The best summer perfumes will transport you to paradise
The best summer perfumes will make you travel, even if you don’t leave the house. Perfumers understand that our sense of smell can conjure up memories or thoughts of places we haven’t yet visited, and with the Summer 2022 releases, they’ve put that knowledge to good use. Instead of relying on the season’s standard scent profiles by default, designers at niche houses and designer brands seemed determined to take their audiences with them. The notable newcomers of the moment are moving; they attempt to capture the spirit of joyful experiences and turbulent historical periods.
Each new fragrance offers an excursion, and whether it takes you back in time to the French courts of the 18th century or the luxury hotels of the 1960s, it is synonymous with eventful journeys. One spritz and you find yourself under the Northern Lights in the Norwegian Fjord; another, you’ll frolic on the sunny beaches of Malibu, California. Upbeat and evocative, the best summer scents – and the idyllic scenes that inspire them – are a ticket to paradise.
Perfumes of Marly Haltane
For 18th-century gentlemen, French Rococo was the pinnacle of glamour. Extravagant fashions were de rigueur, as were sumptuous perfumes. The latest from Parfums de Marly, Haltane, was inspired by the nobles of the time and their concern for presentation. A striking combination of wood, leather and agarwood, Haltane sounds dark on paper. Yet it’s a study in contrasts that showcases everything from the spiciness of saffron to the unexpected sweetness of praline, making it a worthy choice for dandies past, present and future.
Ex Nihilo Lust in Paradise Riviera Limited Edition
In 2019, Ex Nihilo launched the scintillating Lust in Paradise, a peony and pink pepper-focused journey through a lush garden. The fragrance – and its corresponding concept – remains fresh, but 2022 called for a remix. Perfumer Louise Turner turned her original composition upside down for the new Riviera version, highlighting the note of bergamot and amplifying tropical elements like tiare flower and tuberose. The limited-edition fragrance still transports wearers to an idyllic environment, but the overall experience is warmer and even more inviting.
Few destinations can match the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc when it comes to glamour. The French Riviera retreat has hosted luminaries from the worlds of art, business, film and literature since 1870. Everyone from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Pablo Picasso and Elizabeth Taylor have visited the the most famous seaside resort of Antibes, it is therefore natural that Christian Dior spent his time there. A trip to the favorite A-list playground is prohibitively expensive, but perfumer François Demachy has bottled the experience with the latest edition of Dior’s La Collection Privée. Eden Roc is an ode to the sea air and days spent basking in the sun. Its combination of white florals, citrus and sea notes can brighten up even the dullest of days, but it’s even better on balmy summer evenings.
Mizensir Blue Gin
To concoct his latest fragrance, master perfumer Alberto Morillas opened the liqueur cabinet. Blue Gin, his zesty creation for Mizensir, is inspired by gin and the ingredients that give it its unmistakable flavor. Working with juniper and blackberries, Morillas recreates the invigorating aroma of the drink, then adds some chasers. Notes like tangerine and Sichuan pepper add a sweet and spicy twist that allows the fragrance to explore unexpected territory and even catch the attention of teetotalers.
Juliette has a Magnolia Bliss gun
Romano Ricci’s brand remains bold, but he’s not afraid to explore the traditional. Juliette Has a Gun is known for her daring experiments, like taking Cetalox, a chemical compound typically used as a base, and building an entire perfume around it with 2010’s Not A Perfume. Magnolia Bliss is a delight for the crowd with notes of petitgrain, peony and freesia that reinforce its central flower, the magnolia flower. A basket of summer produce, including nectarines, plums, ginger, and lemon, add to the appeal, as does Ambroxan synthetic musk. On paper, it all looks simple, but the combination has enough bite to feel distinct in a market full of fruity flowers.
One of Off-White’s creative director Virgil Abloh’s latest projects was to create a beauty collection that could match his fashion-forward designs. Called Paperwork, the range was intended to encourage expression. Thanks to its multiple nail polishes and its richly colored pigmented sticks, the line has something to seduce. However, the Abloh perfumes concocted with perfumers Jérome Epinette, Sidonie Lancasseur and Alexis Dadier have something special. Each addresses a different theme; solution n°1 is centered on the salty scent of sand, contrasted by vetiver and warm patchouli. The n°2 offers a woody and unisex version of ginger, while the n°3 offers the Off-White version of a sumptuous Damask rose. The fourth and final is a rich blend of lavender and eucalyptus intended to give the warm notes a new direction.
