Just as you’d say so long to rich skincare formulas and blowdries in summer, it’s time to say see ya to rich winter fragrances and trade it in for a lighter, summer scent. This typically means you ditch those heavy, musky fragrances and welcome in those lighter scents that remind you of rolling in the fresh-cut grass and bathing your face in the sunshine. But regardless of your summer vibe; whether you’ll be spending it on rooftops in the city, by the beach or even at a cabin in the country, we have the ultimate summer scent for the occasion. Check out five fave summer scents that are light and refreshing, and perfect for your summer frolics.
1. For The Ultimate Summer Spirit: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
Fragrance Family: Fresh Citrus
Keynotes: Citrus, Bamboo
Is there a scent that’s more iconic than Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue? We definitely remember THAT ad campaign and the steamy commercial – David Gandy in Capri, wearing very little is kinda unforgettable… Well, the scent is just as memorable! It’s super fresh and feminine with notes of citrus, bamboo, sweet apple and white rose. It also has notes of jasmine, which is believed to empower women and boost confidence, so whenever you spray the fragrance you’ll feel sexier than ever.
Shop it here, $102.
2. For Summer in the City: KAYALI CITRUS | 08
Fragrance Family: Citrus (obvs)
Keynotes: Grapefruit, Rhubarb, Black Currant
We can’t deny that we’re a little biased, but KAYALI CITRUS | 08 is the ultimate summer scent. It’s refreshing, awakens your soul, and gets you ready to play in the sun. It’s allurring and feminine with notes of sparkling pink grapefruit, intensified with rhubarb, black currant, and pink pepper. Chords of Rose Centifolia from Grasse and Damascena from Bulgaria envelop you in an addictive scent.
Wear this fragrance alone or combine it with other perfumes from the KAYALI Collection or your fave floral fragrance. We love to layer this with KAYALI ELIXIR | 11, which blooms with sweet notes of red apple and rose petal essence, for a sensual summer vibe.
Shop it here, $123.
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3. For Bohemian Summer Vibes: The Harmonist Yin Transformation
Fragrance Family: Earthy
Keynotes: Sandalwood, almond, Mandarin
The Harmonist is a unique French fragrance house that fuses the power of the senses with the natural energy of the elements. The Yin Transformation is their signature Elixir; a perfect balance of Yin and Yang with notes of mandarin, orchid, and Bulgarian rose combined with smooth almond milk; it’s rich, creamy, light and modern, and perfect for summer. Mandarin is another scent that’s proven to empower you; studies have shown that it can help relieve stress while also helping you leave a more positive impression. The base notes of sandalwood will help awaken your (and your partners) sensual chakras and it’s believed it can enhance the sensual emotion in men while having a soothing effect.
To find your signature The Harmonist fragrance that balances your chi, try their online questionnaire that determines whether the Ying or Yang fragrances will be more harmonious for you.
Shop it here, $305.
4. For the Modern Woman: Hermes Twilly D’Hermes
Fragrance Family: Floral
Key Notes: Ginger, tuberose, sandalwood
The Twilly D’Hermes is practically a hot summer night in a bottle. The fragrance immediately conjures visions of sipping on sangria, dancing on the beach, and watching the sunset over a bright blue sea. Christine Nagel, the Hermes Perfumer describes it as a fragrance for a modern woman, who is “Free, bold, and irreverent, they swim against the tide, impose their own rhythm, invent a brand-new tempo.” It’s a feminine yet fierce floral scent, with bold notes of spicy ginger and sensual tuberose, and perfect for getting you in a summery mood.
Shop it here, $133.
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For the Beach Obsessed: OAUI North Bondi
Fragrance Family: Floral
Key Notes: Italian Lemon, Jasmine, and Bergamot
If you’ve ever used any of the OUAI haircare products, you’ll know they smell insanely good! So much so, that fans insisted that the brand made stand-alone fragrances of each of their signature hair care scents. And while the idea of smelling like hairspray may not sound appealing, we’re not over exaggerating when we say they smell divine. With base notes of sandalwood, patchouli, and white musk, middle notes of rose de Mai, jasmine and violet, and top notes of raspberry and bergamot, this does not smell like your typical can of $3 hair spray. Named North Bondi due to its beachy vibe, this is a timeless summer scent. Oh, and it makes for a great #shelfie.
Shop it here, $56.
Let us know your fave summer fragrance in the comments below.