I love summer. Yes, I'll complain about the heat like everyone else, but I'd rather bake than freeze any day. Plus, the fruit! Even if you don't like summer, you have to admit that the abundant variety of fresh fruits (that haven't been flown in from another continent) is worth a little extra sweat on your brow. Here are 9 reasonably new-ish (all came out within the past 5 years, and most of them within the last 2 years) fruit fragrances to help keep you feeling cool and lighthearted, plus one veg, because you have to have your veg, right?
Passion fruit ~ If you haven't yet tried Arielle Shoshana Eau de Parfum, do. It's new, it's indie, it's fun, and it was made by a perfumista. And it does not stint on the fruit.
Coconut ~ Put the lime in the coconut, translated into perfume: Lolita Lempicka Elle L'Aime. It's got a tropical beach vibe that's the perfect antidote for a hot summer day when you're sitting in traffic instead of sitting where you should be, having a drink by the water.
Lime ~ You want lime but no coconut? April Aromatics Ray of Light is every bit as bright and happy as the name implies. In some alternate perfumista universe, I just found a bottle at a price I could afford. In this world, I'm making do with samples.
Berries ~ Possibly not quite so cheerful as some of the other selections I'm presenting today, but for a berry-ish gourmand-ish thing that verges on fruitchouli, Annick Goutal Tenue de Soirée is both easy to wear and reasonably sophisticated.
Fig ~ Vilhelm Parfumerie Purple Fig is exponentially more exuberant than your average fig, and the additions of lemon and cassis up the fruit quotient.
Peach ~ For a small niche concern, Parfums de Nicolaï has made an impressive percentage of my summer favorites, and I think this is my only repeat from a previous list. The peach in L’Eau à la Folie has just the right amount of sparkle and verve, and it's not too sweet for a hot day. The bonus: it's reasonably affordable for niche.
Lemon ~ Tauer L'Eau is a crisp and clean lemon musk for a post-Love's-Fresh-Lemon generation, custom made for a hot summer day when nearly anything else is just too much.
Lemon ~ Another lemon option, in case you don't love the Tauer, Maison Francis Kurkdian Petit Matin, works in a more classic mode, and wears like a sparkling summer concoction of lemon and soft creamy flower petals. A perfect no-brainer for a summer morning.
Lemon ~ A third lemon option, because hey, it's summer, you can't make lemonade without lemons! Imaginary Authors Mosaic is in the modern mode, and it's bright, bright, bright, with a little twist of weird.
And the veg ~ name a more cheerful fragrance with a lettuce note, and I'll eat my hat. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Kaleidoscope makes me smile every time I wear it. I have been plotting an order of the body lotion ever since I smelled it.