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Don’t just photograph your summer, commit it to scent memory. Liberty shares five fragrances that perfectly capture the spirit of the season.
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A Summer (Scent) to Remember: the Best Perfumes to Wear Now

Don’t just photograph your summer, commit it to scent memory. Liberty shares five fragrances that perfectly capture the spirit of the season.
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By: Shannon Peter

A (Scent) to Remember: The Best Perfumes for 2022
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A (Scent) to Remember: The Best Perfumes for 2022

Don’t just photograph your summer, commit it to scent memory. Liberty shares five fragrances that perfectly capture the spirit of the season.

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By: Shannon Peter

Whether it’s the smell of your favourite childhood treat, the fragrant fumes of a scented candle, or the perfume of a passerby, there’s a reason why fleeting whiffs of certain smells can instantly transport you (figuratively, at least) to another time, place or mood. Scent is the only one of our five senses with a direct line to the areas of our brain associated with memory and emotion. All it takes is for a familiar smell to enter the nostrils, and clever receptors will shoot messages around the limbic system, digging up memories of the last time you smelled it.

So here’s an idea: why not hack the system? Why not capture a summer to remember with a special summer scent to remember it by?

That means cherry-picking one of the best summer perfumes going – something bright, energetic and moreish – and wearing it every day between now and the end of September. For every beach day, picnic, wedding and lazy afternoon the season has in store. Then, in years to come, you’ll be able to return to the bottle, and like the olfactory equivalent of a photograph, every future sniff will serve as a smile-inducing reminder of what a brilliant summer that was.

Ready to make some memories? Below, discover our edit of the best summer perfumes to scent the season ahead.

For a Jet-Setting Summer

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 + Mandarin Eau de Toilette, £95

Going somewhere? Slip a bottle of this in your suitcase. A zestier take on the cult Molecule 01 scent, the fragrance is built on a base of the brand’s Iso E Super molecule – yes, the one that smells different one everyone – and comes spiked with a heavy dose of mandarin. It’s bright and inviting at first sniff, but soon mellows into something altogether more soothing and familiar.

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For a Hot Girl Summer

Byredo Sundazed, £127

With base notes of candy floss and musk, there is a certain sweetness to Byredo’s Sundazed, but it's far from saccharine thanks to the addition of neroli, jasmine and sharp Californian lemon. That’s what you smell seconds after spraying, but give it 30 minutes to bed in, and what lingers is a clean, comforting smell, like freshly shampooed hair. It’s a fragrance made for living your best life.

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For a Summer by the Sea

Ellis Brooklyn Salt, £100

Picture the scene: you’re snoozing on the sand after a long day in the sun, skin still salty from your hourly ocean dips, slathered in layer upon layer of sun cream. Ellis Brooklyn’s summer scent perfectly captures that blissful moment. Warm (vegan) ambergris and sandalwood come topped with Tahitian tiare flower; it’s the best bits of the beach in a bottle.

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For a Romantic Summer

Malbrum Safarīyah Extrait de Parfum, £110

Hoping for a little summer romance? Perhaps Malbrum’s Safarīyah can manifest it for you. It was crafted in answer to the brief to create a scent that replicates the underrated joy of unexpected morning kisses. So what does that smell like? Tropical fruit trees, lychee and magnolia. Expect love at first spritz.

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For a Sophisticated Summer

Creed Wind Flowers, £260

Nothing like the fuddy duddy floral perfumes of yesteryear, Creed Wind Flowers feels inherently modern. It contains the three darlings of the fragrance world – jasmine, tuberose and rose – each blurred by hazy musks and soft peach. It’s just the kind of elevated scent you’ll want to wear for a summer of getting stuff done.

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