Our pick of the best summer fragrances

Summer Fragrances

If it’s time for you to consider summer vs winter fragrances, then this list of the best sunshine-evoking scents for men and women should give you some holiday inspiration.

In many cases, the beautiful amethyst or duck egg blue bottles crafted from thick, sleek glass might well be enough to entice you to buy – but just wait until you catch a waft of what’s inside. 

From our very own Jo Malone to an Italian fashion house, Paris perfumeries or even New York’s most iconic jeweller, these are the top 10 fragrances to wear this year while making those summer holiday memories.  

10 of the best summer fragrances

1. Jo Loves A Fragrance – Pomelo

No one can resist a Jo Malone scented candle or bath product, and so it is with Pomelo by Jo Malone. Part of the Jo Loves range, when you shop you can benefit from free gift wrapping and samples when you check out – plus complimentary delivery.

Jo Loves

Pomelo is designed to call to mind laid-back, luxurious summer holidays. Think cooling ocean breezes, crisp white bedlinen and clear, chilled drinks infused with a hint of citrus. 

The fragrance is cruelty-free, vegan and contains extracts of vetiver, patchouli and of course pomelo. Fans say the fragrance undergoes subtle changes throughout the day. 

2. Eremia Eau de Parfum – Aesop

This fabled fragrance is also a vibrant, fresh scent that deepens with continued wear, leading to green, citrus and floral notes as it develops.

Erémia Eau de Parfum

Eremia Eau de Parfum
is among the best summer fragrances for men or women, as it’s designed to be worn by anyone. Its scent profile is described as being zesty and fresh, yet with notes of musk and waxy botanicals for depth. 

Expect to detect wafts of patchouli, green tea, iris, grapefruit bergamot, mimosa and more when you’re wearing it. 

3. Chanel Eaux Chanel Paris – Paris Eau De Toilette

Chanel has an enticing trick up its sleeve when it comes to purchasing their Paris fragrance – buy a bottle and you can try the accompanying free sample-sized scent before opening it.

Chanel Paris

Damask rose forms the basis and inspiration for this creation, and the resulting scent includes floral and woody notes. Spring in romantic Paris is the imagined setting the perfumers had in mind when blending the formula.

Citrus, woods and spices are reflected in notes of mandarin, lemon, patchouli and pink peppercorn.  

4. Versace Dylan Turquoise Eau De Toilette

The fragrance house may be Italian, but Versace’s Dylan Turquoise evokes the glamour and beaches of the French Riviera. The gorgeous azure and gold bottle would grace any dressing table.


Fresh mandarin and lemon are used to great effect, with underlying, more long-lasting notes of musk and wood. The advertising campaign was actually shot on Sardinia, the idyllic Mediterranean island off the Italian coast. 

There’s even a Greek twist in the form of the amphora decorating the box. Surely this is the ultimate summer scent perfume. 

5. Carolina Herrera Amethyst Haze Eau De Parfum

From turquoise to purple now with Amethyst Haze by Carolina Herrera. This one’s another worth buying for the container alone, which is a jewel-like, faceted glass bottle in an appealing shade of aubergine with a glamorous gold trim to boot.

Amethyst Haze (1)

This heady, magnetic fragrance forms part of the Herrera Gems range. The initial notes are spicy like cardamom and pink pepper, and the fragrance then develops into displaying notes of coffee and lavender. Finally, these in turn give way to vanilla, cashmere woods and patchouli. 

6. Maison Francis Kurkdjian À La Rose Eau De Parfum

It may be a lesser-known fragrance house than some, but Maison Francis Kurkdjian of Paris is proving to be a forerunner when it comes to modern feminine fragrance.

À la rose

À la rose evokes love and sensuality, and the formula includes Centifolia rose from Grasse – the global home of perfume production. The scent also contains Bulgarian Damascena rose.

This complex and beautifully crafted fragrance is floral, musky and honeyed, with top notes of lychee and pear to freshen things up. 

7. Tom Ford Unisex Mandarino Di Amalfi Eau De Parfum

This Mandarino Di Amalfi scent is at once one of the best male fragrances for summer and among the top summer fragrances for women. It’s designed to be worn by anyone who loves it. 


The bottle is every bit as bold as the contents: it’s an angular creation in azure with a glass cap and a gold label with chunky lettering. As for what’s inside, expect ingredients that transport the senses to Amalfi, including citrus, thyme, wildflowers and mint. 

8. Malin and Goetz Stem

If you’re the sort that finds all those intoxicating florals a little overpowering, then Stem could be the best long lasting summer fragrance to add to your collection. The contemporary bottle is more like something from a science lab than a perfumery, and the fragrance is fresh and crisp.

stem eau de parfum.

That’s not to say that florals are absent; they’ve simply been very carefully selected. Rose, fressia, jasmine and hyacinth complement mandarin, white cedar and vetiver to create a scent that uplifts the senses. 

Stem by Malin and Goetz is ideal for those seeking summer fragrances for him or her. 

9. Maison Margiela Beach Walk Eau de Toilette

From Maison Margiela of Paris comes Beach Walk, a scent that’s meant to whisk you away to far shores. At least on a sensual level. 


It’s part of a collection called Replica, which can evoke for the wearer moments in time or specific, treasured locations. Tropical notes help to paint the idyllic picture, including coconut, pink pepper, ylang ylang and bergamot. 

Other scents in the range include classic summer fragrances called Lazy Sunday Morning, Music Festival, Under the Lemon Trees and Sailing Day. 

10. Tiffany & Co. Intense Eau de Parfum

They’re known chiefly for jewellery, but Tiffany also makes some of the best summer fragrances for her. This Intense version is based on the original Tiffany scent, but has added depth.

tiffany perfume (1)

Pleasing wafts of florals and musk combine to create an intoxicating perfume that leaves a lasting impression. Iris butter is used as the keynote.

As you might expect, the bottle comes in Tiffany’s signature duck egg blue. It’s classic, elegant – and very covetable indeed.

You’ve got your summer scent, now it’s time to get prepared for your holidays and days at the beach. Book a gel mani-pedi to brighten up your nails in time for summer. 

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