"Perfume is potentially a carrier for the imagination. Perfume is thick; it is poison and pure desire; it is Eros in person."
French designer Serge's words immaculately capture the importance and influence of perfumes.
The word perfume is derived from the Latin word 'per fumus', which means through smoke.
Perfume is an important tool in daily hygiene all over the world, and a tool to create a unique identity for its users.
Perfume has a significant influence on fashion, culture, and the showbiz world across the globe.
It is no surprise that the history of perfume is thousands of years old. Since time immemorial people have been using perfume as an important accessory in their everyday life.
Historians link the origin of perfume with Egyptians. They used fragrance and scents during prayers and religious ceremonies.
The main ingredients to make perfume back in the days were oil, resin, and perfumed ointments.
Today the perfume world has become a global industry.
For different seasons, there are different perfumes. Summer fragrances tend to be fruity, citrusy, and give off a fresh vibe. Winter fragrances tend to be more on the woody and heavier side.
How to choose a summer perfume?
Summer has arrived and for perfume enthusiasts, picking a fragrance to wear in summer is a difficult decision. If you have been wearing the same perfume all year, there is nothing wrong to go for a special one for summer.
Picking a summer-friendly perfume will set the mood for the weather and will make you feel refreshed and joyous.
As mentioned earlier, lighter, citrusy, and fruity perfumes are usually popular choices as summer perfumes. But you can always pick the one that makes you happy and would not hurt your wallet.
If you plan to buy perfumes here in Dhaka, there are a few online stores and physical shops that import authentic ones by brands like Christian Dior, Versace, Armani, Chanel, Hugo Boss, among others.
These brands have a wide range of perfumes at different price ranges. You can pick a unisex fragrance or an iconic fragrance for men or women.
There are many things to consider before you can pick your summer fragrance to wear at work, hang-out, or any event – budget being one of them. TBS has prepared a list of the top five summer-friendly perfumes under 10K:
Versace Pour Homme
Where to find: Yellow, Unimart
Released in 2008, this is undoubtedly one of the best summer perfumes for men. The scent is fresh citrus and it is a professional smelling scent.
The all year round perfume can be worn during the day or at night time- in summer, winter, or spring. It will cost around Tk4,500 for a 100ml bottle.
Infusion d'Iris Prada for women
Where to find: Perfumebd.com, Yellow
Inspired by Irish extract scent-making process, this perfume can be worn in both spring and summer.
Its main notes include iris, amber, cedar, and incense. Infusion d'Iris Prada is one of the popular perfumes for women.
Released in 2007, the perfume comes as EDP (Eau de Parfum) in 50ml, 100ml, and 200ml sizes and as pure perfume in 3.5ml and 7.5ml sizes.
Hugo Boss Bottled /NO.6 for men
Where to find: Perfume.bd.com, Buyperfumeinbangladesh.com
The lavender in this Hugo Boss men's EDT (Eau de Toilette) brings the smell of flowers home. The juniper and geranium in this perfume project a warm and earthly aura.
Designed in a see-through bottle, the Hugo Boss No 6 men's Eau de Toilette will compliment your style both indoor and outdoor.
CK Eternity for men
Where to find: Yellow, Perfumebd.com
Calvin Klein is the brand that has become a household name for Bangladeshi perfume enthusiasts. This classic scent from Calvin Klein projects mild citrus notes.
The price is also very reasonable, a 100ml bottle of CK Eternity will cost around Tk3,000.
CK Eternity EDP for women
Where to find: Perfumebd.com
What else could be the best summer perfume for you other than the one that smells like mandarin orange, citrus fruits, and green notes?
This budget-friendly CK Eternity EDP 100ml perfume for women has it all. The feminine fragrance is suitable for both parties and the workplace.
Launched in 1988, base notes of this perfume include amber, musk, sandalwood, and patchouli.