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The other day my husband and I decided to take a long, leisurely country drive. We put the top down on the jeep, climbed into the car and took off for hours, meandering through small towns, winding lanes and waterfront streets. I don’t know what it was that day — maybe it was a perfect storm of the warm temperature outside, the clean air quality, and the plants in bloom — but whatever the reason, at times we’d get a whiff of fresh flowers and it made me yearn for a new summer fragrance. Though citrusy scents are usually my thing and are an ideal choice for summer’s steamier days, this time around I’m feeling tuned into a light, fresh floral — Something to bring me back to this perfect day.
When choosing a new fragrance for summer you do need to take into account that fragrance molecules are released into the air from heat — from your body and the environment. The hotter it is, the more fragrance molecules are released, which is why it’s important to choose something that won’t turn cloying when things heat up. Lighter formulas like Eau de toilettes and colognes work well as do scented body lotions and soaps, but a perfume with lighter notes will work too, as long as it’s applied sparingly. Note-wise you’ll want to stay away from heavy floral blends and instead choose light florals alone or florals combined with fruity, citrus, oceanic or grassy notes.
Stella McCartney Stella Eau de Toilette ($70) pays homage to the English Rose but makes things modern by including frozen lemon, peony petals, violet leaves, mandarin, Bulgarian rose and amber notes. It’s a young, sensual, fresh floral fragrance packaged in a gorgeous faceted bottle.
Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Eau So Fresh ($96) has found a permanent place on my vanity this season thanks to the mix of red raspberry, warm plum and wild rose notes that smell subtly fruity and floral at the same time, plus I’m crazy about the pretty flowered bottle with the light pink juice inside — a work of art that deserves to be displayed.
Kate Spade New York Walk on Air ($95) will leave you feeling hopeful like anything is possible today. Lily of the valley is layered with Magnolia crinum lily, maiden’s hair fern, linden blossom, Calabrese bergamot, Egyptian jasmine and more for a scent that embodies happiness and joy.
Dolce&Gabbana Dolce Floral Drops ($85) is described as delicate, joyous and sparkling, and made from white flowers, neroli leaves and a hint of musk. This fragrance is a softer, lighter, and more suited-for-summer version of the Dolce fragrance.
Jo Malone London Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne ($130) can make you feel like you’re in London’s Covent Garden early morning market, the largest flower, fruit and vegetable market in all of the UK. It’s what you get when you blend spring flowers with cassis, peach, nectarine and acacia honey notes.
Kerbside Violet ($59.95) is easy to fall in love with. Described as a sweet, leafy, verdant fragrance, violet leaf absolute mingles with jasmine absolute, ylang ylang oil and grassy notes for a blend that will instantly transport you to the outdoors.
NOTE: All fragrances were tested in store. Opinions are my own.