The Scent Of Summer
Every Spring, perfume brands bring out their special edition Summer fragrances, ready for the heatwave that never happens. The high alcohol content in many perfumes can cause a reaction in the heat (ever had yellow wrists on holiday?) so lighter versions of fragrances and more fruity, airy scents always fill the shelves from April onwards. Here's our favourites this year so far...
Escada bring out a limited edition Summer fragrance every year. They often smell similar to their predecessors; fruity, young and flirty. This year's offering - Pacific Paradise - is no exception, and those who've liked the scents from previous years won't feel let down by this one. They may, however, be a bit peeved that Escada can't seem to think of a new colour combo for the bottle and have re-hashed the blue / pink scheme of 2004's Island Kiss.
Salvatore Ferragamo's new fragrance, Incanto Charms, looks like Summer in a bottle and has a scent to match. Blending honeysuckle, passion fruit, jasmine and musk with various other exotic sounding ingredients, it's a headier, more mature offering than Escada's, but in equally fun looking packaging.
Givenchy's 'Very Irresistable' was a big hit when it was launched (which was mainly down to the Liv Tyler advertising campaign, no doubt) and now there's a Summer version of the fragrance so you can carry the scent through the year. This is predominately a rose scent, so romance is the key word, spiced up with a little star anise for that extra 'something'.
I don't usually like to sing the praises of Jennifer 'hands in all the cookie jars' Lopez, but if you want a fragrance that screams 'Summer', you can't go wrong with Miami Glow, the Summer version of her original 'Glow' fragrance. It's not actually new this year, but I felt it was worth a mention anyway. This stuff smells just like sun tan lotion, coconuts and cocktails, and if you love that smell you naturally get on holiday, it's an easy way to carry it on when you get home. I can't help thinking slapping on some Piz Buin every morning might be cheaper, though!