Words: Lauren Carbran
Warning: you’ll probably book a holiday after reading this. Sun, sea and scents to match? Yes, please! That’s right – we’re in full summer spirit, so here are our favourite islands and the perfumes that were made to be worn there. Welcome to paradise…
Gili Islands: YSL Black Opium Exotic Illusion for her
The Gili islands in Indonesia are a little slice of paradise. With sea water hammocks, coconut palm trees and a party island reputation, it’s no wonder that YSL Black Opium Exotic Illusion fits the bill. The fragrance is loud, playful and flirty, with its blend of coffee, orange blossom and vanilla. Oh, and the new bottle has had a tropical makeover, which you’ll fall head over heels for. Glittery palm trees? Yes, please.
Capri: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sun for her
The chic and elegant island of Capri, off the Italian Amalfi coast, is famous for its coastline’s coves, striking blue waters and quaint designer shops. And when we heard about the new Dolce & Gabbana perfume, inspired by our favourite Italian island, we couldn’t contain ourselves. We’re totally spoilt with Light Blue Sun Eau de Toilette, with its divine mix of coconut water, lemon essence, white rose and bourbon vanilla. Thank you, D&G.
Hawaii: Britney Spears Rainbow Fantasy for her
Hawaii has been on our wish list since, well, forever. But Britney Spears Rainbow Fantasy has brought us one step closer to being there (*closes search for ‘cheap flights to Hawaii’*). And did you know that one of Hawaii’s nicknames is The Rainbow State? It’s because rainbows are commonly seen on the islands, and if you’re lucky, even double rainbows! So it’s no surprise that Rainbow Fantasy Eau de Toilette (notes of pear, waterlily and cotton candy, yum) is the best pick if you want to be transported there instantly. After all, it saves you the 17-hour flight time.
Iceland: Calvin Klein CK One Summer for her and for him
While Iceland may not be the first island that pops into your head for a travel adventure, it’s up there on our hot list. Snowy glaciers, dramatic waterfalls and the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa make it the perfect island if you’re done with the beach. Among the unique ingredients of the new Calvin Klein CK One Summer are accords of the Blue Lagoon, matcha tea, tangerine and wafts of icy sunshine. Yes, you read that right – it’s Iceland in a bottle!
Turks and Caicos: Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua for him
If you’re going to do island holidays, we say go all out. Our top luxury island is Turks and Caicos, which is a firm favourite with celebrities (Kylie Jenner, Drake and Taylor Swift holiday here). For a scent incredible enough for any A-lister, opt for Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua, which will take you to the blissful shores and coral reefs of this exotic island. Just one spritz of the marine accord, grapefruit zest and violet leaves and you’ll catch the vibe.
Mauritius: Armani Acqua di Gio for him
Dive right into this scent, with notes that capture the rich, vibrant island of Mauritius. This Indian Ocean island has it all, from white-sand beaches and palm trees to waterfalls, national parks and mountains – and its beautiful bright-pink national flower. The food? Strong, spicy and exotic, which is why Acqua di Gio reminds us so much of the island. Marine notes, nutmeg, coriander, lime and tangerine work their magic 24/7 – tropical island retreat or not.