Escape to far-flung climes – no passport required – thanks to these transporting summer scents.
A generous spritz of perfume can do so much more than deliver a delicious scent. It is an elixir to transport you to sunnier shores, unlock nostalgia of holidays long past, and boost your spirits too. Whilst trips abroad remain frustratingly tricky, these scents provide a welcome dose of escapism.
Molecule 01 has been delighting fragrance purists for 15 years. It’s the scent you may not smell on yourself, but has people running down the road after you to ask what you are wearing. And now the cult scent – that smells like you, but better – has had a revamp with the addition of a single mandarin note. Just as moreish as before, but a little more zesty.
The Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is the ravishing jewel in the crown of the French Riviera. A forever icon, that has attracted the cream of the crop for over 150 years, and now it has inspired Dior’s sophisticated new fragrance. Best described as a woody floral – with a dash of saltiness and pine – it smells reassuringly expensive.
If it's not enough for your summer scent to smell divine, it must also look rather dazzling, then look no further than the latest gilded addition to the Soleil family from Tom Ford. The scent is complex and decadent: there's warm amber, lively bergamot, spicy peppercorn, and syrupy honey. This is finished with the lightness of orange flower, and a fleeting depth of leather. Utterly hypnotic.
Make the beach come to you with this evocative scent. SALT perfectly conjures the feeling of the sun baking your skin and sand nestling between your toes, after you’ve taken a refreshing dip in the sea. There’s creamy sandalwood, delicate musk, warm amber, and heady ylang ylang, making for a summer holiday in a bottle.
Who said summer scents had to be zesty? Rich and unapologetically sensual, this scent is like a humid summer evening bottled. Fans of jammy fig scents will be instantly entranced – myself included. There's a tropical creaminess to it – thanks to tonka and coconut – which feels like sipping a sundowner.
Not around for long, Diptyque’s Ilio scent is one to stockpile. Inspired by the rocky cliffs and undulating waves of the Mediterranean, this scent unexpectedly centres around the prickly pear for a fresh, juicy floral which isn’t too sweet.The addition of jasmine and iris brings a delightfully soft quality. A deviation for the classic monochrome bottle, artist Luke Edward Hall has created a charming rendition of nature in summertime.
Fans of a bountiful floral will go ga ga for this lovely scent. It's hyper-feminine, blooming with lively frangipani and ylang ylang, alongside notes of warming amber and delectable vanilla. Spritz liberally over sun-warmed skin; it’s sunshine bottled.
A soft daytime scent reminiscent of biting into a juicy, ripe peach is how I'd describe this scent. It bursts with a delightfully fruity accord. There's a dizzying lightness thanks to iris and jasmine, whilst musk tempers the scent, to make it wonderfully wearable all summer long.
A summer scent round up wouldn’t be complete without Acqua Di Parma for a touch of la dolce vita. Brimming with bergamot, this will remind you of your favourite Mediterranean holiday. It’s complemented with zestry citron, the fire of red ginger, and the freshness of vetiver. We love the limited-edition porcelain bottle, a thing of beauty to sit pretty on any bathroom cabinet.
Byredo is known for its disruptive take on perfume, somehow capturing an incredibly precise mood through olfactive wizardry. Open Sky is no different. Created during the depths of lockdown, this fragrance conjures the frisson of excitement of a journey – the conflicting emotions as you are suspended between where you came from, and where you are going. Vibrant pomelo, earthy hemp leaves, spicy black pepper, and woody palo santo make for an enthralling fragrance.