I read recently that 800 new fragrances are introduced yearly. After attempting to do a review of the new 2010 summer fragrances, I think the number is more like 10,000.
I have been to perfume counters and Sephoras all over NYC, often trudging through heat that no human should have to bear. Armed with samples, little cardboard strips, and a bag of coffee beans for palette cleansing sniffs, I bring you Fashionista’s best summer scents--and bottles--of 2010.
CK One Summer, $44. (We found it for $33 on scentedmonkey.com.) Limited edition. Notes: Watermelon, Pear, Mandarin, Kaffir Lime, Violet Leaves, Marigold, Verbena, Water Lily, Patchouli, Skin Musk, Vetiver, Cedar. Our thoughts: Citrusy, soft, and summery. The bottle, besides being pleasantly flask-like, always transports us back to the grungy glory of the 90s. It was cutting edge when CK introduced a unisex scent.
Burberry Summer 2010, $65. Sephora.com. (It was sold out in several of our local Sephoras). Limited edition. Notes: Citrus, Green Apple, Water Lily, Freesia, Rose, Woods, White Musk, Moss. Our thoughts: Softly musky and sophisticated. We are partial to Burberry scents, and this one is light and delicious.
Thierry Mugler Angel Sunessence Blue Lagoon Edition, $80. Nordstrom.com. Limited edition. Notes: star fruit, ginger blossom, patchouli, vanilla. Our thoughts: The most unique of the scents we sniffed this summer; definitely spicier than the other summer fragrances on this list. We also saw the biggest crowds at Bloomingdale’s and Saks at the Thierry Mugler counters. The bottle is gorgeous. Who doesn’t love a star?
Elizabeth Arden Pretty Eau de Cologne Splash, $45. Elizabetharden.com. Notes: White Peach, Pink Lady, Watermelon Granita and Sheer White Woods. Our thoughts: Unique in that it can be spritzed or splashed on--it’s that light. As the name suggests, it’s really pretty and the scent held up for the whole day.
Givenchy Very Irresistible Summer Vibrations, $54. Sephora.com. Limited edition. Notes: Sea Spray Accord, Fruit, Rose Passion, Frangipani Flower. Our thoughts: Fruity and beachy. One of the perfume buyers we met at Saks sniffed haughtily and said they don’t carry Givenchy anymore because it’s been “cheapened.” The bottle looks a bit cheap, but it’s a sweet, happy scent.
Bond No. 9 NYC-Andy Warhol Montauk, $145. Exclusively at Saks. Notes: hyacinth, lily of the valley, honeysuckle, wild bergamot, white laurel,blueberry, amber, driftwood, silver maple, red oak. Our thoughts: The most expensive scent we’ve reviewed, and the best in our opinion. Warm, not sweet, and a very slight woodsiness. Unixex and mature. And hands-down the best bottle. It comes in different versions of Warhol’s “Sunsets” series.
Stella McCartney Sheer Stella 2010, $62. Sephora.com. Limited edition. Notes: Green apple, lemon, Bulgarian rose, celestial rose, rose absolute, Iranian organic rose, amber. Our thoughts: Good luck finding it. The helpful perfume experts at Saks told us that Stella Sheer has very little distribution in the US. We didn’t see it at Saks, Bloomingdale’s, or Bergdorf. We found one lone bottle at Sephora. For the record, we LOVE the rose. Smells so clean.
Caroline Herrera: CH Garden Party, $80. Fragrancenet.com. Limited edition. Notes: grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, jasmine, rose petals, sandalwood, cedar. Our thoughts: Of all the fragrances, it did the best job of capturing the essence of the designer. This is elegant and soft, and the bottle is amazing. It's wrapped in girly pink “leather” embossed with CHs and adorned with small charms.