History has it that the first perfume in Europe dates back to the late 14th century in Hungary, and was created under the order of Queen Elisabeth of Poland. Dubbed “Hungary Water,” the fragrance was supposedly concocted by an alchemist using a fresh blend of rosemary, thyme, mint, sage, orange blossom, and lemon. The zesty blend of flowers and herbs was an olfactory hit, even landing at the throne of Charles V of France. It was used as a valuable remedy in addition to a fragrance, up until the first eau de cologne was introduced in the 18th century. Fast-forward to today, and the allure of a fresh, airy fragrance is as prominent as ever, particularly during summertime. Indeed, a splash of zesty, lighter-than-air perfume on the pulse points is a warm-weather must. Here, we round up ten new and intoxicating fresh summer fragrances to stockpile this season.
Vogue Shops Evocative Summer Fragrances
L’Eau Bleue A light, airy scent infused with notes of lily of the valley and white musk, that work together beautifully without being too overbearing.
Pink Fresh Couture Reinterpreted in millennial pink “cleaning spray” packaging, this playful fragrance marries flower and citrus accords for a sparkling, feminine scent.
Classique Wonder Woman Eau Fraiche This sweet limited-edition fragrance comes in a playful bottle illustrated with DC Comics superheroes Wonder Woman and Superman, making for packaging that you’ll want to keep long after you’ve used up the last spritz.
Valentina Pink Valentino’s cult Valentina fragrance gets a makeover in this limited-edition hot-pink bottle. Cheery and energetic, this scent includes fruity accords of strawberry and blackberry mixed with flowers in a feminine and romantic way.
Aqua Celestia The latest from award-winning perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian, this olfactory delight sources ingredients from all across the globe: lime from Mexico, cool mint from England, and mimosa blossoms from Provence form a fresh and sensual scent.
Mon Paris This perfume opens with a very strong strawberry scent mixed with pear, which dries down and allows notes of intoxicating patchouli to rise. The result is sweet, fruity, and insanely addictive.
Velvet Cypress This new fragrance aims to bottle the Mediterranean with freshy woody and citrus ingredients such as cedar, bergamot, and lemon, drawn from Italian groves and gardens.
Bloom Concocted under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele, this new fragrance features notes of tuberose, sambac, jasmine, and Chinese honeysuckle.
Water Calligraphy This unisex, aquatic scent comes in a refillable bottle, so you never have to worry about running out.
Night Call This spicy fragrance for men and women is intended for those who prefer something a little more alluring and long-lasting. Sweet notes of beeswax uplift the dark scent.