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A new season always brings a new flock of fragrances. What are the best new scents of summer 2020? Our ace correspondent Jillian Tangen has curated a list of the best luxury summer fragrances to buy right now.

The Best luxury Summer Fragrances to buy right now

Now that you’ve long swapped out your favorite cashmere sweaters for chic summer dresses of varying lengths, isn’t it also time to change your scent wardrobe too? 

the best luxury summer fragrances to buy right now.

What are the best luxury summer fragrances to buy right now?

Much like transitioning to sunnier and brighter shades of nail polish as the temperatures rise, summer calls for a slightly different sillage to complement the season.


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Whether you fancy a fresh floral, a fruity citrus or a soft, beachy eau de toilette, we found 12 summer scents that are warm weather worthy, no matter your plans.  From donning a spritz inspired by Tom Ford’s very own rose garden while visiting a botanical garden to transporting yourself to Ibiza with wafts of driftwood and coconut water from the comfort of your own pool, here are our favorite scents that are perfect for practically any summer scenario.

The Best luxury Summer Fragrances to buy right now

1. beach days

Hit the beach with Ellis Brooklyn’s Salt Eau de Parfum ($105).  This seaside scent opens with ylang ylang and violet leaves. It warms into Tahitian tiare blossom and magnolia and dries down into a cocoon of musk, ambergris and sandalwood.

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2. cocktails

We all could use a scent that symbolizes the best part of the day – happy hour.  And with notes of jasmine and ylang ylang, Dior’s Happy Hour ($450) gives off a sparkling yet sweet scent that reminds us that it’s five o’clock somewhere.

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3. open air art museum visits

Louis Vuitton’s Sun Song ($265) features luminous and poppy notes of orange blossom and citron topped with a spicy hint of musk that’s perfect for a day basking in both art and sunshine.

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4. afternoon tea

Just like tea itself, En Passant ($145) from Frederic Malle is simple, yet elegant.  The delicate smell is like lilacs wafting on a fresh breeze.  How amazing does that sound?

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5. farmers market

Diptyque’s fresh and floral Eau des Sens Eau de Toilette ($140) is luminous and colorful, just like everyone’s favorite outdoor markets.

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6. outdoor dinner parties

Pur Muguet Eau de Toilette ($270) from Cartier was dreamt up by master perfumer Mathilde Laurent to celebrate the great outdoors.  And what better way to host your next outdoor social engagement than while also enjoying a trip through Lily Valley during peak season?

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7. staycation

Road-tripping with your best girlfriends through Joshua Tree in a convertible sounds like a dream, right?  This year we will have to settle for a virtual happy hour and Dreams Eau de Parfum ($62) from Coach to make you feel like you’re there with notes of real bark from Joshua Trees, gardenia and cactus flowers.

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8. countryside jaunts

The light and crisp Replica Under the Lemon Trees Eau de Toilette ($130) from Maison Margelia has us dreaming of the Italian countryside and la dolce vita during our picnics with its dreamy blend of calamansi lime, green tea, citrus and soft musk perfumes.

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9. nautical adventures

Perfect for your next boat excursion, Aqua Celestia Forte Eau de Parfum ($275) from Maison Francis Kurkdjian is spiked with lime, cool mint, blackcurrant and mimosa blossoms.

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10. date nights

After month’s cooped up inside without a date night in sight, who can resist Kilian’s Good Girl Gone Bad Eau Fraîche ($210)?  This summer friendly version features a fresh aquatic fusion of orange blossom, Moroccan roses, Egyptian jasmine sambac and tuberose.

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11. relaxing poolside

With notes of coconut water, green galbanum, incense, patchouli and sandalwood, Paula’s Ibiza Perfume ($88) from Loewe conjures the bohemian laissez-faire we embody while floating along on our giant pool inflatables.

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12. sunset strolls

Whether through the beautiful botanical garden, around your neighborhood or into town, strolling is always more pleasant with the smell of a fresh bouquet of roses from Tom Ford.  Rose Prick ($335) isn’t your run-of-the-mill rose scent though.  This one features rose de mai, turkish rose and bulgarian rose topped with turmeric extract, pepper, patchouli and more.

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The Best luxury Summer Fragrances to buy right now

There you have it, our 12 favorite scents to adorn yourself with this summer.  Even better? Most of these are sufficiently timeless to wear well beyond the end of the season.

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Jillian Tangen is the Head of Research at Dandelion Chandelier and a former Senior Research Analyst at McKinsey & Co and Analyst at Shearman & Sterling. She is an avid fan of Nordic design, having owned an independent lifestyle store and sales agency focused on emerging Scandinavian design. Jillian lives in New York and is married with three young children. She loves cross-country skiing, the New York Rangers, reading, travel and discovering new brands.

Jillian Tangen

Jillian is a lifestyle editor at Dandelion Chandelier covering topics like fashion, travel, entertainment and on occasion, even finance. She thinks there’s no such thing as having too many sweaters.