Summer fragrances are such sweet respite from the realities of the season — when it’s hot, steamy, and sweaty out there, there’s something so refreshing about a light scent. While it’s still warm out you should check store shelves for these luscious perfumes — they’ll make you smell some kinda delicious regardless of what season we’re in.


Last week I was spritzing myself with Calvin Klein’s 2009 Eternity Summer and my mom in law literally stopped in her tracks as she was walking by. “Mmmmm! You smell gorgeous!”

Why thanks, Mom! Yes. Yes I do.

Eternity Summer will win you over if you’re a fan of Calvin Klein fragrances in general – it hews close to the formula of clean, fresh and floral. The initial spritz is sweet, but when it all dries down, it’s a mild, clean floral at heart. It’s a pleasant scent, but didn’t make my heart skip a beat.


I found Calvin Klein’s Euphoria Spring Temptation to be far more heady, delicious, and me. Now Smell This did a great rundown of the fragrance notes: ” lush pear blossom, guava leaf, fluid waterfall accord, pink lily, dewy violet, white sandalwood, pure frosted musk and untouched amber.”

Heavens to mergatroid.

All of that sounds fancy enough, but I am not so complicated when it comes to fragrance. Does Euphoria Spring Temptation smell good? YES. It’s fruity yet floral, feminine and refreshing. And the bottle looks gorgeous on my dresser. Spring, Summer – who cares! I’d gladly repurchase this when my bottle runs out. It’s perfumey without being overpowering.

Which is not what I can say about Queen Latifah’s debut fragrance, titled simply – Queen. Its a notable and regal blend, alright — incense, musk, sandalwood, cognac and golden tequila are among its notes.
This is a heavy, very womanly, very I AM WEARING PERFUME kind of fragrance — far more a Fall fragrance than a Summer scent. I found it to be reminiscent of Eighties era fragrances, but not in a bad way.


It took me back to the days when my mom wore a power suit and had a batallion of very ferosh perfumes at the ready. Feminine, sexy, don’t eff with me. If you like less noticeable scents, you might not be down with Queen. But if you want to remind yourself and others that you are woman, hear you roar, you’ll probably love it! It hits shelves in August.

Need more recommendations? My homegirl Sicka Than Average came up with a killer list of summer fragrances herself!

Have you tried any new fragrances lately? Tell me about them!


Styleis20/20 says:
July 21, 2009, 1:43 pm
I love calvin klien and will def have to try the new scent enternity summer. euphoria ia a fave of mines already. Thanks Bella
BeautyXChangeGirl says:
July 21, 2009, 2:47 pm
Hi Bella, One of my favorite scents is CLEAN Lather eau de parfum. It has a simple soapy clean fresh scent that I just love. I haven't tried anything 'new' of late but the packaging and descriptin of Euphoria by Calvin Klein is definitely giving me the impulse to buy and try. :O)
CC says:
July 21, 2009, 3:54 pm
I like to try a lot of scents. This summer I have fallen in love with White Musk from the Body Shop.
Samantha says:
July 21, 2009, 6:31 pm
I really like Haiku, from Avon! It's so great. I also like wearing Lilu from Pacsun during the summer, I had to stock up on it because I could no longer find it!
Lisalis says:
July 22, 2009, 6:33 am
When I click 'read the rest of this entry', it doesn't take me there. How will I read about the rest of summer fragrance deliciousness?
Lisalis says:
July 22, 2009, 6:37 am
Oops! Got it now.
Dianewedd says:
July 23, 2009, 7:16 pm
FYI Afrobella, same thing happened to me when I hit the link to read more. I had to click on comments to see the rest of the story.