10 best perfumes for summer

From beach holiday-inspired aromas to delicate floral perfumes, these are the scents to see you through summer

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Scent your way into summer with a new season fragrance update. From new releases to special editions, these are the bottles that will have you feeling the full force of a holiday spirit – even if your location is decidedly less exotic.

1. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess: £47, esteelauder.co.uk


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Does what it says on the label, well almost. If you could sum up the smell of holidays, it would be a little bit like this. A warm fragrance that does its best to transport you to a sunny beach – think coconut, jasmine and the very slight hint of suncream.

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2. Yardley English Daisy: £19.99, yardleylondon.co.uk



The heritage British brand’s classic scent, English Daisy, is a quintessential summer fragrance. It’s floral with a real dewy feel thanks to the combination of hyacinth and white rose. Plus at just under £20, it’s a budget-friendly option.

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3. Creed Virgin Island Water: £95, harrods.com


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Just the name alone is enough to whisk you away to sunnier climes, inspired by you guessed it – The Virgin Islands. Created by perfumers Olivier and Erwin Creed following a sailing trip round the tropical isles. Think an exotic mix of coconut, hibiscus and white rum.

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4. Narciso Rodriguez Narciso: £49.50, boots.com



A new eau de toilette of the signature scent from Narciso Rodriguez, this is one for those who like their scents on the heavy side, notes of Bulgarian rose and white peony dominate this pretty floral fragrance and whilst the bottle doesn’t scream summer, it’s definitely an eyecatcher.

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5. Atelier Cologne Pomelo Paradis: £90, ateliercologne.com


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If you could encapsulate the word zesty into a scent – this would be it. A new fragrance celebrating five years of Atelier Cologne with fruitiness at its heart; pink Pomelo and orange blossom are key ingredients, softened by the addition of Bulgarian rose.

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6. Tom Ford Fleur De Portofino: £145, harrods.com


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A new edition to the now iconic Neroli Portofino scent collection by Tom Ford, this one adds a pretty floral edge to the otherwise intense notes of Neroli that characterises the collection.  Think the Italian Riveria with a side helping of Mediterranean coastal flowers.

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7. Jo Malone Incense and Cedrat: £105, jomalone.co.uk


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This is an oriental woody fragrance which translates well as a unisex offering from the luxury fragrance house. With heady base notes of incense combined with woody vetyver all lightened by cedrat fruit creating a citrus tang.

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8. Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea: £39.50, moltonbrown.co.uk


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The London-based perfumers at Molton Brown have encapsulated summer in one nifty scent. This is a new addition to its fragrance offering with the sweet floral notes of honeysuckle balanced by extracts of white tea leaf for a delicate scent.

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9. Jimmy Choo Exotic: £43.50, boots.com


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Shoes and perfume may not appear to have that much in common, but for its newest fragrance Jimmy Choo has taken inspiration from the more exotic materials it uses to craft its shoes to create a rare and unusual scent.  Blackcurrant, passion flower and patchouli make a heady combination.

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10. DKNY Summer for Women: £40, superdrug.com



The classic scent re-mastered as a limited edition offering for summer and not exactly what you’d expect from the mainstream fragrance brand. Classic summer floral notes of patchouli and lily are refreshed thanks to the presence of peppermint and a zing of grapefruit.

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Scent is a very evocative thing and the fastest way to transport you to a sun drenched beach comes courtesy of Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess fragrance. If pina coladas and lashings of Hawaiian Tropic aren’t your thing then Tom Ford’s new addition to the Neroli Portofino range will suit even the most particular of perfume purchasers.

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