By Kim Taylor

When gardens are in bloom, you wish you could carry the intoxicating mix of summer scents around with you wherever you roam. These fragrances render that possible with their fresh mix of herbs and flowers so reminiscent of summer.

Serge Lutens L’Eau Froide is a light and peppery meld of lemon, rosemary, incense from Somalia, frankincense, mint and four different types of musk that delivers incredible staying power in spite of its breezy character. Lutens wanted to craft an “ice cold” fragrance for warm weather that would impart a cool, minty feeling. The result is definitely a unique, high quality herbal perfume for spring. Find it at Barney’s New York:

Jo Malone’s White Jasmine and Mint is another fragrance inspired by the herb and flower garden. With bright notes of lily, jasmine, orange flower, rose and wild mint, this elegant, light perfume is just the perfect for garden parties, weddings, and private soirees. Visit Jo Malone stores or

Wen’s Sweet Almond Peppermint Oil pulls triple duty: it imparts a lovely, heady mint fragrance when rubbed on the skin, it moisturizes with argan and Abyssinan oil, and it can also be used on hair to smooth it out and restore luster. The scent is so fresh that it can be addictive – it’s akin to burying your face in hundreds of fresh mint leaves. Wonderful! Go to for this and other remarkable Wen products.

It’s good to be green, and to smell green, too. Nothing uplifts and refreshes quite like mint, especially when the sun is blazing.

Originally published June 2012
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