Smells Like Nostalgia: Best End-of-Summer Scents

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As the Northern Hemisphere tucks into the crispness of autumn, our minds are frantically trying to come up with ways to extend that summer feeling for as long as possible. Which is hard, when there’s chill in the air, the leaves are turning brown, and children are dragging their feet to school on misty mornings.

So how do we hold on to nuances of summer for that one last time?

Buy nostalgic perfumes to keep on our top shelf!

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Enter, Gucci Bloom. The latest olfactory offering from the hottest brand in the world (fact), this scent features notes of natural tuberose absolute harvested from India, and natural jasmine absolute. It is the first fragrance from creative director Alessandro Michele, who chose master perfumer Alberto Morillas to bring his vision to life. The first spritz is slightly reminiscent of your grandmum (which is fitting, considering Michele’s take on granny chic for his first collection in 2015) but it soon develops into a sophisticated and clean scent. Its very millennial pink bottle ticks all the boxes as well.

If that’s not summery enough for you, then Chloé Absolu de Parfum limited edition is a richer variation of Chloé’s namesake eau de parfum and contains notes of rose centifolia absolute and patchouli essence. It’s a very easy fragrance to wear and promises to bring a smile on even the gloomiest of days. Celebrating its 10th birthday this year, this Chloé has grown up a little bit!

Now, these next two fragrances are for the romantics amongst you. Ooh la la!

Emporio Armani Because It’s You is a riot of vanilla, raspberry and rose — tempered with musk to prevent it from being cloying. It was released this summer at the same time as its masculine counterpart, Stronger With You. Armani woman is strong, fearless and one who still misses an Italian rendez-vous on the Amalfi Coast.

Finally, Tory Burch Love Relentlessly is sunshine in a jewel-shaped bottle. A quick spray of this and you’ll be transported back to summer days spent sipping chilled rosé, with nothing but a holiday romance on the horizon. As for the scent, think pink pepper, pink grapefruit, Sicilian lemon, and sparkling pear mixed with vetiver and cedar wood heart.

Oh summer lovin’… long may it last.

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Tess Harold
written by: Tess Harold
Born in Hong Kong, Tess currently lives in London where she is Editor at PretAirporter. Over the course of her career, she has worked for the likes of Stylist, The Telegraph, Prestige Hong Kong, Asia Spa and Harper’s Bazaar UK.