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.
I'm one of those people who isn't afraid to wear a winter fragrance in the middle of summer. In fact, I did so last night. #noregrets
However, there's something to be said for rotating your fragrance collection according to the season, or at least according to your mood. If you're anything like me, warm weather puts you in a splashy, airy and earthy sort of spirit when it comes to your EDP and Ts.
Perhaps one of the fragrances in this roundup--themed around destinations for all you wanderlusts and travel fiends--will sate your summer scent desires.
Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser
I wrote about Smell Bent's St. Tropez Dispenser ($50) last year. It's so darn good--and so appropriate for summer--that it's a no-brainer to include it here.
As the name implies, it's inspired by Saint-Tropez, tropical beaches nestled in the French Riviera. It's like the bottled version of a human who's been lying in the warm sun all day, sand drying on her sunscreen-lathered legs, and a coconut-something adult beverage to her right. Paradise, no?
Demeter Fragrance Mountain Air
Next we're heading to the tippy top of an Alaskan mountain range. Demeter Fragrance's Mountain Air ($20) is one of their more "perfumed" scents, which means it's more complex than many of their one-note sprays. It's light, crisp, and fresh, and is one of those fragrances that can be worn well by any gender.
Says the CEO of Demeter, Mark Crames,"This fragrance is a personal attempt to capture one of the most amazing vacations of my life."
Bvlgari Aqva Divina
Pack your bags, babes, 'cause we're heading to the Mediterranean. Bvlgari Aqva Divina ($70) is a tribute to Venus, "divine beauty of the Mediterranean," and it's been my go-to for at least a month now.
Having debuted in February of this year, it's a baby in the fragrance market, but I foresee it becoming a staple in many perfume collections. It's got a hint of floral quality to it, but it's mostly a warm and soft fusion of amber, bergamot and ginger. It also has a slightly salty quality to it.
Olivina Perfume Saint Bart and Capri
Olivina Perfume's aptly named "Nomad Collection" features five fragrances from around the globe, including the Saint Bart (France) and Capri (Italy) that I'm including today. The series also contains fragrances inspired by the Serengeti, Marrakech and Havana. Each is $13 and comes housed in a convenient rollerball bottle.
Saint Bart's is a super-juicy blend of grapefruit and rhubarb, ideal for anyone who loves fruity fragrances. Capri is a refreshing fusion of fig and amber, which is a hard combination to describe. I can tell you it's light, a little buttery, and definitely summery.
L'Occitane Eau De Cedrat
L'Occitane does fragrances well, as we all know, and the newest addition to their scent arsenal is a major winner.
Eau de Cedrat ($58) is actually a men's fragrance and part of a larger collection. While it certainly has a masculine quality to it, I find that it's gentle enough to be worn by anyone. Cedrat is formulated with organic Corsican Cedrat (aka Citron) extract, which is a large, juicy citrus fruit with a thick rind. Its origins are either in Southeast Asia or India, though today it's often found in the Mediterranean. The fragrance feels very modern, yet classic. It's clean, vibrant, and definitely sexy.
Philosophy Sea of Love
Sea of Love is a brand new fragrance by Philosophy ($48) that's already gaining some traction. Inspired by an undisclosed sea (well, the sea of love), it's another really light, cool and airy fragrance that's ideal for warm weather wear. It's got that super "clean" quality to it, and can easily be layered with another scent in your collection. Notes are sicilian bergamot, water lily, jasmine, gardenia, peony, cedar, musk and amber.