropica’s notes of coconut, citrus, and Mediterranean fig will transport you to warmer climates where the skies are clearer and life is unhurried.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Ever So Fresh Eau De Parfum

Photo: Boots

The most energetic of the fragrances in the Marc Jacobs roster, Ever So Fresh is the scent to apply when you need a pick-me-up. The enchanting fragrance full of juicy mango, pineapple, and orange essence perfectly captures the essence of a sweet summer in the sun.

Perfumer H Lemon Tree Eau De Parfum

Photo: Perfumer H

As if the handblown bottle wasn’t enough of an incentive to purchase, each one houses the unforgettable smell of summer. Sicilian lemon rind, jasmine flowers on a bed of warming bourbon vanilla and musk – it truly couldn’t get any better.

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