8 Best Perfumes For Spring/Summer 2020
From a new version of a legendary chypre to mysterious Oriental scents perfect for Ramadan and Eid, these are some of the best perfumes to wear this season…
Lockdown has made it a tough couple of months but we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. With the power to affect our mood, feelings and reactions, buying a new fragrance is a great way to make us feel even more optimistic. The olfactory part of our brains which processes scents is very closely linked to the amygdala and hippocampus, the neurological regions that manage emotions and memory. So a simple spritz can transport the wearer to a whole new space and time, including happy memories of the past.
With so many scents to choose from and so many options ranging from fruity to floral and musky, it can be overwhelming to pick the perfect scent. Well, we’ve sorted the wheat from the chuff to make things easier for you. Whether you want the cheery and breezy scents of spring and summer blooms in a bottle, an extension of a Ramadan or Eid outfit that leaves a warm and woody trail or a heady and seductive date night sensory statement, our edited selection has something for you.
Dolce&Gabbana’s Dolce Shine eau de parfum is the epitome of a cheerful and irresistibly fresh fragrance. Colourful juicy mango and bright jasmine combine with sun-drenched blond woods to create this fruity floral scent that bursts with glorious Italian joy of life. Just imagine the Amalfi Coast with the first rays of spring sunlight trickling into the gardens.
Leaving an intensely seductive trail, Mon Paris Intensément eau de parfum by Yves Saint Laurent Beauty includes the signature, hypnotic datura flower, along with a tart crème de cassis note and a surprising raspberry accord. The declaration of love to the French capital also showcases fresh white peony, a bouquet of two rose absolutes, Rosa centifolia and Rosa damascene, and patchouli. The perfect date night scent features cashmeran, a warm musk and wood note and silken white musks too.
One of Maison Margiela’s Replica fragrances that capture memories we all share, Coffee Break has a top note of rich, smooth coffee. Lavender essence and green mint, mixed with orange blossom absolute make up the heart notes. Then comes the scent of rich, creamy, foamy milk with a lightly woody character due to the sandalwood essence and Virginian cedar.
Described as a “feline floral fragrance,” Cariter’s La Panthère eau de parfum limited edition combines radiant, delicate gardenia with velvety notes of musk. If you’re lucky enough to find the scent created to celebrate La Panthère’s fifth birthday, the flask comes with a sculpture depicting the majestic, fascinating big cat, the perfect collector’s item.
Transport to a summer garden with Rubeus Milano’s Rubeus Rouge, part of the maison’s luxurious range of Tutti Frutti fragrances. The alluring scent features top notes of black current and mandarin, while sweet scents of pear, apricot and grapefruit are found in the middle. For the base, there’s a combination of prominent rose, raspberry and vanilla. Here’s another bottle to cherish as the cap is set with a precious ruby that corresponds to the fragrance.
A specifically female scent, Marks & Spencer’s Opulence OUD eau de parfum is a captivating one that leaves a warm and woody trail on the skin, making it just perfect for Ramadan. With notes of vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli and dahn al oudh, there’s a sense of opulence and glamour with its floral heart and aromatic saffron accords.
Parfums de Marly’s Safanad is a sensual fragrance, ideal for people with subtle and sophisticated tastes. The fragrance that’s a reminder of an ancient rich history has top notes of orange and pear, while the middle notes are orange blossom, ylang-ylang and iris. When it comes to the base notes, you’ll find amber, sandalwood and vanilla.
Penhaligon’s delightfully intoxicating Halfeti Leather is warm, strong and reassuring all at once. Bergamot, hints of green, aromatic artemisia, jasmine and spiced rose make a fabulous combination. Plus, vanilla, sandalwood, leather and a mélange of oud, amber and patchouli are added to the mix.