By Kim Taylor

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Sample the sizzle of Brazil during summer’s sparkling nights with Bahiana from Maitre Parfumeur et Garnier. Hesperidia mingles with tagette, elemi, Caipirinha lemon, Brazilian orange, madarin, coco, musk, amber, rose and gaic wood and warm green florals in this tropical flourish of nature. Find it and fall in love at and

Aquamarine candles are not just candles, they’re aromatic experiences. Set in gorgeous, sturdy, mouth-blown glass, they have a clean, sophisticated fragrance that refreshes and never grows tiresome. Marigold and lemon meet cypress, lavender, pine, moss, sandalwood and geranium is this exceptional line, and room spray is available as well. Buy one for every room at

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Giorgio Armani’s latest offering, Armani Code for Women, is a tribute to rich femininity with graceful notes of orange flower absolute, ginger, jasmine sambac, the sambaquita flower from India, precious woods and France’s miel de lavande. Available at the recently-launched

Royall Lyme All-Purpose Lotion from Bermuda is a fresh concoction of sharp lime scent and a well-guarded secret recipe, pleasing to both men and women alike. It can be sprinkled on sheets, used with massages, added to baths or laundry and even used as an air freshener. Clean and sparkling, it imparts the bright, bracing essence of the Bahamas and is never overwhelming. Testimonials lauding this superior fragrance have been written by Lady Solomon of Nassau and Helen Hayes. There are many imitators, but only one Royall Lyme, and the touch of authenticity is a written signature from its creator, Anthony Gaade. Royall Lyme offers other scents too, such as spice, bay rum, mandarin, musk and vetiver. Available at

Another dual-gender island classic is a light spritz of Bay Rum, and no one blends it quite like Bigelow’s Pharmacy. First formulated in 1907, it has endured for a reason: it’s a classic. Exotic and rife with summery citrus and island spices, this therapeutic formulary is also a distinctive way to make a scent statement. Visit

The ripe aroma of mango evokes summer as you soothe dry feet and chapped skin with Pedifix Mango Magic Foot Lotion, which far surpasses its promising name . Available at and Capture the magic of Tahiti with Hei Poa, a skin-softening oil of macerated tiara flowers and coconut with an aroma so distinctively tropical that you feel as though you’re already on the beach. Tahitian beauty attests to this overseas standard, which features Vanilla Oil and Huile Maori.

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The nostalgic, summery scent of salt air has been beautifully captured in candle form by Crabtree & Evelyn’s home fragrance line. Waikiki, Paris in the springtime and Cypress Gardens are a few other home scents worth exploring. Visit and pick a destination.

Susan Arkin’s Anyuka candles and roll-on fragrance oil are literally a breath of fresh air. Not your typical mix, in this remarkable debut line, cucumber and freesia intermingle for a green garden effect. Inspired by her Hungarian roots, Arkin’s Anyuka brings something new to the field of fragrance with this lovely scent. Check out

Calvin Klein’s Euphoria in gel parfum is portable and lush, presented in a precious satin pouch for summer travel. Pomegranate, persimmon, lotus blossom, black orchid, champaca flower, amber, black violet and mahogany wood together create a sultry, sensual fragrance ideal for exotic doings. Visit Macy’s department stores or Sephora stores nationwide for this aptly-named fragrance.

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada has three new fragrances available for tropical locales, Corazon, Flor and Agua (Heart, Flower and Water). Corazon is a light-hearted scent and combination of iced bergamot and fruit notes, Flor is a bold, uplifting mix of clover, lemon, greens and fruits, Japanese Yuzu, bergamot and a big floral heart of passionflower, red rose, rhododendron and white cyclamen. Cedar, amber and white musk ground the fragrance. Agua is a crisp, fresh splash of mandarin, lime, kumquat, lily of the valley, sweet berry, daffodil, amber, musk and patchouli. Truly distinctive! Visit or Target stores.

Originally published July 2006
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