Take a deep, deep breath in through your nose. Smell that? That’s the scent of summer.
Come May, the aromas in the air start to change distinctly. There’s the classic summer scent cocktail of sunscreen, sand, and salt water. And then there’s the smell of savory barbeque chicken and juicy watermelon at a family picnic. Or sprinklers and cut grass. Fresh mint from the herb garden. Chlorine wafting up from your pool. You get the drift. There’s a whole buncha smells going on, and our olfactory senses are in overdrive this time of year.
So, when new summer fragrances started landing on our desks, we couldn’t wait to spritz ’em on our pulse points. And while it’s not possible to bottle summer, these scents come pretty close.
Which is why we’ve gone and rounded up the freshest of the bunch. The only problem? There’s no scratch n’ sniff option on the Internet. (But how awesome would it be if there were!? C’mon technology, make it happen!) So it’s our job to describe these scents as distinctly and viscerally as possible.
Instead of using common perfume descriptors that don’t really tell us much — words like “sensual,” “refined,” or “romantic” — we’ve come up with exactly the people, places, or things these summer fragrances bring to mind for us. Now it’s just a matter of choosing the right one for you.
Smells just like… A wicker picnic basket filled with a baguette, fresh blueberries, brie, and champagne
All the right notes: mandarin, blueberry, licorice, tuberose, sandalwood