Fragrance

By Amy Sciaretto

The cardinal rule of summer fragrance is “lighter is better.” Rich, sticky scents can be suffocating in the hotter months, so store those heavy, Fall-focused fragrances and splash into summer’s hot days and super long nights with fruity, breezy, and ultimately playful scents that’ll aid you in smelling cool and fresh.

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Bobbi Brown Almost Bare: Bobbi was once quoted as saying she wished she’d invented Banana Republic’s classic, unisex yet chic W scent. Brown’s latest, Almost Bare, is a bit of an homage to that clean, crisp fragrance. It’s a fresh floral that balances Italian bergamot with violet, jasmine petals, and soft cedar. It’s airy, like sheets dried in the July sun. Available at Bobbi Brown counters in major department stores and www.bobbibrown.com.

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Marc Jacobs Splash Sorbet Collection: The fruit section at your local grocery haunt isn’t anywhere as fresh as this sparkly, ripe trifecta of fruitasticness. Pear, Grapefruit and Basil splashes are packaged in generous, 10 oz. glass flacons. One will last you deep into the dying days of Indian Summer. Put one at your desk, in your car, or your weekend getaway bag and that’s all you’ll need to smell as fresh as a peach -er, we meant a pear or a grapefruit. Get ‘em now, since they’re limited edition. Available at Sephora stores or www.sephora.com.

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Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier: Tattoo culture is all the rage in 2008, and artist Ed Hardy has steamrolled into public consciousness with his merchandise. His ink-inspired designs are seen on trucker caps and t-shirts. But Hardy, and brand designer Christian Audigier, aren’t content to rest solely on the bodies of hip fashionistas, branching out with his ‘n her scents. His is a woody floral, rocked by mandarin, mint julep accord, and sequoia forest notes, while hers is a complementary fruity floral, as notes of apple soufflé, ruby red grapefruit bond to freesia petals and tonka beans. For the edgy, rock ‘n roller. Available at at www.fragrance.net and www.edhardyshop.com and fragrance counters in major department stores.

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Recognize the name Tommy Bahama? The brand produces high end, tropic inspired clothing and houseware. The company’s Set Sail South Seas scent -a fruity floral with a hint of citrus, ocean breeze, and rain- is crucial, for the island vacation your’ve been planning. Of course, if you can’t get off work, a whiff can at least transport you to an oceanside resort. Available at www.tommybahama.com.

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Diptyque is celebrated for its fragrant candles. The French house has just launched a trio of new, Hampton-approved unisex scents – L’Eau de Eau Neroli, and Hesperides – to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of its first scent, L’Eau. If you like spicy, luxe, “won’t quit” scents that are as seductive as they are refreshing, then this collection was designed for you. Available at www.diptyqueparis.com

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About to board plane but don’t want to stuff anything else in your bulging toiletries case? Banana Republic to the rescue, has created mini, FAA- approved, super totable editions of their Alabaster, Rosewood and Malachite scents. We love Rosewood’s sexy floral-amber punch and tuckable, cute packaging. Available at Banana Republic stores or www.bananarepublic.com.

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mark Pure is all soft, soapy goodness, an immaculate scent that’ll envelope you in a just-stepped-out-of-the-shower aura. Notes of baby powder and citrus are entwined and lightly detectable in this clean, gentle blend that never overpowers. Available at www.meetmark.com or through your local Avon/Mark representative.

Originally published July 2008
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