Summer's best scents

BOTTLED SCENTS: New fragrances are hitting the shelves every day.
BOTTLED SCENTS: New fragrances are hitting the shelves every day.

Avenues reviews the latest fragrances.

John Varvatos

The leather-bound bottle contains a fresh, yet spicy, scent. Hints of raw tobacco, sage and balsamic vinegar conjure thoughts of after-work drinks on a balmy evening. It is one for a discerning gentleman. EDT 125ml $175


Taylor Swift Incredible Things

Taylor Swift's latest fragrance plays with the sweet-and-sour nature of grapefruit. It is paired with pink pepper, vanilla and white amber. Musk is the lasting scent, but it isn't overpowering. EDP 50ml $79


Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

Black Opium's lively coffee-bean notes are subdued by floral and vanilla undertones. Both bold and youthful, it is a fragrance that keeps on giving. A heady cedar scent lingers. EDP 50ml $165


Diesel Only The Brave Wild

The industrial bottle is characteristically Diesel, as is this versatile fragrance. It will suit both the desk dweller and the man gone bush. The raw scent takes on noticeable essences of grapefruit, citronella, pepper and cedar wood. It is earthy but contemporary. EDT 75ml $133


Estee Lauder Modern Muse Chic

Use every day or savour for special occasions - this scent will work for both. Strong floral notes reign, with musk and vanilla becoming secondary aromas in this feminine concoction. It sits subtly on the skin and lasts all day. EDP 100ml $215


Viva La Juicy Gold Couture

A playful and fruity fragrance. Berries make the first hit, seconded by honey, caramel, vanilla and sandalwood - a very sweet scent for warm days and outdoor entertaining. EDP 100ml $195


Valeur Absolue Serenitude

Peppery spice comes through in this fragrance, complemented by cardamom, nutmeg and the freshness of coriander. A punchy scent that contrasts with its subtle aqua green bottle, interestingly filled with Amazonite stones. EDP 45ml $115