Sexy summer scents may seem like a counterintuitive proposal since olfactory notes that are most often associated with sex appeal — namely amber, musk, and sandalwood — are the opposite of the fresh scents we associate with summer fragrance. Luckily, it doesn't have to be one or the other, here's a look at scents that are both sexy and refreshing.
Hands down my favorite scent, and not just because a cute guy once told me it made me smell like a baby, White Suede includes notes of saffron, thyme, sandalwood, and musk balanced by lighter notes of suede and lily-of-the-valley.
Roger & Gallet
Formulated to be stimulating, this scent's notes include ginger flowers, neroli, and bergamot.
Soap & Glory
A sweet floral, this affordable fragrance combines bergamot, rose, gardenia blooms, jasmine, musk, and amber with fruity notes including orange leaf, lemon, peach, and strawberries.
Tresor Midnight Rose, $44-$75
A sweet floral scent that combines notes of raspberry, jasmine, peony, pink pepper, rose absolute, musk, and cedar.
Bond No. 9
Chez Bond, $160-$230
Not for the faint of heart, this aggressive but enticing scent combines citrus, herbal tea, and sandalwood.
Lys Soleia, $61
The latest addition to Guerlain's famed Aqua Allegoria collection which was launched in 1999, Lys Soleia combines notes of bergamot, lemon zest, lily, ylang ylang, tuberose, vanilla, and musk.
Flora by Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia, $70-$100
Part of a collection of five just-launched new Gucci fragrances, Gorgeous Gardenia is formulated with red berries, pear, white gardenia, patchouli, and brown sugar and it's described as a "lushly enticing" scent worn by women who draw men in like "bees to a blossoming flower."
Ambre Narguile, $235
A hearty but very sweet scent, Ambre Narguile is a tempting fruity amber.
This scent goes to show that feminine florals don't need to be boring. The floral oriental has a lingering orange flower note along with bergamot, jasmine, tuberose, wild strawberries, amber, and interestingly enough, white truffle.
Candy Eau de Parfum, $108
This youthfully sweet scent irresistibly combines caramel and white musk.