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These Fragrances Take You To Places You've Never Been

Scents that smell like secret gardens, an exotic island adventure, and a weekend in the Hamptons in the 1920s, amony many others.
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If you have a particular liking for light perfumes, as opposed to those that linger all day because they’re strongly and heavily scented, these fragrances are made for you-with brighter and zestier notes that last and lean toward floral or clean and fresh. Some are lighter versions of old time favorites, with less concentrated “l’eau” iterations of classics or more enhanced top notes and softened base notes to match Manila's weather. Here, our lineup of the ones that remind us of the happiest sunny days.

L'EAU D’ISSEY LOTUS BY ISSEY MIYAKE 
» Top to Bottom Lotus and aquatic accords; jasmine and hyacinth; wood and white musk. 
» Smells Like A boat and picnic trip by the lakeside- green and blossoming.

SUBLIME BY CAROLINA HERRERA
» Top to Bottom Bergamot and passion flower; roses and orchid; patchouli, moss, leather, and amber.
» Smells Like A weekend in the Hamptons in the 1920s.

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EAU MOHELI BY DIPTYQUE
» Top to Bottom Ylang-ylang; patchouli, pink pepper, and ginger; vetiver, benzoin, and incense.
» Smells Like An exotic tropical island adventure.

OMNIA CRYSTALLINE L'EAU DE PARFUM BY BULGARI
» Top to Bottom Bamboo and nashi pear; lotus blossom; balsa wood.
» Smells Like A sunset cruise on a yacht.

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ZEN SUN BY SHISEIDO
» Top to Bottom Bergamot, grapefruit, peach, black currant, citron, mango, and lemon; gardenia blossoms, blue rose, lotus, lily of the valley, and cherry blossom; raspberry, sandalwood, and amber.
» Smells Like A garden tea party on a clear, crisp day.

VALENTINA ACQUA FLOREALE BY VALENTINO
» Top to Bottom Bergamot and orange blossom; neroli, mimosa, tuberose, and jasmine; amber and patchouli.
» Smells Like Waking up in ancient frescoed rooms and daydreaming on Roman patios that overlook luxuriant secret gardens-florals, sunlight, and silhouettes.

ORANGE-KUMQUAT EAU DE PARFUM BY DURANCE
» Top to Bottom Orange blossom, kumquat, neroli.
» Smells Like Your days as a child after a long cool bath in the summer.

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FIRST BLUSH BY CLEAN
» Top to Bottom White tea, bergamot, and mint; neroli, basil, and jasmine; musk, amber, and cashmir wood.
» Smells Like The sweet, cool freshness of a new day at the beach.

L'EAU JOLIE BY LOLITA LEMPICKA
» Top to Bottom Black currant and nashi pear; neroli and peach blossom; musk and cedar.
» Smells Like What could be the Garden of Eden-abundant, fresh, and tempting.

L’ACQUAROSSA BY FENDI
» Top to Bottom Plum, bergamot, and mandarin; orange blossom, rose, magnolia, and lantana leaves; cedar, patchouli, and white musk.
» Smells Like A trip to the theater or the museum in 1920s Rome with the Baroque fragrances of fountains.

 

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Nicole Limos Morales
Nicole is the former managing editor of Town & Country Philippines. After working as features editor and beauty editor of the title’s print edition for 6 years, she helped launch Townandcountry.ph in 2016, creating new concepts and story formats, analyzing data, and mastering digital audiences—establishing the title to become the Philippines’ leading luxury lifestyle website. She left her full-time position in 2019 to focus on family life, while carrying on writing beauty content for T&C as a contributing editor. “I think what’s amazing about beauty is that in its arena, you can really only be a skeptic for so long,” she says. “There will always be a product that will make you believe.”
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