mdc ♥s: scent refresher

Get in the mood for summer with this classic Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot of Daria Werbowy for Vogue Paris

The weather may be unpredictable, but there is no denying that summer is upon us. From a beauty standpoint that means experiencing the season’s newest and best fragrances in all their heady glory. Take a look at this line up of refreshing, effervescent and downright intoxicating scents perfect for the summer.

Serge Lutens L’Eau Froide – Lutens scents always go for the esoteric, so it comes as no surprise that L’Eau Froide was inspired by “fresh air in the rusty water pipes.” Unusual, but the end result is a bracing blast of unisex verbena and mint that provides a much needed dose of cool.

INEKE Balmy Days & Sundays – The hotter it gets the more things start to feel out of control, but Ineke’s soothing green Balmy Days & Sundays creates an instant aura of tranquility. The scent is soothing, fresh and just crisp enough keep things exciting. The winning combination of Freesia, Grass, Honeysuckle and Mimosa is perfect for when the temperature creeps up past 90. Don’t let the name fool you, Sunday may be a day for relaxation but Ineke’s lightweight chypre doesn’t lack for sophistication.

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell – Delicate, enveloping and ever so slightly sweet, Jo Malone’s unique combo of persimmon, lily of the valley and eglantine is simply delightful. Floral lovers rejoice, summer doesn’t have to mean giving up the flowers you love so much – put the Fracas back on the shelf and try a lighter variation. The almost aquatic florals in Wild Bluebell are subtle and elegant.

L’Artisan Batucada – One word – Brazil. Batucada is named after a style of samba and has notes that call to mind a Caipirinha – lime, coconut, sugar and a bit of Tiaré flower for good measure, coming together to form a the perfect fizzy cocktail and ultimate exhilarating burst.

Roberto Cavalli – The Cavalli name promises sex appeal, trendiness and a certain rebellious spirit that infuses the house’s daring designs and the namesake scent more than lives up to this reputation. Fronted by Elisa Sednaoui, the amber and pink pepper focused blend is decadent and appealing without being overwhelming. A spritz of this on a steaming summer evening is guaranteed to make you feel your sexiest.

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