YOUR wardrobe isn’t the only thing that needs updating once the barometer starts to rise.
Scent should be summer appropriate too, meaning that rich, heavy fragrance that complemented your winter faux furs and party frocks is due a holiday.
Save it for after dark and make the switch to one of this summer’s daytime-friendly fragrances that are made for basking in the sunshine and gorging on sorbets.
Avoid heavier eau de parfum and pick up daintier eau de toilette or ‘eau fraiche’ instead, lighter formulations that won’t irritate your skin.
Put on your sunglasses and spritz on your new summer signature scent.
BRIGHT BEAUTY: Designer Stella McCartney has created a collector’s bottle so stylish you’ll want to wear it like a sundress. In bold stripes of fuchsia and tangerine, classic Stella has been reinterpreted as a lighter, refreshing scent.
Stella Summer, €44 for 100ml, EDT (Debenhams)
SUN SEEKER: Paul Smith works this season’s stripe trend with his Sunshine edition bottle in zesty shades. With top notes of pink grapefruit, bergamot and juicy peach, the fragrance smells as enticing as the bottle looks.
Paul Smith Sunshine, €39.60 for 100ml, EDT (nationwide)
WATER BABY: Dive into CK One’s Summer with the wet-look effect water droplet bottle. The watermelon and crushed leaves are naturally cooling while aromas of cucumber and water lily create instant freshness. Complement the scent with CK One’s similarly vibrant limited edition colour cosmetics.
CK One Summer, €31.80 for 100ml EDT (Debenhams)
FRAGRANCE VACATION: Go on a worldwide adventure with L’Occitane’s La Collection de Grasse. Four new fragrances: Jasmin & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mure, Vanille & Narcisse and The Vert & Bigarade bring together unexpected ingredients sourced from across the globe.
L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse, €55 for 75ml EDT (www.loccitane.ie)
BEACH BABE: Just try and resist the lure of Estée Lauder’s beachy Solar Citrus fragrance. Apparently, inspired “by the warmth of the Mediterranean”, Bronze Goddess is a citrus floral blend with notes of bergamot and orange blossom.
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche, €58.50.
FRUIT PUNCH: Get your five-a-day fix with L’Eau d’Issey Summer. The original fragrance has been deliciously lightened and brightened with top notes of pink grapefruit and lychee and a heart of passion fruit and guava.
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Summer, €55 for 100ml, EDT (nationwide)
CURVY COUTURE: Jean Paul Gaultier Summer features a tattoo-adorned bottle inspired by the ready-to-wear spring/summer Gaultier collection.
The top notes of rose and orange blossom are brightened with a touch of Sicilian clementine.
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Summer, €55 for 100ml, EDT (nationwide)
IN BLOOM: Evocative of walking through an ornamental Chinese garden, Jo Malone’s Osmanthus Blossom is delicately exotic.
The limited edition Cologne is ideal if you want extra depth and longevity from your summer fragrance.
Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom, limited edition, from €46 for 30ml Cologne, Brown Thomas.
SOLAR ACCORD: Chill out in the rays with Shiseido’s ZenSun. A fresh variation of the traditional Zen fragrance, it practically sparkles with an uplifting scent of vibrant bergamot essence blended with bountiful mango.
Shiseido ZenSun, €45 for 30ml, EDT, Brown Thomas
CLASSIC TOUCH: Chanel gets playful this summer with Chance, a enticing combination of fruit and floral notes. It’s an instant mood lifter.
And it lingers long after the first spritz. Available as a perfume, €108; hair mist, €40; and deodorant, €38.
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