The Best Neroli Scents For the Tropical Heat

Some fragrances may come across as feel cloying in the blistering tropical heat. If you don’t wear the right perfume, body heat can amp it up, creating a headache inducing scent. That’s why picking the right scent for a scorching day is important, like Neroli. Neroli oil is extracted from the blossom of the bitter orange tree. Most people tend to confuse it with orange blossom, but neroli is much more bitter and biting than its sweeter blossom counterpart. Neroli is perfect for hot weather as it gives fragrances a zesty zing without coming being too fruity or juvenile, due to its fresh, green and aromatic nature. That’s why neroli based scents come off “clean smelling” and are often described to be as refreshing as a cool shower. Here are the best neroli scents for the Singapore heat:

TOM FORD NEROLI PORTOFINO

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A classic from Tom Ford blends with a refreshing combo of bitter orange, african orange flower and neroli. This unisex fragrance has a cult following for a reason.

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MUGLER COLOGNE

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An under-appreciated gem from the house of Mugler. Though this cologne is marketed as a women's fragrance, the scent is definitely unisex with notes of neroli, bergamot and petitgrain. It's also long-lasting.

ATELIER COLOGNE GRAND NEROLI

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The name says it all! Grand Neroli transports you to an Italian summer afternoon with it's fresh opening of Sicilian bergamot and Moroccan neroli and a drydown of pure musk and vanilla from Madagascar. Absolute bliss on a hot day.

ARMANI PRIVE COLOGNE SPRAY EAU DE JADE

 

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A winner of multiple fragrance awards in 2006, this aromatic citrus fragrance features bergamot, tunisian neroli, pepper and musk expertly blended to create the most uplifting aroma that wakes you up. It's clean, refined and totally unisex too.

HERMÈS EAU DE NÉROLI DORÉ

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Jean-Claude Ellena's take on a neroli emphasizes the aromatic and bitter aspects of the ingredient. A bitter orange opening leads to a neroli that is roughened up by saffron for a more bitter and earthy vibe. This is perfect for people looking for a different take on neroli and for those who don't like overtly sweet scents.

GUERLAIN AQUA ALLEGORIA NEROLIA BIANCA

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Part of Guerlain's massive Aqua Allegoria line up, that features some of the freshest scents, Nerolia Bianca might be the most invigorating. Perfumer Thierry Wasser didn't just want to just add neroli, he wanted to reconstruct every fraction of a bitter orange tree; from its flowers, fruits and twigs to leaves. Grab this for a full-bodied neroli & orange blossom scent.

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JO MALONE BASIL & NEROLI COLOGNE

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Basil & Neroli's simplicity is stunning in this Jo Malone concoction that features notes of basil, neroli, white musk and vetiver. It's linear and effortless, you don't even have to think about it, just spritz it on and feel refreshed all day.

FREDERIC MALLE COLOGNE INDÉLÉBILE

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If you want a luxurious summer scent, then Fredemic Malle is the only brand to turn to. Some people say that Cologne Indélébile is neroli on steroids, with outstanding projection and lasting ability that is unusual for a fresh scent as they are often too volatile. A crisp neroli opening is supported by bergamot, orange blossom, narcissus and musk to create depth. The scent is bright and sparkling whilst still having a strong character.

L'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE NEROLI & ORCHIDEE

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For those who want a more feminine take on neroli that isn't so fresh and zingy, L'Occitane's offering is where it's at. Neroli is made more juicy and inviting with velvety peach and fig as well as dressed up with orchid and iris notes to create a romantic summer scent.

ATKINSONS SCILLY NEROLI

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Scilly Neroli is like a dip in the pool on a hot summer's day. It's an aquatic neroli with lemon, petitgrain and sea notes making neroli even more refreshing than it already is. It's godsend for smelling fresh in the sweltering heat.

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Story originally appeared on Harper's Bazaar Singapore.

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