Summer Scents

Complete your summer wardrobe with the perfect fragrance. Bring out the sundresses, SPF and a new summer fragrance. Designer Narciso Rodriguez, who wanted to “capture sunlight” with his new Essence fragrance, reminds us “Perfume should frame your personality and be part of who you are. You shouldn’t wear it and it shouldn’t wear you.”

1. Kiehl’s Gardenia 1961 The re-launched floral scent joins the brand’s collection of portable essence oils. The date 1961 corresponds to the year in which the original scent was formulated by a Kiehl’s pharmacist for a devoted customer. Kiehl’s (Corte Madera). 415.359.9260,

2. Narciso Rodriguez Essence Fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez’s first fragrance in six years is housed in a Ross Lovegrove designed bottle that’s almost too pretty to open. The scent has notes of rose petals, iris and amber. Saks Fifth Avenue (SF). 415.986.4300,

3. Space.NK Champaca International jet-setting inspired this new collection of fragrances. The Champaca fragrance, based on Rajasthan, India, has notes of clove, cinnamon, cardamom and sandalwood. Bloomingdale’s (SF). 415.856.5720,

4. Jo Malone Kohdo Wood Collection For a warm summer night opt for the dark amber and ginger lily selection: a combination of cardamom, ginger and orchid. Neiman Marcus (SF). 415.362.3900,

5. Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey This limited edition summer scent is light and delicate with notes of rosewater, peony and carnation. Bloomingdale’s (SF). 415.856.5720,

6. Benefit The new Crescent Row eau de toilette comes in three scents: Gina, Sofia and Lee Lee. Benefit (Mill Valley). 415.383.5577,