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By Chere Di Boscio
From sea breezes and salty skin to fresh cut grass and dewy roses, what signals summer more than scent? These 10 all-natural perfumes were created with summer in mind. Whether you spritz them on whilst lounging poolside, or spray them onto a jumper in the dark months of winter, they’re guaranteed to cheer you up with memories of sunny, lazy days.
You know when you kiss a kid or your boyfriend, and there’s that intimate smell of skin, fresh air, and summer? That’s what geranium smells like for me. And this unique perfume by Balm Balm captures that summer scent perfectly. There’s spearmint and petitgrain to ensure the floral scent is never too sweet or overwhelming, and you can rest assured that this is based on 100% natural ingredients, with many of these are actually organic, meaning you truly will smell sweetly natural!
What could be more summer fresh than a simple rose perfume? This one by Neal’s Yard blends hundred petalled and damask roses with organic rose geranium, organic cedarwood and pink pepper to create a beautifully subtle, natural scent that’s truly classically feminine.
Available for a limited time only, this all natural perfume by Amayori is built on a lovely concept: ‘Yusuzumi’. This Japanese term refers to the act of enjoying the cool of the evening after a hot summer’s day.
With its base of camellia oil and hints of lemon, lemongrass, ylang ylang and a touch of jasmine, Amayori’s Summer Breeze Perfume Oil Roller evokes a soft Kyoto breeze in Japanese garden, and the roller format of the perfume is perfect for keeping in your bag, at your desk, for travel, bedside, or any other time you want a quick and easy fragrance ritual experience.
Summer is all about the heat, and this perfume by Florascent is truly warming. Using only natural and essential oils for their aromas, this Umami perfume is gorgeous and slightly spicy. Key notes here are organic vanilla, Yuzu, with the sweet edge softened by the addition of peppery pimento and ginger. It all comes housed in a clean, simple gold and purple spray bottle encased in a matching tube.
For me, green will always be the colour – and scent – of summer. Growing up in Canada, I remember the scent of cedars and pines near the shores of the lake where we had a cottage, and of course, nothing was lovelier than playing on a lawn of freshly cut grass.
Made with organic alcohol and natural fragrance materials, with zero synthetics, this Acorelle scent is based on aromatherapy concepts; it’s truly a perfume that makes you feel good
It harmoniously blends the freshness of citrus fruits like lemon and bergamot with the subtle sweetness of Moroccan mint leaf. A rich powdery floral aspect is supplied by Florentine iris and patchouli, as well as Virginian cedar and Argentinean gaiac wood. So fresh!
When I heard about this on Twitter, I became really, really excited. I LOVE jasmine, as it takes me back to when my husband was courting me in Argentina. There was some jasmine in the neighbour’s garden, and he used to nick a few buds for me–it was the most exotic thing I’d ever smelled, and still reminds me of those romantic days (and nights!).
To try to revive those memories, I used to wear a jasmine scent by Estee Lauder, but frankly, the wicked headache it gave me (and others, sometimes) was totally not worth the pleasure of the aroma. Lucky me, then, to find this gorgeous perfume by Organic Pharmacy, which (unlike Estee Lauder’s product) contains no nasty, headache inducing chemicals–in fact, it’s mostly pure organic ingredients and oils. This perfume is a new favourite: it brings all the lush pleasure of ylang ylang and bergamot notes, followed by a light jasmine that lasts and lasts. And just look at that bottle! Well worth the price tag.
This one is definitely a rich hippy favourite–the main ingredient is apparently, Love, followed closely by very summery camellia oil, bergamot, and rather uniquely, cardamom, which gives this slightly sweet perfume a spicy tang. Ylang ylang and juniper are also present, as are tiny quartz chips, gem and flower essences, colour rays, sacred symbols, mantras and sound, all designed with aromatherapeutic healing properties in mind–this time, to help you heal the body, and feel comfortable in the skin you’re in all summer.
Though it’s one of the most common fruits in Europe, there’s something highly sophisticated about fig scents, and this one by Pacifica is no exception. Earth meets the Sea in this green, full-bodied blend made with notes of fig, moss, close and cyclamen, all set in a luscious Sandalwood base. Sensuous and complex, it’s a wonderfully imaginative take on a classic fig scent.
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