This week’s latest launchers will help you scent your summer days as we kiss July goodbye. Travel vicariously with Louis Vuitton California Dream or bask in the sun drenched scent of Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Azur. Stay cool by the pool with Hervé Gambs divinely named Ice Lemon Cologne or freshen up with Coach Blue. Whatever you choose will make it a July to remember.CALVIN KLEIN
ETERNITY SUMMER FOR WOMEN
For Eternity Summer’s collectors, the season doesn’t truly start until a bottle of each year’s limited edition has landed. This time around, it’s the turn of Pascal Gaurin to evoke summer days, shimmering sunsets and cool dawn mornings, via a solar floral fusion of bergamot, violet leaf, LMR’s Desert Rose Oil, jasmine samback ginger, coconut water, guaiac wood, vetiver oil and salty musk. It’s proof positive that you really can bottle ‘golden hour’.
£73 for 100ml eau de parfum
BRONZE GODDESS AZUR
BG’s annual editions are as hotly anticipated as summer vacays themselves – and this year’s may be as close to the Côte d’Azur as many of us get. The crystalline, pale blue juice is brought to life with invigorating Sicilian lemon, Italian bergamot and Calabrian mandarin, infused with saltiness. Petals of neroli and orange flower bright a shaft of sunlight, warming to sun-ripened fig, Ambrox, musks, coconut milk and cedarwood. Mais oui!
£44 for 50ml eau de toilette
ICE LEMON COLOGNE
There’s a trio of so-refreshing Ice Colognes in the new Hervé Gambs collection, but we’re plumping for Ice Lemon to quench our olfactory thirst for summery scents. Like diving head-first into a sherbet sorbet, the sparkling citrus fruits veritably fizz with freshness. Lemon, mandarin and bergamot get fruity with a zing of just-grated ginger, cardamom and black pepper, while lemon leaves, peppermint and vetiver roots add a shot of green to the mossy base.
£112 for 100ml eau de Cologne
This could be our favourite incarnation of the Marc Newson bottle for Louis Vuitton, yet, echoing the vibe of Jacques Cavallier Belletrud’s creation within. We all love that end-of-day warmth on our skin, evoked here by joyful mandarin infused with the warmth of ambrette and vanilla-tinged benzoin that emerges as your body heats. ‘Mandarin, as passionate as a sunset,’ is how Louis Vuitton put it – and it sure has us dreaming of Malibu views.
£200 for 100ml Cologne perfume
A burst of invigorating freshness, the opening notes revive the senses immediately with a splash of aromatic lime and absinthe seeming to explode from the bottle. Whoosh! Now we’re diving into cool, crystal clear blue water, salty laps enlivened by the warmth black pepper before we climb out and rub down with a warm fluffy base of dry cedarwood and the welcome glow of amber. Lacking energy? This scent will get you going!
£29 for 40ml eau de parfum