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.
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.
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.
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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