Scents of Summer

Leaving aside what language you speak, summer, l’estate, or 夏 (pronunciation: Natsu) is a season that a lot of people love. It is a time to indulge in the warmth of the sun and blue skies, spent with loved ones. A visit to the beach, picnic at the park, out for a hike, you name it. 

Since being out and about is a very special thing these days (it almost feels like a special occasion every single time), you do not want to miss a chance to take out your favorite summer dress that has been hiding inside your closet!

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Put on some make up, make sure it does not transfer to your mask, a spritz or two on your wrists, behind your ears and neck.

Pro tip: spray some fragrance onto your body and clothes before wearing them, it is known as a great way to absorb into your skin. 

If you are out of your summer fragrances or you wish to find a new member for your vanity, you are in luck! We have gathered a list of perfumes that transports you to romantic summer vacations and field of dreams from Tom Ford to The Fragrance Kitchen.

Jasmin Rouge by Tom Ford

Savor the smell: white floral, warm spicy,  citrus, woody, sweet, amber, fresh spicy

Portrayed through its deep-red bottle design, Jasmin Rouge is a bold, lush, and glamorous fragrance. Through the combinations of soft, sweet, and hot aromas, a voluptuous blend of precious jasmine sepals, dusk clary sage and spices, Tom Ford desires women to have the same sensation as putting on a red lipstick. On the occasion that you feel you need to compete with the hotness of the sun, this little one will do the trick. 

Wild Bluebell by Jo Malone London

Savor the smell: rose, musky, herbal, white floral

One of Wild Bluebell’s main scents is, well, the bluebell itself. Jo Malone describes bluebells as “vibrant sapphire blooms in a shaded woodland.” There is not so much mixture in this perfume, yet its simplicity is one of the reasons for what's not to love.

This fragrance leaves a fresh trail that reminds you so much of nature: the flowers, greeneries, and even dew drops. Peach and persimmon, two well-known fruity notes, add on a rich yet sweet taste, making it as fresh as a summer splash.

Did you know Jo Malone London colognes are meant to be combined? You can add and combine more than one fragrance to create your own, individual scent. 

Mediterranean Honeysuckle by Aerin Lauder

Savor the smell: white floral, citrus, fresh spicy, fruity

Mediterranean Honeysuckle is an ode to the sunny azure of the Mediterranean region. Flowers as fresh as the blue ocean meets sunny citruses. 

This fragrance’s mixture includes four of the sweetest-smelling flowers: sweet honeysuckle, luminous grapefruit, Italian bergamot warmed with sun and mandarin oil, accompanied by citrusy scents formulated to create a lasting freshness. If this reminds you so much of bright sunny beaches, Mediterranean Honeysuckle is your summer scent. 

Rose 31 by Le Labo

Savor the smell: woody, rose, fresh spicy, aromatic, musky, amber, powdery, oud

Close your eyes... picture yourself in a romantic getaway in France. Visit the glorious Eiffel Tower, have brunch at a fancy cafe, and walk down a lavender field. Let Rose 31 intrigue your wild imagination through its feminine rosy scent. 

Le Labo purposefully created a fragrance that leaves a mysterious aura to anyone who inhales it. Fresh, warm, and spicy aromas blend and harmonize altogether in this small but mighty bottle. Both floral and woody scents almost have the same intensity, making it appealing for both men and women. 

Tory Burch by Tory Burch

Savor the smell: citrus, white floral, powdery, musky, soft spicy, rose

Tory Burch’s style has always been chic, and it is projected into this product as well. Tory Burch perfume has a sense of juicy fruity, just like a fresh salad at your summer lunch's appetizer menu. It is described as a “bright and complex mix”, composed of five exquisite flowers that meets crisp citrus and calm earthy notes. 

This one is a classic summer fragrance with notes of grapefruit, pink pepper, peony, tuberose, jasmine, carrot and sweet alyssum. As part of celebrating Mother's Day this year, Jenny Walton recalled this signature floral fragrance as a remembrance of her mother and her flowers, herbs and vegetable gardens. Made for everyday use, wear it whenever you miss the smell fresh cut of flower bouquet.

Un Bois Vanille by Serge Lutens

Savor the smell: vanilla, sweet, woody, coconut, powdery, soft spicy, beeswax, warm spicy

Hinted by its name, this fragrance has a vanilla with a touch of wood scent. For you who adores sweet aromas, this one is for you! Un Bois Vanille resembles the warm summer breeze on a Sunday: comforting, soft, yet sturdy. On a side note, its tropical fruity odor may also teleport you to the tropical beaches of Bali. 

Although it seems like this is a subtle one, this creation has rather an adventurous backstory. Serge Lutens invites you to the tale of Hernan Cortes, the conquistador or conqueror of Mexico, on his journey of discovering vanilla.

No. 3 Remix by The Fragrance Kitchen

Savor the smell: aromatic, fresh spicy, citrus, woody, lavender, herbal, rose

Imagine you are hiking in the middle of a forest... the distinctive smell of grass and woody whiff is what best describes No. 3 Remix. Additional splashes of citrus, floral, and fruity essences makes it more fascinating. If this perfume has a personality, it would be bright and cheerful, just like summer, yet warm and spicy. 

The Fragrance Kitchen has successfully formulated a piece that hits the spot of between masculine and feminine. Somehow it reminded us of the traits of an Atenian, our community of bold, fearless, yet feminine and gentle women.

So there you have it! Summer fragrances for you to indulge in.

Lockdown or no lockdown, masks are still required or not, we hope one of these perfumes could conceive a relaxing feeling that could carry you away to your happy place. Be in the moment, bliss out.


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