Best Perfume for Summer

Best Perfumes for Summer? Sure, we have a few.
Best Perfume for Summer - Top Perfumes of Summer


Best Perfume for Summer –  floral

March picks Guerlain Meteorites. We both agree on Annick Goutal Petite Cherie, L’artisan Tilleuls au Vent (room spray, who knew, it rocks) and Ormonde Jayne Sampaquita.  Patty picks Ormonde Jayne Frangipani Absolute and L’Artisan Fleur D’Oranger and…and…. criminy, I have a hundred.   

Best Perfume for Summer – citrus

March picks Floris Summer Limes, Santa Maria Novella Zagara and Guerlain Fleurs de Cedrat. We both agree on Santa Maria Novella Eva. Patty picks 06130 Yuzu Rouge.

Best Perfume for Summer – amber 

March picks nothing here, too damn hot. Patty picks Boucheron Jaipur.

Best Perfume for Summer –  green

March picks Annick Goutal Mandragore. We both agree on Bvlgari the Vert.  Patty picks Gobin Daude Sous le Buis

Best Perfume for Summer – spices 

March picks YSL Opium Fleur Imperial and Malle Noir Epices (just a teensy dab). Patty agrees on nothing here because she won’t wear spice in the summer.

Best Perfume for Summer – leather

March says not in my climate, honey.  Patty picks any of them as long as it’s a leathery-smelling cabana boy fanning me by an ocean.

Best Perfume for Summer – gourmand 

March picks Etro Anice and Caswell & Massey Cucumber (so sue me). We both agree on Bvlgari Au the Blanc and L’Artisan Fleur de Carotte.  Patty picks Delices de Cartier.

Best Perfume for Summer – musk

March has no pick and much ewwing and gagging thinking about musk in summer. Patty picks L’Artisan Mure et Musc Extreme and Gucci EDP.

Best Perfume for Summer – incense

March picks Santa Maria Novella Citta di Kyoto.  We both agree on Passage D’Enfer. Patty picks Armani Bois D’Encens because it’s one incense that is better in the heat.

We also both would like to nominate L’Artisan Tea for Two as a staple for summer weather.

Summer Scent Favorites will be popping up this week at other blogs!

Aromascope .  Legerdenz .  Perfume Critic .  Perfume-Smellin’ Things .  Scented Salamander .  Scentzilla .  Victoria’s Own


What are your Best Perfume for Summer Picks?

  • patchamour says:

    Great lists, all! Just found out there’s a C O Bigelow’s around here, so I’m heading out tomorrow to look for some of your fun picks. Got attacked today in Macy’s by an SA wielding Beyonce’s True Star Gold. b-( :-& Reason number nth to avoid Macy’s. Here’s my slightly defensive list:

    Floral: The Gap Crushed Peony. Simple, sweet but not cloying, inexpensive, and very nice when it’s too hot for anything complicated. Lutens’ A la Nuit.
    Citrus: Shiseido Energizing. (Why don’t people go nuts over this stuff? It is so refreshing and delishis.)
    Amber: Haven’t met one yet.
    Green: Estee Lauder Private Collection.
    Leather and Musk: Anais Anais. (Okay, okay, okay. But it’s really nice.)
    Incense: A drop of good sandalwood oil from Eden botanicals and a drop of Frankincense, but only very early in the morning while watching the fledglings harassing their mothers for food in the wet grass.

    Happy dewy mornings to all, Patchamour

  • Katie says:

    That’s a great list, though admittedly, any list with a cabana boy is probably a good one 😉

    I will assure you guys, however, that there is no Knize Ten consortium. It’s more like, um, we simply have informally formed a group of the leatheratti.

  • BBliss says:

    Oooh – I’ve missed a lot of fun things and just caught up – fathers, chocolate cake, lists.
    Very, happy belated birthday to March – thank you for sharing your cake recipe. I remember doing one like this a long time ago, but have no memory of where I got it or where it is now. So this will be the replacement!

    Love your lists except the N Epices – FM recommended that one, and I can’t stand it in any weather – too straight-up spicy, too sad. Y’all gave me lots of ideas on things to try, too.

    My summer favorites are Un Zest and Osmanthus by Ormonde Jayne and a really old fave O de Lancome. They all seem to shimmer above the oppressive heat.

  • Patty says:

    Victoria, I agree. I tend to shower and go out, unless I know I’m heading back for an air conditioner set on stun. I’m a wimp when it comes to the heat, except for my 15 minutes in the sun daily.

  • Patty says:

    Lisa, that sounds perfect! Colorado is so not humid, I think all my choices would be different if it were!

  • Patty says:

    Great choices, Dusan! Except for the ISM, which hates me with a passion.

  • Patty says:

    March, do you suppose if we stand around looking helpless long enough, a sample will drop in our laps?

  • Patty says:

    Sybil, I love Sel too, just couldn’t figure out what category it should go in!

  • Patty says:

    Iris, I’m kicking myself for not finding a slot for some of yours too, especailly sur le nil.

  • Patty says:

    Angela, I always think of tea for the summer, ice-cold tea, so tea seems perfect for me in summer, though other people may not have the same association.

  • Victoria says:

    Great lists! I also cannot envision any leather (unlike Judith, I do not have a strong enough constitution to bear Knize Ten in the Bombay level heat the current home turf currently experiences). Actually, the only fragrances I can wear during the summer if I have to go outside are aldehydic florals. They retain the chill. Everything else just begins to bother me.

