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Parfum de summer: Hottest luxe fragrances for the season

Ruhi Gilder
Make way for the hottest summer scents from the best of the best. We know that this heat is unbearable. But take a deep breath, pick perfume that perfectly suits you, from our swoon-worthy summer guide, and see your mood change.  


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With a bottle that blooms, Guerlain releases its new exceptional creation, 2021 Millésime. In a fitting tribute, the French beauty house blends its scent with Japan’s stunning Cherry Blossom season to create a floral perfume. It’s enclosed in the iconic Bee Bottle, first made by Pochet du Courval, the Maison’s traditional glassmaker since 1853, and a necklace of stylised paper sakura flowershandcrafted by Parisian artist Lucie Touré. The gilded bottle is a limited-edition collection, with only 2466 numbered pieces available.  
Key notes: Cherry blossom, Jasmine, Bergamot, Green Tea, Almond, White Musk
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Carolina Herrera  


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Bring out your red-soled stilettos, spritz a bit of Very Good Girl and you’re ready to paint the town red. A new bold interpretation of the iconic Good Girl scent by Carolina Herrera is a mix of floral and fruity notes with a hot signature house red. Karlie Kloss reprises her role as the fabulous and fearless Good Girl ambassador.    
Key notes: Redcurrant, Lychee, Rose, Vetiver, Vanilla 
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Fresh, floral, and citrusy, Cartier’s Les Épures de Parfum is pure olfactory pleasure. Conceived as living high jewellery by master perfumer Mathilde Laurent, each fragrance is individually expressive. The unisex scents are a Pur Muguet, a fresh lily of the valley scent, a Pur Kinkan, based on the citrusy kumquat, and a Pur Magnolia. 
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Tom Ford 
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Capturing the gold summer sun of the Mediterranean, the Costa Azzura bottle promises an exhilarating summer scent for men. Linked to the aroma of the sea, the fresh evergreen citrus notes mingle with woodier scents to create a perfect balance 
Key Notes: Cypress, Lemon, Oakwood
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Acqua di Parma  
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A celebration of Italian bergamot fields, this unisex fragrance, Bergamotto di Calabria La Spugnatura releases a nuanced scent. The limited-edition scents are ensconced in porcelain, hand-painted vivid blue bottles, decorated with white and gold bergamot outlines. The Italian brand uses La Spugnatura to create the scentan ancientartisanal extraction technique, wherein the bergamot essence is removed entirely by hand. The peel is pressed into sea-sponges, which are eventually squeezed to collect the essence.  
Key notes: Bergamot, Bitter Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Geranium 
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Louis Vuitton  
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French luxury meets Californian summer style in this collection of fragrances by Louis Vuitton. The California-inspired fragrances blend the spontaneity of colognes with the sophistication of perfumes. Imagine you’re ‘On the Beach’ with scents of yuzu, a Japanese citrus, thyme wafting towards a shaded woody cypress. Other scents like ‘Sun Song’, an ode to the orange blossomCactus Garden, a tropical rainforest combined with the richness of tea and Afternoon Swim, an orange plus bergamot burst of freshness form the new collection. Fulfil your California Dream with the last perfume in the series, a mandarin and vanilla-scented explosion, all created by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud 
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Clive Christian  
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This UK-based independent luxury perfume house introduces a new Matsukita scent for the summer. The heaviness of smoked tea contrasts with the fragrant floral notes from the far east to create a perfume worthy of the Queen. Each bottle by the brand is stamped with Queen Victoria’s crown, and this new perfume is no exception. Crafted with a range of 252 ingredients and 25% parfum concentration, some lucky perfume connoisseurs will even receive an elegant fan in the Matsukita print with every purchase.  
Key notes: Green Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Nutmeg, Chinese Imperial Jasmine, Guaiac oil, Amber, Fir Balsam Absolute  
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L’Interdit Limited Millésime Edition is derived from the precious blooms of Egyptian Orange Blossoms. Reminiscent of crisp air and sunny days, Givenchy uses raw material that comes from a supplier recognized in Egypt for its actions in favour of the environment. Every bottle is infused with the fragrance of the equivalent of hundred flowers, handpicked carefully in March 2020.  
Key notes: Orange Blossom, Tuberose, Ginger, Patchouli, Vetiver 
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House of Sillage  
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Hand-painted, adorned with 100 Swarovski crystals, and a gold-plated metal bottle, this scent captures all the wonders of a woman. The Limited-Edition Wonder Woman 1984 Fragrance by House of Fragrance House by their CEO Nicole Mather. Inspired by the story of Diana, the heroic goddess and her quest to defeat her foes, it urges the wearer to embrace their inner super heroine.  
Key notes: Davana, Pink Pepper, Raspberry, Bergamot 
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Jo Malone  


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The new Blossoms collection by British perfume brand Jo Malone has 6 distinct fragrances. Hawaii’s state flower Yellow Hibiscus, Red Hibiscus, Frangipani Flower, Nashi Blossom, Nectarine Blossom & Honey limited-edition body mist, and a special-edition diffuser in Silk Blossom. Soak up the heat with any one of these light fragrances designed to enchant with the scent of brilliant blooms, as is Malone’s signature style.  
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Krigler brings back the romance with its classic Eleganter Schwan 06 – Limited Edition perfumeInitially taken off the market in 1920, the floral accents mix with warm sandalwood notes for an evergreen sweet and woody scent. Created by Albert Krigler at the beginning of the 20th century, the perfume is inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle, and its namesake is the castle’s special trademark, the swan. 
Key notes: RoseSandalwoodPearIrisLimePatchouliVanilla 
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