We all have that nostalgic scent or smell that triggers a wave of summer memories. For some, it’s the sunscreen your mom used to lather you up when you were a kid. Maybe it’s the smell of the beach first thing in the morning, or maybe it’s the unique scent you took on your last trip abroad. Regardless of the particular smell, this is further proof of the power that olfactory memory holds and its ability to change our mood instantly.
With the end of summer on the horizon, we think it’s the perfect time to consider changing up your signature scent to make those balmy nights last a little longer. Whether you prefer sweet scents, warm musky notes, or pretty florals, we’re here to remind you that the scents of summer can extend far beyond your typical coconut.
From scents inspired by lazy summer days to picks that will instantly transport you to a tropical destination, keep reading below for 17 picks that will have you smelling like summer all year round.
Peggy Sue Dawn Perfume
Inspired by a summer’s dawn, this uplifting scent features top notes of grapefruit and mandarin orange and base notes of ylang-ylang and neroli. Shop here.
Goldfield & Banks Sunset Hour Perfume Concentrate
Citrus with a hint of sweetness, this fruity, floral and woody scent is made up of notes such as Australian desert peach, coconut cream and green mango. Shop here.
Ellis Brooklyn Salt Eau de Parfum
Described as a “holiday in a bottle”, this dreamy scent is inspired by the healing properties of salt water with notes of ylang-ylang, Tahitian tiare, vegan ambergris and sandalwood. Think of lazy afternoons at the beach. Shop here.
Bon Parfumeur Eau De Parfum 801 Aquatic Sea Spray, Cedar And Grapefruit
Fresh with a hint of spice, this marine-inspired scent is rich with notes of Italian lemon, grapefruit, cedar and sea spray. Shop here.
Maison Margiela Beach Walk Eau de Toilette
This uplifting and warm scent will evoke memories of lazy summer days with its blend of bergamot, pink peppercorn, coconut milk and lemon. Shop here.
Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau Neroli Ambree Eau De Parfum
This sunny, luminous and sensual fragrance features warm floral notes of frangipani, ylang-ylang and white flowers. Shop here.
AYU Rumi Perfume Oil
Warm and refreshing, this scent blends notes of jasmine nectar and dewy orange blossom with warm tonka bean. Shop here.
Who is Elijah Her
Composed of delicate orange blossom, petitgrain, rosemary and florals, this sweet citrus-inspired scent will bring a touch of elegance to any summer occasion. Shop here.
Blooming Kyoto Greenhouse Fragrances
Effortless, sensual and warm, this fragrance features notes of amber, vanilla, citrus and musk. Shop here.
By Rosie Jane Madie Eau De Parfum
Inspired by surf, sun and sand, this oceanic, youthful scent is like visiting the beach in a bottle. Shop here.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Nettare Di Sole Eau De Toilette
Fresh with a hint of floral honey, this unique summer scent blends unexpected aquatic notes with bergamot and classic citrus. Shop here.
Issey Miyake A Drop D’Issey Eau De Parfum
Issey Miyake’s latest fragrance features invigorating notes of almond milk, lilac, orange blossom and Atlas cedar to evoke memories of summer. Shop here.
Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia Flora Eau De Parfum
This joyful floral fragrance balances sweet and woody with its notes of white gardenia, solar jasmine brown sugar, patchouli and pear blossom. Shop here.
Juliette Has A Gun Vanilla Vibes Eau De Parfum
This fragrance is designed to resemble summer travels and adventures with notes of salt, sandalwood and vanilla. Shop here.
DIOR Sainte Peony
Featuring a lovely blend of rose, raspberry and musk, this sparkling scent is both floral and fruity, perfect for summer days. Shop here.
Byredo Sundazed Eau De Parfum
Transport yourself to the South of France with this sweet citrus fragrance rich in notes of lemon, cotton candy and jasmine. Shop here.
Tom Ford Bitter Peach Eau de Parfum
Floral with a hint of sweetness, this unique and sensual scent will evoke memories of nectar-filled flesh and summertime romance. Shop here.
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