Beauty Editors Love: Spring/Summer Fragrances

From daytime scents to cocktail hour, fresh florals to evocative spices, the beauty editors from five of our favourite magazines reveal the scents they’re swooning over

Fragrances for Your Mood

Lydia Thompson, Beauty Editor, Look: When it comes to summer I seek out zesty notes that naturally lift me up. Dior Eau Fraiche is an elegant way to wear citrus as its mandarin notes are mixed with beautiful patchouli. I spritz it on whenever I’m feeling a bit lacklustre.

For days when I want to bring out my inner girly girl, I choose Gucci Flora Gardenia. Its deliciously sweet red berry notes are combined with pretty fragranced floral tones. It’s the perfume version of the colour pink.

Another of my favourite sunny fragrances is Lancôme Ô De Lancôme, a fresh scent that combines floral and citrus so well. Lemon and mandarin meet jasmine, honeysuckle, basil and rosemary and, like a fruity picnic in a sunny English garden, it sums up the happiness of summer in just one sniff!

A Fragrance Wardrobe

 Charley Williams-Howitt, Beauty Director, Woman: I used to be quite promiscuous with perfumes, dipping in and out and wearing whatever, whenever. But now I prefer to have a more considered fragrance wardrobe – a bit like a capsule fashion wardrobe – that suits the season, the occasion and the mood.

For spring, my reliable LBD of perfumes is Chloe Love Story – it’s my if-in-doubt go-to. To make a confident impression I wear Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge. It makes me feel fearless – a bit like a pair of killer heels. And my current crush is Tory Burch Love Relentlessly, which I spritz on for special occasions – a bit like that sexy new top.

Sensual Summer Spices

Madeleine Spencer, Beauty Editor, InStyle: Summer scents come in a variety of guises, but often rely heavily on florals or fruity notes. This is perhaps not the best way to go when the days are warm and evenings muggy: while flowers and fruits offer an instant, sweet pick-me-up, spices are a more sensual way to scent – and will stick around for much longer.

For a woody, sensual take on spices, try Cartier Must de Cartier. To go down the powdery, vanilla-laced route, try Tom Ford Extreme Eau de Toilette. And if you want something that packs more of a punch, try Boss Bottled Tonic, which contains notes of cinnamon and citrus alongside the verdant spiciness.

Understated Elegance 

Fiona Embleton, Senior Beauty Editor, Marie Claire: When I’m on holiday I don’t want my fragrance to overpower the natural scents around me – the hint of salt on the sea breeze or heady tropical flowers. By day I like a clean, fresh scent when the temperature heats up. Marc Jacobs Splash Cucumber EDT is crisp and cooling but gets a pretty floral kick with lily of the valley and freesia.

Cocktail hour calls for something equally understated such as Guerlain Mon Guerlain EDP, which is warm and sexy thanks to the blend of vanilla and smoky lavender. I also love Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Poudre EDP, a ‘skin scent’ with powdery musks and sensual woods, because it can only be smelt when someone is dancing really close to you

Sexy and Sophisticated

Fiona McKim. Beauty Editor, Woman & Home: We all love a pretty floral fragrance come springtime (so goes the cliché) but what if actually, you don’t? Despite what ‘wafting-around-in-a-smock-dress’ ads would have you believe, you’ve got options. Lancôme La Nuit Trésor is a mouth-watering blend of caramel-sweet vanilla, lychee praline and sexy – not blowsy – black rose. Prefer something clean and crisp? Tom Ford Neroli Portofino comes along on every holiday I take. It’s bursting with sunny citrus and as sophisticated as the man himself.

If spicy, woody scents are your thing and you won’t let a few rays of sun change that, don’t be afraid to check out the gents aisle. Gucci Guilty Absolute is a corker of a men’s EDP that easily smells as good (if not better) on women. Think sexy leather, smoky woods and a touch of earthy vetiver. Gorgeous.

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