Summery perfumes for every type of fragrance lover

Summery perfumes for every type of fragrance lover

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Summery perfumes for every type of fragrance lover

Fruity, floral, fresh? Whatever your perfume personality, we've got some summery suggestions.

The changing of the seasons means switching out your winter fragrance for something a bit more fun, fresh and summery. Ditch anything stuffy or heavy in favour of one of our selections, which pair perfectly with warmer temperatures.


In Full Bloom: Smells like rose, jasmine, musk


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Chanel Coco Mademoiselle: For the bold-floral lover, this intense version of the 2012 favourite features bergamot, patchouli, rose and jasmine. Eau de parfum Intense, 100 ml, $183,

Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pure: Another new take on an old fave, the latest from Issey Miyake offers a floral flourish on the classic fresh scent with pear, rose and sandalwood. Nectar de parfum, 50 ml, $109,

Miu Miu L'eay Rosée: The lily-of-the-valley heart note that Miu Miu fans love is enhanced with more flowers and softened with musk. The result is a dewy
and fresh floral scent. Eau de toilette, 50 ml, $94,

Gucci Bloom: Think you don’t like florals? This is more field of wildflowers than bouquet of roses—in the best way—featuring tuberose, jasmine and the Rangoon creeper vine, which adds a powdery scent. Eau de parfum, 50 ml, $114,

La Femme Prada L'Eau: Fragrant frangipani, mandarin and ylang-ylang offer a lighter softness to the tuberose heart of this feminine floral perfume. Eau de toilette, 100 ml, $150,


Water Works: Smells like Salt, White Florals, Citrus


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Calvin Klein Eternity Air for Women: Top notes of grapefruit and black currant give this scent a zesty and sharp opening. Add musk and peony and it’s the perfect perfume for your next beach day. Eau de parfum, 50 ml, $85,

Clean Fresh Linens: Light and subtle, this perfume is for the minimalist who loves clean laundry as much as a sunny morning. Pear, lily, clementine and woods combine for your fresh fix. Eau de parfum, 60 ml, $95,

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi: This Italian fragrance brand always has something to offer the perfume lover. For summer, try this sultry blend of bergamot, lemon and cedarwood. Eau de toilette, 75 ml, $113,

Tom Ford Sole di Positano: If your vacation plans aren’t taking you to the Italian coast, you can still be transported there with this citrus and green shiso-leaf blend from perfume master Tom Ford. Eau de parfum, 50 ml, $262,

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest: Light Blue is a perennial summer favourite, and this new limited-edition spinoff fragrance ups the ante with jasmine and amber woods. Eau de toilette, 100 ml, $118,


Sweet As Candy: Smells like fruit, vanilla, sugar


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Valentino Donna Acqua: Notes of pear and green almond add sweetness, while frangipani and sandalwood offer floral warmth. Eau de toilette, 100 ml, $130,

Glossier You: This subtly sweet scent is meant to mimic the warmth of skin, which is why the trio of orris root, pink pepper and musk is oh-so comforting. Eau de parfum, 50 ml, $75,

Kenzo World: This fruity-floral fragrance is cheeky and playful with notes
of pear, peony, almond and orris root to keep it light and summery. Eau de toilette, 50 ml, $91,

Prada Candy Gloss: This lighter take on the original Prada Candy adds orange blossom to temper the saccharinity—although with almond and vanilla, you’ll still satisfy your sweet tooth. Eau de parfum, 80 ml, $120,

The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods: The Canadian brand specializes in clean and Fair Trade perfumes, which makes the wonderful Vanilla Woods (with vanilla essential oil from Madagascar) such a sweet pick. Eau de parfum, 50 ml,


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The best perfumes ever, chosen by Canadian Living editors

Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir

I must confess, I'm a very loyal perfume person and I have only had two over 40 years! For my first 20 years, my all time favourite was Christian Dior Diorelle.  It was citrus and fun with an element of sophistication—but sadly Dior stopped selling it in Canada. Whenever my husband would travel he would bring me some back from his travels which I always found very romantic. When they stopped selling it abroad, I finally had to find a new scent. I now use Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir. It took me a long time to find a replacement and the richness of juicy pomegranate peppered with spicy woods is now my go to. – Jacqueline Howe, publishing consultant

Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noire Cologne, $175, 100 mL,

The best perfumes ever, chosen by Canadian Living editors

Elizabeth Arden 5th Avenue

My favourite fragrance is 5th Avenue by Elizabeth Arden. Someone gave it to me as a gift, likely a decade ago now, and it’s been my go-to scent ever since. I can’t put my finger on what it smells like exactly anymore, it’s become such a part of me, but it’s so light and pretty – it’s a sweet breath of fresh air.  – Mary Levitski, features editor

