WhoWHATWhereWhy: Scents for summer

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Step into summer a few weeks early with a spritz of scents that channel the season's sweet florals and woodsy outdoor aromas.

Some of the favored fragrances in stores are by beauty's best, including Valentino, Jimmy Choo and Marc Jacobs. Others come from celebrities looking to expand their stardom with a personalized perfume.

Here are some of the hot scents attracting attention -- and sniffs.

Estee Lauder 60th anniversary Youth-Dew: This Oriental scent was ahead of its time when it was first released in 1953. It was super sensual for its day, plus it doubled as a bath oil. Now it's back in a crystal encrusted bottle with a golden metalized bow just in time for its birthday. It's available exclusively at Belk and www.belk.com for $50.

ESCADA Cherry in the Air: The limited-edition scent has a fruity flair, with top notes of black cherry and raspberry and a hint of underlying mandarin. Its sweet side is set off with gardenia, vanilla and a base note blend of sandalwood, oak and musk. It's $20 to $74 in stores and online at Sephora, Ulta and Macys.com.

GUESS Girl: A flirty, fruity fragrance for the "it" girl ready to captivate on the catwalk -- or wherever she goes. It comes in sassy pink packaging for $40 to $62. A 6.7 ounce body cream is $28. Find it at GUESS retail stores, perfume chains, most major department stores and www.guess.com.

Givenchy Dahlia Noir L'Eau: A darker, more mysterious fragrance than the original Dahlia Noir, this moody floral is enlivened with neroli, patchouli and musk for a heady, heavier scent. It's $90 at www.sephora.com.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Sunshine: Both floral and fruity, Daisy Eau So Fresh Sunshine is a bolder version of the classic Daisy Eau So Fresh. It marries jasmine petals and top notes of strawberry, apple blossom, pink grapefruit and base notes of violet leaf, white oak, moss and amber wood. It's $78 at Macy's.

Vintage Bloom by Jessica Simpson: The songstress-turned-fashion designer turns perfume artist with this soft floral scent inspired by romantic moments and flowers blanketing an evening meadow. Top notes are lemon and Caipirinha lime zest, with a heart of peony and raspberry blossom on a base of sandalwood and musk. A 3.4-fluid-ounce bottle is $65 at Macy's, Ulta and other fine fragrance retailers.

Dolce & Gabbana Desire: The latest fragrance from Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana is named for an emotion it hopes to create with its mix of sandalwood, bergamot and tuberose. Scarlett Johansson is the face behind the fragrance in ad campaigns. At Saks Fifth Avenue and saks.com -- $93 for 1.6 fluid ounces, or $112 for 2.5 fluid ounces.

Playboy for Her: Spice up your sensuality with a medley of scents bound to "unleash your inner flirt." The collection includes: Playboy VIP (an explosion of nectarine, orange flower sorbet and peony, with a heart of love apple and red fruits on a musky base), Play it Lovely (citrus with a touch of mystery, thanks to base notes of amber, patchouli and tonka bean), Play it Sexy (top notes of pink grapefruit, mandarin and pink pepper with a floral heart), Play it Spicy (described as "floriental") and Play it Rock (blood orange, candy apple and saffron give way to other sultry scents). Each mist is $8.99 at major retail chains and www.playboyfragrances.com.

Jimmy Choo Flash: Jimmy Choo's second fragrance is about "the sense of power a woman feels when dressed in a pair of sexy shoes," naturally. Exotic white flowers, including tuberose, jasmine and white lily, are combined in a flacon of cut glass designed to look like a flashbulb. It's $75 for 2.2 fluid ounces, or $98 for 3.3 fluid ounces at Nordstrom.

Marni: The first fragrance from Marni comes in a polka dot bottle as whimsical as the house's signature prints. It's a blend of spicy and woody notes, incense with a touch of black rose. Marni is available at www.marni.com, Saks Fifth Avenue and saks.com ($75 for 1 fluid ounce, $105 for 2.2 fluid ounces or $155 for 4 fluid ounces).

La Collection de Grasse: L'Occitane is based in Provence, also the home of Grasse, the perfume capitol of the world. La Collection de Grasse debuts four fragrances that are light and fresh, yet sophisticated. The fruity Magnolia & Mure combines magnolia with blackberries; Vanille & Narcisse belongs to the vanilla Oriental family; Jamin & Bergamote is a floral and The Vert & Bigarade is an aromatic citrus designed to be worn by either sex. They are $75 each at L'Occitane stores or online at usa.loccitane.com.

Heidi Klum Surprise!: The supermodel's latest fragrance is an "explosive yet sexy floral," with a burst of pink pepper for some spice. It's bottled in rectangular packaging that's designed to look as though it's been wrapped in black, pale pink and gold ribbons. The body spray is $8.99 for 2.5 fluid ounces, and the eau de toilette is $28 for 1 fluid ounce at www.heidiklumfragrances.com.

Prada L'Eau D'Iris: A clean, fresh scent that's blended with mint of Morocco, Tunisian neroli and orange blossom. Prada's new fragrance is as light and summery as a blooming garden. Find it at Macy's for $77.

Valentino's Valentina Assoluto: Master perfumer Olivier Cresp has re-created the essence of Valentina with an intense fragrance adorned with a chypre signature. Top notes of bergamot and peach are enhanced with Alba truffle, middle notes of jasmine, tuberose and orange blossom and base notes of oak moss and cedar wood. It's $88 for 1.7 fluid ounces, or $117 for 2.7 fluid ounces at Nordstrom.

Soul2Soul Vintage, an Ode to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw: Perfect for the sappy romantic at heart, this pair of his-and-her fragrances is described as a symbol of the country music power couple's "enduring and timeless" love. Each is $24.50 for 1 fluid ounce.

Beyonce Midnight Heat: Hit a high note with the diva's latest perfume, sure to boost a woman's confidence and sex appeal. See it and other fragrances by Beyonce at www.beyonceparfums.com.


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