Summer fragrances: your complete guide

summerscentsFragrances are deeply personal products. Finding your favourite fragrance, one that perfectly reflects your personality and your tastes, is no mean feat. We associate perfumes with people, occasions and certain periods of our lives. One fragrance might take you back to a family Christmas from your childhood, while another might trigger memories of a long, blissful holiday from several years back. Moving away from your favourite perfume to another can be slightly daunting. A new season is the perfect time to make the leap and diversify your fragrance collection! Read on for your complete guide to choosing a summer fragrance.

Why bother?

You change your skincare and makeup routine for summer, so why not switch your fragrance? Also, many perfume notes are intensified in the heat – your winter fragrance may become overpowering. You might also want to take inspiration from nature and add some floral and green notes into your fragrance.

Summer perfume notes

Winter perfumes are packed with rich, full notes including woody and oriental notes. In summer, the heat tends to make those notes overpowering and even cloying. In summer, look for these notes:

  • Rose
  • Citrus
  • Tropical fruits
  • Berries
  • Greens

If you’re not sure whether a particular perfume note is suitable for summer or not, think about food. In summer, we opt for lighter, zestier flavours and tend to eat fewer meals with rich flavours or warm spices. However, bear in mind that every perfume is its own balanced recipe of notes – the notes interact with each other and behave differently depending on the fragrance’s other notes – so some perfumes with wintry notes in might still be light enough for summer.


The summer heat cuts the amount of time your perfume’s staying time in two ways: the heat speeds up the evaporation process, and humidity and sweat also play a part. That means you’ll have to reapply more often than in the winter, particularly if you’re wearing a lighter scent. If you’re heading out for the day you may wish to stash some of your summer fragrance in your handbag.

Fragrances to look for

Want to try a summer fragrance but don’t know where to begin? If you have a favourite winter fragrance, the first step is to have a quick online search and see if it has a summer variant. For example, Eternity by Calvin Klein has a lighter, summer version filled with softer, fresher notes.

Classic summer fragrances include Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue, DKNY’s Be Delicious and L’Eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake.

Our top picks in the Direct Cosmetics webstore are:

  • Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden. Green Tea has its own summer version but the original fragrance is as light and fresh as its name suggests.
  • Heat Rush by Beyoncé. If you prefer fruity fragrances, Heat Rush has it all. With blood orange, passion fruit and cherry, this is a vibrant summer fragrance that has more personality than most other celeb-endorsed perfumes.
  • Rose by Paul Smith. Paul Smith’s Rose is the scent of a rose garden captured in a bottle. If you love the smell of roses, this fragrance delivers – and without any harsh, synthetic notes.

Remember that all the fragrances featured in this list are subject to availability – we’re continually updating our catalogue of perfumes so you can buy today’s top brand fragrances at great prices.

There you have it – our guide to summer fragrances. If you’re planning to treat yourself or a friend to a new fragrance this season, save money by checking out summer perfumes at the Direct Cosmetics webstore!



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