A pageant of fragrances: what scents to put on this summer season?

Now summer season’s correctly arrived, it’s pageant season a go-go within the U.Ok. Each has its personal character, and there’s one thing for each style – so we thought an ideal pairing can be to match the occasions with an accompanying perfume that echoes the pageant’s vibe.

Tune in, spritz on and bliss out with these…



Isle of Wight Festival (15 – 18th June) + Ostens Patchouli Coronary heart No.II [Try it in the Ostens Discovery Set, £40 for 6 travel-friendly samples]

With PULP, Blondie and the Manic Road Preachers as notable headline acts, there’s at all times been a laid-back cool to this pageant, which presages most of the later music occasions following on. Selecting a scent with a suitably nonchalant chill to it’s important – attempting too exhausting right here will merely earn you a raised eyebrow of disapproval. This isn’t Coachella, darling, so ditch the heels and follow a scent that rocks the vibe. Ostens Patchouli Coronary heart No.II is elegant authenticity personified, incorporating breezy cypress, a tingle of ginger, and billowing violet with sheerly beautiful woodiness.




Glastonbury(21 – twenty fifth June) + 4160 Tuesdays Flora Psychedelica £50 for 50ml eau de parfum

The mom of all music festivals within the U.Ok. actually, it’s grow to be notorious for the chance of torrential rain in some unspecified time in the future throughout the occasion, inflicting nationwide newspapers to splash ‘mud-bath larks!’ kind pictures throughout their entrance pages. Initially the place for hippies to hang around and get groovy, the worth of tickets these days ensures a extra middle-class crowd. We propose carrying a really indie perfume that evokes the far out spirit of Sixties, with this ‘iris on a bender’ scent, incorporating mushroom-y weirdness with floral crowns and absinthe for a really trippy encounter.




Latitude (20 – twenty third July) + Manos Gerakinis OMEN [try in the Manos Gerakinis Discovery Set, for £30 for 6 transportive samples]

Pulp are taking part in right here, too (busy reunion tour, this 12 months, with cult jewelry model Tatty Devine even dedicating a range to their iconic songs), however for this ex goth, it’s all concerning the comeback of Siouxsie (of Banshees and, later, Creatures fame). Because the queen of the darkish facet, I really feel she, and all festival-goers who’re moved by the music, would recognize this creation, impressed by a Delphic oracle who enters ‘…a state of delirium by inhaling the vapours emitted by the sacred chasm beneath the temple.’ Religious smokiness swishes leather-based, amber, oud and ambergris in fabulous vogue.




Camp Bestival (27 – thirtieth July) + Floral Street Sunflower Pop from £28 for 10ml eau de parfum

This can be a family-friendly gathering that at all times attracts an inventive crowd, and sure there’s nice music, nevertheless it’s extra a couple of way of life celebration. With sustainability on the core of its ethos, and at all times eager to showcase impartial corporations, I believe an important match can be with the booming British model, Floral Road. Right here, they’re impressed by Van Gough in a scent which vibrantly fizzes with contemporary mandarin, Calabrian bergamot, and accords of vegan honey and Bellini cocktails. It settles to a clean, nuanced heat, with a scented sundown that feels timeless. Happiness in each spritz!




Womad (27 – thirty first July) + Maya Njie Les Fleurs [try it as part of the stunning Maya Njie Discovery Set £34 for 5 pocket-friendly samples]

Based in 1980 by the musician Peter Gabriel, this pageant proudly celebrates world music, with the Womad Basis now creating alternatives for cultural studying and sharing by way of artists all around the globe. A vibrant expression of togetherness, I believe artist, perfumer and founder Maya Njie’s Les Fleurs (named for Minnie Ripperton’s 1970 track) completely incorporates music, right here, as an inspirational medium. Rippling with bergamot’s brightness, a mellifluous magnolia and ripe fig, it’s an ‘unbound celebration of life, love and creation’ which brilliantly sums up the pageant’s spirit.


Written by Suzy Nightingale