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Summer Fragrance Favourites

21:10Alice Grace


We may have seen the last of our British summer, now that grey skies and downpours are a regular occurrence, but I'm refusing to give up on the dream of sunny picnics in the park, Mr Whippy ice creams and being able to leave the house sans umbrella. One thing that I can always rely on to bring back that contented, summer feeling is fragrance. Even a raging storm couldn't dampen my spirits after spritzing one of my four favourites.


Everyone loves Jo Malone and for very good reason. Not only are the iconic bottles and packaging just so chic, but the colognes combine unusual blends of ingredients, making them stand out from the crowd. One of my favourites for the warmer months is Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia (£42 for 30ml). The mix of ripe, juicy pear and fresh freesia, creates a crisp and clean fragrance that reminds me of an early morning in a summer garden. 

Initially, this cologne has more of a fruity element to it, but once it hits the skin and dries down, the floral notes become stronger. Although it does have a touch of sweetness about it, the hint of rose especially gives it a much more grown-up, sophisticated feel. As you may expect, this is definitely not a sexy fragrance and it could lean slightly granny-esque for those who dislike floral scents, but I love it during the daytime. Compared to my other Jo Malone fragrances, this one isn't the longest lasting, but it usually wears for around six hours or so, before fading.


Usually, when sales staff approach me armed with a bottle of new fragrance, I rarely rate it. The only time I've had a sniff, rushed to a counter and bought a bottle straight away, was when I tried D&G 3 L'Impertrice Pour Femme (£41 for 100ml). Since then, it's made a constant appearance in my collection and has become one of my holy-grail fragrances. 

Instantly invigorating, this scent is vibrant and packs a punch from the first spray. Bursting with fruity notes, including rhubarb, peach, watermelon and red currants, it has a zingy, slightly sour edge which makes my mouth water every time I spray it. Even though it's strong and has amazing longevity, it smells natural and not at all artificially pumped full of chemical fillers. For me, this is definitely a confidence-boosting scent that's appropriate for both day and night and will last on the skin until I next shower. Impressive, right?


One of my favourites for when I'm in a sweet mood, is the Givenchy Ange Ou Demon Le Secret (£62 for 50ml). Despite the name, this eau de parfum is all angel, with no demon in sight smell. See what I did there?

Very pretty and feminine, this is a sugary scent that has a whimsical feel to it, without being cloying. Lemon gives it a citrus twist when first applied, but it eventually dissipates, leaving a combination of white flowers and woody notes to take over, once dry. Perfect for a first date, it screams flirty and girly, without being too over-the-top or obviously sexy. I just wish that it had a stronger sillage and would remain on the skin for longer than a few hours, without the need to douse myself in about one hundred sprays. The gorgeous, teardrop-shaped bottle does look great on my dressing table, though.


Chanel fragrances are always a winner in my book, but Chanel Chance Eau Tendre (£74 for 100ml) is my number one and could be classed as my signature scent, as I wear it so often and always repurchase. If I had a pound for every time I received a compliment on it, I'd be rich.

Thanks to notes of grapefruit and quince, Eau Tendre has quite a tangy kick to begin with, before the floral notes shine through. That classic, smooth base of iris and white musk, which is typical of Chanel fragrances, gives the scent a sensual element. Although it isn't spicy as such, the inclusion of amber adds a warm, comforting touch. By far, this is one of the strongest scents in my collection, in terms of longevity and it will linger on my scarf or jacket for days after wearing it. 


What are the fragrances you gravitate towards during Summer?

AGB X


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16 comments

  1. Chanel Chance is one of my favourites! :) I also love Vera Wang and Marc Jacobs for summer fragrances xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. I haven't tried any Vera Wang fragrances before, so I'll have to check them out. Thanks for the recommendation :) x

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  2. Le Secret sounds like it smells absolutely heavenly <3
    xxx
    She Will Be

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  3. I adore Chanel Chance! & totally agree that the Jo Malone packaging is gorgeous - I'll have to try the Pear & Freesia scent! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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    1. Me too, I have the original and eau tender and they're both amazing. Yes, you'll have to pop to a counter and have a sniff - I promise you won't regret it! x

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  4. I’ve been on holiday
    for the past month and have really been looking forward to reading your blog
    when I got back- it definitely didn’t disappoint! xx




    MAYBELLINE CLASSIC VOLUME EXPRESS WATERPROOF MASCARA
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    1. What a compliment! Thanks so much! :) x

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  5. I must be the only one in the beauty world who hasn't tried Jo Malone, I want to but gosh, it's hard for me to justify the price. I do love Chanel perfumes and I always borrow my mum's.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Jo Malone fragrances are pricey, yes, but so worth it for a really unique scent x

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  6. Gorgeous picks hun, Chanel Chance sounds amazing and I’ve been tempted by it for ages especially now I keep seeing the adverts. I love that this has quite a tangy kick, fab post :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Thanks! I had a try of the new Chance Eau Vive and it's nice, but I still prefer Eau Tendre x

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  7. Oh my gosh, I love the sound of English Pear and Freesia! Will definitely have to have a sniff next time I'm at the Jo Malone counter :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. I'm sure you'll love it, but let me know what you think! x

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  8. I love Chance Eau Tendre too, it's so true it lingers for ages and always gets compliments xx

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. Totally! It's the fragrance I get asked most about whenever I wear it :) x

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