Take a trip to forest, surrounded by trees, reimagine rose, violets and fall in love with citrus all over again. For most of us “summer break” hasn’t come for a long time—and yet, something about the season still remains more hopeful and open to adventure than the rest. If nothing else, your fragrance should reflect that—here, my top 4 right now.
Anyone who has left home, but realizing you forgot to spray on your favorite fragrance (or worse, deodorant) knows that (especially) in summer days you don’t want to feel uncomfortable about the way you smell.
In fact, research shows that physical attraction may actually be based on smell. According to Elizabeth Musmanno, president of The Fragrance Foundation, when it comes to the best-selling perfumes for women, it’s all about the juice. “In this business, you cannot make lemons into lemonade, no matter what you spend on packaging, marketing or advertising. The fragrance has to have a point of view. The recipe has to be right. It’s like a great meal — if it hits the spot, you’ll go back to it over and over again.” So here are my favorite top four summer juices:
Orris & Sandalwood by Jo Malone is a Oriental Woody fragrance for women and men. Launched in 2016, the founder behind this fragrance is Pierre Negrin. The fragrance features violet, galbanum, geranium, orris, cyperus esculentus, labdanum, amber and musk. Orris, violet and sandalwood are among my favorite notes, so I definitely had to get this. Very captivating and it opens with intense orris then settles to a creamy skin scent but with excellent longevity. I think this will be my signature scent, and it’s like a melancholic stroll in a spring forest, quite magical.
Skin by B. Balenciaga is the first fragrance from Balenciaga since the designer Alexander Wang took over as the creative director, B. Balenciaga, was launched in October 2014 as a sharp, green scent of floral and woody undertones, and it was my favorite fragrance last summer. In April 2015, its first reinterpretation named B. Balenciaga Skin came out.
B. Balenciaga Skin is announced as a more delicate version of the fragrance. The composition opens with notes of bergamot, green tea, soya bean and lily of the valley. Violet leaf absolut is mixed with peony and iris root in the heart, followed by the base of cedar, cashmere, vetiver and ambrette seed. Very sensual, elegant and unforgettable scent indeed!
Cotton by Marc Jacobs will bring back four editions of the Splash Collection in spring, 2016. Some of the most popular fragrances of the collection, Rain and Cotton from 2006, Cucumber from 2007 and Pear from 2008, are redesigned and presented as the new limited editions.
“Inspired by the original Marc Jacobs’ Splash Collection, the four favorites recapture the essence of summer. Crisp to the senses, yet mellow in color, each Splash indulges in the simple pleasures of the easy-going, light hearted spirit of Marc Jacobs.”
Marc Jacobs Cotton Splash is created by the perfumer Steven Claisse as the scent of freshness and purity of freshly washed and sun-dried cotton laundry. Top notes: bergamot, mandarin, orange, peach, aquatic accord. Heart: lavender, jasmine, lily of the valley, cotton flower. Base: white suede, blonde woods, musk, sandalwood. This is a clean, comforting scent, capturing the ease and simplicity of summer!
Eau de parfum by Chloe – the new eponymous, is quite a departure from the once-popular tuberose composition of the same name. A light and fresh yet seductively strong and self-possessed scent, the new Chloe fragrance is in no way its predecessor’s timid younger sister.
Just like all Chloe’s bold, arty and free-spirited designs, the fragrance is feminine in a rather non-traditional, not all-out-girly way. Its accords expertly play against each other and they seduce the audience by being both elegant and daring at the same time.
The fragrance is very versatile, it is intended for everyday use and is more than suitable for becoming someone’s unique signature scent. Chloe edp was launched in 2008. Chloe Eau de Parfum was created by Amandine Marie and Michel Almairac.