Summer’s Best Fragrances Take Inspiration from Dreamy Escapes

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With travel on the sidelines for the summer ahead, we turn to new fragrances inspired by farflung destinations for a dreamy escape. From fresh florals to crisp citrus creations and everything in between, Savoir Flair’s edit of new fragrances will take you from the sand to an evening soirée with just a spray. Spritz your way into the summer season with these top picks.

Guerlain 'Patchouli Ardent'

The latest scent to join Guerlain’s ‘Les Absolus D’Orient’ range – a collection of fine fragrances that pay homage to the olfactory treasures and delights of the East – ‘Patchouli Ardent’ is a woody floral musk that packs a serious patchouli punch. Created by the brand’s iconic perfumer Theirry Wasser, it goes against the usual dark woody tones normally associated with patchouli and instead reveals a burst of sweet fig before rich rose, smooth leather, a sprinkling of spicy pepper, and the earthy scent of patchouli are revealed. Plus, its blue lacquer bottle is bound to beautify any vanity table.

Summer’s Best Fragrances Take Inspiration from Dreamy Escapes

Guerlain ‘Patchouli Ardent’

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Hermès 'L’Ombre Des Merveilles'

Speaking of beautiful blue bottles, inside this shimmery stunner you’ll find the latest addition to Hermès’ ‘Eau des Merveilles’ line. Each glittering, iridescent creation reveals the wonders of perfumer Christine Nagel, who – inspired by the union of day and night – set out to capture the moment when light and darkness unite, where shadows move between the two and create a fleeting moment of mystery and movement. Deep, dark notes of black tea wrap around sweet incense and sensual tonka bean to bring smoky, woody, almost mineralic notes that conjure up images of warm stones in the sun before they’re covered by a sea breeze and plunged into shadow.

Summer’s Best Fragrances Take Inspiration from Dreamy Escapes

Hermès ‘L’Ombre Des Merveilles’

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Chanel 'Le Lion'

Superstitious and fascinated by the stars, Gabrielle Chanel’s lucky protector was the mighty lion – the fifth sign of the Zodiac that watched over her from the day she was born. “I am a Leo, and, like a lion, I use my claws to prevent people from doing me harm”, she said. Fast forward to today, and the lion has become one of the key symbols used in the house, from fashion to jewelry and now, in fragrance. “I was much more interested in the emblematic Chanel lion than the animal”, explains Olivier Polge, Chanel’s Perfumer-Creator and the man behind this powerful oriental perfume. This isn’t about a wild beast – it’s a sophisticated, elegant, regal creature that doesn’t need to roar to command respect. Notes of fiery black pepper and dazzling citrus are sparked by animalistic resin and rich amber, wrapped in smooth vanilla, creamy sandalwood, and musky raw patchouli. The spirit of a lion, coated in Chanel.

Summer’s Best Fragrances Take Inspiration from Dreamy Escapes

Chanel ‘Le Lion De Chanel’

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Viktor & Rolf 'Flowerbomb Dew'

If you’re after something softer, sweeter, and lighter for your summer’s day, then Viktor & Rolf’s new ‘Flowerbomb Dew’ is just the ticket. A fresh floral scent inspired by delicate drops of dewy moisture resting on a rose’s petals in the morning dawn, it melts into the skin and instantly envelops you in the softness of fresh flowers. Blending sparkling and succulent top notes of pear accord and bergamot essence with a unique ‘dewy rose’ accord and an iris heart, it brings that dewy, water-kissed petal feeling straight to your fragrance. The dry down reveals a base of creamy vanilla, ambrette seeds, and soft musk to add depth and perfectly complement the delicate aroma of freshly picked flowers.

