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From the Fragrance Daily Team: Our Favorite Summer Niche Scents and a Giveaway!

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Maybe we’re nuts, but when we at Fragrance Daily think about summer wardrobes, we’re not thinking shorts and flip-flops.  I mean, those things are nice and all, but not essential.  No, we’re mentally lining up our citrusy Annick Goutals and clearing space in our fridge for massive bottles of eaux de cologne. Priorities, people – priorities.

Anyway, our latest idea is this: since we love perfume and we love lists and we love you, our dear readers (or at least we like you very strongly indeed), we’ve decided to do a quick whip-round the office and get everybody on the Fragrance Daily writing team to list their top five niche fragrances for summer.

And we want to hear from you too! To coax the more shy ones of you to write in and tell us which are your favorites, we’re giving away – courtesy of Essenza Nobile – three bottles of the ultra-exclusive Explosions d’Emotions from L’Artisan Parfumer, to wit; Onde Sensuelle, Rappelle Toi, and Haute Voltige, each valued at €199. Details on how to enter are at the bottom of the post.

But now, onto what the members of the FD team have chosen as their top five niche perfumes for summer!


Dior Diorella: Because who doesn’t need a good citrus when the sun is shining and the heat transforms you into a big, sticky mess? At least you’ll smell bright and refreshing, and the best part, without sacrificing depth and sultry sensuality. The shady oakmoss, heady jasmine, and strange, rotten fruit vibe make Diorella unexpectedly sexy and alluring. No wonder it’s still being made and yes, it’s still good.

Vero Profumo Rubj EDP: I’m a big fan of orange blossoms scents in general, especially in the summer and this one is an absolute favourite, the queen of them all. Rubj is a captivating mix of jasmine, orange blossoms and a genius sprinkle of cumin which gives the scent a very carnal, erotic vibe. It smells like white, heated female flesh and I always feel irresistible in it.

Jardin d’Ecrivains George: Because it’s another orange blossom which is perfect for the warm season. It smells too green and cool in low temperatures, but in the summer it blooms into a wonderfully warm and narcotic scent of white flowers and tobacco which leaves behind a spellbinding, memorable trail.

Teo Cabanel Alahine: Even during the hottest months of the year I’m not letting go of my orientals and Alahine, although very intense and almost overwhelming at the begininng, quickly subsides into a soft, cashmere-like amber embrace with a gentle touch of rose. Comforting, sensual,with a gentle, discreet glamour it is perfect for those romantic, summer evenings.

Spot number 5: It’s a tie between Oriza L. Legrand Chypre Mousse and Tauer PHI Une Rose de Kandahar. Chypre Mousse with its subtle smoky mint herbal vibe, notes of damp earth, mushrooms and the delicate sweetness of dewy violets is like a portable parasol – it will keep you cool and collected no matter how high the thermometer goes. PHI, on the other hand, is a blisteringly hot confection of sweet rose and apricot, hints of almond and intoxicating tobacco that grows and grows in the heat like a supernova. You will be noticed and never forgotten. Perfect for dancing the night away in a beach club, surrounded by beautiful strangers.



Serge Lutens Clair de Musc: I love the clean smell of white musk during summer heat, and for me, white musks are a substitute for cologne and citrus green scents. Here I have to add also Annick Goutal’s Musc Nomade for that musky salted skin scent that smells like after swimming in the sea.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Caligna: Because it brings me the smells of summer vacations on Cote D’Azur .

Les Nez Manoumalia: The perfect, larger than life, tropical bouquet to wear during the hot summer nights.

Frederic Malle Eau de Magnolia: For that elegant sparkling cologne vibe that uplifts.



Parfums d’Empire Azemour des Orangers: I love the juicy, sour orange, the hay, the cumin skin-like notes, the moss – it feels more ‘worked out’ than a simple eau de cologne and less prissy than a citrus chypre.

Etat Libre d’Orange Fils de Dieu: A fantastic, fresh lime peel and coriander herb opening settles over steamy basmati rice, coconut, and a whisper of leather and amber a la Shalimar Lite.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu: The heat makes this one come alive –all red African dust, mango, smoky vetiver, and incense.

