Summer is the perfect time to reinvent your signature scent. While there’s nothing wrong with patchouli, amber, and tobacco in the summer—a cozy, comforting perfume on a hot evening can be surprising and sexy—the beauty of a summer day deserves to be celebrated with a fragrance to match. There’s something to be said, after all, for the carnal abundance of an open tuberose or the dry nostalgia of a campfire, drifting behind their wearer as they stroll past on a balmy summer evening.
So when the mercury climbs past 70, I eagerly reach for one of my favorite scents: Hothouse Flower, by the indie fragrance brand Ineke. A lush floral that evokes a greenhouse of gardenias steaming in the midsummer heat, its verdant sensuality means that any other season can’t do it justice; only summer gives the perfume enough air to breathe, letting the scent’s indolic petals truly unfurl.
Even though I have a signature summer scent, I also love searching for something new. Below, find 10 of the best perfumes to come out in the past few months, and rest assured that wherever your summer takes you, you’ll have the perfect fragrance as a close companion.