Summer Fragrance Picks

Wearing fragrance in the summer is hard, let's admit it. The combination of heat and humidity during the summer makes it particularly tricky to choose the right fragrance: if it is too "fresh" then it usually does not have great longevity; if it is too rich then you risk overwhelming everyone - including yourself. Ideally, a perfect summertime scent combines fresh top notes with a soft, almost musky base. Here are some of our top choices for summer-appropriate fragrances.

1) Roja Parfums - Neroli Extrait

Nobody does a soliflore quite like Roja Dove, and his Neroli is a beautiful composition that recalls sunshine and happy memories. A perfectly unisex fragrance, Neroli straddles the line between freshness and sensuality. Utilizing the different fragrant aspects of orange (bergamot, neroli, and orange blossom), Dove created a photorealistic olfactory experience. Luckily, the bright florals are buoyed by a warm, creamy, and somewhat salty base thanks to the addition of oakmoss, ambergris, and musk. The effect is one of sun-kissed skin, and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

2) Tiziana Terenzi - White Fire

Doesn't the saying go, "Fight fire with fire"? This Italian composition might be the solution to keeping a sexy, long- lasting fragrance during a hot summer night. Right from the start, White Fire surprises with original notes of oxygen and fresh ice. They contrast with a warm and sensual base, resulting in the most unusual effect of hot and cold. Beware if you smell it on warm skin…


Board a Riva on a beautiful summer morning and sail from mainland Italy to Sardinia, enjoying the feel the fresh sea breeze in the air. Feel the salt crystallizing on your back as, later, you dry your sea-splashed skin in the sun. Then, all of a sudden, smell the approaching land in the air. The scent in the air is myrtle, its warm resinous scent blooming under the scorching hot noon. This fragrance composition, like a mirage, combines salty freshness with warm earthy tones.

4) Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Acqua Universalis

Aqua Universalis is the ultimate in chic, fresh fragrances. It is perfectly unisex, season-less, but shines the most in summertime when its musky citrus notes make for the perfect counter to the heat and humidity. Bergamot and lemon add zest, and a soft bouquet of white flowers add cheer. Indeed, Francis Kurkdjian imagined a refreshing splash for any time of the day, a composition that could be compared to a clean white shirt.  Aqua Universalis is an eau de toilette which lends itself to constant refreshing; for those who like more strength in their fragrance there is also an eau de parfum formulation called Aqua Universalis Forte which retails for $270.

Another trick for making a fragrance last longer in the heat is to use a similarly scented bath & shower gel and body lotion. First spray your fragrance on, and then apply the lotion on top - this allows the scent to be "trapped" by the lotion, delaying its diffusion from the skin. Also, most fragrances can be sprayed on clothing - fabric holds scent for longer than skin.
Of course, we're always here if you have any questions about choosing your perfect fragrance! Call us at (212) 625-3111, or email us at - we're happy to help!