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Fragrance Favorites: The Scent of Summer

What I’ve been up to elsewhere on the Internet: rounding up Shailene Woodley’s best red carpet beauty moments, finding eight (yes, eight!) different ways to wash your face, chatting with the people responsible for making BeautyCon happen and totally flipping out over the coolest candles ever.

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Fragrance Favorites: The Scent of Summer via Makeup Morsels

Whenever I get sick, I’m suddenly overcome with the urge to write a fragrance post—it happens every time, like clockwork. I’ve been disguising it pretty well I think, through a combination of the tips from this post and pure denial. The compulsive lining-up of perfume bottles when I can no longer smell, though, that’s a sure sign that I’m under-the-weather.

Summer is rapidly coming to an end, and over the past few months, I’ve found myself reaching for the same few scents. In no particular order…

My everyday summer favorite is Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce (starting at $29 for the travel spray and capping out at $112 for the 2.5 fl oz bottle), previously reviewed here—it’s one of those perfumes I never tire of, simply because it’s so easy. Floral, sweet and fresh, with a lightness and airiness that’s perfect for warm weather. Still, at its heart, it has that breezy elegance that everything D&G seems to exude. Even if you’re not a fan of florals, I’d recommend giving this one a try.

When it’s unbearably hot, I carry my Tocca Florence rollerball ($20 for the rollerball and $68 for the bottle). I’ve used this one so much that the label has completely worn off, and I’ll be purchasing the full size when I inevitably run out. There’s something sort of chilly about it, like being submerged in floral ice chips. It also just smells really, really good, as evidenced by the number of compliments I’ve gathered while basking in its scent. Just FYI, back when I was at LifestyleMirror interning for the supercool Phil—who’s now the online beauty ed at Teen Vogue—he asked me what I was wearing. When your beauty boss compliments you on your beauty anything, it tends to stick in your memory. So that’s how you know it’s an excellent choice!

For balmy summer nights, nothing is better than May Lindstrom The Good Stuff ($110review). It’s not a perfume, but body oils are one of my favorite fragrance alternatives. May calls it her “fabric-free lingerie”—to my nose, it’s a blend of ground-up spice cookies and chocolate over a warm floral base. Delicious, heady, intoxicating and (very important for summer) never overpowering. As an added bonus, it contains superfine shimmers that give skin the subtlest golden glow.

What are your summer fragrance favorites?

Full disclosure: Products from Dolce & Gabbana and May Lindstrom are previously reviewed press samples. Tocca Florence was a gift from a friend. All opinions are my own. For my complete review policy, please refer to my disclaimer.

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8 thoughts on “Fragrance Favorites: The Scent of Summer

  1. I’ve been wearing all kinds of things, although I’m having a new problem with longevity here in the desert. I think it’s too dry. Lately I’ve been drawn to sweeter things, somehow. Sweet Anthem Lucille, Diptyque Eau Duelle, and still Guerlain’s summer scent :)

    • Sadly I missed the Guerlain when it came around, but I’m dying to give it a sniff. I wear Eau Duelle during the winter sometimes, although my favorite Diptyque is still Philosykos!

  2. That body oil sounds amazing! I love L’Artisan Parfumeur Seville A L’Aube. It’s quite ricj and complex, but somehow, it just blooms in the summer months. I also love Dolce & Ganna Light Blue. It’s fresh, simple, and just perfect for summer.

  3. Loooove Tocca Florence and I too have been reaching for it on a regular basis. With Diptyque Do Son solid, the rollerball resides in my purse at all times. This past week I’ve been enjoying Dior Eau Délice which is a nice one to transition into fall me thinks! :D

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