  • Lisa S says:

    Summer will always be for me a time for Guerlain Eau Imperiale, spritzed liberally whilst lazing in front of a fan and sipping on cold sweet tea. It’s easy to find at a very good price on e-bay and the like, making going through a 3.4 oz bottle a month not so very hard on the purse. Also it is the perfect after-cooling-shower-and-just-before-bed relaxer after an evilly hot and humid Tidewater Virgina summer day.

  • Dusan says:

    Some of the following scents, well most of them to be more precise, are actually my 2nd or 3rd summer bests. I’m keeping the identity of numero uno scents a secret as they’re going to be transatlanticking (safely I hope) any day now. Drum rolls, please:
    Clinique Happy men – a burst of citrus (yuzu, mandarin) seguing into a base of cedar and oakmoss that stays refreshing troughout. Runners-up are L’Eau par Kenzo featuring yuzu, lotus, mint, green pepper and white musk and Emporio Armani He White. On 2nd thoughts, Chanel Pour Monsieur reigns supreme here.
    CK Truth men – crushed green goodies on a base of cedar, patch and wacapou with a beautiful, sensual cardamom heart. Some say it’s icky synthetic, but I don’t give a rat’s behind 🙂 Also, Be Delicious Men – green apple, coffee and patch.
    Azzaro Visit – cardamom& nutmeg yumminess on the signature A. Menardo smoky, incense-woods base. Light but powerful.
    Ecume de Rose & Iris Silver Mist (heart Patty), both stunning.
    My picks from this category are Daim Blond and Bvlgari Black. Strangely enough, I find both to be wearable in summer evenings.
    Bvlgari au The Vert. Nuff said.
    My preciousss L’Instant pour Homme and the light, quirky Dreamer. Oh and Cannabis Santal, the closest thing to women’s Angel (heart March)
    L’Eau d’Hiver – perfection in a bottle and Musc Ravageur for making me feel like a sex god that I ain’t 🙁
    Eternity for men – will always be my love.
    That wraps it up, guys and gals 🙂

  • March says:

    P — what IS the deal with the Knize Ten Conspiracy?!? I guess we’ll have to smell it.

  • sybil says:

    So far, Sel de vetiver is my favorite summer scent. I don’t know enough/haven’t tried enough to do categories yet…

  • IrisLA says:

    LOL re “leathery-smelling cabana boy fanning me by an ocean.” I’m not big on leather scents during hot weather either, but I’ll take the cabana boy!

    My summer staples will be THC Divine Bergamote, Des Filles a la Vanille Garcon Manque, Keiko Mecheri Grenades, Rosine Ecume de Rose and Hermes Jardin su le Nil.

  • AngelaS says:

    Tea for Two? I always thought of it as a fall/winter scent. But, hey, I’m getting out my bottle right now!

  • Robin says:

    Hey, great list! Quite agree with M on summer amber, and with both of you on summer leather!

  • Patty says:

    Judity, is there a Knize 10 consortium running around the internet? 🙂 I’m not big on leather, but this one, every time I read about it, which seems like about every 5 minutes the last week, sounds completely lovely. I’m anxious to try Andy’s new leather scent, and maybe that will be a leather for me or maybe the Knize 10 will be. I really would like to find one to love.

  • Patty says:

    Ina, agree on March’s sanity on that Noir Epices, dab or no. I’d just faint dead over with even a dab of that on me.

  • Judith says:

    Lovely lists. . . I don’t know whether March has tried this, but Knize 10 is a lovely, light leather that I think is good even in very hot weather (but then I like most leather at any time, so don’t trust me:)

  • Ina says:

    Bois D’Encense was a close call for me, too. Gobin Daude Sous le Buis – how could I forget this one? Perfect. Question March’s sanity regarding her pick of Noir Epices. Well, maybe if it’s just a dab… Great list! :)>-

  • Patty says:

    Well, at least I didn’t put the poor guy in leather in the summer. 🙂 Leather, summer, ugh!

  • Patty says:

    Nice choices, Amy. I need to try a couple of those.

  • Marina says:

    Great list! I especially liked March’s choice for summer spices and Patty’s choice for summer leather :d

  • Amy K. says:

    Hi Patty & March,

    Great summer list! It’s a lot more difficult to pick my own favorites than I thought it would be. Here’s what I came up with:

    Fave summer floral – L’Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons

    Fave summer citrus – Flowerbelle Rouse
    (I’m waiting on a sample of Yuzu Rouge to arrive – dying to try this one)

    Fave summer amber – Jil Sander Sun

    Fave summer green – Diptyque Philosykos

    Fave summer spices – can’t do spice in warm weather

    Fave summer leather – ditto

    Fave summer gourmand – Annick Goutal Eau de Charlotte, elizabeth W Sweet Tea, L’Occitane Eau de Miel

    Fave summer musk – Acca Kappa White Moss, Penhaligon’s Castile

    Fave summer incense – Isn’t there a tiny bit of incense in Pink Manhattan? I’ll have to go with that one, even though it doesn’t really count, since I can’t think of another I’d wear in warm weather.

    Honorable summer mentions – L’Artisan The Pour un Ete, Profumi di Pantelleria Nica, Pre de Provence Linden Flower