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The Best Perfumes for Summer

When it comes to choosing a new perfume, sometimes it’s easy to stick with what you know. After all, there’s a reason that some classic perfumes continue to be popular with every generation. However, as the weather gets warmer, it’s nice to put away the heavier scents of the winter months and opt for something a little lighter. Something that conjures up memories of beautiful summer days spent enjoying the sunshine, either in an exotic location or just in your own garden at home.

If you’d like to try something new but timeless, then you’re in luck – several iconic fragrances from names including Calvin Klein, Paul Smith and DKNY have been reinvented for Summer 2019. Best of all, they’re all available in versions for men and women, so if you’re keen on a particular fragrance, you can now treat the special person in your life to the matching fragrance!

Here are our picks of the five best new perfumes for Summer 2019 for both men and women, or you can check out the best separate summer fragrances for men and women if you fancy trying something totally new.

What type of fragrance should I go for in the summer?

Heat amplifies scent, so when looking for a perfume to wear during the summer, it’s best to put away the musky perfumes that are so irresistible in the winter and go for a scent that is light and crisp. Citrussy fragrances or anything with light floral notes will be particularly good for the summer. If you already have a favourite fragrance, many perfume brands will have a summer version of their classic scent, so you can enjoy your favourite perfume even in the warmest weather.

How should I store my fragrance in the heat?

Heat can affect fragrance as it breaks down the chemical bonds that give the perfume its scent. This is why it’s important to keep perfumes out of sunlight, as direct heat can both degrade the fragrance and warp perfume bottles. It’s also important to keep perfumes away from windowsills and radiators, as even low heat or sunlight over an extended period of time can change the scent of your perfume. However, if the fragrance is packaged in a dark or opaque bottle, it should last longer and can be left out, as the dark packaging protects the fragrance from the sunlight.

How can I make my fragrance last longer in the summer?

In the summer it can often feel like your fragrance doesn’t last very long after you leave the house, but there are a few ways you can make your perfume last longer. Firstly, the best place to apply your fragrance are the pulse points of the neck and wrist, as you are less likely to sweat here. Hydrated skin is also said to be the best foundation for a long-lasting scent, so ensure that you drink plenty of water in the warmer weather, and keep your skin hydrated with moisturising shower gels and body creams. If you can find a matching scented body lotion, then even better - the oils in the lotion will ‘trap’ the fragrance, helping it last much longer.

What's the difference between eau de toilette and eau de parfum?

With different names for fragrances, it can get confusing to know what you’re looking for. Put simply, an eau de parfum is the strongest option, containing between eight and 15 per cent perfume oil and lasting you (hopefully) all day, whereas an eau de toilette only contains about four to eight per cent perfume. Whilst it’s not as strong, it should still last you around six to eight hours. For men, be aware that due to the high concentration of perfume in both, you shouldn’t apply either straight after shaving – stick to aftershave for that.

What are the top summer fragrances for 2019?

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite perfumes for the summer. Whatever your preferred scent, we’ve got something for you. Read on to discover which one you’ll be wearing all summer long…

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer

Inspired by the warmth of a summer afternoon by the sea, the limited-edition Eternity Summer Edition 2019 is a gorgeously exotic fragrance that is available for men and women.

Eternity Men Summer contains cilantro and lime for a truly tropical feel, juxtaposed against a salty accord to evoke the scent of the ocean, whilst Eternity Women Summer contains notes of mandarin orange, pear and watermelon for a perfectly summery scent.

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Davidoff Cool Water Summer

The iconic fragrance, inspired by the freshness of the ocean, is reinvented for summer 2019. Both men and women can enjoy the scent of the sea with this classic, fresh perfume.

Cool Water Man Summer combines aromatic notes of mint and lavender with sensual amber for a unique, fresh scent, while Cool Water Woman Summer offers fruity, floral notes including lily of the valley and watermelon for a beautifully fresh and feminine fragrance.

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Paul Smith Sunshine Limited Edition 2019

The perfect combination of light and warmth, this fresh fragrance offers an unforgettable scent that is simply perfect for summer.

Sunshine for Men is a woody but citrus fragrance with notes of grapefruit and coriander for an uplifting energy, combined with star fruit and Noble Moss to add a spicy edge. Meanwhile, Sunshine for Women combines juicy peach with feminine jasmine for a warm and fruity scent that will remind you of watching a sunset in the most beautiful of settings.

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DKNY Original Summer Limited Edition

Designed to evoke the feeling of diving into a refreshing pool on a hot day, this iconic fragrance offers an exhilarating burst of sunshine.

Original Summer Limited Edition for Men contains notes of bergamot and grapefruit with crisp pink pepper for a cool yet masculine scent which is both uplifting and edgy. Original Summer Limited Edition for Women contains the fruity scent of blackcurrant, rhubarb and mandarin, lingering against sensual musk and cedarwood notes that will bring about the carefree spirit of summer.

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Atelier Cologne Bergamote Soleil

If you’re guilty of ‘borrowing’ a spritz of your partner’s fragrance when you fancy a change from your usual scent, you’ll love Bergamote Soleil. A unisex fragrance, it’s a lively and uplifting scent with a slight hint of floral in the background. With notes of bergamot, jasmine and cardamom, it is light and subtle but long-lasting on the skin.

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Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense

Offering up an escape into the Mediterranean blue, you’re sure to love this tangy and sharp scent that feels as sensual as it does fresh.

Light Blue Eau Intense Pour Homme contains notes of refreshing mandarin and frozen grapefruit for a cool, elegant twist, whilst juniper creates a salty accord that conjures up the stunning blue waters of the sea. For women, Light Blue Eau Intense is a stunning cocktail of marigold, amber woods, lemon and green apple to make you feel like a true Mediterranean beauty.

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Did you know you can Click & Collect your fragrances for summer? Simply choose your favourite scents, add them to your basket and pick up before you fly.