By Kim Taylor


When the air is heavy with heat and the aroma of grass, flowers, trees and gardens, you’ll want to spritz on something light and refreshing, or blend into summer with a magnificent bouquet. So here’s a roundup of unusual and unforgettable fragrances that are either light and airy at heart or richly floral.

Eau D’Italie’s 10th scent, Acqua Decima Le Sirenuse Positano, was just launched as a unisex citrus fragrance, rife with lemon, neroli, mint, petitgrain, mandarin orange, vetiver and white wood. It evokes Italy’s heavenly Amalfi Coast with its refreshing citrus notes, as well as mint-laced cocktails on a sleek yacht. It’s the perfect summer scent. Find it at (it’s available in a subtle room diffuser form for your summer soirees too).

Scarlet Larkspur is a beautiful bright red flower, and San Fran-based perfumer Ineke has captured its striking loveliness with the Scarlet Larkspur fragrance. This fragrance is a paean to summer with interesting notes of wine, fruit, citrus, spices, bourbon vanilla and wood. Luscious! Find it at and Anthropologie stores.

For floral lovers, nothing will quite compare to the passionate flower drama of Kat Burki’s Tubereuse. Aptly balanced between a sweet white flower explosion and subtle, restraining notes, this composition retains all that’s magical about tuberose, gardenia and jasmine. It’s a beautiful statement perfume for summer, and available in eau de parfum too at

Royal Apothic has an array of summer scents that mimic a proper English garden and a walk in the woods: Hot House Peonie (white lily, lilac, rose, violet), English Rose (grapefruit, rose, peony, geranium, vanilla orchid) Noble Carnation (currant, clove, cedar, sandalwood), Plains of Thistle (crisp lemon and mint julep, peony, hyacinth), and the earthy Muguet Woods bergamot, ginger, pink pepper, coriander, patchouli, cashmere) and Velvet Dahlia (rose, peach, mandarin, water lily, sandalwood). Find them at or and at Anthropologie stores.

Originally published July 2013

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