Product watch: Summer scents

 

Time to get your summer scent. Rachel Marie Walsh rounds up the best new launches. 

Laura Mercier Tea Menthe Citron Eau de Toilette, 50ml/€55

Laura Mercier’s eau de toilettes typically smell like dessert. 

Tarte au citron, coconut-almond and crème brûlée sprays are part of her permanent collection, but a recent trip to Tunisia gave her low-calorie inspiration. 

The makeup doyenne so enjoyed the sensory experience of sipping Moroccan mint tea in her hotel’s garden that she’s bottled it. 

Tea Menthe Citron’s top notes capture the freshness of her spearmint tea with cardamom and lemon. 

Orange flower and almond give the scent a sweet heart and she effects the warmth of a Tunis sunset with the cedar, sandalwood and brown-sugar base. 

Apply it after using Tea Menthe Crème Body Cleanser, €32, or Tea Menthe Gel Body Moisture, €48, for a more intoxicating fragrance.

Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle Eau de Parfum, 100ml/€160

Aerin Lauder is another lady with sunny gardens on the brain. 

Product watch: Summer scents

Mediterranean Honeysuckle gives you an intense fruit and floral hit of holidays on the 

Amalfi coast and the Côte d’Azur. Honeysuckle and Italian bergamot are amplified by mandarin and grapefruit oils in the opening notes. 

Bourgeon de Cassis give the blend some verdant cleanliness. 

Feminine lily of the valley and gardenia extracts fade to a heady base of jasmine sambac absolute, ambrox and musk. 

The manufacturers say the gold and azur packaging was inspired by tiles from Capri. 

This fragrance is extremely decadent, but Mediterranean Honeysuckle Body Cream offers a lighter layer for day-wear.

Jo Malone London Nashi Blossom Cologne, 30ml/€54, on counters May 1

The cult of Jo Malone’s colognes continues with this fruity addition. 

Product watch: Summer scents

This one was designed by Fabrice Pellegrin, the Frenchman behind the brand’s Blackberry & Bay as well as several delightfully-addictive Diptyque fragrances. 

Nashi, or asian pear, forms the strong heart note, and is topped with lemon and apple. 

A base of rose and sweet white-musk rounds out a scent you will want to keep spritzing.

Jimmy Choo Exotic Limited Edition, 60ml/€61

This seasonal spin on Jimmy Choo’s Exotic perfume has nothing in common with the original but tiger lily orchid-extract and a disco ball-like bottle. 

The fuchsia-tinted glass gives some indication of the flamboyantly girly scent within. 

This is definitely one for the Elle Woods-wannabe in your life: darling and almost too sweet. 

It opens with a blackcurrant and pink grapefruit sorbet that segues into a vivacious heart of passion fruit and tiger-lily orchid. 

Even the raspberry and patchouli base makes me think of cabana bars and cocktails.

The epitome of Sex and the City-era Jimmy Choo, really. Fabulous but best worn in moderation.

Tom Ford Private Blend Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum, 50ml/€182, on counters May 2

Each Tom Ford Private Blend is named for the pure extract with which he began its formulation (Tuscan Leather, White Suede, Shanghai Lily…), so I was intrigued when Soleil Blanc landed on my desk. 

Product watch: Summer scents

I totally understood him dreaming about a private beach paradise for inspiration, but what on earth (or anywhere else) is a “solar floral”?

Used in perfume-speak, “solar” usually describes warming ingredients like amber or musk.

This is definitely a hot perfume. The strong cardamom and pink peppercorn opening is sweetened with bergamot and a dash of pistachio.


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