These Summer Fragrances Are a Vacation in a Bottle
Summertime is perhaps the most exciting in the scent department—in real life, everything is fragrant. The blooming flowers, dew-covered grass, sand-adjacent boardwalks, and smoothies. And then there are the things you can't exactly put your finger on, like warm breezes, balmy summer nights, and beachy air. It's those nostalgic feelings that fragrance houses are after—and a few have achieved. Whilst Sydney plunges into its darkest, iciest winter in years, most of us pack up shop and head to Europe for the hypnotic sunshine and hazy warmth, but for other's, a sparkling scent is about as close as we'll get.
So, below, find a collection of our favourite summer-scented fragrance launches for the coming season. They're warm, sensual, fresh, crisp, floral—you name it. And we promise you're going to love 'em (even when it's pouring with rain).
A blend of French lavender, petitgrain, and amber, this limited-edition fragrance is bright, soothing, and perfect for summer. It's a collab with Poppy Delevingne, so it's especially chic.
A fresh floral with notes of jasmine, green galbanum, cassis buds, and sandalwood, Acqua di Fiori is the newest iteration of Gucci Bloom—just in time for the warm weather. It's soft, dewy-smelling, and fresh, just like a garden filled with tons of different, fragrant flowers. The gist? It smells as joyful as summer feels.
Earthy, like a warm afternoon in the woods, Chanel's newest fragrance is technically for men (but we're of the belief that scent is nonbinary). It's a blend of citrus and sandalwood cedar, so it's warm, sensual, and fresh all at the same time.
"I've always loved unisex scents, but this new launch from Maison Margiela has stolen my heart this season," Erin, our assistant editor, gushes. "Plus, it IS called Sailing Day, which pretty much makes it perfect for summer. Key notes include aquatic accord, coriander, and red seaweed essence, and I love how the scent lingers and becomes more refreshing and complex the longer it settles into your skin. I've been wearing it almost every day."
With key notes like "crystallized cloudberries," daisy tree petals, and driftwood, it's clear Marc Jacobs's new fragrance is special. Musks are blended together with gourmand scents, resulting in a "warm glow" feeling any time you spritz it on.
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This one is made specifically for your hair, as according to Byredo founder Ben Gorham, "People are more experimental today, applying fragrances in various forms. Our focus has been very much on the smells; we now want to focus on innovative ways to apply perfume." It's more delicate than the eaus and subtly diffuses throughout the day, amplified by the natural movement of your hair.