Last week I featured some of my favorite luxury summer fragrances. This week, I wanted to feature budget friendly fragrances that I think are wonderful for the summer.
Tuberose maybe a challenge to wear for some – it’s a flower that announces its presence before the wearer enters a room. I personally love this flower but I know it could be a bit much for others. Enter Juicy Couture – yes, you read that correctly. It’s fruity and sweet – tuberose, lily, sugar, caramel, watermelon, passion fruit, green apple and mandarin orange. But it does settle with wood and patchouli. This can be found at Sephora, all other department stores that carry the fragrance line, as well as Juicy Couture boutiques. I have a soft spot for this fragrance – my husband placed my engagement ring on this bottle Christmas eve four years ago and I wore this daily when I was pregnant. I may not reach for it much but it is a nice and flirty fragrance perfect for warm date nights.
Sometimes, it may be too hot to spray any fragrance and that’s where scented body butter comes in. I LOVE The Body Shop’s Coconut Body Butter. Honestly, this is the most realistic smelling coconut on the market. It’s creamy and sweet and a bit woody – like a freshly cracked coconut. This scent also reminds me of my mom tanning with her Hawaiian Tropic oil while sipping Tab. Remember this was the late ’70s when SPF wasn’t even a thought. I pick this up in the travel size for summer at The Body Shop or Sephora.
I also love Pacifica’s Tuscan Blood Orange. I have used this as just hand lotion or after a shower at the gym. There’s a blend of strawberries, raspberries and, of course, blood orange. It is juicy, sweet and just a bit spicy. Other than using this on your hands while trapped at your desk, I see this worn beneath a sundress and wedge sandals. It’s effortless and just delicious. I find Pacifica’s lotions/fragrances at Sephora but you can also find them online and in some specialty grocery stores. I also pick this up in the smaller travel size for summer.
Jo Molone’s Nectarine Blossom and Honey is one of her most popular scents. This is my favorite scent from her collection. The scent gives you nectarines and peaches at first spray, then the honey comes in to keep it from getting too synthetically fruity sweet. This makes me think of dining outdoors in Wine Country or even hanging out with that one family member that you travel over an hour for to make that birthday or graduation party. The payback is being with family, eating bbq, hanging out by a pool and 90 degree weather inland. This scent will keep you cool. This comes in a small 30ml bottle for $55, which is a great size and price if you intend to wear this through spring and summer only.
The last scent is from the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria line – Mandarine Basilic. This is a gorgeous juicy citrus that has a zesty aromatic accent to it thanks to basil. I love making my own pesto and cooking with fresh basil. It is one of my favorite aromatics, next to rosemary. You feel instant energy with the mandarin orange, orange blossom, and basil – but it also mellows with notes of green tea, chamomile, amber and wood. This has “picnic” written all over it. Or a stroll through a Farmer’s Market or open mall. This is another scent that brings me instant happiness. This is the budget friendly collection for Guerlain – it retails for $59 for2.5 oz. It’s an eau de toilet so it may not last as long as an eau de parfum but I don’t mind because it is so lovely to smell.
These are just some ideas on how I try to invoke a sultry, summery vibe when I’m really freezing my butt in yoga pants and a hoodie in my living room in July. Green tea and roses are other great notes to create warmth in your mind. What scents do you rely on to project a summer mood or keep you cool through the blazing and balmy months?
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