Spice things up with these 5 perfumes

Summer Scents

I received my first bottle of Diorissimo as a gift from my father, and it stood out from all the other “teen” fragrances that graced my dresser. It was a serious and wonderful scent — light and floral. To this day it remains one of my favorites. I happen to love perfume, and much like shoes and bags, I really feel that I can never have too many!

In researching this article, I was looking for fragrances that were light and refreshing, slightly fruity and floral. I hope that I might inspire you to try out a new scent or revisit an old favorite! Here are a few of my picks for summer.

Note that when classifying perfumes, they are described by:

  • Top Note — the immediate burst of fragrance
  • Heart Note — the core scent that lasts several hours
  • Base Note — the one that lasts the longest and seems to linger onto clothing


Dior describes this as “Mr. Dior's lucky fragrance, embellished with flower absolutes.” The top note is Lily of the Valley, the heart note is Indian Jasmine and the base note is white musk. Lilly of the Valley is a symbol of Dior and considered to be good luck and Jasmine is a flower that represents femininity.

Quelques Fleures, Houbigant

The House of Houbigant’s origins date back to 1775, and this fragrance has been popular since 1912. Houbigant describes their signature sent as “incomparable – not only the flowers themselves but the unique way they are composed. Just as in music it’s not the notes alone but the way they are used that creates a masterpiece.” To create this truly one of a kind fragrance, several top notes, heart notes and base notes are used. For more information on this fragrance and the truly wonderful history behind this fragrance, be sure to visit their website. I was just recently introduced to this one and it has become my new favorite.Available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Eau d’Hadrien, Annick Goutal

Described as a “marvelous garden of fruit ripened in the Italian Sun.” Cypress is a base note reminiscent of the gardens of Tuscany. The fragrance reflects of Annick Goutal's great love for the South.This is a timeless and universal scent that evokes “the freshness of citrus fruits in the shade of a lemon tree.” This scent is one that translates well for both men and women. This wonderful scent has notes of Sicilian lemon, citron, grapefruit, green mandarin, cypress, and ylang-ylang. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.

Jardin sur le toit, Hermes

Literally translated, this means garden on top of the roof. Hermes describes this as “a secret garden, hidden in the heart of the city, in Paris. A fruity, vegetal, floral eau de toilette.” This is another fragrance that was created for both men and women. Available at Mitchell’s and Richard’s.

Chloé, Chloé Perfumes

In the 1950s Chloé ruled the fashion runways with ultra-modern, feminine fashions that set the trends in Paris. Created by designer Gaby Aghion, Chloé would change how women dressed. In 1956, she and Jacques Lenoir debuted the first collection at Café de Flore. The name "Chloé" was chosen for its warm, feminine appeal, perfectly in sync with the mood of Paris at the time. “Top notes of pink peony, freesia, and lychee embody subtle freshness. Midnotes of magnolia flower, lily of the valley, and rose rise to sublimated femininity and a base of velvety elegance come to fruition through cedarwood, amber, and honey.” I get more compliments from this than any other fragrance. People are always surprised when I tell them what it is! Available at Sephora and Lord & Taylor.

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