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24 Fragrances That Smell Like Summer

These scents will transport you to a faraway land or memory with just one spritz.
Hermès Eau de Citron Noir Eau de Cologne, $183 for 100ml
At the heart of the storied French House’s latest fragrant offering, from renowned perfumer Christine Nagel, is the humble lemon. At once clean, tangy and spicy, Nagel’s Eau de Citron Noir is the perfect clash of fresh and smoky aromas. Incorporating the citrus fruit at every stage of its freshness – from ripe to dried – the fragrance lends itself a sultry and intellectual flavour profile and sets itself apart from other citrus-based perfumes in the market. A perfect scent to wear to the admire a Caravaggio painting or dirty dancing on the beach. Jo Malone London Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Cologne Intense, $275 for 100ml
Finally! Behold the first rays of summer sun breaking through the rolling tea hills of Sri Lanka – bottled in Jo Malone’s latest Cologne Intense Jasmine Sambac & Marigold fragrance. A rare bloom not often seen in perfumery, the majestic marigold is distilled into a precious golden nectar that is introduced with notes of fragrant jasmine and aromatic ambers to reveal a perfume that is warm, inviting and full of promise – just like the break of dawn. Prada La Femme L’Eau Eau de Parfum, $210 for 100ml
A crisper, lighter derivative of its original, Prada’s newest perfume La Femme L’Eau is akin to jumping into the inviting sparkling waters of a waterfall – as you are immediately greeted by a gentle splash of green and zesty aromas at the first spritz. Exposing notes of fresh frangipani and clean Mandarin essences, it is then smoothed by luxurious hints of Ylang Ylang before the fragrance is enhanced with the addition of tuberose. Just the perfect travel companion this summer. Miu Miu L’Eau Rosee Eau de Toilette, $158 for 100ml
Perfectly capturing the joie de vivre of the iconic Miu Miu girl – carefree and free spirited, L’Eau Rosee is a soft fragrance that boasts floral notes of Lily of the Valley, blackcurrant and sophisticated musk. And not only is it an olfactory delight, the fragrance is also a total sight for sore eyes as the adorable light pink concoction houses itself in the Italian House’s iconic matelassé bottle – just like one of those exotic cocktails you order on a rooftop bar of a fancy hotel. Chloé Nomade Eau de Parfum, $103 for 30ml
Transport yourself to the shifting golden sand dunes of the Sahara as you play intrepid explorer on camelback with just a gentle shower of Nomade by Chloé. True to the French House’s spirit of romance and adventure, its latest fragrance boasts a rounded scent that is woody, fresh and floral. With green notes of mineral oak moss balancing the voluptuous sweetness of the Mirabelle plum, and the final addition of freesia, Nomade really is just what its name suggests – sensual and nomadic. Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Garden Eau de Parfum, $141 for 50ml
What’s not to love about dancing barefoot in a secret garden on the hills of Sicily? Oh, absolutely nothing! And Dolce & Gabbana’s latest addition to its impressive fragrance family – Dolce Garden – promises just that. A delicious cocktail of sun-kissed top notes like juicy mandarin, bright neroli and radiant magnolia; heart notes of creamy white mouth-watering coconut and fresh frangipani; and base notes of silky almond milk, vanilla and sandalwood, the drydown is just as delightful as when it’s first applied. Elie Saab Le Parfum in White Eau de Parfum, $153 for 50ml
Who doesn’t want to be a blushing Elie Saab bride – standing in front of the love of your life and saying “I do” in one of his signature elaborate creations. Well, yes – the price tag can be a little tricky. But fret not, because now you can smell like one without ever having to empty your coffers. Inspired by matrimonial bliss, and for just a tiny fraction of the price of a couture gown, you can veil yourself in a bouquet of white notes like patchouli, musk and amber on your big day. Now, isn’t this what dreams are really made of? Bvlgari Omnia Pink Sapphire Eau de Toilette, $139 for 65ml
Ever dreamt of being marooned on an island paradise without any whim or worry? Bvlgari’s Omnia Pink Sapphire offers your mind just that. Relax with an effervescent and whimsical scent that first opens with a burst of bright and warm sparkling pink pomelo and pink pepper notes – just like its namesake suggests – before taking your imagination to the exotic faraway islands of Tahiti and Polynesia ­­– where wild frangipani and tiara blooms grow freely and abundant. In addition to these light floral elements, the fragrance is also anchored in notes of wood and elegant white musk. Penhaligon’s Elisabethan Rose Eau de Parfum, $300 for 100ml
Fancy a spot of tea? Penhaligons’s Elisabethan Rose provides just the perfect respite for a gruelling day of summer holiday shopping and encourages you to seek solace in a quaint English garden. A playful and wistful translation of the iconic British rose, and upon first whiff, the fragrance exposes a wonderful bouquet of geranium, camomile, violet, and rose – instantly allowing you to lose yourself in the perfume, before notes of musk, amber and sandalwood make you never want to leave. MEMO Tamarindo Eau de Parfum, $330 for 75ml
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Open them and find yourself on a beach with swaying palm trees that worship the sea breeze, and the sound of gentle crashing waves in the heart of Costa Rica with the famous luxury Parisian fragrance house’s Tamarindo perfume. As magnetising bergamot meet juicy pineapples to reveal further floral notes of jasmine, patchouli, vanilla and cardamom – all blended in a tropical beverage good enough to drink. Louis Vuitton Le Jour Se Léve, $370 for 100ml
