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Ready to put your winter fragrance away and embrace something a little lighter this summer? You're in luck. Top names including Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Davidoff have reinvented their iconic scents just in time for summer, and they are available in both men's and women's versions.
So, whether you'll be spending your summer lying on the beach or sightseeing in a brand new city, we have the perfect fragrance for you that will take you from beach to bar. Here are our picks of the five best new perfumes for summer, or you can check out the best summer fragrances for men and women if you fancy trying something completely new.
What type of fragrance should I go for in the summer?
Heat amplifies scent, which is why fragrances that work so well in the winter months seem too heavy and intense as the weather gets warmer. In the summer, we'd advise that you go for citrus or floral notes, which are lighter and fresher, and won't overpower you on a hot day. Summer versions of classic fragrances are perfect for this - they contain the iconic notes that you know and love, but in a pared-down scent that is more uplifting and light.
How should I store my fragrance in the heat?
When it comes to storing your fragrance, the darker the area, the better. That is, unless your scent is packaged in a dark or opaque bottle, as the dark packaging will protect the fragrance from the sunlight and should make it last longer. Otherwise, keep your perfume away from windows, radiators and any kind of sunlight and heat (even low level heat over an extended period of time can spoil a perfume, as heat can break down the chemical bonds that give the perfume its scent). A cool, dark place is ideal - if you can keep your fragrance in the box it came in, then even better.
How can I make my fragrance last longer in the summer?
Feel like your fragrance fades immediately in the summer? Follow these tips for a scent that lasts. Firstly, apply in areas that are less likely to sweat, such as your neck and wrist. Secondly, 'double up' on the scent by layering your perfume with a matching body lotion. This works because the oils in the lotion will ‘trap’ the fragrance, helping it last much longer, but it also has another benefit. Experts say that hydrated skin is the best base for fragrance, so keeping your skin well-moisturised is a great start. Remember to drink plenty of water too to keep your skin hydrated and healthy!
What's the difference between eau de toilette and eau de parfum?
Don't get confused over the different names - there's just one small difference between an eau de toilette and an eau de parfum. In short, an eau de parfum is the strongest scent, containing between eight and 15 per cent perfume oil. This means it should last all day and is a little heavier. Meanwhile, an eau de toilette only contains about four to eight per cent perfume. Whilst it's not as strong, it should still last you a decent amount of time - between six to eight hours. Whichever one you choose, bear in mind that you shouldn’t apply either straight after shaving due to the high concentration of perfume in both - stick to aftershave for that.
What are the top summer fragrances for 2019?
Whatever you're looking for, we’ve got something for you. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite perfumes for the summer, or you can discover more perfumes for men and women here. Read on to discover which one you’ll be wearing all summer long…
Davidoff Cool Water Summer
Everyone knows the timeless Davidoff fragrance with its classic blue bottle and ocean-fresh scent. If you're a fan, you're in luck, as it's been reinvented for summer - retaining all the things you loved about it, with a new twist.
Cool Water Woman Summer contains fruity, floral notes including lily of the valley and watermelon for a beautifully fresh and feminine fragrance, while the men’s fragrance contrasts aromatic notes of mint and lavender with sensual amber for a unique, fresh scent.
Paul Smith Sunshine Limited Edition 2019
This undeniably sunny scent is just made for summer, offering light and warmth at the same time. It's fresh and light - perfect for taking you from beach to bar.
Sunshine for Men contains notes of grapefruit and cilantro, contrasted against notes of Noble Moss and star fruit for a spicy but refreshing scent. Sunshine for Women brings together juicy peach with warm jasmine for a warm and fruity fragrance that will last from sunrise to sunset.
DKNY Original Summer Limited Edition
Feel the freshness of diving into a refreshing pool on a hot day with a spritz of this gorgeously summery scent.
Original Summer Limited Edition for Men combines fresh bergamot and grapefruit, with edgy crisp pink pepper for a masculine scent which is both uplifting and fresh without being overpowering. Original Summer Limited Edition for Women contains fruity notes of rhubarb, mandarin and blackcurrant, which meet musk and cedarwood notes for a sensual fragrance.
Calvin Klein Eternity Summer
The limited-edition Eternity Summer Edition 2019 is a gorgeously exotic fragrance that is available for men and women and is inspired by the warmth of a summer afternoon by the sea.
Eternity Men Summer contains coriander and lime for a tropical and fruity scent, and is contrasted against a salty accord to evoke the scent of diving into the ocean. Meanwhile, Eternity Women Summer contains notes of mandarin orange, pear and watermelon for a perfectly summery scent that is light and fruity.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense
Fancy a dip in the cool waters of the Mediterranean? You'll feel like you've just dived right in, with this sharp, fresh fragrance, that is perfect for both men and women.
Light Blue Eau Intense Pour Homme contains notes of refreshing mandarin and frozen grapefruit for a cool, elegant twist, whilst juniper creates a salty accord that is fresh and uplifting. For women, Light Blue Eau Intense is a stunning cocktail of lemon, green apple, marigold and amber woods.
Atelier Cologne Bergamote Soleil
Do you like to ‘borrow’ a spritz of your partner’s lightest, freshest fragrance? There’s no need to fight over a favourite fragrance any more - Bergamote Soleil is a unisex fragrance. Combining notes of bergamot and jasmine with cardamom, it's a long-lasting scent that is light and subtle but long-lasting on the skin. A lively and uplifting scent with a slight hint of floral in the background, it’s sure to be enjoyed by both of you.
Did you know you can Click & Collect your fragrances for summer? Simply choose your favourite scents, add them to your basket and pick up before you fly.