Creed Jardin d’Amalfi: Although the price makes my nose bleed, I have to admit this is really good – a burst of mandarin, lemons, and neroli to lift the spirits, followed by a very natural-smelling mélange of light woods, apple, and white musk.

ETRO Shaal Nur:  A sheer and good-natured choice for a sunny day! Loaded with aromatic herbs, woods, resins, and incense, it kind of feels like a stern fougere up front but winds up as a light vetiver incense.



Xerjoff 1861: A refreshing mint and citrus fragrance with a clean floral mid and a musky base – the essence of summer.

Creed Aventus:  Bright citrus, sweet pineapple, and billowing smoke – a summer staple for men who wish to smell sexy.

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino: Slightly soapy neroli and citrus that will invigorate the senses of both the wearer and his lucky bystanders – the perfect fragrance for smelling shower fresh all day long.

Acqua di Parma Fico di Amalfi: Watery, juicy figs done to perfection – bring the vacation to you and enjoy the smell of figs on the breeze.

Frapin L’Humaniste: Summer sophistication with citrus, gin, spices, and juniper berries – be the classiest guy at the office.



Maison Francis Kurkdjian Acqua Universalis Forte: Usually citruses fade quickly, but not in this case. It has a charming and invigorating allure and smells like zesty lemon slices mixed with sawdust and some gentle white flowers. It performs extremely well on torrid days.

Jul et Mad Paris Stilettos on Lex:  When I go out on a warm day and need a sophisticated scent, I prefer this one. It`s refreshing character is provided by fruity accords of unripe pear mixed with floral green notes of Lilly of the Valley and violet leafs, while the base brings whiffs of fluffy white musk. It smells clean, très chic and appealing.

1872 Clive Christian (for woman): This scent is as refreshing as a cold shower. Ice cubes of green tea are mixed with lemon juice for an extra dose of coolness and there is also a breeze of gentle flowers perceptible in the background.

Ormonde Jayne Frangipani: For me is the type of carefree scent that exudes fun and optimism. It is the freshest frangipani I know, crisp, freshly picked and still wet from the tropical storm that just passed by.

The Different Company Sublime Balkiss: Brings in front a tart mixture of black currants, herbs and some spring flowers, all notes being constantly enveloped by a sheer, very delicate veil of patchouli. A complex and long lasting summer scent.




Dior Diorella: I must follow Ana into the DIORELLA zone. And though I much prefer the heady depth of the vintage (that ‘rotting fruit’ note can indeed cloy on a hot humid day), the cologne vibe of the current iteration is still very nice indeed.

Chanel Eau de Cologne: Ya gotta include some nod to the colognes, and while Guerlain makes an outstanding one, this exclusives offering is tremendous in its quality and relative lasting power. It’s so refined and classic/modern at the same time.

Annick Goutal’s Ninfeo Mio: This has the juiciest fig imaginable teamed up with even juicier, tart – never sweet – citrus, particularly lemon, bergamot & petitgrain and an amazing, astringently sharp tomato leaf- galbanum accord that lasts all day!

Annick Goutal’s Eau du Sud and Dior Privee Ambre Nuit because, well, see here….…/

Hope you all have a fragrantly awesome summer!!!

Details of the Competition
If you’re interested in winning one of the perfume prizes, please do the following!

  1. “Like” and “Follow” the Fragrance Daily Facebook page;
  2. “Share” this post on your Facebook timeline, and;
  3. Leave a comment under this post telling us what your top five favorite niche fragrances for summer are!

Terms and Conditions

  • Three winners will be chosen using
  • Each winner wins one of the three bottles of perfume on offer – we will give the winners the choice of the perfumes on a first-called, first-served basis (in case of disagreements, we will use again)
  • Participants must complete all three requirements (above) to enter.


Good luck!

My name is Claire, I'm a 39-year old mother of two, and I am a freelance writer and consultant. I love perfume, any perfume, practically all of 'em. Other interests such as writing, reading, and painting fall tragically behind the perfume. It's a hobby that tends to be all-consuming (of both my time and my money).


  1. 1. Frapin – L’Humaniste
    2. Creed – Silver Mountain Water
    3. Creed – Virgin Island Water
    4. Bond No.9 – Chez Bond
    5. Diptyque – Philosykos

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