Life bottled: match your perfume to any summer occasion

By Lauren Carbran

Craving a hint of summer already? Us, too. So get those occasions in the diary and start planning your summer to the max. No matter where you’re going, we’ve got the perfume pals you’ll want to take along…


Whether you’re a horse-racing fan or just go for the style, you’ve got to smell your best at Ascot! So before you trot off, invest in a sparkling, sophisticated scent. For him we love the freshly intense Ralph Lauren Polo Blue, which mixes tangerine, cucumber and watermelon. For the girls, you can’t go wrong with Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo, a super-classy perfume with notes of pear nectar and sweet Italian orange. Yummy!

Garden parties

Ah, the drinks flowing, music on shuffle and maybe a cheeky Pimm’s or three. We’re obsessed with summer garden parties, the events to turn up the summer spirit with ultra-fresh scents. For guys, swap your woody fragrances for a splash of aquatic notes, like the marine accord and lemon in Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio. For girls, we heart the sensual smell of jasmine, ginger lily and salted vanilla in Paco Rabanne Olympéa, which will def get heads turning.


We have your summer festival fragrance covered and yes… it’s for both guys and gals! CK One will give floral festival perfumes a run for their money this year, we promise. After all, you’ll not only want to smell fresh but edgy, too. And CK One does both with refreshing tones of bergamot and green tea. If you need any more convincing, just try it for yourself.


Deciding what to wear to a regatta may take a bit of thought, but your choice of perfume is easy. As the sun begins to appear (we hope!) and you head to the boat races, make sure you’re spritzed with a fragrance with a floral heart, to last you from start to finish. Not only will DKNY Be Delicious give you girls some serious freshness, you’ll smell like roses and violets – along with apples, of course! For guys, you’ll want to smell fresh with an edge as you watch the crew row by, so try Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme for a burst of basil flower, violet and ginger.


You’ll be upping your style game at a wedding, so make sure you do the same with your fragrance. Whether you’re a bridesmaid, best man, singleton or mother-of-the-bride, we have all your perfume worries sorted. Girls should go sweet and subtle with Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, which oozes pear and vanilla – perfect for a romantic setting. Or we love Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa, which seduces the senses with papaya flower and Turkish rose. For guys, go loud and proud with an iconic fragrance like Gucci Guilty Black Pour Homme or Aramis by Aramis. We’re big fans of their powerful ingredients, which include pink pepper (Gucci Guilty) and sandalwood (Aramis by Aramis).


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