It's been said that scent can transform your surroundings. Well, if that’s the case, get ready to have your beach blanket disappear as you spritz on one of these 6 scents and get lost in the pages of these top summer reads!
We’ve carefully paired this summer’s most popular books with scents whose notes subtly weave throughout the storylines drawing you deeper and deeper into the plot.
Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt
Summer Read: ‘Everything I Never Told You: A Novel' by Celeste Ng
So, let’s just say things are more than a little tense in the Lee household. The Chinese-American family this debut novel of Ng’s revolves around has just lost their oldest daughter. With her death comes feelings of alienation and achievement, while exploring race, gender, family, and identity issues. As the police must unravel what has happened to Lydia, the Lee family must uncover the sister and daughter that they hardly knew.
Transformative Scent: Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt
Soft, comforting notes of mimosa, rose and carnation swirl together while a number of spicy oriental floral tones pop from within.
Chloe by Chloe
Summer Read:'The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee' by Marja Mills
In 2004, Mills moved into a rented house next door to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee and her sister Alice in their charming hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Over the next 18 months, Mills got to know the sisters and their friends in town in turn delving into an enchanting, atmospheric portrait of love and community.
Transformative Scent: Chloe by Chloe
Breezes of magnolia, rose, and lily of the valley sweep across a bed of warm cedarwood and amber notes.
Delices de Cartier by Cartier
Summer Read:'Big Little Lies' by Liane Moriarty
Set in an Australian suburb, Big Little Lies focuses on three women, all of whom have children at the same preschool. One is a great beauty married to a fabulously rich businessman; they have a “perfect” set of twins. One is the can-do mom who can put together a mean pre-school art project but can’t prevent her teenage daughter from preferring her divorced dad. The third is a withdrawn, single mother who doesn’t quite fit in. All the while Moriarty knows not to overplay the message she’s sending: that we all tell lies -- to each other and, more importantly, to ourselves.
Transformative Scent: Delices de Cartier by Cartier
Sticky sweet notes of cherry and bergamot, coat floral bursts of freesia, jasmine, and violet, while hints of amber, tonka bean, and pink pepper dance about.
Azzaro Now by Azzaro
Summer Read:'Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival' by Laurence Gonzales
Twenty-five years after the catastrophe, a dramatic and extraordinarily rare 360-degree view of the crash of a fully loaded jumbo jet. As hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux City. The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. And then people began emerging from the summer corn that lined the runways. Miraculously, 184 of 296 passengers lived. Gonzales, a journalist, delves into the moments before and after the crash, as described by survivors, observers, and records.
Transformative Scent: Azzaro Now by Azzaro
Clean top notes of white tea and bergamot blend with vibrant base notes of amber rum and musk.
Cool Water by Davidoff
Summer Read: 'Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty' by Elizabeth Mitchell
The Statue of Liberty has become one of the most recognizable monuments in the world: a symbol of freedom and the American Dream. But the story of the creation of the statue has been obscured by myth. In reality, she was the inspiration of one quixotic French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, hungry for fame and adoration. Bartholdi himself collected almost all of the money required to build the statue. Meanwhile, he brought luminaries including Gustave Eiffel, Victor Hugo, Ulysses S. Grant, Joseph Pulitzer, and Emma Lazarus into his scheme.
Transformative Scent: Cool Water by Davidoff
Crisp, cool citrus notes ride on the back of waves kissing surges of ocean air that blow across a base of woody notes.
Jessica McClintock by Jessica McClintock
Summer Read: 'Landline' by Rainbow Rowell
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble --in the wake of kids, careers, and the daily grind. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts.
Transformative Scent: Jessica McClintock by Jessica McClintock
Tart citrus notes of lemon splash against a floral wall of white rose and white jasmine, as earthy hints of basil grasp at the quiet chaos.