You can never underestimate the power of fragrance. Sweet, woody or zesty notes can transport any individual to a particular memory and boost any mood. The best fragrances linger on the skin and turn heads as you walk down the street. Whilst fragrances are transeasonal, there is something about a fragrance in the summer that makes an impact.
Whether it’s inspired by the sweet yet sultry setting on the Mediterranean or boasting the zesty notes of citrus, summer fragrances add a little extra energy and vibrancy during the warmer months. And right now, the high street is delivering when it comes to fragrance. It used to be that the only decent scents were expensive and would leave a dent in your budget, but recently, that’s all changed. With the likes of Zara and & Other Stories offering up incredible fragrances, I often turn to the high street for perfume.
As the fragrance wardrobe is ever-changing, depending on mood, investing in lust-worthy expensive fragrances can seem quite daunting. However, that’s all changed that’s to the more affordable options out there. But before you head on to our edit, what kind of notes are best for the summer months?
“Pretty florals always prove to be extremely popular especially with the sparkling notes of orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine and rose” says sustainable perfumer, Amy Christiansen, founder of Sana Jardin. “If I had to choose notes which best evoke the feelings of summer, I would opt for lemon, jasmine, ylang-ylang and orange blossom, as they will transport anyone to an exotic location”.
With that in mind, I suggest you scroll through my edit of the best affordable summer fragrances.
This is a zesty and fresh scent that lasts throughout the day and leaves a sweet smell on the skin.
With top notes of iris root for an earthy feel and sparkling pink pepper for freshness, You is heavily grounded in warm notes that connote a creamy base. Combined, the base and top notes create an addictive musk.
Summer encapsulated in a bottle, the floral and fruity combination makes it not for the faint hearted and if you aren’t into overly sweet scents then this fragrance isn’t for you. But if you are, then this scent unveils notes of peach, orchid and vanilla, leaving a sassy scent in the air.
Explosive and sultry, this unisex fragrance offers up notes of pink pepper, orange flower and cedarwood. It all comes together for a balance of earthy tones that will leave you wanting more.
If there ever was a hotly anticipated high-street fragrance collaboration, it would have to be between Zara and Jo Malone. The collection carries the unique notes that runs through the Jo Malone fragrances but with a unique twist. Expressing notes of orange flower, neroli and ylang-ylang, Jo Malone describes this as “royal and regal moments to be celebrated with orange flowers.”
You can’t really go wrong with lime and basil. The notes evoke a warmth and sweetness that you will no doubt become addicted to.
Who doesn’t love the arrival of a fresh bouquet of flowers at the door? Imagine that but bottled up in a fragrance.
For a lighter yet vibrant option, fall in love with the Crush Body mist. Infused with passionate notes of pistachio and salted caramel, this is a summer pool party vibe in a perfume. Inspired by the famous Bum Bum Cream, you will instantly be transported to the sun-soaked shores.
This sorbet-y notes culminate in a sweet but gentle blend that will immediately lift your spirits.
With its calming blend of green cardamom, iris and coriander, this unisex fragrance appeals to the calming senses and immediately draws you away from any stress. Enjoy your summer without a worry in sight.
This dark and intense aroma is delicately blended with bergamot, plum, vanilla, amber and patchouli.
Easy on the nose, Philosophy’s best-selling fragrance is light and flirty and perfect for the breezy summer days.
This fresh scent is a two-for-one as it also has skincare benefits thanks to the mix of beech, sorbier and blackcurrant bud extracts to moisturise and soothe the skin.