18 thoughts on “Top Ten Summer Scents according to IScentYouADay”

  1. Many congratulations on 400 posts – that’s quite a milestone you have reached!

    I like your top 10, mine would include Cristalle and A Scent as well, and one or two fresher patchouli fragrances. I haven’t seen A Scent around for a while, I hope its not being discontinued.

    1. Hi Alice and thanks for commenting.

      How silly of me to leave out a few lite patchoulis! They actually work very well in summer, especially on brisk summer days when its too cool for cologne but too warm for Orientals. One that springs to mind is B by Boucheron. Ooh it was ever so nice and just right for summer!

      best wishes
      Samantha

      1. I’ve never tried B but I will. I bought atelier cologne Mistral Patchouli earlier in the year and love it. L’eau Chloe (the green one; citrus, rose and patchouli) is quite nice, and you can get 20ml bottles, which is tempting. I also tried Bottega Veneta aromatic something today (can’t remember the name) which was labeled ‘cologne’ and a rather unusual blend of coriander, spices, sandalwood and tonka – interesting, needs a re-try. I agree with you, this sort of thing is great for duller summer days.

      2. Hi Alice- L’Eau de Chloe is great! I’d forgotten about that one! I shall look out for Mistral Patchouli too.

        best wishes
        Samantha

  2. Cristalle and O are fantastic summer scents…and lovely to see mention of 4711 not everyone knows about that beauty….I also loved Calyx..for many years that was my summer scent….also Annick Goutals Hadrien and Jo Malone Grapefruit are nice in the summer (to my nose there is a similarity). You have also enticed me to seek out a bottle of A Scent which sells for a song at online discounters.

    1. Hi justbreathe,

      How could I leave out a good grapefruit! Of course! And a big yes to Eau D’Hadrien. I have not tried Calyx but I’ve heard good things about it so I shall seek out a sample. Thank you- I love recommendations!

      best wishes
      Samantha

  3. Excellent list! And another big YES for 4711 – my mum used to wear that when I was a kid in the late 50’s/early 60s and I loved to get a dab or two when we went out. She had a fabulous summer dress with a big skirt and tiny white belt – it had huge yellow daisies on a white background and was the epitome of hot sunny days.

    1. Sally you paint such vivid images! I see that skirt in my mind’s eye and can smell the 4711! How wonderful- and isn’t it funny how clearly perfume can bring a memory back as sharp as a photograph? The power of the nose is underestimated!

      best wishes
      Samantha

  4. A refreshing-sounding list. I think I’ve only smelled two of them, which I’ll have to remedy. Un Jardin de Mediterranee is beautiful, and a nice alternative to citrus in the heat.

      1. I don’t have anywhere near ten–maybe in a couple of years. Thirdman Eau Nomade has lemon, orange, and cardamom, isn’t particularly sweet, and has amazing staying power. It does have an aquatic note, but it doesn’t annoy me. M. Micallef Pomelos I got cheap from Fragrancenet in the form of a refill bottle labeled #21. (There’s a smell of hairspray for the first 20 minutes, and then it’s lovely.) Grapefruit in perfume is usually too sour for me, but Pomelos is just sweet enough. Etro Shaal Nur is light and incensey and really beautiful on a hot, miserable day. I need to stop being seduced by cheap thrills and save up for a full bottle.

        Two others I’ve tried recently and liked are Kenzo Amour Florale and Bvlgari Au Thé Rouge.

      2. Hi Laurels,

        That’s a great list- I don’t think I’ve tried any of them, unless the Pomelo you refer to is by Jo Loves? In which case- yummy, I love that one. I shall look out for the others. Thank you- i love getting recommendations.

        best wishes
        Samantha

      3. No, the brand is M. Micallef, although now I’ll be looking for the Jo Loves if they ever show up here. (Jo Malone just turned up a few months ago at my local Nordstrom.)

        I went looking for Cristalle today, but they don’t carry it at my local department stores. I had to settle for a sample of No. 19, which is not my cup of tea.

      4. Hi Laurels,

        It’s a pity we don’t live nearer, I’d send you a decant. or a sample swap. I love No 19! But maybe it’s not so good in your hot Southern California weather!

        best wishes
        Samantha

  5. I had bought Jo Malone Earl Grey and Cumcumber on a blind buy in the colder months and was going to gift it away as it didn’t strike my fancy…went for a long hot walk today and upon my return decided to give it one more try…it is refreshingly good and I love it for the warm weather….I am going to add it to my list of summer scents.

    1. Hi justbreathe

      Next time I go to Jo Malone I will try that exact scent. I don’t own any but I think they are reasonably priced. I often find a scent that doesn’t gel straight away behaves better in a different temperature. One example for me was First by Van Cleef and Arpels. Not keen in the heat but in the snow it was wonderful!

      best wishes
      Samantha

  6. I’m always drawn to Diorissimo in the summer. So light and fresh. And Joy too. Yet I’d never wear them any other time. Congrats on 400 posts!

    1. Thank you Gail. It’s been a real journey of discovery and looking back at my blogs I can see that in some ways my tastes have changed as I have discovered more about scent.

      Diorissimo and Joy are both great classics! An excellent choice!

      best wishes
      Samantha

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