I Fell for Le Labo's Santal 33 Just Like the Rest of the World and I Don't Care if That Makes Me a Sucker
I mean, even Justin frickin' BEIBER wears it.
Maybe you're like me and can't focus on one fragrance long enough to have a signature. Yeah, no. I like perfume way too much for that. My collection keeps growing and expanding faster than the Duggar clan. However, I have a handful of "cold weather" scents that don't get much play during the warmer months, and the same thing goes for my "summer" perfumes, which only get spritzed in the coldest part of February when I need a little escapism.
Perfume companies capitalize on the changing seasons by releasing lighter, softer fragrances just for the summer months. Sometimes they're flankers, AKA new fragrances built around the idea and notes of a popular existing fragrance, and sometimes they'll make completely new, summery options.
I put a few of these releases to the test for you. But get them while you can, because they're usually limited edition and hibernate permanently as soon as fall fragrances hit the counters, usually, August.
Angel is one of my all-time favorite cold weather scents, but I've never been able to stomach it in the summer. It feels so heavy and inappropriate during the warmer months, so I store it until fall rolls around. It's still one of my beloved scents, though, so the Eau Sucrée version was a welcome addition to my repertoire.
It's an eau de toilette, which means its staying power is much lighter and less potent than OG Angel. Instead of a bomb of patchouli and gourmand notes, Eau Sucrée plays up the lighter berry notes that are less noticeable in the original. Angel is a really polarizing fragrance, so if you don't love it, this one might be more your style. I wouldn't call Eau Sucrée "fresh" by any means, as it still retains the sugary flavor of Angel (hence its name), but it's more carnival cotton candy on a hot night than the loud sugar-bomb of its predecessor.
I'm not a huge fan of the Marc Jacobs scent line; I liked his cologne Bang quite a lot, but the women's fragrances have left me unimpressed. However, I do think the original Daisy is a nice, easy scent for teens and young women--it's not complicated, so it works well for summer when all you wanna do is throw on a sundress and be careless.
Daisy did so well initially that they released Daisy Eau So Fresh as a flanker, and now they've put out Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight, which is fruitier than its counterparts. It opens with a blend of blood orange and pink pepper, making it a little louder and more playfully sweet than Daisy and Eau So Fresh. I loathe fruity florals, but this one settled down nicely; it fades into a tiare flower and musk base. It's clean, sweet and innocent. I'd wear it with a denim dress and bare feet.
My aunt Jodi wears the drugstore classic Coty White Musk, and it smells amazing on her year-round. Demeter agrees that that kind of synthetic musk (zapped of its more animalic elements like musk found in nature) is a classic and deserves some love, so they've released a little library of musks to be blended, layered, or worn individually.
I barely had these out of the box before my brother was swiping them; he likes Demeter's light blends and wearability. We both like the '70s vibe of this mini-collection.
White Musk #15 is the most feminine of the bunch, a lovely mix of musk, peach, and lily of the valley.
White Musk #7 leans on a bergamot note, while #9 adds jasmine to the citrus of #7 to give it a richer, powdery feel.
The Musk Studio is a great way to get acquainted with white musks in general, and they're really fun to layer with other scents.
My mom used to grow lemon verbena plants alongside her geraniums in the summer and I was obsessed with the fresh, slightly herbal citrus scent. (She was always yelling at me to stop ripping the leaves off.) Now, I have a dupe of that scent I so loved: Frisson de Verveine from L'Occitane.
Its lemony notes are tempered with a little cucumber and bergamot so it stays true to the freshness of the plant. This stuff is especially good for hot, humid days; I've been thinking about keeping my bottle in the fridge for an extra-fresh blast of scent when I'm wilting on the porch.
I've written odes to the gorgeous, glorious Cartier Baiser Volé before, because its lush lily bouquet has quickly become one of my favorite scents ever. Now, they've released Lys Rose, which only enhances the blooming femininity of the original with the addition of rose and a bit of raspberry as it settles.
Though I've never liked rose-based fragrances, the rose here is subtle enough that I couldn't immediately pick it out. Lys Rose is fruitier and less green than Baiser Volé. It's a simply lovely summer scent; I think it would suit our own pink-haired Alyssa pretty well, don't you? I mean, look at the bottle.
Do you have a summer fragrance wardrobe and a winter one? What’s your favorite summer scent? I wanna know!