6 Summery Perfumes We're Loving Right Now
Just like our wardrobes, we love to change our scent each season. The promise of warm, lazy days and long walks at dusk makes us want to wear a fragrance that reminds us of the summer. Same goes for weddings: If you're getting hitched in the warmer months, try switching up your traditional fragrance for one that complements the ambiance of your wedding. Here are the ones we're loving right now, and that we have received compliments on from friends, family, and even strangers on the street—seriously.
While some of these fragrances are new, some are classics we've loved forever. Our only criteria was that they smell really, really good. Ready to pick your newest scent? Check out the perfumes we can't get enough of.
We've been fans of the original Kai Eau de Parfum for years. The light gardenia scent isn't too strong, but it isn't too weak either, giving off just a hint of freshness as you walk by. Because this fragrance is already so perfect, the creator, Gaye Straza, hasn't produced a new scent until recently. Enter: Kai Rose. It's the same familiar scent but with roses in it, too, which gives this perfume a fresh, garden-inspired vibe. We often mix the two, putting the oil on our pulse points (backs of knees, wrists, neck) and then adding a few spritzes of the original eau de parfum on our clothes.
Kai "Rose" Perfume Oil, $48, kaifragrance.com
We were already sold when we smelled the blend of wisteria, narcissus, jasmine, and honeysuckle (it makes us feel like we're on an Italian vacation, even if we're sitting at our desk), but then, when a friend said it reminded her of a fragrance her mother used to wear, we knew this one had a timeless appeal.
Diptyque "Olène" Perfume, starting at $90, diptyqueparis.com
If you want something really fresh and clean, try Kenzo's new body mist. It's lighter than an eau de parfum, and it's virtually impossible to spray on too much. With notes of peony and jasmine, it's a perfectly light wedding scent. Also, it contains tiny crystals to add just a hint of sheen to your skin. (Nothing crazy glittery, we promise.)
Kenzo "Kenzo World" Body Mist, $40, sephora.com
D.S. & Durga
Musky may not be the first note that comes to mind when you're shopping for summer scents, but the longer you wear it in the heat, the sexier and cooler it becomes. (Cooler as in style, not as in temperature.) When we say musky, though, we don't mean heavy or overbearing: This perfume contains just the right blend of cedar, sandalwood, and coconut musk, giving it an androgynous vibe without being overpowering. Plus, muskier scents last longer in the heat than lighter scents, which may be one reason why oud is so popular in the Middle East.
D.S. & Druga "Radio Bombay" Perfume, $260, dsanddurga.com
This scent has been around for a while—the woody, warm-but-surprisingly-feminine scent has a cult following—and its recent iteration of the fragrance contains minerals, salt, patchouli, and citrus, giving it a summery, salt water appeal that couldn't be more perfect to wear for a seaside ceremony.
Hermès "Eau des Merveilles Bleue" Perfume, starting at $69, nordstrom.com
Like many of you, we've been devoted fans of Gucci ever since Alessandro Michele took the reins and made quirky, whimsical dressing super chic. So we couldn't wait to see what he'd do with his first fragrance, Gucci Bloom. It does not disappoint. A blend of tuberose, jasmine, and rangoon creeper (it's an Indian flower that has a powdery smell), it's not as clean and polished as your typical floral fragrance, which makes it sexy, cool, and pretty all at the same time.
Gucci "Bloom" Perfume, $124, gucci.com