Five Flirty Summer Fragrances
Tunes and movies have been devoted to special elixirs that lead to a simple formula making one irresistible to those around them, but I maintain that all you really need is the right summer fragrance. Here, some of my favorites for inspiring romantical conquests until Labor Day for good old fashioned olfactory allure.
Untold by Elizabeth Arden, $59 at macys.com
Celebrate your many facets with this scent created to capture the essence of “downtown New York cool.” Its notes include pink pepper, bergamot, pear, blackcurrant, gardenia, jasmine, patchouli, sandalwood, amber and musk. I’m partial to the beautifully faceted bottle, which is currently gracing my vanity amongst my perfume collection insanity.
Prada Candy L’eau, $88 at nordstrom.com
I’m a mega-fan of the original juice and this is the first time in fragrance history that a light, summer iteration of one of my cold-weather favorites has delighted me to the same degree as the original. Its sweetness (I like to think of it as a fruit-juice sweetened confection, rather than a saccharine-laced cloying perfume) is tempered by a base of rich woods and white musk.
Victoria by Victoria’s Secret, $68 at victoriassecret.com
Look, deny it all you’d like, but in very scientific studies conducted by me (AKA Facebook status update questions), more than half of the gentlemen surveyed said Victoria’s Secret scents are their favorites. More estival than festival, this sensual scent is fruity, sweet and sexy. With Behati Prinsloo as the face of the creme brulee- and red berries-infused fragrance, its inherent sultriness is bound to rub off on you.
LaVanilla The Healthy Rollerball in Vanilla Coconut, $19 at lavanilla.com
Rocking a beachy scent is a good way to lure your garden variety surfer guy all year long, but it’s an especially effective trick in the summer, babe. This rollerball is portable, pretty and emits that vaguely low maintenance yet slightly sensual coconuty “Is that suntan lotion?” scent.
Royal Apothic Holland Park Perfume, $16 at hsn.com
The cross-section of London and Los Angeles is a difficult scent/branding balance to strike, but Royal Apothic founder Sean O’Mara does it with aplomb–and with scintillatingly inspired packaging, I might add. Holland Park is one of Victoria Beckham’s go-to fragrances and for good reason. The blend of lemon, magnolia, peach, jasmine, orange blossom and lily of the valley really do conjure a verdant visit to the famed Kensington locale.
Which ones have you tried?