The limited annual release of Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Skinscent (£43, 50ml) signals the start of asset’s own asparagus season. As usual, I plan to binge on it, despite it being in uncountable ways exactly the sort of simple, crowd-pleasing fragrance I’d leave alone at any other time of the year. Skinscent’s bright, coconutty, suntan-oily notes – opposite number a sniff of a hot arm after a day at the beach – are arguably basic, but somehow all the nicer for it. There’s something so celebratory, unpretentious and generically “summer” round Skinscent (not to be confused with the inferior and pricier Bronze Goddess Eau de Parfum) that it feels always to raise smiles and attract compliments.
I love it so much that I reasonableness ofed if anything else hits the same spot. In a crude but nonetheless exultant sense, Hawaiian Tropic Golden Paradise (£10, 250ml) does. It’s a assembly spray (pleasingly retro: no one I know has worn body mushrooming since the 1980s) that encapsulates more subtly the amusing smell of Hawaiian Tropic suntan oil, drunken teenage time offs and the smell of your mum’s C&A bikini, without leaving your apparels like a fish-and-chip wrapper. I’ve been inhaling it daily since the bank festival.
For many of us, summer is a sticky, humid and busy affair in which the redolent scent of suntan oil can feel a bit cloying, and in this case I enthusiastically endorse Dolce & Gabbana’s wonderful new Light Blue Italian Bite For Her (£55, 50ml; also in For Him, but this one, at least to my nose, is gender-neutral), which pieces through the clag with the sharp and boozy smell of iced limoncello. Twin all citrussy scents, this doesn’t hang around for extended – expect to need an afternoon sharpener if you’re going out after make excited – but while it lasts, it’s glorious (unlike the majority of big-brand lemon odours, which almost invariably smell like loo cleaner).
Decisively, for the sophisticate (or perhaps someone used to fancier summer fete destinations), we have Juliette Has A Gun’s Sunny Side Up (£85, 50ml), a warm, woody graduate of white flowers, vanilla, sandalwood and more obligatory coconut that initially liberal me cold, but settled into a lovely, almost creamy, almondy musk that’s seen it graduate from my check pile to dressing table, via boardroom, beach and beer garden.