Limited Edition Summer Fragrances

Limited Edition Summer Scents

I know, I know. It may seem a little early for summer fragrances right now given the weather, but there’s nothing wrong with a little second-hand brightness in the way of some summery reviews.

Though intrinsically sun drenched  I think that these lighter new releases are actually pretty perfect for this time of year. They’re laid-back  optimistic and very easy to wear – what more do you want from a fragrance when spring is refusing to appear?

This year’s limited edition anthology ranges from old favourites to brand new compositions, spanning Jean Paul Gaultier to Vivienne Westwood. Here’s my pick of the bunch:



Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Summer

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Summer 2013 Social V2

This year’s Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Summer remains fresh, floral and ever so slightly solar thanks to its signature orange blossom note, but the real show-stopper is its gorgeously tattooed, curvaceous bodice.

If you like Carolina Herrera 212 Woman or Yves Saint Laurent Paris – you’ll love this.



Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Summer

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Summer

Like Classique, this year’s Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Summer remains largely unchanged (great news for its many fans!), with a Japanese-inspired, tattooed torso. I can see the pair being big hits with collectors!

If you like Davidoff Cool Water Man or Lanvin L’Homme – you’ll love this.


CK One Summer

CK One Summer

Another classic summer fragrance now: CK One Summer, this time with a brand new composition. Watermelon, citrus, cucumber, mint, moss… it’s fresh, fruity, and everything you want from a summer scent.

If you like Ralph Lauren Polo Sport or Dolce & Gabbana 3 L’Imperatrice – you’ll love this.


Stella McCartney Stella Summer

Stella McCartney Stella Summer

Fans of the original Stella won’t be disappointed with this year’s upcoming Stella Summer. It’s been freshened up with icy lemon and crisp apple, but retains its pretty ambery rosiness throughout.

If you like Juliette has a Gun Miss Charming or Chloe Eau de Parfum – you’ll love this.

Roberto Cavalli Acqua

Roberto Cavalli Acqua

Roberto Cavalli Acqua’s combination of orange flower, jasmine and lily-of-the-valley is truly lovely. It’s warm yet aquatic, and has a full-bodied floral core that makes a lovely change from the summer fragrance norm.

If you like Elie Saab Le Parfum or Thierry Mugler Alien Aqua Chic – you’ll love this.


Vivienne Westwood Flirty Alice

Vivienne Westwood Flirty Alice

The vintage-inspired Vivienne Westwood Flirty Alice borrows aspects from the original Naughty Alice fragrance, namely its powdery rose and vanilla accords, and brightens them with fresh and uplifting green tea.

If you like Paul Smith Rose or Orla Kiely – you’ll love this.


Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Summer

Issey Summer Women

Last year’s summy edition was green; the year before that more aquatic. This year’s L’Eau d’Issey Summer  is all about fruity fun – specifically the exotic dragonfruit. Lychee, passion fruit and guava make this a sweet treat.

If you like Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh or Banana Republic Wildbloom – you’ll love this.


Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Summer

Issey Summer Man

Inspired by the quenching juiciness of the kiwi fruit, this year’s L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Summer is suitable sundrenched. Grapefruit, pineapple, nutmeg and vetiver make this a special cocktail.

If you like Lacoste Essential or Burberry Weekend – you’ll love this.

Discover our entire selection of summer fragrances at Escentual


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