The 10 Best New Summer Fragrances of 2014

Love beachy, summery scents? Try these new ones from Bond No. 9, Philosophy and more.
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Love beachy, summery scents? Try these new ones from Bond No. 9, Philosophy and more.

Summer fragrances are the best kind of fragrances, amirite? This year, a whole new crop of them evoke sun, sea, sand and long, lazy days. Take your pick for an instant getaway:

1. Bond No. 9 Shelter Island

Bond No. 9 Shelter Island

Notes: Citrus zest, black pepper, white lilies, algae extract, sandalwood, amber, myrrh, musk, oud.

Best for: The office. A unique marine oud, this unisex scent is clean, summery and citrusy.

Where to buy:Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods

2. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent

Notes: Amber, coconut milk, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, myrrh, mandarin, Sicilian bergamont, lemon, orange, tiare flower, jasmine, magnolia petals, orange flower buds, lavender.

Best for: A beach vacation. It's like the best old-school, coconutty suntan oil in perfume form.

Where to buy:Neiman MarcusDillardsHarrods, Selfridges

3. Philosophy Sunshine Grace

Philosophy Sunshine Grace

Notes: Bergamot, sparkling freesia, honeysuckle, jasmine, orange blossom, tiare flower, frangipani, blonde woods, solar musks. 

Best for: A super-hot day. Like the original Grace scent, it's fresh and clean, but has a splash of sunshine.

Where to buy:Hudson's BayDrugstore.comBeauty.com, ULTA Beauty, Macy's

4. Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi

Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi

Notes: Tarragon, mint, black currant, grapefruit, lemon, basil, black pepper, coriander, orange blossom, clary sage, shiso, jasmine, vetiver, amber, labdanum, musk, civet.

Best for: A summer wedding. Another unisex scent, this has a soft, sophisticated, herbal-meets-orange blossom presence.

Where to buy:Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods, Selfridges

5. Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Ginepro di Sardegna

Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Ginepro di Sardegna

Notes: Italian bergamot, pepper, pimento, nutmeg, juniper, cypress, sage, Virginia cedarwood.

Best for: Cruising the Mediterranean—or any body of water, really. This is a more masculine take on a marine scent and not too sweet.

Where to buy:Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges

6. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea

Notes: Calabrian bergamot, pear, jasmine, orange blossom, ambergris, patchouli, tonka beans, musk.

Best for: Dancing the night away under the stars. This is a sweeter, sexier take on the original (and super-popular) Light Blue.

Where to buy:Sephora, NordstromSaks Fifth AvenueMacy's, ULTA Beauty, Bloomingdale's, Hudson's Bay

7. Sisley Eau Tropicale

Sisley Eau Tropicale

Notes: Bergamot, ginger, violet leaf, tuberose, Turkish rose, cedar, patchouli heart, ambrette seeds.

Best for: Warm rainy days—the fresh notes were inspired by the air after a tropical rainstorm.

Where to buy:Nordstrom, Neiman MarcusSaks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, BarneysSelfridges

8. Escada Born in Paradise

Escada Born in Paradise

Notes: Green apple, guava, watermellon, pineapple, coconut milk, jasmine tea, sandalwood, cedarwood, musk.

Best for: Cocktails with your crew. Fruity and fabulous, this one is guaranteed to please a crowd.

Where to buy:Sephora, ULTA Beauty, Macy's, Hudson's Bay

9. Yves Rocher Collection Été

Yves Rocher Collection Ete

Notes:  Bergamot, lemon, mandarin, citrus flowers, woody notes.

Best for: A backyard BBQ. Marine notes meet solar ones in this refreshing light scent.

Where to buy: YvesRocher.com, YvesRocher.ca

10. Mark Saint Barts Soleil

Mark Saint Barts Soleil

Notes: Mandarin, island fruit, Caribbean waters, frangipani, orange blossom, ylang ylang, blond woods, sun-kissed notes, coconut milk.

Best for: A romantic date. The fruity-floral combo is elevated by the addition of milky coconut. Yum!

Where to buy:Avon.ca, Avon.com

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