Whether you’re packing your bags for a day at the beach, going to a barbecue, or having a drink on a hot summer night, the perfect summer scent is inspired by the season itself. There are classic summer scents with notes like vanilla, coconut, and lemon, then there are more unique summer scents that blend notes like salt, bergamot, and flowers.
Below, find the best perfumes to wear at the beach or just in the heat in summer. These scents are playful, sexy, and seaside – and some are downright unexpected (that’s what makes the scent fun). Complement the scent of your favorite SPF with a great summer scent, which is just as essential as a beach towel or waterproof mascara. Whether you are looking for a classic scent or a unique scent, you will find the perfect one for you.
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Best overall summer scent
Light Blue Eau de Toilette
This classic summery scent never goes out of style. Evoke memories of boating on clear blue waters and spritzing with this blending scent Sicilian lemon and jasmine.
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Island Vanilla Hair and Body Mist
Spray this sultry scent all over your body (and even your hair) to transport you to island times. Tahitian vanilla, honey, jasmine and tea make that haze downright hypnotic.
Best overall beach scent
Replica Beach Walk Eau de Toilette Perfume
Ocean air and sunny days are bottled in this beach scent, designed to smell on tanned skin. Lemon, coconut milk and amber come together to create a beach and salty scent.
Best sweet summer scent
BEE Eau de Parfum
This sweet scent complements the sticky heat of late summer. Dripping notes of honey, rum and vanilla, this mist smells good enough to eat.
Best summer lemon scent
Lemon Island Cologne Absolue
Bursting with bursting citrus from Rodrigues, this lemony scent will transport you to the isolated island. Top notes of salt and jasmine add seaside elements.
Best hot summer scent
SOL Cheirosa ’62 Eau de Parfum
Sol de Janeiro’s signature scent will make you feel like a pistachio caramel sundae – in the best possible way. Like the beating Rio sun in a bottle, this electric scent will warm you up.
Best crunchy summer scent
Aqua Universalis Cologne Forte Eau De Parfum
Imagine a crisp linen shirt in a bottle – that is exactly the smell of this perfume. Remarks from sweet bergamot and white musk bring instant freshness to this fragrance.
Best sunny summer scent
Bergamot, pistachio and coconut are the stars of this sun-drenched fragrance, one of beauty director April Franzino’s summer favorites. âTrue to its name, it smells like a sunny day on a distant exotic island,â she says. âBright with a hint of citrus, but a little warm.
Best woody summer scent
Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum
Unleash the adventurer in you with this sexy and uninhibited fragrance. Incense and sandalwood blend to create a heady and hypnotic scent.
Best late summer scent
Romance Eau De Parfum Spray
Inject a little romance into your everyday life with this delicate and muted scent. Effervescent notes of mandarin leaves, pink and purple pepper envelops you in a soft ultra-feminine mist.
Best summer botanical scent
Eau de Campagne Eau de Toilette
There is nothing quite like the smell of sticky, earthy sweetness from a tangle of tomato plants in a backyard. Lemon and vetiver balance the middle notes of the tomato leaves, making this fragrance both nostalgic and wearable.
Best summer citrus scent
Good Energy Eau de Parfum
This scent perfectly captures the feeling of drinking a box of juice on a hot summer day. Top notes of mandarin and passion fruit burst that citrus scent.
Best holiday summer scent
Mediterranean Honeysuckle Eau de Parfum
Visit the sparkling blue oceans of the Mediterranean with this unique spritz. Sweet honeysuckle and delicious grapefruit give you the impression of brunch on vacation.
Best summer scent for pool day
Beach Perfume Water
Jasmine, sea spray and tangerine come together to create the perfect haze for the day at the beach. âOne of the original beach scents, it has that iconic fresh, sunscreen-like scent that instantly channels summer,â says Franzino.
Best Coconut Beach Scent
B. Bungalow Bondi Beach Day Eau de Parfum
This scent evokes the tropical climate and dazzling white sand. “For a sweeter summer scent, this is the true essence of creamy coconut and vanilla bottled, âsays Franzino.
Best pungent summer scent
Tangy rhubarb cologne
Spicy rhubarb and orange zest mingle for a scent as sweet as homemade jam. âThe pungent scent of ripe summer fruit, a spritz instantly uplifts the senses and makes you feel more vibrant,â says Franzino.
Best summer scent inspired by the garden
Eau de Toilette A Garden on the Lagoon
HermÃ¨s perfumer Christine Nagel modeled this perfume after an imaginary garden. Woody and floral with salty notes floating in, this fragrance delivers on her inspiration.
Best sweet summer scent
Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette
Perfect for sensitive noses or those who prefer a more subtle scent, this floral scent imparts a scent whisper. Lily of the valley is mixed with fresh citrus and musk for a balanced and delicate fragrance.
Best unisex summer scent
Eau de Cologne with forest sage and sea salt
This elegant and unisex scent has only two notes – sage and sea salt. Perfect for anyone looking for a more mysterious and unique scent.
Best summer floral scent
Bloom Eau de Parfum For Her
Smell like a bouquet freshly picked from the farmer’s market with this flowery spritz. Rangoon Creeper, a flower that turns from white to dark scarlet as it blooms, is mixed with jasmine and tuberose for a fragrance full of flowers.
Best airy summer scent
Do Son Eau de Toilette
Diptyque founder Yves Coueslant modeled this fragrance after Do Son Bay in Vietnam, where he spent his childhood. The resulting fragrance is light and airy, mixed with tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine and marine accord, which gives it an oceanic and salty effect.
Best fresh summer scent
If you could bottle a summer picnic in the park it would smell like this scent. Anyone looking for a crisp, fresh scent will instantly fall in love with the notes of blue freesia, citrus and violet petals.
Best sensual summer scent
Sandalwood Eau de Parfum 33
There’s a good chance you’ll smell a whiff of this iconic scent around the corner of every New York sidewalk (at this point it’s the unofficial scent of the city), but cedar, leather and sandalwood transport you to a roaring bonfire.
Best savory summer scent
If your idea of ââa perfect summer day is laying on a sandy towel on a sunny beach, this is the perfect summer scent for you. Ylang ylang, white flowers and ambergris mix in an ocean blue bottle.
Best sophisticated summer scent
ARMANI My Way Eau de Parfum
Sophisticated, soft and an instant classic, this scent is like sliding on your favorite lipstick. Remarks from orange blossom, tuberose, jasmine, cedar and vanilla evoke memories of late night laughs.
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