When the humidity is so high that it feels like we’re living in a thick cream soup, a mood-boosting hesperide cologne (fancy perfumery term for citrus-based scent) can help create your own personal micro-climate. Perk your nose up too with one of the following fragrances...
chanel paris riviera
The fourth fragrance from Chanel’s newish les Eaux de Chanel collection, Chanel Paris-Riviera is inspired by Madame Chanel’s house on the Riviera. A sunny citrus, it's loaded with Italian hesperidic notes of lemon and orange.
The scent starts out orange and summery, clean but not soapy, and once the orange blossom has warmed on your skin, it releases a stealthily sexy ambery note of benzoin (think resinous but not overly so. Ergo, perfect for summer). Wear this with no makeup – maybe just some bronzer and a carelessly applied red lip. And then go (gently) torment a lover or two.
Chanel Paris-Riviera ($149 CAD and $130 USD at chanel.com)
serge lutens fleurs de citronnier
In addition to having the most beautiful bottle we’ve seen in some time, Serge Lutens Les Eaux de Politesse, Fleurs de Cintronnier has a clever trickster spirit. It’s a shape-shifting citrus that starts out like a lemony eau de cologne before heating up into a gentle bower of white flowers. If you have any white clothing with eyelet trim, you need to wear it with this.
Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier ($185 CAD at holtrenfrew.com* and sephora.com; $160 USD at nordstrom.com)
scentuals neroli twist perfume
A genius, purse-sized roll-on (with a purse-sized price), Scentuals Neroli Twist starts with pure clean neroli (orange blossom) then adds patchouli for earthiness, and ylang ylang to create an aura of pure summer light wherever you go. Because it’s a roll-on not a spray, you can’t overdo it, so apply to wrists, the crook of your elbows, behind the ears, behind your knees. You can even swipe some under your nostrils on those days when you’re trapped on the sweltering subway with just too many dampish humans.
Scentuals Neroli Twist ($15.99 at well.ca, they ship to the USA)
la femme prada water splash
As the very name instructs you, limited-edition La Femme Prada Water Splash is meant to be used liberally, not hoarded and meted out in careful droplets. So go forth and douse yourself with abandon – and get all the mood enhancing benefits of bright, sunlit mandarin orange followed by gentle waves of flowering magnolia and serene sandalwood.
La Femme Prada Water Splash ($135 CAD at thebay.com and $110 USD at prada.com*)
bastide brilliant dry oil mist
Ok, fine. Luxurious Bastide Brilliant Dry Oil Mist is not strictly a perfume, but its macadamia- and olive-oil-rich formula, scented with orange flowers, is just the thing to massage into skin and even run through your hair after a summer beach day (or maybe after an office day to help evoke the beach). Use it now and still have enough left over to apply as an essential mood lifter to keep you going once winter arrives.
Bastide Brilliant Dry Oil Mist ($68 CAD at holtrenfrew.com* and £50 at cultbeauty.co.uk)
maison margiela replica under the lemon trees
Maison Margiela Replica Under the Lemon Trees is an an eye-opening, crisp antidote to humid weather. Citrus notes are notorious for not sticking around, so this brings a sharp herbal hit for lightness and longevity.
With green tea leaves and cedar playing happily together in the background, Under the Lemon Trees pays exuberant homage to Bulgari’s 1992 fragrance-industry game-changer Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert, but with the clever addition of lemon. Brilliant.
Maison Margiela Replica Under the Lemon Trees edt ($158 CAD at thebay.com and $126 USD at sephora.com)
What's your favourite summer scent for coping with melting temperatures?
#MadeInCanada: Scentuals Neroli Twist Perfume is the Canadian in this post 🇨🇦
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