The signature scent concept is lovely in theory, but in practice, there’s a whole new world of fragrance out there just waiting to be discovered. This year I’ve branched out from my favourites - Chanel’s Cristalle Eau Vert for warmer weather, No 5 for cooler and Beige for everything in between - and been rewarded with some fabulous new discoveries. Here are three I’d highly recommend for summer.
ONE Pretty in pink, Pivoine Delicate from L’Occitane is a lovely blend of peony, rose and lily of the valley. It’s sweeter than I’d normally go for, but that’s balanced by a lovely dry powderiness that’s reminiscent of my favourite Chanel fragrances. It’s light, delicate and has a vintagey sort of vibe .
TWO Stella Nude was a gift at the recent L’Oreal awards and after one sniff, I was hooked. It’s a very soft, feminine fragrance that smells mostly of roses, but with the added warmth of pink pepper, vanilla and amber. There's grapefruit too, which gives it a freshness and stops it from being too sweet.
THREE The most similar to what I’d normally go for in summertime, YSL’s Saharienne is predominantly a citrus scent but there’s a bit of warmth and spiciness in the mix, thanks to notes of pink pepper and ginger. It smells quite classic and unisex – like an old fashioned cologne, but in a good way. And the ornate carved bottle just adds to that classy old-school feel.
What are you spritzing on your skin this summer?