Montale Blue Matcha
Most are familiar with the green mate powder regularly used in cooking, but its cousin is at the heart of Montale’s Blue Matcha. While green matcha comes from the Camellia Sinesis plant, the indigo variant is made up of butterfly pea flowers common to many Southeast Asian countries. At the first spritz, the aromatic qualities of mate come to the fore, but over time the darker facets of the scents emerge. Notes of tobacco leaf, cedar wood and leather form a smoky and seductive base.
Jennifer Meyer Eau de Parfum
Jennifer Meyer’s exquisite, handcrafted jewelry has always been understated, so it only makes sense that her first fragrance would have a similar feel. Meyer’s eponymous eau de parfum is synonymous with the ease and simplicity of SoCal living. Drawing inspiration from Meyer’s childhood in Malibu and memories of beach life, the scent is an appealing blend of berries and florals. Fruity notes like fig, strawberry and coconut water are combined with sweet notes of sandalwood and crystal musk. The vibe is upbeat, upbeat and, above all, effortless. Housed in a minimalist white bottle that mirrors the simplicity of Meyer’s aesthetic, the scent seems destined to become a favorite with loyal celebrity clients like Hailey Bieber and Kate Hudson.
Winemaker’s Daughter Understory Perfume Oil
Skincare brand Vintner’s Daughter is one of the benchmarks for clean beauty. Praised for responsibly sourced ingredients and sustainably produced, its award-winning Active Botanical Serum and Active Treatment Essence have become cult classics. For their first fragrance, Understory, founder April Gargiulo wanted to take these principles into a new category with an oil-based fragrance that’s natural, vegan, and made in small batches to minimize waste. Perfumer Loreto Remsing sought to celebrate our interconnectedness and the harmony found in plant life, resulting in an enveloping, lush scent. Understory explores the relationship between man and Mother Nature through notes like jasmine and “redwood forest accord”, a unique blend of conifers, bay moss and violet.
Memo Paris Flam
Just because you’re going on vacation doesn’t mean you’re going to the beach. Norway’s Flåm Fjords are a breathtaking destination, whether viewed from the world’s steepest railway, the scenic Flåmsbana, or via one of the many cruises that pass through the area. Can’t book a flight? Memo Paris’ addictive Flåm is a tribute to the Northern Lights, which ignited the skies of Flam from mid-September to April. Through crisp notes of clary sage, jasmine sambac and bitter orange, it evokes the feeling of immersion in nature; white amber, white musk and tonka bean add depth and a mysterious quality that will keep you coming back for more.
Acqua di Parma Colonia CLUB
The best moments are shared and Acqua di Parma’s effervescent Colonia CLUB is all about the joys of friendship. An airy blend of bergamot, pink pepper and lemon, the scent has all the sparkle of champagne but with a botanical twist. Cedarwood and rosemary add a green touch, making the experience reminiscent of walking through a fragrant herb garden with best friends by your side.
Maison Crivelli Citrus Batikanga
Memories of tropical gardens and lush fruit shape Maison Crivelli’s juicy Citrus Batikanga. Created by Bertrand Duchaufour, the perfumer behind iconic fragrances like Dior’s Fahrenheit and the many successes of private label Comme des Garçons, the scent sounds classic, but its blend of bigarade orange, chilli and ginger is a long way off. to be traditional. With notes at opposite ends of the spectrum, it transitions from fresh to spicy before settling into a dry woodiness dominated by cedar and myrrh.
Penhaligon Sports Car Club
Motor racing might not be the first sport that comes to mind when you think of perfume, but Penhalingon’s latest limited edition is all about a need for speed. Sports Car Club is a drive through fields of cypress and eucalyptus in a forest filled with pine trees. Don’t expect the smells associated with fast cars – burnt rubber, petrol and air freshener are thankfully absent – this is a stylish excursion with an ambience that feels more like the Monaco Grand Prix than the Indy 500. Packaged in an adorable version of the famous branded bottle with a small white checkered flag, it’s a journey that will have others following your scent trail.
Ramon Monegal #FlowerPower
Ibiza’s nightlife is legendary, and for good reason. Famous for its many clubs and concerts, the Spanish island has long been a must visit for music lovers. To pay homage to his unique culture, perfumer Ramon Monegal traveled back in time. His #Flowerpower is a tribute to the counterculture of the 1960s and its essence of bohemian and free love. Evoking psychedelia by creating scents that do not exist in nature, Monegal uses gardenia, peony and Berlandiera lyrata, aka chocolate flower, to create a succulent, imaginary bloom. The whimsical note is combined with heady ingredients like sandalwood, praline, patchouli and absinthe to keep the party going.