You can always tell the changing of the seasons by the scent of the air – whether you smell the salt of the ocean, the sweetness of summer florals, the crispness of freshly cut grass, or the sensuality of spices in your favorite summer foods. Here are our picks of some of the summer best fragrances to spritz this season.
If you can’t afford a luxurious European getaway, Dolce & Gabbana will whisk you away to Portofino in a whiff. With notes like citrus accord, crisp aquatic, and geranium, you’ll instantly feel like your soaking up the sun on the Italian Riviera!
Summer love is all about the flirtacious chase and the sweet victory of capturing someone’s heart (if only for a season). Beyoncé brings back the nostalgia with fruity notes of mandarin, pear, and Tunisisian orange flowers. Don’t be surprised if you cool off with an ice pop or two.
If the dog days of summer have put you in slow motion, you can escape from the grind of the city to the citrus orchards of Italy. Wake yourself up with L'Occitane’s fresh blend of verbena, lemon oil, and grapefruit extract and face the rest of the day feeling invigorated.
No summer cook out was complete without the sweet smell of ice cream and the smokiness of cedarwood chips. Kiehl’s crafts a seductive fusion of the two aromas, accented with notes of iris and amber to create a familiar fragrance with an exotic spin.
If you’re hopping on the Jitney, heading down the shore, or hitting just hitting the beach, you can spritz this solar scent as you shield yourself from UV rays. With notes of bergamot, palm leaves, lily, and ylang-ylang, this fragrance will keep the sunshine around during the sultry summer nights.
Exotic fruits and florals are synonymous with the summer season. David Yurman’s olfactory tribute to amethysts is perfect to spritz before any summer soiree to turn heads with notes of Nashi pear, apple blossom, hyacinth, and orchid petals.
Getting your first spray of Clinique’s signature scent has become a milestone in the lives of many beauty buffs. Get a hint of nostalgia remixed for the season with bumped up notes of white floral to tone down the citrus for an all-grown-up appeal.
If Summer Fridays are any indication, cubicle-dwellers everywhere long to lie out on the sand, enjoy the surf, and get some rest and relaxation. Regardless of what day of the week it is you can easily find your sweet escape with notes of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.
Donna Karan has taken a vacation to a far-flung locale with the transformation of her signature fragrance. Enhanced with notes of tiare flower, ylang-ylang, and neroli, the heady floral takes on a life of its own but still maintains the powdery notes we love for everyday wear.
If there’s one scent that instantly snaps you into summer mode it’s the classic "eau de suntan lotion." The fraîche skinscent bring the best of Bronze Goddess and blends it with sparkling notes of cassis, lemon leaves, peony, and patchouli for the feeling of a day spent at a lake in the mountains.