I remember going to Italy with my parents a few years ago; I believe we were somewhere near the Amalfi coast which is famous for, along with handsome men, lemons. They grow all over the hillside as it slopes down to the sea. Oversized with thick, knobbly yellow skins. They heat up under the sun during the day so that by the evening the air is scented with an earthy, citrus fragrance - and that is exactly what (untitled) l'eau by Maison Martin Margiela reminds me of.
Not to be confused with the original (untitled) eau de perfume, (untitled) l'eau is a unisex fragrance which was launched last year. It really packs a punch for an eau de toilette and easily outlasts some of my EDP fragrances. The official notes list 'mandarin, orange, lemon, leaves, mint and buchu' and on first spray the combination of mandarin and leaf, sweet citrus and bitter green, creates a really authentic lemon note. What I find really magical about (untitled) l'eau is that those sharp top notes dry down to something that is most definitely citrusy and fresh, but at the same time almost warm and comforting with a slight hint of masculine woodsiness. This is definitely one to try out on sun-baked, summer skin.
100ml / £62.50 from Selfridges