Sweet Summer Scents

What are the beauty bag essentials for a sticky summer's day? Sunscreen, water and a little perfume spray to keep you smelling fresh from, morning 'til night!

Woman spraying perfume

A whole day out in the height of summer can not only give you a few new freckles, but also a bit of an aroma, if you know what we mean... Those hot, sunny days are bound to make you sweat, so to keep your bod and clothes smelling as fresh as a daisy, check out some of these great summer and spring perfumes. Summer scents are all about fresh florals and sexy citrus, so keep it light and spray a few puffs in the air before walking into the mist for all-over, even coverage. Throw a sample size in your bag and keep your full bottle at home out of direct sunlight.

Estee Lauder Beyond ParadiseBeyond Paradise, Estée Lauder: A delicious floral oriental, this perfume features notes of blue hyacinth, orange blossom, jasmine and laella orchid. The packaging is rather beautiful too — check out its great rainbow bottle with horizontal rings of colour. It's a sweet and uplifting scent, perfect for summer.

Beautiful, Estée Lauder: Who doesn't want to feel 100 per cent beautiful in summer? This floral scent from Estée Lauder combines more than 19 different floral harmonies to create a romantic fragrance.

Emerald Dream, Estée Lauder: Light, fruity and floral, this delicious scent smells fresh and crisp. Inhale notes of tangerine, apricot, honeysuckle, blue basil, cyclamen, violet, plum, marigold, blue cypress, sandalwood and kamani wood. Um, yum!

Hermessence Vanille Galante, Hermès: This is a sweet combination of flowers like lilies and orchids, and a touch of indulgent vanilla thrown in for good measure.

Summer Romance - Ralph LaurenSummer Romance, Ralph Lauren: Well who could say no to a summer romance?! Famed perfumer Harry Fremont developed this one in 2010, but it's still one of the best summer fragrances on the market. It features passionfruit, hibiscus and tiare flowers with a touch of apricot musk.

Ralph, Ralph Lauren: This fresh and upbeat scent is perfect for the younger girls, with green apple leaves, mandarin, pink magnolia, purple freesia and blue musk. Even the blue bottle makes you think of cool waters and hot summer days.

Chance Eau Fraiche, Chanel: Chance was introduced in 2007 and this is a lighter version of the original. It features hints of citron, water hyacinth, jasmine absolute, white musk, amber patchouli and teak wood.

Splash in Fig, Marc Jacobs: This is a great fragrance to throw in the camping bags for a weekend away with your man, as it's a unisex scent featuring fig and cyprus.

Burberry Summer for Women: This is another fruity floral fragrance with notes of pomegranate, orange, green leaves, rose, freesia, lily of the valley, cedar, sandalwood and white musk. Phew, what a mouthful!

Secret Wish, Anna Sui: Lemon, melon, apricot, pineapple and blackcurrant — sounds more like a smoothie recipe than a perfume, right?

Images: Estee Lauder, Ralph Lauren

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