If you closed your eyes and imagined the perfect summer day, what would come to mind? Are you an adventurer, always wanting to soak up as much of the world as possible when the warmer months arrive? Or do you prefer relaxing in the breezy calm of the season?
Now imagine this perfect day distilled into a scent. Which notes would capture all the dynamism and excitement of your summer outing? We’ve selected 12 of our favorite new niche fragrances for the summertime. These unique scents capture the essence of different summertime fantasies, which we’ve outlined below.
So let’s get lost in a daydream, and remember, if you’d like to try any of the fragrances below before committing, Smallflower offers a convenient sample program. Learn more here →
It’s partly sunny and 75 by the side of the pond in the lush neighborhood park. Atop a soft cotton blanket you entwine your legs with your partner’s as you sip lemonade, nibble a piece of fresh French bread, and annotate a collection of love poems. This is pure peace.
Notes: Ambroxan, Iso E Super.
Cruising along the backroads with the top down, the August heat dissipating with the rush of wind through your hair. You crank the radio all the way up and scream along with the Pixies, feeling wholly and completely free.
Notes: Bergamot, Green Leaf, Pear Stem, Ripe Fig, Coconut Milk, Iris, Blond Woods, Tonka Bean, Moss
Grunge and glamor combined: the pulsating lights emanating from stages overlooking messy, muddy fields where concert-goers traipse in dirty Doc Martens and floral-print dresses. This is the scent of those who don’t care too much about looking pretty — they just want to experience life in all its gritty glory.
Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Orange Blossom, Peppercorns, Chili Pepper, Sandalwood, Ambergris, Musk.
The hot sun on your skin, the cool clink of ice in your glass of sour and sugary lemonade. Dangling your feet in the cool aquamarine waters of the pool, you breathe in the scent of the surrounding garden.
Notes: Bergamot, Neroli, Lemon, Petitgrain, Lavender, Cardamom, Orange Flower, Orris, Orcanox, Patchouli, Vetiver, Tonka Bean Absolute, Musk)
The thunder of a hundred hooves. Elegant hats with wide brims to block the sun’s warm rays. Animated chatter with the slow, sweet tang of southern drawl. You breathe in the scent of your favorite drink that permeates all of the Derby.
Notes: Sweet Mint, Tangerine, Southern Magnolia, Bourbon, Grisalva, Sugarcube, Crushed Ice
Whether it’s strung between two palm trees or just hanging in your backyard, you love nothing more than relaxing in a hammock with a delicious drink in hand, taking in the scent of tropical blooms.
Notes: Pink Peppercorn, Pink Grapefruit, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang, Moroccan Rose, Jasmine Sambac, Bourbon Vanilla, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Peru Balsam.
You feel a rush of relief as you step into the climate-controlled lobby of the theater. You’re munching popcorn and sipping an ice-cold soda when a starlet appears on the screen. She’s the embodiment of Hollywood glamor: silk gowns, loose curls, and a sophisticated, distinctive perfume.
Notes: Violet Leaves, Bergamot, Rose, Blackcurrant, Lily of the Valley, Lilac, Patchouli, Heather, Cocoas Powder
Somewhere between Venice and Laguna Beach, you find yourself drawn to the calm ocean views, or the azaleas blooming against a pastel building. You haven’t a care in the world…you can see the Hollywood sign from your Airbnb, and you’re here to relax.
Notes: Mint, Anise, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Rose, Cassis, Hedione, White Musk.