These are the best new summer fragrances to escape reality with

This isn’t going to be quite the summer we were all hoping for, but who said you couldn’t have some olfactory fun at home?

With travel still at a standstill, people are seeking escape in various ways, and while we’re restricted physically, there’s no stopping the mind from wandering. These new scents, however — launched just in time for the season too — promise a well-deserved break from reality by transporting you to destinations near and far. 

These uplifting new summer fragrances play to the warm weather with fresh citruses and light florals. Some have breezy ocean scents that take you straight to the beach while others remind of simpler days at the park with loved ones. The heady scents of the countryside are also translated into some of the most beautiful fragrances for the evening.

From Jo Malone’s quintessentially British collection and Penhaligon’s tennis-inspired scent, to Byredo’s poetic ode to travel, here are our new favourite fragrances for the summer.


With notes of bright lemons, elegant woods, and leather, Penhaligon’s Racquets is nothing short of a grand slam of scents. The fragrance takes inspiration from tennis games and club house get-togethers, where refreshing citrus cocktails, the warm smell of leather, and an uplifting conviviality are thick in the air. This limited edition, unisex chypre cologne is a modern interpretation of an old favourite from the brand’s classics library, and promises to leave you with an invigorated, playful state of mind all summer long.

Available at all Penhaligon’s boutiques and online.

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Byredo knows just how to express the joy of shared human experiences with its fragrances. Open Sky is a scent made for the traveller who’s enthralled by everything the world has to offer, from wide-open fields to the roads less taken. This limited edition ode to travel features fresh notes of pomelo citrus, black pepper, hemp leaves, Palo Santo and vetiver to incite a sense of anticipation and excitement. If anything, it’s left us yearning for a vacation even more.

Available at Byredo boutiques, Escentials and online.

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Comprising five delectable scents that bring to mind nostalgic afternoon picnics with friends and family, this collection celebrates the vibrancy and beauty of summer. More specifically, it was the quintessentially British pastime of making homemade preserves with seasonal fruits that really drove the idea home here. Blackberry & Bay and Tangy Rhubarb, for example, brings to mind an instant burst of tart juiciness, while Orange Peel lends a zesty brightness reminiscent of fresh marmalade. The other two — Rose Blush and Elderflower Cordial — are floral expressions and are perfect for layering, so you can relive your own summer memories wherever you are.

Available at Jo Malone boutiques islandwide, Sephora and online.

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The latest to join the Dolce bouquet is an exquisite interpretation of its namesake flower, the rose. Made for spontaneous women who dare to live boldly, the fragrance opens with the sweetness of crisp green apples, tangy redcurrants and succulent peaches, before giving way to a floral bouquet of creamy magnolia petals and majestic rose. The latter comes balanced with soft musks and sandalwood, creating an addictive sensuality that’s perfect for summer activities after dark.

Available at the Dolce&Gabbana Beauty flagship store at ION Orchard, at major department stores and in Sephora both in-store and online.

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It’s been a grand 150 years since the majestic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc first opened its hallowed doors to guests, and celebrations are definitely in order. For that, the ‘Grande Dame’ has collaborated with Maison Christian Dior on a signature fragrance. Here, the fusion of inimitable Parisian elegance and sun-bathed luxury takes centre stage. The perfume takes cues from the Mediterranean, with notes of seawater, maritime pines, and citruses that immediately transport you to this iconic palace in Antibes by the Oetker Collection.

Available exclusively at the Maison Christian Dior boutique at ION Orchard.

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Inspired by the Mademoiselle’s favourite places around the world, the house has celebrated exotic destinations like Biarritz, Deauville, and Venice through its Les Eaux de Chanel line. This year, Edinburgh joins the olfactory escape as a fresh and woody fragrance. The mysterious Scottish countryside lends its “gripping and icy” notes of juniper berry and peaty wood here, with snippets of aromatic plants — in the tradition of British men’s colognes — like cypress, lavender, vanilla, and musk to warm the scent. As its creator Olivier Polge best puts it, “like the scent after a stroll through the countryside, it is steeped in the odours of the wild landscape.”

Available at Chanel Fragrance and Beauty boutiques from 28 May and counters from 4 June.

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