6 Scents That’ll Let You Truly Live Your Hot Girl Summer


The “perfect summer scent” varies depending on who you ask, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: they’re fresh, light, and will complete whatever outfit you’re wearing to the beach or pool, at brunch, or during cocktail hour. If you’re in the market for a new fragrance to add to your summer rotation this season, we suggest peeking through some of our faves we’ve rounded up below. Whether you’re into fresh coconut, sweet florals, gourmands, or something a bit spicy, we’ve got a good spritz for everyone with this list.

1. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Coconut Fizz EDT, $95

Consider this summer perfume a sophisticated, slightly moodier twist on the pina colada. This eau de toilette fuses frothy coconut water with fresh watermelon, a hint of citrus, and a sturdy base of sandalwood. It’s a romantic summer fragrance that you can wear anywhere, whatever your mood. Coconut Fizz is part of Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria collection, and because it’s an EDT (Eau de Toilette) it’s meant to be liberally splashed and refreshed throughout the day.

2. KAYALI Sweet Diamond Pink Pepper | 25, $27+

Calling all babes who like a little pep(per) in their EDP (Eau de Parfum). The newest fragrance from Kayali is mostly sweet with notes of Bulgarian rose and royal lily florals, but it tosses in a nice zing via spicy pink peppercorn. It’s balanced out with bottom notes of creamy sandalwood, golden amber, and sparkling bergamot. This one’s perf for anyone who’s quick to bat a flirty eye.

3. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Chierosa ’40 Bom Dia Hair & Body Fragrance Mist, $19

Psst! We found your poolside and beach-lounging go-to. Throw a bottle of this newly debuted hair and fragrance mix into your bag and keep it on hand for all your sunshine fun. A playful blend of black-amber plum, vanilla, and jasmine blooms, it is the perfect non-fussy, easy scent for summer.

4. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Vitae Cologne Forte, $225

If you’re keen on a splurge and you dig intoxicatingly rich floral scents, we might just have found you a new favorite. Launched in 2021 as part of a trio, Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Aqua Vitae Cologne Forte is a bright and juicy citrus-meets-floral with crazy longevity. This sunny scent puts sparkling citrus front and center, a la mandarin orange alongside florals, and tempers it with sensual sandalwood.

5. Lake & Skye Côte du Paradis Eau de Parfum, $48+

Lake & Skye made a splash in the fragrance world with their launch of the now cult-favorite 11 11 scent. The brand just debuted a brand-new fragrance, Côte du Paradis, which aims to evoke all the feels of French Riviera’s endless summers. This one’s more of a warm gourmand with notes of the palo santo tree, sweet almond, and rich tonka bean and vanilla. We think it’s perfect for summer evenings spent al fresco on patios and piers. Oui oui!

6. Cartier Rivières de Cartier Luxuriance, $113

Some people spend their summers languidly spread out on the beach, but if you’re the type who prefers more of a deep woods Creekside aesthetic, this is the summer fragrance for you. Cartier’s Rivières de Cartier Luxuriance is a rich scent bursting with notes of fern, mastic, oak, geranium, and wild herbs. It’s for the wild child, the explorer, the one who loves weaving through branches in a dense forest. Luxuriance is part of Cartier’s three-piece Rivières de Cartier collection, which is inspired by nature and rivers.