Switching up your signature scent is a great way of getting yourself into that summery mindset. After all, you hardly want to be smothered in a heavy wintry fragrance when sitting by the pool, sprawled in the park or socialising in a beer garden. However, actually getting your hands on that ideal summer perfume is often easier said than done, especially when you consider how many different brands compete for our attention. And it can't be said that much of the advertising is any help. That’s why, in an effort to dispel the vagueness caused by either overly loquacious language or beautiful supermodels going above and beyond, we’ve gathered together five of the best fragrances for summer.
Transitioning from spring to summer is made easy with this floral scent from Gucci. Inspired by thriving gardens of flowers, this fragrance delicately unfolds throughout the day. Expect to be pleasantly seduced by rich white floral and powder-like notes as the perfume blooms on your skin.
Perfect for… summer strolls through the countryside.
Jean Paul Gaultier's rich and multifaceted take on femininity, exemplified by the iconic curvaceous bottle, finds new expression in this bold new composition. Rose and fresh anise immediately seize the senses, which then touch on a heart of orange blossom and ginger, finally coming to rest in a base of vanilla and sensual amber.
Perfect for...staying classy while all those around you dissolve into sweaty messes.
Dior requires little in the way of introduction. This fragrance, by contrast, allows you to project a quite unmistakable first impression, thanks to its delicately crafted blend of accent notes. Blood and mandarin oranges commingle to brilliant citrus effect, before leading your senses on a journey that passes through rose and lily-of-the-valley and, to finish, patchouli.
Perfect for...evenings whiled away on rooftop terraces.
Translating to the French expression, ‘life is beautiful’, Lancome La Vie Est Belle is the fresh and floral fragrance that uplifts and sparks happiness in its trail.
The masterminds at Lancome have kept this one sleek, simple and sophisticated so that you can appreciate the scent in its entirety. A few spritzes evokes a warming floral scent with refreshing bursts of sweet fruit.
Perfect for… when life feels like it couldn’t get any better.
Much as the name suggests, this is a fragrance that's easy to love. Created by noted nose Francois Demachy, this DIOR creation distils ylang ylang, grown in the Comoros archipelago, together with Dasmask rose essence, a fundamental element in the perfumer's palette. Sambac jasmine, meanwhile, accents the composition with its unique expression of soft femininity.
Perfect for...bringing a little international appeal to your staycation.
Freedom and lightness are the guiding principles behind Chloé, one of the more instantly recognisable eau de toilettes. These ideas are brought to fullest fruition by an infusion of white roses, which are themselves combined with soft, accentuating facets of gardenia and magnolia to envelop the senses in a brilliantly light bouquet. A white ribbon, tied in a simple, single knot, serves as a visual clue to the quite exquisite composition within.
Perfect for...breaking out of that cloying summer mugginess.
Although best known for their superlative makeup ranges, Charlotte Tilbury are no slouches when it comes to fragrance. This floral-citrus fragrance captivates from the moment you first inhale its bright top notes of lemon, peach, black pepper and saffron. These then progress into a heart of tuberose, jasmine, frankincense and violet, before coming to rest in magic molecule base notes that suspend patchouli alongside ambroxan, fir tree and Iso E Super.
Perfect for...remaining glamorous after a long day's sunbathing.
The Daisy collection from Marc Jacobs is nothing but a summer icon. Daisy Eau So Intense is the fragrance you’re going to want to add to your summer collection this year, as it brings a deeper, more vibrant sparkle to your senses.
Enjoy the fruity and fresh notes as the perfume opens with strawberry and pear, before sinking into the sweet smells of honey and creamy vanilla. A little on the warmer side, this fragrance makes perfect for when the summer days draw to a close.
Perfect for… capturing the glow of sunset.
Tom Ford has captured summer essence and bottled it so that you can enjoy a bright, luxurious and addictive aroma, anytime, anywhere.
The sunny accords of coconut and white flowers invite warmth and sweet flavours, whilst a heart of jasmine flowers, tuberose and ylang ylang ignite a floral aroma. Soleil Blanc is a bold scent that oozes luxury, making it a must-have for those special and memorable occasions.
Perfect for… marking memorable moments on summer vacations.
Pure, airy and transparent; this fragrance is exactly what you need to start your day right.
Every spritz of this sparkling scent is like a burst of light, gleaming and glistening. Its overall freshness awakens senses, whilst floral notes of orange blossom and amber wood shine through for a warm and comforting feel. Start your day with this fragrance and you’ll spark motivation like no other.
Perfect for… the early bird that’s up and at ‘em before sunrise.
Naturally enough, each of these perfumes will hold differing levels of appeal depending on your own personal tastes – in fact, they may even smell slightly different on your skin. As opposed to other cosmetics, however, this vast range of opportunity and preference does not have to signify an exhaustive search for the 'right' one. Instead, you can set off on your own aromatic journey, and discover the scents that most appeal depending on your mood, the season or where you are in life.
Want to know more? Check out our blog on the science behind your perfume.
Written by Alex Bryson
Alex has over six years of experience as a writer. He demonstrates exceptional grooming knowledge and has a natural skill for following current trends.