9 Light and Lovely Fragrances To Wear This Summer

When it comes to fragrance, I’m a total chameleon. In winter I’m all about cocooning myself in warm, smoky fragrances, notes of leather and libraries, cigars and woody scents. Come summer and those bottles are put to the back of the shelf in favour of something fresh, floral and citrusy.

I want something that reminds me of exotic locations, sand between my toes, oranges – proper juicy oranges that you get on holiday – salty sea hair and sun kissed skin. And while the weather isn’t exactly playing ball right now and there’s no chance of a real holiday, I’m dipping back into those favourite scents (and a few new bottles too) that will transport me to sunnier climes.

Read on for my favourite light but long lasting fragrances to spritz this summer…

Jo Malone London Orange Peel Cologne, 30ml – £55

available at John Lewis & Partners

How good is Jo Malone London’s new apothecary-style packaging for the brand’s Great British Summer Fete range? The scents inside totally live up to the bottles too. Inspired by quintessentially British summer smells – think sweet rhubarb to tart blackberries and powdery blush roses – the fragrances will evoke childhood memories from rainy day picnics or late summer berry picking. Orange Peel is the standout of the collection, a unique scent that conjures up the smell of orange peel cooking on a stove to make marmalade. Zesty and warming all at once, it’s like spritzing golden hour light straight onto you skin.

Diptyque Ilio Eau de Toilette Limited Edition, 100ml – £102

available at Liberty London

I’ve yet to meet a Diptyque fragrance I didn’t like, they just always get it right. Ilio is a postcard from The Mediterranean, made up of juicy notes like prickly pear and lively bergamot. Add to that jasmine and fresh green floral notes, with a sexy but soft iris to finish, and you’ve got something really special. The iconic fragrance brand has teamed up with artist Luke Edward Hall to reimagine the much-loved oval bottle with a limited edition illustration, and it has us dreaming of dipping our toes in the Med, hopefully one day soon.

Maison Frances Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte Eau de Parfum, 70ml – £165

available at Harvey Nichols

Inspired by the clear blue skies and open seas of summer, Maison Frances Kurkdjian’s cool blue fragrance is light and refreshing, and ideal for hot temperature days. These scents don’t come cheap but they are high quality and will last all day without feeling heavy and overpowering. Expect notes of bergamot, blackcurrant, jasmine and mimosa, before softening into a fruity musky accord.

Byredo Inflorescence Eau de Parfum, 100ml – £127

available at Selfridges

You may be familiar with Gypsy Water and Sunday Cologne, Byredo’s more popular fragrances, but if you’re after something light and fresh, it might be worth dipping into Inflorescence too.

With top notes of rose petals and pink freesia; a heart of magnolia and lily of the valley; and a base of fresh jasmine, it’s a riot of sweet without the sickly.  It will have you dreaming of walking through a sprawling English rose garden – heaven.

Loewe Agua Mar de Coral Eau de Toilette, 50ml – £63

available at Liberty London

Perfume bottles don’t come much chicer than Loewe’s sleek design, which bound to upgrade your dressing table. Inside, the fragrance blends the freshness of grapefruit, the elegance of vanilla and the subtle, satisfying aroma of tomato leaves to vivacious effect. Fresh and light, it’s ideal for warm weather days.

Maison Margiela Replica Under the Lemon Trees Eau de Toilette, 100ml – £90

available at John Lewis & Partners 

Cult fragrance brand Maison Margiela Replica doesn’t mess about when it comes to putting a label on it, the scents are quite literally named after what they smell like, from ‘Bubble Bath’ to ‘At the Barbers’. Under the Lemon Tree is, as you’d expect, zesty and fresh, evoking memories of trips to the country, ideas of a nap under a lemon tree (if only!) and a fresh, warm Mediterranean breeze. Bliss.


Glossier You Eau de Parfum – £45

available at Glossier

Leading the way in stripped back, no BS beauty and barely-there makeup is Glossier. The American behemoth has added a fragrance to its line and it encompasses that same simple ethos. ‘You,’ the first scent from the brand, is meant to smell like, well, you. Unfussy, simple, light, soft and familiar. It’s not meant to smell like anyone or anything else and during high temperatures we couldn’t think of anything better. Of course, it does faintly smell of something otherwise they’d just be bottling H2O. Try it if you’re into pink peppery notes and subtly warm woody scents. On top is a delicate balance of white iris which leaves a lovely creamy freshness. It’s simple and sexy in equal measure.

The Library of Fragrance Laundromat Eau de Cologne – £18

available at The Perfume Shop

I’m not going to lie, my fragrance preference err on the side of expensive and this roundup is no exception, but if you’re after something really affordable (and that doesn’t smell cheap), check out The Library of Fragrance. The juices are straight to the point – think Soap, Coconut or Salt Air – and come in at a frugal £18 a pop. My favourite is Laundromat – it’s one of the cleanest fragrances imaginable, like wrapping yourself up in fresh bed linen on laundry day.

Tom Ford Private Blend Rose Prick Eau de Parfum – £228

available at John Lewis & Partners

The smell of roses has always felt like summer to me, but finding the right one is an arduous task, they’re either too powdery and smell like Grandma’s bathroom cabinet or too sweet and start to take on a saccharine synthetic smell. Rose Prick might just be the perfect rose scent. Part of the Tom Ford’s Private Blends, it is heady, luxurious and will last from dawn to dusk .The only downfall is they come with a hefty price tag too.

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