The scent of summer

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Scent is a powerful memory trigger. The first time you apply sunscreen after a long winter, a whiff of the ocean, the lingering fragrance of jasmine on the breeze… these amazing smells take you right back to the warmth of summers gone by, which is just one reason why it’s the perfect season for a new go-to fragrance.

Research has proven that skin chemistry can change in the hot weather, so you’ll probably find that perfumes you loved during the winter are a little too heavy and overpowering in the warm weather. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best new fragrances for summer… now go forth and make new sun-scented memories!

The scent of summer

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Summer 2012, R615 for 100ml

Dive into this delightfully cool, sparkling eau de toilette. Crisp and fresh, it has top notes of rose and pear water that mingle enticingly with the floral middle notes of peony and carnation. The base is a delicate combination of osmanthus and precious wood, which enhance the scent’s velvety notes. Sophisticated and classic, it’s the perfect signature scent for summer.

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer, R550

It’s the perfect fragrance to offset a humid summer day. Inspired by sunny fields of wild flowers and a cool gentle breeze, the fragrance opens with accords of Japanese pear martini, orange blossom and bergamot, settling in with a heart of gardenia, white peony and blue hyacinth. The base notes are made of Tonka bean, heliotrope and white musk. It’s the perfect light, romantic summer fragrance to keep in your handbag at all times.

Burberry Summer, R990 for 100ml EDT

This is a crisp and clean scent that lives up to the chic, tailored reputation of its creator. Bottling those rare, balmy scents of a British summer day, this fragrance has a citrusy mix of orange, mandarin and green leaf that is light and not too sweet. The floral heart is made up of delicate flowers such as freesia, honeysuckle, lily of the valley and white rose.

Giorgio Armani Code Luna, R719 for 50ml EDT

Giorgio Armani’s new fragrance is described in three words – feminine, seductive and sensual. Perfect for the party season! Inspired by the Greek Goddess of the full moon Séléné, who is also known as Luna, this perfume captures the mysterious glow of the moon in the morning light. The moonflower, or mirabilis, blooms only at night and sets the tone for this citrusy, oriental scent. With Italian bergamot top notes, the heart includes orange blossom and mirabilis with a base of vanilla pod.

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Written by

Emily Pettit-Coetzee is a freelance writer and a blogger of lovely things. She spends her days writing about everything from corporate finance to teen fashion and has a weakness for vintage fashion and red lipstick.

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  1. Clueless_Cutie

    A Burberry summer it is :)

    5 years ago •

  1. smiley

    fab!! Calvin Klien, sounds like my type. love the article.

    5 years ago •

  1. Blackcherry

    I wish i could have all these fragrances.

    5 years ago •

  1. smiley

    perfume addict (thats me) totally love these

    5 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    I would love to try the Burberry fragrance! I have tried the Armani Code Luna and it was quite nice, but it smelled a bit cheaper than I expected it to.

    5 years ago •

  1. Ra’eesa

    Issey Miyake is my classic scent :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    All fragrances are divine but my favourite is Issey Miyake.

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love the original eternity, im sure summer will be great! And Issey Miyake never fails!

    5 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Would love to try Burberry Summer!

    5 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    My eyes opened wide when I saw these perfumes! I LOVE perfume so much :D

    5 years ago •

  1. CarolynMcM

    Got to have a sniff of the Issey Miyake!

    5 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Quite pricey, but Calvin Klein I always found to be long-lasting fragrance

    5 years ago •

  1. mahomed

    i also love the issey packaging..looks very refreshing

    5 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I used the Luna before and would’nt again.

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Liking the Armani, Burberry and Issey review! Can’t wait to test them n buy myself a early Xmas gift!

    5 years ago •

  1. Diphoko

    I have to try the burberry summer

    5 years ago •

  1. Cindy Ross

    Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey is always a winner all there scents are divine!

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Summer 2012 Packaging is amazing. So clever.

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Crisp and fresh, I like the sound of that, would like to try out Issey

    5 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Fabulous selection,would love to try these

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Awh, the perfume addict that i am this is so tempting!! I’ve had burberry summer and have to admit that the fragrance evaporates quickly. No long lasting lingering and it’s quite pricey!

    5 years ago •

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