Cucumber has long been a refreshing addition to water, Pimm’s and seasonal salads (when the sun comes out), so why WOULDN’T you want to smell it on your skin? Destined to become the ‘it’ scent of the summer, cucumber perfumes have become more and more sophisticated and offer a fresh alternative to sweet fruity aromas.
Why does cucumber work so well in perfume?
On par with aquatic scents, cucumber notes create a natural freshness that’s subtle and delicate. They’re at their best mixed with citrus and sweet florals for a match made in perfume heaven.
As well as capturing the scent of summer, cucumber perfumes smell very natural, light and sweet, with a hint of juiciness that’s oh-so easy to wear. Both violet leaf and metallic green aspects yield the delicate yet refreshing scent of cucumber.
Plus, like cucumber, violet leaf contains high levels of salicylates, which is a colourless liquid with a mild, slightly balsamic, slightly sweet scent. That’s why violet leaf replicates cucumber so well. Violet leaf and metallic green aspects are notes to look out for when choosing your cucumber perfume.
Here are a few of our favourites:
DKNY Be Delicious
Combining apple with a blend of exotic flowers and sensual aromas, DKNY Be Delicious is a refreshing, fruity fragrance that relies on top notes of cucumber to capture the relaxed scent of summer. Imagine sipping a G&T on an ultra-cool rooftop bar. Yep, with a single spritz, you’ll be transported there. Bliss!
Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren
Capturing the freedom of the blue sky, the glowing warmth of the sun and the energy of the open waters, Polo Blue by Ralph Lauren is the fragrance to reach for as soon as summer hits. Thanks to an invigorating burst of cucumber and melon, this clean fragrance refreshes the senses with every spritz. But it won’t fade away as soon as it hits your skin – a warm blend of suede, patchouli and sheer musk ensures a long-lasting fragrance.
Marc Jacobs Daisy
Marc Jacobs Daisy captures the laidback spirit of kicking off your shoes and watching the clouds sail by without a care in the world. Playful yet sophisticated, the fragrance draws upon top notes of white violet – a fresh, cucumber-like scent that blends perfectly with wild berries, jasmine and sandalwood to create an irresistibly fresh fragrance that embodies pure glowing sunshine. Seriously, this scent wouldn’t feel out of place at the beach, bar or anywhere in between. Try it on and see where it takes you.
Valentino Born in Roma Uomo
Born in Roma Uomo by Valentino intertwines violet leaves, ginger, citron, mineral salt and a metallic note that instals cucumber-like freshness into an edgy, rebellious scent that celebrates Rome’s vibrant street culture. It’s undeniably masculine without being too overpowering, making this a go-to fragrance you can wear throughout the summer and beyond.
Legend by Montblanc
If you’re looking for an Eau de Parfum with just the right balance of freshness and warmth, then Legend by Montblanc is the one for you. This aromatic, woody fragrance uses top notes of violet leaves that smell just like cucumber, to uplift you right when you need it. Thanks to the complimentary notes of magnolia, oakmoss and leather accord, it’s a vibrant and powerful scent with an alluring heat that intensifies the more you wear it.
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