With their layered sweetness and hint of nostalgia, summer’s new scents are fragrant reminders of Grandma’s homemade puddings.
We’ve had perfumes that smell sweeter than a trip to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, and scents that are reminiscent of fields of flowers, but now it seems the inspiration is a little bit closer to home.
From zesty lemon to juicy orange, sweet coconuts and tart berries, this summer’s most appetizing scents come inspired by the puddings you ate as a child, during the school holidays, at your grandma’s house.
The freshly baked cakes and desserts that filled your nostrils as you played in the garden, these scents are served with a dollop of nostalgia – and we can’t get enough.
From lemon meringue pies to rose blancmange, rhubarb syllabub and summer pudding, we’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of summer fragrances and baked some delicious puddings to go alongside them…
Summer’s best fruity fragrances
Memoize London Caritas
Inspired by: summer pudding
Mixed berries, cardamom and clove will delight even more than a summer berry dessert.
Maison Margiela Replica Under The Lemon Trees
Inspired by: lemon meringue pie
Citrus notes mixed with coriander make this fragrance sharp with a sweet edge, like the best lemon meringue pies should be.
Inspired by: rose blancmange
This bold combination of rose water and patchouli demands attention - just like a grand blancmange.
Laboratory Perfumes Gorse
Inspired by: coconut snowballs
Zingy lemon and lime cut through milky coconut for a fresh, exotic blend.
Kenzo World Kenzo Power
Inspired by: fondant fancies
Lashings of tonka - vanilla’s earthier sister - make this as satisfying as any fancy cake.
Floral Street Electric Rhubarb
Inspired by: rhubarb syllabub
Perfectly ripe rhubarb, frangipani and jasmine sambac swirl together to embody the carefree spirit of summer.
Coach Floral Blush
Inspired by: peaches and cream
Echoing this classic dessert with peach, creamy musk and peony notes makes for a treat of a scent.
Armani Prive Orangerie Venise
Inspired by: orange jelly
Orange flower is paired with neroli and bergamot for a seriously mouth-watering scent.
Photography: Ellis Parrinder / food stylist Lou Kenney