Words: Amber Ascroft
Whether you’re heading off for some out-of-season sunshine or simply mourning the end of summer, these sweet-smelling scents are just the ticket for transporting you to brighter climes...
DOLCE & GABBANA LIGHT BLUE SUN FOR HER
Meet la dolce vita – bottled. Like the original Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, this solar-inspired version is bursting with lemon essence, whisking you straight to the heart of a lush Italian citrus grove. In this flanker, though, added ozonic notes and coconut water conjure up jewel-toned waters and sun-drenched skin – like Light Blue, only at the end of a long, hot, balmy summer. Warming jasmine, white rose and frangipani flower add a feminine floral touch, making it the perfect choice for sweet-smelling scent fans from day to night.
TOM FORD VELVET ORCHID FOR HER
Picture a bustling bazaar brimming with spices, fabrics and elixirs. That’s where this opulent blend will fast-track you to. Lose yourself in the hypnotising base of dark labdanum, sweet Peru balsam and myrrh, with rum and honey lend an intoxicating sweetness. That’s topped with two types of rose – Turkish and Moroccan – for a fragrance that’s as eclectic and transfixing as the market it evokes. Wear it when you’re in the mood to mesmerise.
PACO RABANNE INVICTUS LEGEND FOR HIM
This amber-laden scent gives off an unapologetic heat that’ll be just as welcome on a cold winter’s night as it is on a red-hot getaway. Once the inferno subsides, fresh marine notes, grapefruit and sea salt kick in, like a blast of invigorating ocean air in a dry summer heatwave. A powerhouse of a fragrance, it’s one to wear when you’re serious about turning heads.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER LE BEAU FOR HIM
If there’s one aroma that’ll carry you to a sunnier place pronto, it’s coconut – something this three-note blend positively oozes. Like inhaling a bottle of your favourite sun cream, it’s instantly uplifting, reminiscent of beaches and endless hazy days. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s best reserved for summer, though. Cocktailed with softly smoky tonka bean and a dash of bergamot, it’s powerful and tantalising all year round.
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