From the famed luxury French fashion house, Louis Vuitton, the spirit of travel, optimism and promise is perfectly bottled in Le Jour Se Léve. Loosely translated as “the beginning of a new day”, the perfume cleverly uses mandarins to capture the first light of dawn before notes of sambac jasmine and blackcurrant lend themselves as fresh bursts of encouragement for you to take a leap of faith and discover the world around you. Diptyque Fleur de Peau Eau de Parfum, $225 for 75ml
Let’s face it, there’s nothing like having a drawing a frothy and luxurious hotel bath and slowly dipping yourself into it after a tiring day of holiday fun in the sun. And with Diptyque’s Fleur de Peau Eau de Parfum, that exact feeling of cleanliness, sensuality and decadence can be replicated with just a mere plunge of the nozzle. Present in the luxury French fragrance house’s latest perfume are notes of pink peppercorns, pear, plum, ambrette, musk and finally iris (where the scent gets its gentle powdery, soapy note). Tom Ford Beauty Eau de Soleil Blanc, $182 for 50ml
Imagine yourself lying on a beach chair in a private members-only beach somewhere in the Cote D’Azur with cat eye sunglasses, an oversized floppy hat, wearing a monochrome one-piece. Then imagine scantily clad Adonises in only their white swim trunks presenting you with plush fresh towels and neverending mimosas. And Tom Ford’s Eau de Soleil Blanc is all that, but with a generous unbridled shower of sparkling citrus, orange peel, bergamot and petitgrain. Talk about turning up the heat. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense, $183 for 50ml
Paris in the summertime really lives up to its namesake as the City of Love. Place Vendôme comes alive with blossoming blooms just as passion fills the air along Rue Cambon. And without ever needing your passport, you too can experience Paris when the mercury rises with Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense. Formulated with an extra dosage of patchouli, one immediately notices the heightened notes of Sicilian orange and Calabrian bergamot before the mind gets carried away to the French capital. Gucci Bloom Acqua Di Fiori Eau de Toilette, $194 for 100ml
In this chapter of the famous Gucci Bloom fragrance, Acqua Di Fiori promises to whisk you away to an imaginary lush forest in Southern India that comes alive with heavy greenery and the most exotic of blooms. Along with Green Galbanum, and Cassis, the mesmerising floral notes of tuberose, jasmine and Rangoon Creeper are all present in this rich fragrance that also promises to celebrate vitality and the joyful energy of women. Alaïa Eau de Parfum Nude, $199 for 100ml
How would you like to reward yourself for surviving a balmy summer’s day by sinking your teeth into a tasty comforting cake filled with aromatic tonka beans, and the sweetest orange blossoms? Sounds too good to be true, you say? Unfortunately, it is. But with Alaïa’s Nude, you can at least smell it! With the addition of amber and cedar to ground the sweetness, you can sniff and consume all you like sans the calories. Talk about a win-win! Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Venise Eau de Toilette, $215 for 125ml
Inspired by one of Coco Chanel’s favourite destination, Venice, this warm scent evokes the richness of Byzantine and Baroque art that inspired her decades ago. The city’s rich contrasts are seamlessly mirrored with its dichotomy of fresh and oriental notes of neroli, amber and tonka beans for an utterly captivating eau. Etat Libre d’Orange Like This, $220 for 100ml
Conceived in collaboration with Tilda Swinton, this scent is truly made for those who are looking for something unusual, yet brings about emotions of familiarity. Thanks to its comforting concoction of neroli, ginger, pumpkin, vetiver and woods, it cocoons its wearer in a warm embrace that riles you up and puts you at ease all at once. Maison Christian Dior Dioramour, $315 for 125ml
Be it a passionate romp between the sheets or a moment of tenderness, this sensual scent perfectly encapsulates intimate moments as delicate iris flower is intertwined with carnal jasmine. Prada Les Infusions de Prada Mandarine Eau de Parfum, $220 for 100ml
As the first citrus scent to join the Les Infusions de Prada collection, this exuberant blend pays homage to mandarin, an iconic ingredient that’s been favoured by perfumers years. Combining new extraction methods with traditional perfumery artistry, this luminous eau exalts fresh, tangy notes of fresh mandarin, bitter orange, orange blossom and neroli essence as it is anchored by a warm and balsamic accent of the Opoponax resin. Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto di Liguria Eau de Toilette, $128 for 75ml
This unisex scent combines juicy citrus notes, voluptuous jasmine and geranium accents, a spicy kick of rosemary and cardamom00 with a warm and rounded finish of patchouli and musk for a multi-faceted scent that is reminiscent of warm Italian summers. Penhaligon’s Hidden London Marylebone Wood Eau de Parfum, $300 for 100ml
As its name suggests, this crisp scent pays homage to the chic district of London’s Marylebone. Featuring unique Georgian brick houses that’s lined with independent boutiques and fine restaurants, this unique area redefines modernity with elegance, which is seamlessly reflected by this sophisticated scent of smoky sandalwood, mossy vetiver and creamy patchouli.