Summer’s Best Fragrances Take Inspiration from Dreamy Escapes

Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb Dew’

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Sol de Janeiro 'Sol Cheirosa '62 Eau De Parfum'

If canceled flights and travel restrictions have put all those vacation plans on hold, then you need to get your hands on the new (and first-ever) fragrance from cult beauty brand Sol de Janeiro. Bringing the beat of Brazil and the scent of its sell-out ‘Bum Bum Cream’ to the bottle, it will transport you to the sandy beaches of Rio with just a whiff. As Co-Founder and CEO Heela Yang explains, “The energy in Brazil is amazing and absolutely palpable. We wanted to do more than create a delicious fragrance – we wanted to capture the warmth and sensuality of Brazil in a bottle”, and they did just that thanks to a decadent, addictive blend of pistachio, caramel, vanilla, jasmine, and sandalwood. If this isn’t the scent of summer in a scent, we don’t know what is. Eat your heart out, Gisele.

Summer’s Best Fragrances Take Inspiration from Dreamy Escapes

Sol de Janeiro ‘Sol Cheirosa ’62 Eau De Parfum’

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Diptyque 'Eau Des Sens - Impossible Bouquet Collection'

Okay, so it’s not a new fragrance per se, but it is a whole new look for Diptyque’s classic ‘Eau des Sens’ scent. Part of the limited edition ‘Impossible Bouquet’ collection, which features unique fragrances inspired by nature, it’s been given a stunning new visual display courtesy of Dutch “digital florist” Bas Meeuws. And while we love all six scents, ‘Eau des Sens’, full of fresh and luminous orange blossom, is perfect for hot summer months and evenings by the beach. The proverbial cherry on top? That beautiful orange adorned bottle, perfect to bring a subtle splash of color to your bathroom shelf. The only problem is it’s limited edition – so move, fast.

Summer’s Best Fragrances Take Inspiration from Dreamy Escapes

Diptyque ‘Eau Des Sens – Impossible Bouquet Collection’

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Valentino 'Donna Born in Roma'

Or, if it’s the streets of Rome you’re longing to pound, then Valentino’s new fragrance – inspired by the Italian capital – is for you. A celebration of the city where the Maison was born, where streets steeped in history meet modern-day dreams, this olfactory creation celebrates classic perfumery but with a contemporary twist. An haute couture floriental modernized with woody undertones, it blends a trio of the world’s best jasmine flowers with vanilla bourbon (one of perfumery’s most expensive ingredients), warm woods, and a kick of fiery pink pepper. All housed in Valentino’s iconic ‘rockstud’ adorned bottle, of course.

Summer’s Best Fragrances Take Inspiration from Dreamy Escapes

Valentino ‘Donna Born in Roma’

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Dolce & Gabbana 'Dolce Shine'

Our olfactory journey continues down the Italian coast to Amalfi, where the deep blue gleaming waters of the Mediterranean glisten under the sun, and the sea breeze carries the soft scents of juicy fruits and fresh flowers that grow along the shore. It’s here that inspired the creation Dolce & Gabbana’s new ‘Dolce Shine’ scent – a delicious, fruity-floral scent that brings a splash of sunshine to any day. Fruity top notes of sweet, juicy mango, zesty grapefruit essence, and crisp quince make for a mouthwatering opening, before revealing a floral heart of bright jasmine and orange blossom. There’s an unexpected ozonic salty accord reminiscent of sea air lightly touching the petals with fresh dew, and at its base, sundrenched blond woods, silky white musk, and smoky Australian sandalwood evoke the sensation of soft, warm, sun-kissed skin.

Summer’s Best Fragrances Take Inspiration from Dreamy Escapes

Dolce & Gabbana ‘Dolce Shine’

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Rituals 'Rose De Shiraz'

The next best thing to covering yourself in fresh rose petals? Rituals’ new ‘Rose de Shiraz’ perfume. Inspired by exotic ingredients from the Orient, just one spritz transports you straight to summer’s night beneath a clear star-strewn sky, where the curves of Persian rooftops mark the horizon and below you, narrow streets start to wind down as the aromas of market day linger in the air. Notes of rich, full, Damask rose are wrapped in musky ambrette, before a touch of zesty sweet rhubarb reveals itself. Sensual, seductive, and oh so addictive.

Summer’s Best Fragrances Take Inspiration from Dreamy Escapes

Rituals ‘Rose De Shiraz’

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