The best scents for him and her this season.

Whether you’re looking for sweet, floral, or citrusy fragrances for the summer, we have a selection that covers all the bases while maintaining a fresh and clean aromatic palette.

For Him

١. Byredo’s Bal d’Afrique

This fragrance has notes of lemon, jasmine, and musk and is fruity and floral. It has a summery warmth, perfect for the hot summer days.

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٢. Chanel’s Bleu De Chanel – Parfum

This fragrance combines mint, lavender, and sandalwood for a zesty, woody fresh scent that’s clean and bold. It’s a pleasant summer scent without being too sweet.

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٣. Hermes’ Eau de Citron Noir – Eau De Cologne

Despite its sharp citrus scent, it has invigorating woody notes. It’s also inspired by a Middle Eastern ingredient called noomi basra (dried lime, which is sour and smoky).

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٤. Givenchy’s Gentleman Society – Eau De Parfum

This scent contains hints of cedar, cedarwood, vanilla, and sage – perfect for a summer night outing if you prefer keeping your fruity or citrus scents to the daytime.

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٥. Tom Ford’s Costa Azzurra – Eau De Parfum

With salty beaches, dry herbs, and juniper pine, this fragrance is best worn during the summer. Be it day or night, this fragrance is perfect for a getaway.

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For Her

١. Givenchy’s Irresistible Rose Velvet – Eau De Parfum

It’s light and floral but with notes of iris and white patchouli that add a bit of weight that makes it irresistible for a summer night out.

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٢. Hermes’ Un Jardin à Cythère – Eau De Toilette

With citrus, pistachios, and olive tree notes, it creates a cosy aroma for a lazy summer afternoon. This is the one for you if you love citrusy scents, as the notes are very fragrant.

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٣. Valentino’s Born in Roma Coral Fantasy – Eau De Parfum

In addition to kiwi, rose, and white musk, this fragrance is fruity and floral and has an irresistible belt for the summer heat.

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٤. Dries Van Noten’s Fleur Du Mal – Eau De Parfum

It has notes of peach, osmanthus, and suede. It is sensual and fresh and is a great option if you’re looking for something that isn’t too sweet.

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٥. Maison Margiela’s Replica Sailing Day – Eau de Toilette 

If you like an aquatic fragrance that makes you feel fresh all day long, this was made for you. It includes notes of sea notes, iris, and amber wood.

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Rand Al-Hadethi is an art, culture, and fashion writer who approaches all her creative endeavours with a penchant for storytelling. She explores the intersection of fashion, culture, and society and sheds light on talent and cultural movements across the Middle East and the world. Rand also publishes a bi-monthly themed substack newsletter called WebWeaver™. To reach Rand, email her at or follow her on social media @rundoozz.