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The most exciting summer fragrances that should be on your list

Florals for summer, woody notes for an evening out, and pretty bottles that seal the deal. Summer seems to be full of possibilities when it comes to fragrances because there are bigger and more unique ingredients, notes that stay with your personality, and travel-size beauties of our favourite ones. We pick out the best summer perfumes of 2019 that will take your style a notch higher this season.

Louis Vuitton Les Sables Roses


We were all excited about the Ombre Nomade launch in 2018, now it’s Jacques Cavallier Belletrud’s big enchanting tribute to the olfactory heritage of the Middle East: Les Sables Roses. The composition is exquisite and oriental in its approach with oud dominating the notes alongside rose and ambergris. Additionally, black pepper and saffron add the charm of the east beautifully. All the magic of the desert is bottled into this beauty, scheduled to be launched in India in June. Layer it on top of the Nomade for that additional touch of summer.

Price: Rs 26,000 (100 ml) and Rs 40,000 (200 ml)

Roja Dove Elixir

Roja Dove Elixir

It’s the time for florals clearly with Scentido’s new offering, the Elixir by Roja Dove, which moves towards exquisite floral notes that comprise of Lily of the Valley, Geranium, Rose, Jasmine, and even Violets. The inclusion of fruity ideas like raspberry and peach add a double layer to the scent and the base notes of cedar, sandal and casmir woods, and lively cinnamon, softened by vanilla bring to it a certain kind of sensuality. There is undoubtedly a musky fragrance that gives it an earthy feel alongside orris.

Price upon request.

Jo Malone London Weeds & Wildflowers

Jo Malone London Weeds & Wildflowers

If you truly want a floral bouquet to accompany you on your travels, don’t look beyond Jo Malone London’s limited edition summer collection, called Weeds & Wildflowers. The fact that this collection is inspired by unruly weeds and the wild plant world is an offbeat but alluring thought. The collection includes five distinctive colognes: The delicate Hemlock & Bergamot; Cade & Cedarwood, which gives a comforting feel with a smoky scent; Lupin & Patchouli, enriched with luxurious rose and the fresh call of mandarin; Willow & Amber, which features notes of vetiver; and finally Nettle & Wild Achillea, which has white achillea flower with a soft base of white musk. The most exciting part of the collection is the bottle, which comes in 30 ml, decorated with printed illustrations of the key ingredients of each fragrance in a traditional painting style, ultimately making it one of the best summer perfumes of 2019.

Price: Rs. 4,800

Juliette has a Gun Sunny Side Up

Juliet has a gun

Our personal favourite will always be ‘Not a Perfume’ but that only means that the summer offerings at Juliette has a Gun are equally compelling. With the top notes at jasmine alongside iris butter and sandalwood, this one’s as smart as they come. A distinctly woody fragrance, it has a unique composition from the woody creamy trails to ambrette and vanilla absolute as the base notes. The Sambac Jasmine adds the real charm here to transform it into an addictive scent – definitely one of the best summer perfumes of 2019.

Price: Rs 9,400 (100 ml).

Memo Paris Tamarindo

Memo Paris Tamarindo

The oil of jasmine combined with Guanacaste leaves makes sure this bottle never leaves your side this summer. With dominant notes like bergamot and vanilla, this beauty recreates the soft glow and the fascinating fierceness of the jungle. Even a heady scent like patchouli keeps this scent from tapping into the memory with thoughts of a significant summer. Inspired by sunshine, this fragrance keeps it low-key with a hint of tropical fruits and flowers accompanied by the fresh sweetness of pineapple, bergamot oil, jasmine, cardamom, and vanilla absolute.

Price: Rs. 18,700 (75ml).

Bvlgari Rose Goldea Limited Edition Eau De ParfumBvlgari Rose Goldea Limited Edition Eau De ParfumIt’s exactly how summer should look – the limited edition Bvlgari Rose Goldea, created on its first anniversary in collaboration Chinese artist Jacky Tsai, is a neat way of fusing western pop art with eastern artistry. The obvious top note is that of a rose with hints of pomegranate and musk. The homage to gold and femininity inspired by the Goddess of Gold, and the beauty of the sun, make this a compelling summer fragrance to own. The composition is simple: Pomegranate combined with aromas of rose and jasmine, supported by musk, creamy sandalwood and olibanum. The smell is oriental in its approach, with fresh notes of spring.
Price: Rs 8350.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.
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