By Funmi Fetto
Get summer-ready with this selection of lights scents, glossy makeup and nourishing suncare
We’ve been indoctrinated into the concept of a “summer fragrance” – floral, pretty, sweet, citrus. In reality, the idea is nonsensical. A summer fragrance is whatever you choose to wear, so don’t feel obliged to play by the rules. Diptyque’s Eau de Minthé is slightly off the beaten track: yes there’s a floral (rose) accord, but the predominant notes are mint and nutmeg. Jo Malone x Huntsman Birch and Black Pepper is touted as a men’s fragrance, but I’d happily wear its smoky sexiness all year long. If you gravitate towards a sophisticated floral, there is plenty on offer. Cloon Keen’s Lá Bealtaine – a blend of jasmine, tuberose, mandarin, bergamot and neroli – is unapologetically ultra-feminine. Burberry’s Her Blossom and Gucci Bloom also fit well into the archetypal floral family. Prada’s Water Splash does, too, but it infuses the green notes of the frangipani flower with a touch of mandarin. Byredo also taps into the mandarin, but blends it with jasmine and cotton candy. Orange Sanguine by Atelier Cologne captures freshly cut oranges in a bottle and is totally gender neutral, as is Clean’s Solar Bloom – a floral with the base note of patchouli. And for a bit of nostalgia there’s always the special summer edition of CK One – a throwback to the days when “summer fragrances” were all the rage.