THE EDIT • June 2019
With a wealth of holiday-worthy fragrances filling the shelves, finding a signature scent for your upcoming travels can be overwhelming. Beauty and travel writer Rachel Avery is here to help with eight perfume picks to keep you smelling sweet this summer
Inspired by the famous Floral Street in Covent Garden, the name of this fragrance brand gives a big clue about what they do best. If romantic, flowery tones are your usual calling, be prepared to fall head over heels for their Neon Rose (£45). Breathe in a beautifully blended cocktail of bergamot, cedarwood and peach for a slightly punchier take on a classic floral fragrance. The richer base notes mean it has great staying power too.
While the eponymous fragrance brand may no longer have its founder at the helm, you can always trust the quality of a Jo Malone fragrance. And this ever-popular scent (£74) receives rave reviews for a reason. The unique combination of vibrant berry and earthy bay leaf creates a truly captivating aroma. Plus, the natural layers of this fragrance mean you’ll be treated to a slightly different impression as the day goes on.
Sweet enough to guarantee compliments from the moment you jet off, this light and fruity scent (£64) from the team at Elie Saab has top notes of orange blossom and jasmine. It manages to strike the perfect balance between sweetness and richness, without being at all cloying. It’s a chypre fragrance (made from sandalwood) that has ‘day at the beach’ written all over it…
Sultry, warm and addictive, this unisex scent from Tom Ford (£124) is a go-to for summer spritzing for everyone. The interesting fusion of heady amber and spicy cardamom will take you effortlessly from day to night. The best news is, a little goes a long way so you only need a small amount on your pulse points to radiate from dawn till dusk.
Known for their skincare expertise, Glossier may be a wildcard when it comes to fragrance, but its enthralling scent, Glossier You (£45), will win you over in just one whiff. Its robust tones are musky, woody and romantic, making it the perfect partner for those long, balmy evenings. And you can count on those heavy base notes to really go the distance.
Inspired by the dramatic story of the Italian opera, Madame Butterfly, this energetic perfume (£184) is whirlwind of enthralling, romantic notes that regularly flies off the High Life Shop shelves. The heart of jasmine lingers on the skin, while the top notes of pepper and rhubarb are interesting additions that make this scent truly unique. And what’s more, this beautiful blend is perfectly encased in a masterpiece bottle that would be the highlight of any dressing table.
Reach for this Dior beauty (£78) if you’re naturally drawn to classic scents. Creamy sandalwood tones blend harmoniously with feminine florals and the result is a powdery fragrance that sits delicately on the skin. From the south of France to sunny Barbados, this sophisticated choice is perfectly suited to chic destinations.
A befitting companion for any modern man, this cool, raw scent (£82) can take you from plane to party or from office to dinner with ease. The woody notes make it ultra-versatile but it’s the crisp citrus notes that will really get you noticed. What’s more, the eco-friendly credentials of this brand are to be applauded: ingredients are naturally sourced and the bottle is made from 90 per cent recycled glass.
One spirtz of Do Son by Diptyque (£72) and you’ll be transported to the coast – imagine the sound of waves lapping at the shore and the feel of sea salt in your hair. Once the scent settles on your skin, you’ll be left with a fragrant blanket of zesty orange blossom. There’s no better way to describe this one other than a holiday in a bottle.