Travel plans might be on hold, but these scents will transport you anywhere.

By Erin Lukas
Jun 11, 2020 @ 12:59 pm
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Smell and memory are closely linked. That's why a few spritzes of a citrus eau de toilette can transport you back to your last vacation in Tuscany, or a few whiffs of a musky cologne will remind you of your toxic ex you've blocked from your phone.

That said, given that heading to the park or going on a tri-state road trip are the most realistic vacation options this summer, turn to the power of scent to send you somewhere far, far, away — from inside the walls of your house.

Even though it takes months for brands' master perfumers to conjure up the perfect mix of top, heart, and base notes to land on the scent, this season's new fragrances capture the wanderlust everyone is feeling after spending so much time at home these past three months.

From a beach-inspired eau de parfum that's reminiscent of salty skin and tropical winds, to one that smells exactly like a freshly-cut bouquet of garden-picked flowers, these are the 10 best new fragrances of summer 2020.

Cartier Pur Magnolia Eau de Toilette

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KEY NOTES: Citrus notes, pure magnolia.

SCENT VIBE: A walk in the park with less than 10 friends, per social distancing rules.

To buy: $270; saksfifthavenue.com.

Calvin Klein Euphoria Blush Eau de Parfum

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KEY NOTES: Raspberries, pink pepper, rose, orchid, chocolate, patchouli.

SCENT VIBE: Baking a chocolate cake, then eating it during a Zoom date.

To buy: $99; ulta.com.

Ellis Brooklyn Salt Eau de Parfum

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KEY NOTES: Ylang ylang, ambergris, Tahitian tiare.

SCENT VIBE: The next best thing to a weekend at the beach.

To buy: $105; sephora.com.

Armani Beauty Sì Passione Intense Eau de Parfum

KEY NOTES: Blackcurrant nectar, jasmine absolute, patchouli.

SCENT VIBE: This strong mix of fruity and floral notes ideal for anyone determined to still have a steamy summer.

To buy: $96; sephora.com.

Givenchy Irrésistible Eau de Parfum

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KEY NOTES: Sparkling pear, luscious rose, blonde wood.

SCENT VIBE: Your favorite hiking trail all bottled up.

To buy: $93; sephora.com.

Yves Saint LaurentMon Paris Intensement Eau de Parfum

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KEY NOTES: Black currant, rose, white musk.

SCENT VIBE:  This scent is supposed to evoke "a passionate love story in Paris." But due to travel restrictions, be safe and make your summer 2020 fling a digital romance.

To buy: $128; sephora.com.

Louis Vuitton California Dream

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KEY NOTES: Mandarin, ambrette, benzoin.

SCENT VIBE: A road trip — aka the most realistic vacation to take this summer.

To buy: $265; us.louisvuitton.com.

Chloé Atelier des Fleurs Hibiscus Abelmoschus Eau de Parfum

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KEY NOTES: Hibiscus abelmoschus, rosa damascena, herba mimosa.

THE VIBE: The bouquet of flowers you grabbed as a little pick-me-up on your last grocery run.

To buy: $230; nordstrom.com.

D.S. & Durga Crystal Pistil Fragrance Enhancer Eau de Parfum

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KEY NOTES: Orange flower water, dew-on-petal, crystalized flower parts, civettone.

THE VIBE: Worn on its own, this subtle fragrance enhancer is the your-lips-but-better lipstick of scents.

To buy: $260; nordstrom.com.

Byredo Lil Fleur Eau de Parfum 

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KEY NOTES: Tangerine, cassis, damascena rose, saffron, leather, blonde woods.

THE VIBE: Both happy and sad, this scent encompasses all of those summer-in-quarantine feelings.

To buy: $265; nordstrom.com.