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10 Best Summer Perfumes to Transport You to Sunnier Shores

10 Best Summer Perfumes to Transport You to Sunnier Shores

Here are the best summer perfumes that are sure to transport you to the Côte d’Azur, or wherever your next vacation lies. Summer is here! And it is definitely the season that requires the biggest shift in our beauty stash, from skincare to makeup.

Summertime is also a wonderful opportunity to embrace fragrances and scents that remind us of our favorite outdoor pastimes —days at the beach, vacationing in an exotic destination, or even just a quiet evening walk around the French Riviera.

Being French, I have a true passion for perfumes. And if spring fragrances are lighter and slightly more green, summer fragrances are more floral and zesty, with citrus notes that instantly lighten your mood.

To help you choose your signature summer scent, I’ve rounded up the ten best French summer perfumes that perfectly emulate the aromas of summer. From ocean scents that lead your mind straight to the beach to Mediterranean breezes, these summer perfumes below bring an air of holidays and faraway places.

Diptyque Ilio

To celebrate summer, Diptyque launched this year —and in a limited edition— a floral fruity fragrance named Ilio (in Greek “ilio” evokes the sun). Fragrance notes are iris, prickly pear, bergamot, and jasmine. This fragrance is a tribute to the Mediterranean land bathed in light and fragrance. It’s definitely one of my favorite French summer perfumes.

Christian Dior Eden-Roc

Simply named Eden-Roc, the new La Collection Privée Christian Dior fragrance is a vibrant ode to the most emblematic of luxury hotels along the French Riviera: the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Fragrance notes are sea salt, citruses, jasmine, coconut, mastic, pine tree, and labdanum. Eden-Roc is a fresh and luminous evocation of the pleasures of the French Riviera.

Hermès Un Jardin sur le Nil

Un Jardin sur le Nil by Hermès is a floral fruity fragrance launched in 2005 and created by Jean-Claude Ellena. A stroll in the garden islands of the Nile at Assouan is the starting point for this olfactory voyage. Fragrance notes are green mango, lotus, incense, calamus, and sycamore wood. It’s definitely my signature scent for the summer season!

Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae

Aqua Vitae by Maison Francis Kurkdjian is a citrus-woody fragrance that was inspired by a trip to the Mediterranean island Formentera. This citrusy scent tickles the senses and wakes you with lemon from Calabria, mandarins from Sicily, hedione, vanilla absolute, tonka bean, and guaiac wood.

Maison Margiela Beach Walk

Beach Walk by Maison Margiela is the perfect blend of beachy air, with a hint of sunscreen (in a good way), and a hint of clean laundry. It’s a floral fruity gourmand fragrance for women created by Jacques Cavallier and Marie Salamagne in 2012. Beach Walk opens with citruses —bergamot and lemon— and develops with pink pepper, ylang-ylang, coconut milk, musk, and heliotrope.

Diptyque Philosykos

Philosykos evokes the memory of a Greek summer under the fig trees. This Diptyque fragrance is a woody aromatic fragrance launched in 1996 and created by Olivia Giacobetti. Philosykos is an ode to the entire fig tree: the green freshness of the leaves, the milky flavor of the figs, underpinned by the woody density of the tree.

Les Eaux de Chanel Paris – Riviera

Les Eaux de Chanel Paris – Riviera combines the sweet, tangy freshness of Sicilian Orange with the delicateness of Neroli for a joyful, sunny scent. A fresh and solar fragrance that evokes the carefree charm of the French Riviera, where Gabrielle Chanel built her villa, La Pausa.

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Dior Escale à Portofino

Escale à Portofino by Dior is a citrus aromatic fragrance for women that was created in 2008 by Francois Demachy. This fragrance contains sixteen natural essences, mainly from the Mediterranean region: Calabrian Bergamot, Italian Citron, Sicilian Petitgrain, Bitter Almond, Orange Blossom, and Mediterranean Cypress essences.

Hermès Un Jardin sur la Lagune

Un Jardin sur la Lagune by Hermès is an amber floral fragrance launched in 2019 and created by Christine Nagel. This fresh and delicate fragrance leads us to Venice and reveals the magic of a hidden place behind a stone wall. Fragrance notes are magnolia, pittosporum, Madonna lily, sea breeze, samphire, and woody notes.

Louis Vuitton On The Beach

On The Beach by Louis Vuitton is a citrus aromatic fragrance launched in 2021 and created by Jacques Cavallier. This fragrance evokes the sun, the rhythm of the sea, and the gentle warmth of the sand on the skin, a beautiful day spent on a sunny beach. Fragrance notes are yuzu —summery citrus— and other aromatic elements like thyme, rosemary, pink pepper, cloves, and cypress.

Et voilà! I hope this guide to the best French summer perfumes for women will help you choose your signature scent for this season. If you have any questions let me know in the comment below.

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  • Great selections and I’ve tried the Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil (liked it) but I love Nuxe Prodigieux le perfum for the summer. Love your blogs, keep up the good work 🙂

  • Good afternoon Leonce, your bulletins are just a joy both visually and to read. So, thank you and please keep them coming! In regards, to the fragrances in this post, I have both of the hermes scents (Jardin sur …) and, much as I do love them, they don’t last on my skin. I was wondering if you might have some hints and tips that you know of and use to lengthen the life of the scent on one’s skin. Thank you for any advice you might have to share!

    • Bonjour Katherine, thank you very much for your comment. I’m glad to hear that you love both Hermès Un Jardin sur le Nil and Un Jardin sur la Lagune perfumes! Both are Eau de toilette. An Eau de toilette is generally lighter and fresher but less lasting, as it contains less fragrance oil than an Eau de parfum.

      Also, a fragrance reacts to heat, so in order to make your perfume last longer, I’ll recommend applying your perfume to your pulse points: the nape of your neck, and insides of your elbows, wrists (or even the back of your knees). Finally, you can spray fragrance onto your hairbrush and brush it through your hair, or you can use a hair mist.

      Voilà! I hope this will help you 🙂
      Have a lovely day, xo

  • Bonjour! I am so excited to visit France this summer with my husband. I have been learning a little Parisian french in preparation. I HAVE ENJOYED YOUR ARTICLES ABOUT SUMMER FASHION AS I BEGIN TO PACK, IT HAS BEEN SO HELPFUL. THANK YOU FOR WRITING YOUR BLOG.

  • Bonjour Leonce – what a little discovery this blog/site is, done with flair and elegance. I am looking forward to trying some new summer fragrances, I would not have known about them until you described them here. I have already tried Hermes Un Jardine sur la Nil, this is one of my favourite summer scents – to me it is very green and lovely but agree it doesn’t last very long – I put a small amount in my hair and for me this helps it last! I have also tried the Dior portofino and enjoy that one a lot. Thank you for this blog, it is a gem.

    • Bonjour Grace, Thank you so very much for your comment!
      Hermès Un Jardin sur le Nil is one my ultimate favorite fragrance! If you like this fragrance, I recommend Diptyque Ilio (a floral and fruity fragrance that will transport you to sunny Greece), Diptyque Philosykos (an aromatic green fragrance all about the fig), and all others Hermès Jardins (de Monsieur Li, Après la Mousson, Sur la Lagune, Sur le Toit, en Méditerranée).

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