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Our expert's top fragrances for summer 2022

Looking to refresh your scent wardrobe this season? Take your pick from MECCA fragrance education manager Laura Curtis' expert selection.

From breezy aquatics to ripe fruit and juicy florals, there’s a new summer scent to perfectly capture your mood – whether you’re enjoying maximum relaxation on the sand, sipping cocktails in the afternoon sun or soaking up the carefree vibes at a weekend barbecue.

Maison Margiela REPLICA Beach Walk EDT

The name of this fragrance from Maison Margiela’s REPLICA collection sums it up; with one spritz, you’ll be immersed in the scent of fresh flowers, coconut-kissed skin and the tang of sea air. Keep it on hand for summer date nights – or spray in the depths of winter to remind you of brighter days ahead.

“Close your eyes and imagine taking a breath of fresh ocean air, toes in the sand, the sun warming your skin... REPLICA Beach Walk will instantly transport you to a carefree day at the beach in summertime. Clean and comforting, notes of bergamot, coconut milk and musk evoke a sense of nostalgia (and a hint of sunscreen),” says Curtis.

diptyque Litchi Scented Candle Limited Edition

With the launch of Parisian perfume house diptyque’s new Unleash the Rose collection, this is one of a trio of limited-edition candles –  alongside Camomille and Roses – that celebrate the rose in all its complexity. Like its namesake lychee fruit, the Litchi candle bursts with sweetness to brighten your home – and your mood.

“Burned together, the three limited-edition, decorated candles from diptyque combine to reveal the little-known facets of the natural rose: the tangy sweetness of fresh lychee, soothing chamomile, and the intensity of rose bushes blooming in May,” Curtis explains, adding, “The whimsical vessel designs were created in collaboration with star florist, Maurice Harris.”

Byredo Sundazed EDP

Strolling through an Ojai orange grove, sipping an Aperol spritz in Amalfi, stealing a kiss between sunbathing sessions… While this fragrance from Swedish perfume house Byredo can’t make all your summer dreams come true, it can capture them in scent form.

Says Curtis, “Sundazed captures the scent of summer bliss: sun-kissed daydreams, falling in love, time standing still. Featuring a joyful blend of mandarin, Californian lemon and neroli, spritz Sundazed all year around to escape into an endless summer.”

Floral Street Sunflower Pop EDP

Created in collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum, this scent from Floral Street is as bright, sunny and optimistic as the artist’s iconic Sunflowers painting. Balancing sweet and citrusy notes, fans describe it as a ‘summer smoothie’ that instantly uplifts – as does the sunflower petal-adorned bottle.

“To Van Gogh, sunflowers represented gratitude – and perfumer Jérôme Epinette has composed a scent that evokes his source of artistic inspiration: the breathtaking landscape of the South of France in summertime,” Curtis reveals. “Calabrian bergamot, Bellini accord and vegan honey accord lift the spirits and burst with optimism.”

Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Synthetic Jungle EDP

As befits a fragrance from Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, Synthetic Jungle is one of the more complex summer scents on this list. Balancing intense, vibrant green notes with classic florals and synthetic undertones, it will remind you of fresh-cut stems and dew-dappled jasmine in the humidity of a summer greenhouse.

“Synthetic Jungle is a paradox: a hyperreal snapshot of a jungle, enhanced with a glossy filter,” explains Curtis. “Any perfumer will tell you that while natural fragrance notes provide the poetry of a fragrance, synthetics provide the structure that allow them to shine, and Synthetic Jungle’s author – master perfumer Anne Flipo – is no exception. Here, she takes natural basil and jasmine, and expertly blends them with synthetic blackcurrant and styralyl acetate to create a stylish, sensual skin scent like no other. A truly modern classic.”

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte EDP

A new twist on Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s bestselling Aqua Celestia Forte scent, this almost universally appealing cologne powers up the oceanic elements for a super fresh finish. Inspired by travel – with a sky-blue bottle that immediately stands out on your bathroom shelf – it’s a crowd-pleasing breath of fresh air.

“Inspired by the blue of the sky meeting the blue of the sea, Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte is as refreshing as diving into the ocean on a hot summer’s day,” says Curtis. “With the feel of a cologne and the intensity of a perfume, this scent delivers a cooling freshness that lasts all day long.”

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