With their fresh elements and hopeful sense of nostalgia, these summery fragrances will take you back to those drinks you went for last week or a long-lost moment from two decades ago.

Scent is our most evocative sense, which is why we associate various smells with certain times in our life. Summer is one of those times that we reminisce about every year. Whether that musky aftershave reminds you of a teenage summer romance or your favourite perfume repeatedly takes you back to your first girls holiday; summer is a time we frequently think about, talk about and remember as a significant time in our book of memories. We’ve selected some perfumes and aftershaves that represent each symbolic summer activity in the hope that they’ll take you back to a special moment in time.


Take the marine accords of Giorgio Armani’s Aqua di Gio combined with the crystal transparency and luminous brightness of Versace Crystal Bright and head into the sunshine. Feel the fresh, sea breeze, the sand between your toes and taste the salt of the sea as you dive through the waves. Inspired by the scents of the ocean and iced freshness, both perfume for her and aftershave for him will ensure you never leave the soothing sounds of crashing waves and the romantic sunset scenes.


Blue skies, green grass and shining sun; there’s nothing like a summer’s day walk through the park. Take Bella by Nina Ricci for it’s romantic and feminine citrus-fresh scent and Bvlgari’s unique, daring tree-like fragrance that is thoroughly warm and inviting. Wood notes and scents of the earth combined with the freshest fruits form a sensation so crisp that your daily stroll through the trees will feel eternal.


Greenest of green grass, floral aroma in the air, picnic blanket, subsequent sausage rolls and strawberries… envelope the sensual warmth and cosiness combined with a crisp, floral sensuality with Dior Joy and Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme. Together, the two make up a vibrant passion that features multiple facets of independence and happiness, content with the simplicity of dining on the floor with paper crockery and our hands.


Longing for the days where it’s acceptable to sit outside under the beaming rays of sunshine sipping beer, wine and cocktails without a care in the world. Take the sparkling notes of Bvlgari’s Omnia Pink Sapphire and the contrasting bouquet of wet stone accords and rich spices that are held so elegantly in Loewe Solo Loewe. Create memories with friends and keep those memories using the evocative element of fragrance.


The intense smoky smell of meat and veg being cooked over heat that we bask in just a handful of times a year will instantly cause us to fall at our feet, there’s nothing about a BBQ that isn’t incredible. The aromatic scent of food, the gathering of family and friends and the rich, distinct scents of two scents combined to fulfil the sensation of that first bite of a burger. Something you’ve craved for a year, nothing quite beats that crisp BBQ burn. Hermes Twilly d’Hermes’s optimistic, lively youth and sweet vanilla and leather from Hugo Boss BOSS The Scent Intense will make the perfect guests to your summer cook-up.


Ice cream is an all year round thing, of course, but there’s nothing like a Mr Whippy 99 when you’re melting in the heat of your favourite city break. YSL Mon Paris captures the expression of love, inspired by the city of lovers, using passionate and traditional floral notes while Versace Eros flaunts an Italian lemon zest. A sweet, creamy scent and a iced, fruity delight… the ice cream van of our dreams just pulled up.


There’s something amicable about the longer days during the summer months. More opportunity for excitement, time spent with loved ones, memories to be made. Some individuals blossom at night, similarly to the night blooming jasmine flower of Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Midnight. While it reveals it’s captivating scent once night falls, Davidoff Horizon Extreme focuses on the tension between the earth and the sky and the watercolour-like gradient that appears as the sun sinks into the skyline. Combined, these fragrances will make you wish your summer nights would never end.

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