Your Summer Fragrance Finder
PRADA CANDY L'EAU
If you love the original version, then you’ll be instantly hooked on the new, lighter iteration. The sweet caramel scent gets a seasonally appropriate update thanks to hints of citrus and sweet pea. (And check out the mini-movie Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola created for the perfume.)
BUY IT: $68 at neimanmarcus.com
Start practicing your pronunciation of the French label (it’s “lahn-vahn”), since this blueberry, mandarin and licorice fragrance smells so unique and sexy, everyone is going to be asking who makes it. P.S. The bottle comes decked out with a chic gold chain and blue gem.
BUY IT: $98 at nordstrom.com
ESTEE LAUDER BRONZE GODDESS
Remember the amazing coconutty scent of the sunscreen you used as a kid? This is like the fancy, grown-up version. It has sandalwood, vanilla, amber, plus a bunch of citrus fruits. Editor’s tip: Buy two bottles. The fragrance is not only addictive but also limited-edition.
BUY IT: $60 at esteelauder.com
It’s a scorcher of a day, but try telling that to the bride, who has her heart set on getting married outside. The bad news: Your hair will probably frizz. The good news: You can still smell nice with this refreshing blend of pomegranate, mandarin and green leaf.
BUY IT: $67 at macys.com
BOND NO. 9 CENTRAL PARK SOUTH
We wish summer in N.Y.C. smelled even half as good as the latest Bond No. 9 fragrance, named after Manhattan’s luxe, tree-lined street. Spritz it on and you’ll get a whiff of grapefruit flower, black currant buds and green ivy leaves.
BUY IT: $190 at bondno9.com
ELIZABETH ARDEN GREEN TEA HONEYSUCKLE
Even if you’ll be spending most of your summer days in a cubicle, you can at least smell like you’ve been on vacation in the northern region of the Alps, which was the inspiration for this pretty blend of honeysuckle, lemon, green tea and jasmine.
BUY IT: $29.50 at elizabetharden.com
COACH SIGNATURE SUMMER LEGACY EDITION
This mandarin, jasmine and peony-spiked scent is the fragrance equivalent of your favorite maxi dress: breezy, pretty and perfect for just about any summer occasion.
BUY IT: $68 at sephora.com