By Kim Reyes-Palanca
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Here’s the truth—we change our perfumes almost as much as we change up our wardrobe. When we think about our outfit for the day, naturally, we think about the accessories, the makeup, and the fragrance to go along with it. And if there’s one thing we all know about fragrances, it’s never too late to try new perfumes.
So while you’re dusting off your espadrilles and shimmying into your favorite sundress, you may want to reach out for those fresh citruses, florals, and sparkling, zesty notes to wear on your next summer getaway!
Barley, rye, oats, wheat, and honey—no, we’re not talking about the perfect breakfast. These cereals and grains are the atypical fragrance notes Jo Malone London has cooked up for their limited edition collection, English Fields. Perfectly balanced gourmands, these olfactory desserts are anything but overpoweringly sweet or fruity. Instead, they bring a renewed perspective to the fragrance family. Lively at first spritz, it is gently sweetened by hints of gourmet notes, and finally softened by a cozy, powdery accord. My personal faves—the bright and uplifting Poppy & Barley, addictive oriental Oat & Cornflower, and the mouth-watering Honey & Crocus—will have you reminiscing about those days when you wake up to the crisp and warm smells of pastries, on a sunny Sunday brunch. jomalonelone.com.ph
Sunny scents or sunshine-inspired perfumes bring us that light, happy, and carefree vibe. Think of scents that call out to you on a hot, sunny day by the pool or the beach: a mix of something zesty like orange, lemon, or lime, the smell of flowers, and something warm like coconut.
DKNY Nectar Love is a fitting example of a summer scent. Sparkling and sensual, combining fruity and heady notes ingeniously. It indulgences with honeycomb and neroli, and invigorates with freesia, juicy mandarin, and grapefruit. Nectarine, cedarwood, and vanilla create a comforting and creamy, skin-hugging musk.
It’s sunshine in a (golden) bottle! Nectar Love opens with a burst of sweet and floral notes like a whiff of a fresh flower, then follows up with distinctive solar notes. Alluring, exciting, seductive, this oriental floral will draw you in like bees to honey. Available at Rustan’s department stores; The SM Store, Megamall, Mall of Asia
Diptyque celebrates 50 years of Haute Perfumerie with a fragrance derived from its heritage, Fleur de Peau. Fleur de Peau paints with what they call the natural smell of musk—the “smell of skin,” akin to the soft scent of the navel, back of the knee, or palm of the hand. At the heart of the fragrance is a light cottony scent punctuated by fruity notes. Iris gives it a powdery, musky accord, while aldehydes (hibiscus, bergamot) mixed with slightly animalic notes (leather, sandalwood) give it that beautiful, in-between of sweet and sexy. The scent is characteristic of the 60s, to a summer of love when a spiritual wave swept over the world through meditation, yoga, and everyone was full of love, and displaying acts of love everywhere. rustans-thebeautysource.com
Tiffany & Co. wants you to wear scents as elegantly as their jewelry. A modern, artisanal scent, it has noble iris at its heart, enhanced by vert de mandarine. Patchouli and musk linger as its base notes making it a romantic fragrance characterized by its campaign visual: a bare-skinned back highlighted only by diamonds. Like a touch of jewelry on bare skin, the iris-centered accord is what surfaces in this new scent. There’s this push and pull of the floral and musk— giving it both that classic, familiar floral that surprises with a sensual, cashmere finish.
With fresh summer scents of lemon and bergamot melding with the gentle fragrance of iris, it’s a soft whisper on skin. Clean, delicate, citrusy, and floral. It’s a comforting feminine fragrance is something you can constantly go back to in your vanity when you want to wear something classic but with an edge. Available at Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La Plaza