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Here’s the thing about your favorite perfume — it’s probably seasonal. The same cozy scent you wear in November probably won’t hit the same way come June. And that’s the way it should be…fragrance is all about mood, setting, and how the wearer moves through life. You wouldn’t wear a slouchy cardigan to the Vegas strip on the fourth of July, so why would you spritz on the same fragrance you last reached for when the temps dipped?
In short, higher temps call for lighter scents. Here are a few of the best summer perfumes to consider.
Creed Wind Flowers
Creed, known for beautiful florals, comes through again with a light yet slightly unhinged floral scent.
Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede
This is one of the best summer perfumes for special occasions. Even if that special occasion is going to the grocery store.
Maison Margiela Bubble Bath
Margiela’s fragrances have become a favorite for the feelings the blends evoke. This bubble bath-scented perfume would be lovely to wear when you’re dining al fresco.
Narciso Rodriguez For Her Musc Noir Rose
For Her, one of my favorite scents, comes in a lighter, muskier fragrance. The rose notes keep it from being too heavy.
Ellis Brooklyn Sun Fruit
The smell of picnics in the park – but not the made-for-Instagram spread. This fragrance evokes those times when you and your bestie grabbed a bowl of fruit, a bottle of wine, and sat in the park and enjoyed the sunshine.
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc
This warm scent by Tom Ford is rich with foody, gourmand notes. Think a boardwalk on a summer night, with the smell of margaritas and salt water taffy drifting through the air.
Byredo Velvet Haze
With notes of coconut water and patchouli, this is the fragrance you want when you’re wearing your floatiest maxi dress.
Chanel’s Chance is made for summer. Jasmine, which can easily read as a heavier scent, gets a lift with citron and teakwood. Wear this when you want to give off hot girl summer vibes.
Maison Margiela Under The Lemon Tree
Bright, fresh, fruity, and sunny, this citrusy fragrance is great for both the office and bopping around town as you run errands.
Brazilian Crush Cheirosa 68 Beija Flor
If you’re looking for a hint of fragrance, reach for a mist like this one that’s meant for both hair and skin. Lightly scented, with notes of warm vanilla and lush dragonfruit, this is the scent you want if you’ll be outside all day.
Henry Rose Windows Down
For starters, ‘Windows Down’ is the perfect name for a summer fragrance — can’t you just picture driving around town with the wind blowing through your hair? The juice inside the bottle doesn’t disappoint, either. It opens with an earl grey tea accord (one of my favorites), a grapefruit middle note, and ends with a light musk base. The perfect blend of sultry and summery.
Jo Malone Bitter Mandarin Cologne
Don’t let the word ‘bitter’ throw you off. The word here evokes that first, sharp burst of citrus you get when you top off your champers with a bit of orange juice.
Le Labo Thé Noir
The fragrance that started a craze – made for sundresses, sunsets, sunrises, music festivals, state fairs, campfires, drinks on the veranda, walks on the beach, this ode to the noble tea leaf is a cult fave for a reason.
By far the most polarizing fragrance on this list (and also my favorite), people either love or hate the Escentric line of fragrances. Derived from a lighter-than-air formulation, the rose and pepper-scented perfume is barely detectable on skin – which is precisely why some people sing its praises.
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