Top 6 Perfumes for the Endless Summer

With temperatures as high as they are (and those are oscillating around 30°C) summer arrived in Poland a couple of weeks sooner than expected, an in my opinion – too soon. Will it stay with us in all its glory until the end of August? I don’t know but I have a feeling like I know the answer. But for now let’s shoo away all the black thoughts & let’s take what’s best for us in the season.

Summer has never been my favorite season but when I see people sunbathing in city parks of Poznań, or as they cool down as they take a dip in a nearby fountain I become more relaxed and I let myself be more loose. It is also a part of the year when not only I would reach for lighter and fresher perfume but from time to time I would be willing to experiment with the fragrance I wear.

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Anatole Lebreton Grimoire
Who said that you cannot wear incense in the summer? It’s the time just as good as any other of the season to wear it. Plus the fact that it is paired with lavender – one of the notes that I favor during warmest months, gives this fragrance an additional value. A warm scent of lavender blends with more cool scent of frankincense to create fresh yet contemplative perfume. True magic.

Prada Infusion de Mandarine
off the shelf of mainstream perfumeries is the youngest member of Les Infusions de Prada family. If you’re looking for the most realistic mandarin orange perfume you’ve smelled in years, the one that effuses the juicy sweetness of the fruit along with the smell of twigs and leaves, then trying Infusion de Mandarine is a must. My review will be coming soon, I hope it’ll tempt you.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Un Air de Bretagne
In the last 2 or 3 years marine compositions made a big comeback after everyone got bored with them in the 90’s. Modern sea/ocean inspired perfume don’t reek of calone anymore but instead they surround the wearer with the cloud or realistic salty breeze, marine air or the smell of wet sand and seaweed. Un Air de Bretagne would make you feel as if you were at the Northern coast of France.

Santa Maria Novella Citta di Kyoto
This one is definitely not your average summer perfume, especially that it changes a lot. At first it smells of chilled violet flowers that gradually evolves into silky petals of Florentine iris. Background note of lotus creates cascades of tiny waterfalls that give off a watered floral smell. But when the perfume dries down it becomes more woody, almost smoky. A perfume like a real chameleon.

Aedes de Venustas The Perfume
Launched 6 years ago in a purple bottle with a zamak cap that’s now become a signature to recognize the brand, the first fragrance from Aedes is a wonderful combination of tart & crisp rhubarb, crunchy-green tomato leaf, apple, red berried and some incense. It’s still unique after those years. Memo Italian Leather would be great alternative if you prefer tomato leaf with leather.

Neela Vermeire Creations Bombay Bling
Summer is the time to wear perfume that make you feel like having fun & that’s exactly what Bombay Bling delivers in my case. Its mixture of mango, lychee and blackcurrant with heady, almost tropical white flowers makes my head go dizzy with endorfins. It’s a fruity-floral composition packed with positive attitude and good energy. It surely is my favorite when it comes to summer fruits.

As short as the list goes I assure you that these are not the only perfumes I’m going to wear this summer. There’ll be plenty more, like all of the juicy citrus cocktails from Atelier Cologne or the ultra freshness of Jul et Mad Aqua Sextius. I also can’t forget about my mojito-lemonade like Aqua Decima from Eau d’Italie. Eau de Neroli Dore from Hermes is also my summer must-have.

What are your favorite perfume you wear between June and the end of August?

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12 thoughts on “Top 6 Perfumes for the Endless Summer

  1. Jillie says:

    I for one am glad that calone is not so prevalent now, although I still have a little difficulty accepting marine notes.

    For years (in fact since the summer I got married!) I have worn Givenchy’s Eau de Givenchy when the heat gets too much. Of course it has been reformulated over time, culminating in a Les Mythiques version which thankfully retained its lovely light honeysuckle fragrance. Sadly I think that it is no more …. last month Givenchy brought out an “updated” L’Eau which is apparently more citrussy. Who knows, I might like it! But I will mourn the classy floral veil that smelled of dew-soaked hedgerows.

    And as for the original Eau Libre of Yves St Laurent – that lovely green potion was air-conditioning in a bottle. It was called the “first unisex” perfume when launched in the 70s. I have yet to find anything else like its lemony, soapy goodness or that could make me feel me feel so cool (in more ways than one!).

    • lucasai says:

      Yes, me too!

      I have seen the announcement on NST about new issue of Eau de Givenchy. I hope that you’ll find it nice enough to maybe wear it 🙂

  2. Perfumelover67 says:

    I have to say that thanks to your review of Un Air de Bretagne I blind bought a 3.3 oz bottle that I splitted and kept 1.7 oz and it has been the best marine perfume I have found so far. It is like been at the ocean. So real!
    I love and wear marine perfumes for summer more than any other category, like Heeley Sel Marine, Profumum Roma Acqua di Sale, TDC Sel de Vetiver, Comptoir Sud Pacifique Aqua Motu. The list is very long. I like citruses fragrances and I wear them a lot also, but nothing like marine scents to refresh and make me happy.

    • lucasai says:

      Thank you, I’m happy I was able to help to encourage your purchase. I agree that it’s very realistic and evocative of the coast of Bretagne.
      I’m not that much into marine compositions, L’Artisan Parfumeur is the only one that I wear

  3. shiva-woman says:

    Incense in summer–I love incense and I’ve been trying to incorporate it in my summer rotation so I must try the Anatole Lebreton Grimoire. It sounds refreshing and also seductively meditative in the dry down!

    • lucasai says:

      Grimoire is great for the summer, you could optionally also check Kyoto from Comme de Garcons or Acquasala if you’re interested in marine incense?

  4. hajusuuri says:

    Nice list, Lucas!

    I abhor summer and the only good thing about it is fall is the next season. Since I am usually ensconced in air conditioning I can pretty much wear anything except for the heavy ambers. If pressed for “summer” fragrances, I would say several of the Atelier Colognes (Cedrat Enivrant, Sous le toit de Paris, Orange Sanguine), Chanel No. 19 EDP, FM Carnal Flower, AG Heure Exquise, all the Prada Infusion d’x, pretty much all the Chanel les Exclusifs except Coromandel.

    • lucasai says:

      Thank you sweetie! I too love autumn with its multiple shades of earthy colors. I especially like your choice of Cedrar Enivrant and Prada Infusions. Haven’t tried Heure Exquise or No. 19 in the summer and Carnal Flower is not my thing.
      I’m waiting for samples of 3 new Chanel exclusives, they might be great for the summer.

  5. Great selection! I am very flexible when it comes to fragrances for different seasons. Perhaps that’s because the change of seasons here in Johannesburg is not as defined as that of Europe.

  6. Undina says:

    Love your choices!
    Same as you and hajusuuri, I’m not a summer person. I do not like summer perfumes but since I cannot wear my “winter” ones, I go for lighter perfumes – several Jo Malone and Atelier Cologne’s perfumes, Keiko Mecheri Johana and Ineke Hothouse Flower.

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