Scents of summer: 10 fresh fragrances for the season

It wouldn’t be summer without a sweet new scent.

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It wouldn’t be summer without a sweet new scent.

Every beauty brand on the market has undoubtedly debuted a new fragrance (or two!) in celebration of the sunny season. With notes ranging from citrus to salty — and pretty much everything in-between — there are plenty of new elixirs on the market that are worthy of a second spritz.

Struggling to select a few to start? Here are 10 of our favourites:

The scent: Dior Eden-Roc.

Why we love it: From La Collection Privée Christian Dior, this scent is a nod to the French Riviera — and, more specifically, the legendary luxury Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc that’s located there. This salty-woody fragrance features notes of sea salt, citrus, jasmine, coconut and pine tree. The combination is like a seaside escape — minus the flight to France.


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$330 for 125 mL | Dior boutiques,

The scent: Issey Miyake A Drop d’ Issey.

Why we love it: The eau de parfum from Issey Miyake is designed to be “an invitation to see the world in a new way.” Boasting notes of lilac, almond milk and ethically sourced orange blossom flower, over a base of cedarwood and vanilla, this floral scent is pleasantly unique. Plus, the stylish clear glass bottle, made from partially recycled glass, is sure to make this fragrance a standout among a scent collection.

$114 for 50 mL | Shoppers Drug Mart,

The scent: Jean Paul Gaultier La Belle and Le Beau.

Why we love it: With a play on the story of Adam and Eve, these two fragrances “go well together. Forever and ever.” The women’s fragrance, La Belle, is an oriental-vanilla offering, with a hint of vetiver and pear. The men’s cologne, Le Beau, mixes a heady combination of coconut wood with refreshing bergamot.


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$100 for 50 mL (La Belle) and $120 for 125 mL (Le Beau) | Hudson’s Bay,

The scent: Jo Malone Orange Peel Cologne.

Why we love it: This limited-edition fragrance is said to be “inspired by the British love of jam-making.” The full collection boasts fruity combinations of fragrance that smell delicious. And this Orange Peel option is no exception. Boasting notes of orange peel, bitter orange and cashmere wood, the scent is sure to make the season full of marmalade memories.

$98 for 30 mL | Holt Renfrew,

The scent: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae Cologne Forte.

Why we love it: This luxurious eau de parfum from French perfumer Francis Kurkdjian features a mix of citrus and floral notes. Combining bergamot from Calabria, Italy, with rich musks and other “sunny flowers,” this golden elixir is truly sun-kissed — and perfect for summer.


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$290 for 70 mL | Holt Renfrew, 

The scent: Paco Rabanne Invictus Victory.

Why we love it: Billed as an “extreme eau de parfum,” this men’s cologne is “the smell of triumph.” The vibrant and fresh fragrance features a collection of notes including citrus pepper, vanilla and lavender. The cool-spice scent is bottled in a unique format, with the flask in the shape of a trophy. It’s an olfactory winner, indeed.

$125 for 100 mL | Sephora,

The scent: Chanel No.5.

Why we love it: Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the iconic Chanel No.5 scent is being feted in multiple ways, including with the unique Factory 5 Collection. The limited-edition series released this month features the recognizable fragrance repurposed via several products with quirky packaging (think: bath tablets in a tea tin and shower gel in a squeeze bottle). The lineup proved so popular with shoppers, it sold out within hours. While the limited-edition release is no longer available, you can still celebrate this special scent with one of its many other iterations.


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$190 for 100 mL | Chanel,

The scent: The Body Shop White Musk Radical.

Why we love it: Inspired by the cult-classic scent White Musk, this “Radical” reboot features a robust garden of green notes including basil, citrus and green vetiver. The “earthy scent” is designed to be worn on its own, or layered with the original White Musk elixir for a cool, customized effect.

$16 for 15 mL | The Body Shop,

The scent: Nina Ricci Nina Rose Garden.

Why we love it: This scent is like a picnic in the park. Notes of freshly cut grass mingle with pear, citrus and white musk. An evolution of the original Nina fragrance, released in 2006, this eau de toilette suggests a “delightful getaway” that’s the perfect accompaniment for a summer season that’s sure to be full of brief escapes and miniature adventures.

$85 for 50 mL | Hudson’s Bay,

The scent: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue.

Why we love it: Inspired by the sea, these fresh new body sprays for men and women are light and airy. Featuring notes of Sicilian cedar and crisp apple, the feminine body and hair spritz is designed to be applied “top-to-toe.” The masculine version, Light Blue Pour Homme, boasts a bit more musk thanks to bergamot, rosemary and rosewood.

$42 for 125 mL | Shoppers Drug Mart,

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