4 of the Best New Summer Fragrances

This year's top picks.
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This year's top picks.

I've never understood those people who have a "signature scent." Why pick just one fragrance when you could have, say, twelve? (Okay, maybe that's just the top of my dresser.)

I think everyone should have at least two scents: one for fall/winter, and one for spring/summer. Because really—wearing some heavy, musk-scented thing in 30-degree weather is akin to pulling on wool tights for the beach.

Here are four new summer scents I'm digging right now:

1. Le Couvent des Minimes Orange Blossom Eau de Toilette ($29 for 50 mL, at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada)


Best For: Citrus lovers

Notes: Mandarin, orange blossom, jasmine and vanilla

Details: It's hard to believe this scent is just $29 at the drugstore—how cute is the old-fashioned packaging? Fun fact: it comes from an actual convent—Le Couvent des Minimes, now a hotel and spa—in Haute Provence, France. The formula contains orange and mandarin essential oils, so it doesn't smell fake or cloying, just soft, fresh and subtly sexy. Bonus points for being paraben-free.

2. Yves Rocher Naturelle Eau de Toilette ($45 for 75 mL, at Yves Rocher Beauty Centres across Canada, yvesrocher.ca or 1-800-361-2746)


Best For: Anyone who likes "clean" scents

Notes: Lemon, bergamot, green apple, jasmine and cedar

Details: This one's a dead ringer for D&G Light Blue. (But take note of the more affordable price, ladies!) It's categorized as a fruity green floral—very fresh and almost soapy. Two caveats: you might find this a bit young if you're used to more complex scents (even the press release says "it's for women who are or still feel like they're 20"!). And be prepared to re-apply often: on me, this didn't have tremendous staying power. Oh and the name? It's because 90 percent of the ingredients are of natural origin (like bergamot, lemon and jasmine essential oils).

3. Fruits & Passion Blue Limited Edition Eau de Toilette ($28 for 50 mL, at Fruits & Passion stores across Canada and fruits-passion.com)


Best For: Fans of watery, ozone notes

Notes: Sicilian lemon, melon, freesia, white musk and vanilla

Details: I don't know how the above combination of notes ends up creating something so watery, but that's my take on this limited edition scent (available from now until Christmas). It gets a lot warmer on the dry-down, though—that's when the musk and vanilla base notes really come through.

4. Escada Ocean Lounge Eau de Toilette($80 for 100 mL, at Sears stores across Canada and sears.ca)


Best For: Girly girls

Notes: Strawberry, plum, pear nectar, jasmine, amber and teak wood

Details: Every summer, Escada comes out with a limited edition fragrance—and incredibly,  this is the 17th! I'm in love with the over-the-top juicy strawberry notes. It's almost synthetic-smelling, but in a good way—it reminds me of my 1980s Strawberry Shortcake doll.