Best summer fragrance buys

This is the month to plan your perfume purchases, from fresh florals to heady orientals - there is a new release for every fragrance taste. Editor Trudi Brewer shares her pick of scents for summer and the fragrances that make the prefect Christmas gifts.

A range of different fragrances against a grey background
Tiffany & Co , 50ml

Tiffany & Co, 50ml, $179.

The first impressions are soft and powdery thanks to the musky note of iris and patchouli. However, mandarin blossom gives it a crisp summer bite, making it the idea fresh summer floral. Like the brilliant yellow diamond it was inspired by - this fragrance is exqusite.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White , 30ml

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White, 30ml, $105.

No longer will you have to travel to buy twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's lifestyle brand. This fragrance named after their other siblings Elizabeth and James this is the latest twin named Nirvana White (there is also Black). It shows off the delicate notes of peony, lily of the valley and just to give it some punch, a soft powdery musk housed in this stunning textured falcon.    


Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal , 30ml

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal, 30ml, $116.

When you take your eyes off the stunning bottle, the hypnotic combination of blood orange and gardenia, honey and patchouli are what add to this fragrance being a head turning scent. It's the perfect festive addition in your fragrance line up that promises to be a daring, sexy scent.

YSL Black Opium , 50ml

YSL Black Opium, 50ml, $145.

This fragrance has a long legacy of leaving a lasting impression on the woman who wears it and those close to her. Perhaps that's why it's still one of this countries top sellers. The blend of coffee, pink pepper, bitter almond, orange blossom, jasmine, vanilla, and cedar will most certainly bring out your sexy side.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black , 30ml

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black, 30ml, $105.

The twin to Nirvana White this addition to the fashion brand is a unisex woody scent intended for both you and your lover. And while the violet, sandalwood, and vanilla are feminine ingredients, the composition makes it warm, woody and very sexy.

Jo Malone London English Oak & Redcurrant , 30ml

Jo Malone London English Oak & Redcurrant, 30ml, $116.

Just one of the festive offerings from this strictly English brand and true to its history this cologne is a blend of fruit and flowers. Rose, woody oak, and the sweetness of redcurrant - its composition beautifully simple, makes it the ideal scent to layer with Jo Malone London Blackberry and Bay.

Gucci Bloom , 30ml

Gucci Bloom, 30ml, $105.

The first scent from Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele is an explosion of white flowers - including sambac jasmine, and the unforgettable tuberose, blended with a delicate red Chinese honeysuckle that grows wild across Asia - it's a pure, pretty floral.

Your Fragrance Destination Luxe Sample Set

Your Fragrance Destination Luxe Sample Set, $89.

Handpicked for the love of your life or for a girl who loves to travel this is the most luxurious collection of sample size scents. Including Issey Miyake, Narciso Rodriguez, Zadig & Voltaire and Docle & Gabbana, once you have worked your way through this collection and decided on your favourite, the voucher in the box allows you to go to any Farmers store and collect a 30ml size for free - it's genius. 

Tom Ford Orchid Soleil , 30ml

Tom Ford Orchid Soleil, 30ml, $148.

Think brilliant sunshine and the scent of pink pepper, bitter orange and cypress - and that sums up this vibrant offering from fashion genius Tom Ford. Once the citrus combination settles, you're left with the gorgeous combination of tuberose, chestnut cream, delicate orchid.

Karen Walker  Runaway, 60ml

Karen Walker Runaway, 60ml, $159

If you like your floral fragrance to have some punch, this heady, intense oriental is rich with exotic spices such as cinnamon leaf, cardamon, and black pepper. Softened by lemon oil, rose, sambac jasmine and pine needles, an hour later you're left with smoky Bourbon, vetiver and vanilla a combination that give it an unforgettable, intoxicating aroma.