Top 5 Summer Scents

4 Jul 2013

A couple of weeks ago I did a collaboration post with Shona from Freshbeautyxox on our Top 5 Hair Care Products for Happy, Healthy Hair. We enjoyed doing the collaboration together so much, we've decided to do a few more! As you might have guessed from the title, today's collaboration post is all about my Top 5 Summer Scents. Shona has done a post on her Top 5 Summer Scents too so be sure to head over to Shona's blog to check out her post! First up, a scent I am sure you have all heard a lot about as it makes the rounds of the beauty blogs and YouTube gurus, and that is Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. I wanted this perfume for a long time, mainly due to the constant rave reviews Lily from ETC LLYMLRS. At first I resisted; I kept gravitating towards it every time I was in Boots but the £45 price tag put me off. One day I decided to just stop looking and smelling and being tempted and just buy it already! Bronze Goddess is exactly as everyone describes it; like summer in a bottle. The scent, which has a blend of bergamot and mandarin, with Tahitian gardenia petals and coconut, amber, sandalwood and vetiver., is basically a very warm, very deep, almost sickly sweet scent with a touch of spice and a lot of coconut. It makes me think of the Caribbean, I love wearing it on really hot days (as rare as they are), because it makes England feel just that little better and nicer to be in (when all I want to do is jump on a plane and sit on a beach in paradise!) It's gorgeous, there's no denying it. I really love the bottle too, unlike any of my other fragrances, the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess stands out - even if it does need a wipe down to remove fingerprints after every use! (John Lewis, 100ml, £45)

Another scent which is perfect for sunny days, but the kind of sunny day where there's a cool, refreshing breeze, is the L'Occitane Magnolia & Mure*. It's just the most beautiful scent which reminds me of younger days fruit picking at some of the farms surrounding the beautiful Countryside where I live. It's sweet, but fresh, warming, but not spicy or over-powering. It's a very subtle but very definitely fruity scent. It reminds me a bit of the Britney Spears Fantasty perfume; but finer, richer and of a more mature quality. It includes notes of magnolia, made with an essential oil all the way from the Far East, with notes of blackberry which really pull through and make this scent so beautiful to me. Part of the new Grasse Collection from L'Occitane which contains four scents overall, it's the perfect day time scent. (L'Occitane*, 75ml, £49) The Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.100* is the completely opposite to L'Occitane Magnolia & Mure, but it's refreshing, invigorating, fresh floral scent makes it another perfume I am loving for for day time. I'm a big, big fan of the Liz Earle frangrances with Botanical Essence No.15 being one of my favourite ever scents, and Botanical Essence No.100 is the newest scent to join the Liz Earle family. Liz Earle describes this scent as "Captivating, evocative and beautifully wearable, it captures the exquisite blend of a hand-tied bouquet of flowers", and I wholeheartedly agree. It has notes of damask rose, orange flower and Indian jasmine, with cypress, sandalwood and bourbon vanilla. If I'm off out for lunch for the day with my partner or a friend, this is the scent I reach for. It's summery, yet not over-powering, making it one of the most wearable scents I have for during the day. Utterly lovely. (Liz Earle*, 50ml, £47)

If you know me well or were at the #LDNBBMeet back in April, the next scent in my Top 5 will be no surprise to you; Diptyque Philosykos. I know the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess is £45, but generally, me and expensive perfumes have never mixed before. I have so many favourite scents which are budget buys and I adore them (I will do a post soon on my top 5 budget fragrances!) but it wasn't until Diptyque Philosykos that I really parted with quite a lot of cash for what is realistically, a small bottle. I've always been intrigued by Diptque perfumes but always thought of them as out of my price range, and if I am honest they still are. But whilst shopping in Liberty's before the #LDNBBMeet I decided to see what exactly the fuss was all about with this particular scent from Diptque; if you're no stranger to beauty blogs and watching beauty gurus on YouTube, you'll know this is a raved about scent. As soon as I spritzed this on myself in Liberty's, I just knew I had to have it. In fact, the scent drove me a little doo-lally and I got quite emotional. Diptque Philosykos is like being transported back to Cyprus, stopped on a road side in the blaring sun to buy figs off of the back of a fruit van. It smells exactly like fresh, just ripened figs. It makes me feel insanely happy - it reminds me of my favourite place in the World - whilst also making me feel incredibly home sick. There was no way once I smelt this, that I couldn't pick it up and I decided to pick up a 50ml bottle. I actually picked it up in Selfridge's, as it took me the whole day to talk myself in to spending the money on it. I kicked myself when I got home, wishing I had spent the £20 more for the 100ml bottle but I am sure I will never be without this scent now, so next time I can make the more value-for-money choice and opt for the bigger size. And just a head's up - The & Other Stories Fig Fiction range is an absolute, spot-on dupe for this scent, if you're after a cheaper alternative. (Selfridge's, 50ml, £50

Last but not least, a scent which had my curious beauty obsessive interest for months and now that I've finally tried it for myself, I understand why this was such a coveted scent. Escentric Molecules 01* is the most unusual, confusing yet utterly beautiful scent you could hope for. An innovative fragrance, it works with each individual's own natural pheromones to create an individual scent unique to that person. How this smells on me, will be different to the next person and so on. This scent was raved about for ages, hailed as an amazing, like-no-other scent, so much so that even the location of where it was sold was kept all hush-hush for a while by those who had fallen in love with it. When I wear this scent, I can't really smell anything on myself. It's others around you that can! There is one place I get a scent myself from this perfume, and that is my wrists, right above where you would take your pulse. I've had people tell me this smells different to anything else they've smelt before and each person I have asked to describe the scent has identified different notes. It's unique, there's no denying it. A cult perfume which I think is really one you need to try for yourself to understand the rave reviews. I think it's fascinating the way it works and I love it during these sunnier days because sometimes I don't want a full strength perfume on, but I still want to smell nice and this is the perfect scent for that. I've also really enjoyed spritzing it on friends to see how the scent changes on them, it's just a really interesting, fascinating scent! (Cult Beauty*, 100ml, £65.50)

I would love to know what your Top 5 summer scents are, and don't forget to check out Shona's post on her blog all about her Top 5 summer scents too! 

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