Elizabeth Arden Fifth Avenue Eau de Parfum, $44, 75 mL,

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Christian Dior Eau Sauvage

Up until about 6 years ago, I did not care for wearing perfume. But getting involved in the beauty industry and learning more about both the variety of perfume (and figuring out what I liked) and the interesting way that perfume works with memory, led me to fall in love with fragrance. But, I also have to credit my husband with igniting an appreciation for the product. He’s worn the same scent forever, and aside from the fact that Dior Eau Sauvage is a great fragrance, it’s also my favourite because it always reminds me of him. It’s fresh and aromatic, sexy and woody, never overpowering, and a great fragrance that I think many women co-opt from their partners. Just a whiff of Dior Eau Sauvage brings me right back to falling in love—such is the power of scent. – Alexandra Donaldson, fashion & beauty editor

Christian Dior Eau Sauvage, $85, 50 mL,

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Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse

In the last few years I have been using a body oil in place of a perfume. It started when, several years ago, a bottle of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse was left on my desk so I tried it and have been hooked ever since. This iconic French product has notes of orange blossom, magnolia and vanilla, and because it’s a body oil the scent is quite subtle. Secretly, the reason I love it so much is that my seven-year-old daughter says it smells like cotton candy and flowers—so I have a little chuckle when it put it on each morning. – Ann-Marie Favot, home & style director

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, $27,

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Fragonard Etoile

Whenever I travel, I always treat myself to one thing that will remind me of where I’ve been and what I’ve experienced. This tradition began the very first time I ever used a passport. I was 26 and had never left Canada, minus a few road trips to the U.S., and I suddenly found myself in Paris! I still remember how overwhelmingly beautiful the city looked and how deliciously rich the food tasted. Everything was a momentous experience. The day before I left, I visited the Fragonard perfumery where I fell in love with one of their classic scents. I bought a bottle of Etoile, which was more money than I had anticipated spending, but I had never been so seduced by a perfume. When I wear it I feel more confident, more beautiful, and blissfully happy. I still have it to this day because I only wear it for special occasions in a dire hope to make it last; and when I do I’m immediately taken back to every exquisite memory of that trip and I smile. Every time. – Elaine Song, digital content director

Fragonard Etoile, 75€, 120 mL,

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Le Labo Lys 41

I first stumbled across the fragrance brand Le Labo on a stroll through Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood. I was in my mid-twenties and, to be honest, I wanted one of its fragrances because the bottles are so simple and so pretty (also because I wanted to feel fancy). My then-boyfriend (now husband) treated me to Lys 41 on my birthday that year. The fragrance was bottled fresh upon order, and he had the label personalized with my name and a special message. To this day, I wear this fresh floral scent whenever I want to feel fancy. – Amanda Etty, features editor

Le Labo Lys 41, $205, 50 mL,

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Vera Wang Princess

The name of my perfume always makes me self-conscious when people ask “what perfume are you wearing?” But I swear by Princess by Vera Wang. It has become such a routine part of my day and I absolutely love the smell. It is ever so slightly floral with a bit of fruitiness too. But it’s soft, not very over powering or strong, and yet fragrant enough that I often have people asking me what it is. It’s definitely become my signature scent. I’m so used to the smell that I’ve been known to put it on twice before work because I’ll forget if I’ve done it already! If only the name didn’t sound like something a 13-year-old would ask for… - Morgan Lindsay, design editor

Vera Wang Princess, $80, 50 mL,

The best perfumes ever, chosen by Canadian Living editors

Armani Code

Armani Code is the perfume that I always like to wear for a night out. I was immediately drawn to its luxurious aroma. It’s a bit of a stronger scent, so it lasts all night, as I move through different spaces. The notes of orange blossom, ginger, honey and sandalwood are sensual and work in complete harmony. This is the perfume that makes me feel confident. – Genevieve Pizzale, production specialist

Armani Code For Women Eau de Parfum, $102,

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Chloe Eau de Parfum

My favourite fragrance is Chloé Eau de Parfum—it has a floral, powdery, very feminine smell. I’ve worn it every day for what feels like forever. I love that it’s become my signature scent, and when I hug my old friends, they always comment on it. — Renée Reardin, senior digital editor

Chloe eau de parfum, $122, 50 mL,

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Summery perfumes for every type of fragrance lover