Perfume has always been its own form of armchair travel. The powerful connection between scent and memory means that a single spritz can instantly transport you to another time or place. 

With another season of travel restrictions ahead, these summer perfumes, made for both men and women, are as good a salve as any for your beachy daydreams. So take a seat, have a spritz, and enjoy the trip. 

The Amazon with Fueguia 1833

 Agua Magnoliana fragrance by Fueguia 1833 in clear bottle

The Agua Magnoliana fragrance from Argentinian brand Fueguia 1833 is inspired by the magnolia fragantissima flower, a delicate smelling bloom that comes from a mammoth Amazonian tree. 

Agua Magnoliana aquatic floral scent is enriched by notes of jasmine and sandalwood, making it an elegant fragrance that is light enough for hot summer days.  

Greece with Diptyque 

Ilio perfume by Diptyque against beach background drawn by Luke Edward Hall

To celebrate the arrival of summer, Diptyque has launched a limited edition bottle of its classic Mediterranean-inspired fragrance, Ilio. The Mediterranean, and Greece in particular, was a significant source of inspiration for Diptych’s three founders who traveled there most summers and often called it ’landscape of the soul.’

In Greek, the word ‘ilio’ evokes the sun and this bright, fruity fragrance by the same name uses a blend of prickly pear, bergamot, and jasmine to recreate the smell of sun-warmed skin on a rocky ocean outpost.  

For the limited edition bottle, artist Luke Edward Hall has drawn a fitting landscape scene complete with a cactus, bright yellow sun, and ocean views. 

Spain with Perfumer H

Lyn Harris Perfumer H orange leaf fragrance in orange glass bottle

Orange leaf is a new scent from Perfumer H that transforms the tangy citrus notes of Valencia oranges into an uplifting summer fragrance

The orange Valencia scent used in the perfume is extracted from the fruit itself, rather than synthetically recreated. This is blended with petitgrain essence extracted from the twigs and leaves of oranges for an extra-zesty scent, and then toned with notes of basil, frankincense and cedar wood. 

The French Riviera with Dior 

Dior Eden-Roc perfume in glass bottle on a beach

Dior’s latest fragrance, Eden-Roc, is an ode to the luxurious Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes. The hotel is the epitome of French Riviera elegance, inspiring F Scott’s Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night and playing host to the likes of Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Marlene Dietrich and the Kennedys.  

The fragrance blends sea salt, jasmine, coconut, and pine to evoke ‘a salt crystal placed on the tip of the tongue, bronzed skin warmed by the sun, [and] the protective canopy offered by a pine tree in the south of France’.  

California with Louis Vuttion

on the beach perfume by Louis Vuitton against multi-coloured sand

On the Beach is the latest addition to Louis Vuitton’s collection of California-inspired fragrances. For this creation, in-house perfumer Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud mixed a citrusy burst of Japanese yuzu with a slightly softer tinge of neroli, and then rounded it out with herbs, pink pepper, and cloves for a sandy undertone.

As for previous fragrances in the California-inspired series, the bottle was designed by LA-based artist (and former Wallpaper* Design Awards judge) Alex Israel

Gambia with Maya Njie

Tropica perfume by Maya Njie alongside purple and red flowers

Swedish-born, London-based perfumer Maya Njie created Tropica as a sensory ode to her childhood trips to West Africa, particularly Gambia and Senegal. ‘For me it’s evocative of these places, as they represent the transition of leaving a very cold and dark Sweden for warmer climates, sticky beaches, salty oceans, late nights and late mornings, where we could really roam free,’ says Njie. 

To create the fragrance, she blended uplifting notes of citrus and pineapple with fig, coconut, and musk. It’s a lush and bright perfume, more evocative of flourishing jungles than other beach-centric summer scents. 

Ibiza with Loewe 

Loewe Paula’s Ibiza fragrance in water with flowers

Launched seasonally, Paula’s Ibiza is Loewe’s celebration of the Balearic island’s joyful and luscious summers. ‘I wanted to capture that sense of letting go and ecstatic abandon in a fragrance,’ Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson told us last year. ‘Something volatile and fickle, just like a breeze.’

To create the fragrance, perfumer Nuria Cruelles blended a coconut-water base with beachy green galbanum and some patchouli in a nod to Ibiza’s hippy history. For this summer’s relaunch of the fragrance, Loewe has released a dreamy new film titled ‘Summer Daze’ on their website with creative direction by Anderson and film direction by the Canadian directing trio known as Manson. 

Mumbai with DS & Durga 

Radio Bombay perfume by D.S. & Durga against yellow background

DS & Durga’s Radio Bombay is ideal among summer scents for those who prefer something slightly richer than the typical citrus or floral. 

This medium-bodied fragrance is designed to evoke a day spent under the hot Mumbai sun with a copper-tube radio playing ragas in the background. It’s a woody and fruity scent with top notes of copper and cedar, heart notes of sandalwood and iris, and base notes of coconut musk and ambergris. 

Mexico with Xinú

Xinú Monstera perfume in glass and wood bottle against white background

Xinú’s Monstera evokes the verdant jungles of the perfume brand’s native Mexico. The freshness of the monstera plant is blended with damp earth accord for a musty depth. It’s finished off with a creamy white floral tone and a touch of bitter cocoa and vanilla. 

Once finished with, Xinú’s perfume bottles, made from blown glass and wood, are designed to be turned into an elegant, modernist vase.