Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

The sun is sizzling, the water is crystal clear, the sky is bright blue for as far as the eye can see, and you smell wonderful. Whether ordering poolside at Soho House or lounging on the beach in the Hamptons, you’ll want to be nose-worthy. Here is a guide to what’s new and scentsational under the sun.

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Linen imparts a timeless elegance to summer affairs, which Puro Lino expertly captures in liquid form. Drawing inspiration from the crisp, effortless beauty of pure linen, this fresh blend of light citrus, geranium, jasmine, verbena, neroli and soft musk practically melts into the skin. The airy, clean effect is akin to the freshness of hand-milled soap, rendering this subtle fragrance ideal for warm weather. Find it at www.luckyscent.com.

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What could be more perfect for summer than CLEAN’s new Summer Eau Fraiche set, a light lotion and spray combo? Inspired by pristine beaches, soft sun and clean water, the unique Eau Fraiche fragrance contains moisturizing aloe vera and soothing chamomile to pamper your skin. And CLEAN’s soft refreshing lotion melds invigorating peppermint and wintergreen to keep you fresh and green. Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston and Ali Landry are fans of this summer scent, available at www.sephora.com.

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Lorenzo Villoresi Fantasy Fragrance: Yerbamate is reminiscent of green pastures stretching out for as far as the eye can see. Big and boundless, this grassy scent complements the beach and pool. The scent of grass, freshly mown hay, wild herbs and field flowers, ylang ylang, rosewood, lavender, mint, tea, mate, tree moss and smoke are alluring and downright captivating. Purchase it at www.aedes.com.

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Summer luxury begins with a spritz of Positano, inspired by Italy’s sun-drenched terra cotta, verdant fields and gorgeous architecture. This warm, light blend is a tantalizing bouquet of fresh bergamot and exotic blackcurrant buds. Wear it to the yacht party. Visit www.walkersapothecary.com.

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Aroma M fans find Geisha Blanche particularly special, and now it’s available in eau de parfum for summer. Fragrant white flowers, lychee and more sillage lend a lighter feel for hot weather, and the citrus has been softened in favor of amping up the jasmine and hyacinth in this new rendition of a classic favorite. Breezy, elegant and understated, Geisha Blanche is a lovely all-purpose fragrance. Browse the complete line at www.aromam.com.

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The breezy, aquatic Sel Marin by Heeley is perfect for those who eschew fruit and flowers in the heat. Seemingly crafted for ardent lovers of the sea and sand, Sel Marin is a mesmerizing exilir of sea salt, seaweed, lemon, birch, cedar, Sicilian bergamot, and vetiver. Earth and ocean meet in Sel Marin so you can don both this summer. Find it at www.luckyscent.com.

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If you want to keep everything ultra light and breezy, reach for Carolina Herrera’s 212 Splash, the new counterpart to 212 Spirit. This limited edition in a pink bottle is an uplifting summer composition comprised of fresh mandarin, fragrant jasmine and rose. The men’s version is a melding of bergamot and cool mint in an electric blue bottle. Find both at Sephora stores, fine department stores and at www.sephora.com.

Fragrance is a curiously indelible part of memory, so cement this summer in one of these beach-perfect masterpieces.

Originally published July 2008
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