Announcing SUMMER EscENTIALS 2017! Summer is the time when our senses open to the world. The abundance of light, warmth and beauty spark the joy of discovery within us. It becomes easier to leave the comfort zone, embarking on exploratory trips both outwardly and inwardly. Could there be a better travel companion for such a journey than an inspiring summer fragrance? Together with photographer Per Zennström, Scentury’s Helder Suffenplan went on a photographic trip to find beauty in the strange and inspiration in the unfamiliar. We hope you enjoy the images from our elaborate photoshoot as well as our 12 picks for a perfect summer 2017 season!
PHOTOGRAPHY: Per Zennström
CREATIVE DIRECTION: Helder Suffenplan
This feature is a proud winner of the 2018 Perfumed Plume Awards in the category “Visualization Of Scent Stories”.
12 essential summer scents for you!
01. Pierre Guillaume: Jardins de Kérylos
“I know that if odor were visible, as color is,
I’d see the summer garden in rainbow clouds.”
Turn to Pierre Guillaume’s Jardin de Kérylos for Technicolor visions of a lazy July afternoon in a lush garden overlooking the Aegean.
PERFUMER: Pierre Guillaume
02. Extrait d’Atelier: Maïtre Joaillier
“Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.”
… or rather like precious diamonds refracting the light from the small window of a jeweler’s workshop — which was the inspiration for this bright and ozonic creation.
03. SAUF: Voix Humaine 8
“Hot weather opens the skull of a city, exposing its white brain, and its heart of nerves, which sizzle like the wires inside a light bulb. And there exudes a sour extra-human smell that makes the very stone seem flesh-alive, webbed and pulsing.”
―Truman Capote, Summer Crossing
If loneliness is signified by the absence of smell, touch or sound, this fragrance will infuse your aura with the consoling oscillation of a human voice — right when you need it the most. SAUF is the new line by Filippo Sorcinelli, who’s also the creative mind behind UNUM.
04. Regime des Fleurs: Cacti
“Again and again, the cicada’s untiring cry pierced the sultry summer air like a needle at work on thick cotton cloth.”
―Yukio Mishima, Runaway Horses: The Sea of Fertility, 2
Not until the relentless sun annihilates all shades and colors and the piercing dryness of the air singes your olfactory senses will you be receptive enough to discover abundance in unexpected places.
PERFUMER: Mathieu Nardin, Alia Raza, Ezra Woods
05. Dusita: Le Sillage Blanc
“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
―Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
Just as rare leaf-like butterflies suddenly leave their twig and dart away into the sky, aromatic and floral notes dissolve from this uber-green fragrance into the hot summer air.
PERFUMER: Pissara Umavijani
06. Diptyque: Ofresia
“It happened one summer, it happened one time
It happened forever, for a short time.
A place for a moment, an end to dream
Forever I loved you, forever it seemed
One summer never ends, one summer never began.
It keeps me standing still, it takes all my will
And then suddenly last summer.”
―Martha Emily Davis of The Motels, Suddenly Last Summer
This floral beauty starring freesia, pepper and rosewood is the prefect olfactive soundtrack for an endless summer ― weightlessly floating in between sweet memories and great expectations.
PERFUMER: Olivia Giacobetti
07. Caron: Yuzu Man
“The morning heat had already soaked through the walls, rising up from the floor like a ghost of summers past.”
―Erik Tomblin, Riverside Blues
Looking for a magic potion to keep the heat at nose’s length? The crispness and vigor of the Japanese Yuzu fruit will keep you cool and focused.
PERFUMER: Richard Fraysse
08. Eau d’Italie: Eau d’Italie
“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.”
This eau de cologne with aromatic, mineral and floral notes, refined with a hint of frankincense, takes you on an instant trip to the lush shores of a Northern Italian lake.
PERFUMER: Bertrand Duchaufour
09. Bois 1920: Agrumi Amari di Sicilia
“Summer is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. For those few months, you’re not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don’t have the rest of the year.”
―Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
Should you want to describe the manifold charms of summer to an Eskimo (or a penguin) — grab this bottle and push the button firmly two or three times. The oratory of Agrumi Amari di Sicilia will leave no questions unanswered.
PERFUMER: Enzo Galardi
10. Biehl Parfumkunstwerke: GS02
“Surf’s up in the sun, I’m waiting for the day.
Having fun, in warm far away
moonlight nights, water seems so clear.
Ooh city lights while I’m still waiting here.
Where’s my wave?”
―Blondie, In the Sun
A perfect summer is a blend of sun, fun, moonlight, clear water, waves and city lights. Throw in a Campari soda and you end up with GS02 — summer in a bottle.
PERFUMER: Geza Schön
11. sixteen92: The Grass Harp
“The wind is us — it gathers and remembers all our voices, then sends them talking and telling through the leaves and the fields.”
―Truman Capote, The Grass Harp
Transposing the faint murmurs of long summer days into the vivid language of perfumery —that’s the artistry of perfumer Claire Baxter from Fort Worth, Texas. Perk up all of your senses and get ready to listen carefully!
PERFUMER: Claire Baxter
12. Carner: Sweet William
“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”
―L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island
We are quite sure that in a world of eternal early summer your skin would smell invitingly pure, addictively seductive and full of promises.
PERFUMER: Rodrigo Flores-Roux