Summer scents are my favourite as they can evoke memories of beach holidays, days in the sun and evenings at the beach bar. I have trialled a few recent releases with a pointer of two about where they are “best-for”.
Best for: summer picnic
CREED Vetiver Geranium
This is quite classic and rather grown up scent and perfect for a picnic with Pimm’s. Combining Vetiver and Geranium it’s not overpowering and not overtly maculine as it’s marketed as a unisex fragrance. I wouldn’t wear it everyday – especially with its price tag. Top notes or Lemon, granny Smith apple and Bergamot make way for heart notes of Rose, Geraminum and Cinnamon. Base notes include Cedar, Vetiver, Patchouli and Amber.
from Liberty and John Lewis
Best for: date night
A*Men Pure Wood by Thierry Mugler
A limited edition woody entry from the classic A*Men by Thierry Mugler. I was never a great fan of the original, but have to say I love this. It possibly better suited to Autumn and Winter as its woody and spicy – but for date night – anytime of the year, this is a winner.
Following an oriental theme, it’s woody with a hint of coffee and spicy from the outset. It is made of oak notes, coffee, vanilla, patchouli and cypress. The signature bottle shape is designed so that it looks like it’s made of wood. A sure fire hit. I love it. but am not even sure it’s still available. 100ml
Best for: the beach
Fresh and lively for the beach LACOSTE L!VE combines three of its preceding fragrance launches to make a brand new one. 32% Intense Blue, 58% Neutral White, and 10% Pure Red = 100% LACOSTE L!VE. Lime hits you first off – it’s zesty and lively and perfect for a fun filled beach break. It settles down to a smoky warmth of Guaiac Wood and dark liquorice build the base notes of the fragrance, adding depth and originality to the scent. Use it liberally day or night on holidays.
Best for: the rooftop bar
HUGO BOSS Unlimited
As rooftop bars are the “must-visit” on the bar scene this summer, ensure you have a fragrance to match the view. This is where HUGO BOSS Unlimited steps in. Modern, summery with a touch of citrus, it has top notes of Mint, Iced Violet Leaves and Grapefruit. Heart notes include Pineapple, Rose and Cinnamon and it settles into Base notes: Cistus, Sandalwood, Musk
£55 for 100ml