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Summer sniff and spritz at your local department store

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Summer is the perfect time for perfume lovers, irresolute sniffers and scent neophytes to find new fragrances to wear for sunny morning brunches to sunset beach parties. Pick a day, block off some time and head to your local department store to find fragrances galore. Be sure to shop the perfume bath soap, body creams, shower gels, powders and gift sets too.

Balenciaga Paris 'Florabotanica' Eau de Parfum at Nordstrom stores is a popular choice this summer. A scent from the botanical gardens of Balenciaga Paris it is detailed as a scent inspired by the woman who is beautiful but dangerous, an enchanting fragrance composed of a green accord twisted by an exhilarating note of juvenile freshness.

Also available at Nordstrom is Valentino Valentina' Eau de Parfum, inspired by a new generation of Italian It girls. Valentina top notes are the exuberant freshness of Calabrian bergamot enhanced with the unexpected twist of white Alba truffle. Middle notes are of floral irreverence. The iconic beauty of a white floral bouquet (Amalfi orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine) subtly kissed by wild strawberry. The Base notes are captivating, amber-like woods with the sensuality of amber and the noble signature of cedar.

Hanae Mori Butterfly Eau de Toilette, another top seller from Nordstrom stores, has aroma compounds of bilberry, blackberries, blackcurrant buds, strawberry, jasmine, peony, rose, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, raspberry tree, rosewood, and sandalwood. Give Le Parfum by Carven a test run. It’s is a simple, fresh scent infused with expressive floral notes. Try layering it with the Perfumed body milk by Carven and the Carven Bath and Shower Gel.

When changing your fragrance or adding another one or two for the new season remember to take your time sniffing and spritzing different scents and request samples if that helps.

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