Thursday, May 9, 2019

7 Must-Have Fragrances for Spring/Summer 2019

Temperatures in Toronto have finally climbed to 25˚C, flowers are blooming and people are strutting around with pep in their step. Spring is definitely in the air and Mother’s Day is on Sunday!

One gift that never goes out of style is a luxurious bottle of perfume so today I'm showcasing a few trendy scents that are perfect for all your summer soirees.

Aerin Amber Musk ($142.00 / 50 ml) is not a conventional spring bouquet. The aroma is not sweet, fruity or refreshing but the enchanting warmth makes me feel cozy on cool rainy nights as we transition between seasons. The predominant note is intoxicating musk (as the name suggests) but there are also hints of succulent coconut, rose, benzoin and velvety ambrox which is vibrant and feminine. I may not wear this on hot summer days but the robust sensuality is perfect for date night and I think mom will love the bold sophistication.

*Available at Sephora, The Bay and

For work, vacation, summer parties or girl’s night out, Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium ($115.00 / 50 ml) is my go-to fragrance. The scintillating blend of black coffee, white flowers and creamy vanilla is the perfect balance of alluring warmth and mild sweetness. This is a great everyday scent – modern, addictive and empowering.

*Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora,, The Bay and

Versace Bright Crystal ($126.00 / 90 ml) smells like new beginnings. The aroma is icy fresh, uplifting and clean. It was formulated to capture the essence of femininity, beauty and confidence with a juicy burst of pomegranate, peony, magnolia, lotus flower, amber, musk and citrus. Unlike my first two selections, this perfume is light and delicate – perfect for warm sunny days.

*Available at The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora and Holt Renfrew

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Rose ($100.00 / 50 ml) is an ode to happiness. The cheerful gourmand is overflowing with peony, roses, sparkling iris and sweet raspberry contrasted with sultry patchouli, sandalwood and musk. The notes are well rounded, soft, flirty, youthful and energetic – great for women of all ages.

*Available at Sephora, The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and

Clean Reverse Solar Bloom ($134.00 / 100 ml) emits warmth and radiance with refreshing bergamot, orange blossom, coconut water, vetiver and green mandarin. The floral notes are subdued with calming earthy tones that smell natural and refreshing. The appeal of this scent is hard to describe but I’d compare it to a burst of sunshine that meshes with my body chemistry to create something truly unique. It is light, fun, enticing and unforgettable – unlike anything I have in my collection.

*Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora

Versace Pour Femme Dylan Blue ($136.00 / 100 ml) is Donatella’s tribute to femininity and power. I am totally obsessed with this fragrance! It smells sweet and fruity with a captivating dark undertone – like a delicious apple martini with a hint of musk. The magnificent formula exudes elegance, seduction and assertiveness with notes of black currant, Granny Smith apple, a selection of wild blooms, jasmine, a hint of woodiness and patchouli - pretty much everything you'd want in a good perfume. It is suitable for all occasions and even though it tends to fade, I can still smell hints of it at the end of a long day.

 *Available at The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora and Holt Renfrew

Flowerbomb by Viktor&Rolf ($132.00 / 50 ml) is a sensual combination of sparkling black currant, night blooming jasmine, peony, pomegranate and vanilla. This is a perfume everyone will love because it smells familiar – like a classic feminine aroma that never goes out of style. The notes are elegant, rich and intoxicating with a hint of sweetness that will compliment any outfit. Don’t let the name deter you. The notes are well balanced so the floral tones are not overpowering.

*Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora,

If you still don't know what to try, Atelier has created a Perfume Stories Box Set ($25.00) that includes 7 summery scents. Whether you’re relaxing poolside or cruising down the coast in your convertible, there is something for everyone. The Collection includes: Pacific Lime, Orange Sanguine, Rose Anonyme, Vanilla, Iris Rebelle and Bois Blonds. The first 2 perfumes smell great - very invigorating and citrusy but I’m not a fan of the others.

*Available at Sephora and Atlier Boutiques

Have a great summer and Happy Mother's Day!

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