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20 Clean Smelling Fragrances That’ll Give You All the Fresh Feels

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It’s no secret that fragrance preference is extremely personal. Your bestie’s favorite neroli-scented spritz may not work the same magic when you wear it, and your go-to winter signature scent may feel too heavy to mist in the heat of the summer. Regardless of your body chemistry, the season, or the occasion, one thing’s for sure–a fresh, clean scent can be equally flattering and mood-boosting for all.

Consider a clean-smelling perfume like a clean slate. Something light and airy that won’t weigh you down and smells like fresh laundry (even if you haven’t gotten to it yet). Sounds amazing right? We’ve rounded up 20 of the best clean-smelling fragrances below that will get your sense going.

1. Best Vacay in a Bottle:

ACQUA DI PARMA Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri Eau de Toilette

ACQUA DI PARMA Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri Eau de Toilette
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One whiff of this citrusy scent and you're instantly transported to a romantic island off the coast of Italy with blue waters and an abundance of aperol spritz at your fingertips. Decorated with notes of orange, Sicilian mandarin, lemon, cardamom, caramel, and bargamot, this genderless scent is light, airy, energizing, and full of feel good vibes.

2. Best Clean Sheets Scent:

DEMETER Linen

DEMETER Linen
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Who doesn’t love to inhale the scent of freshly cleaned sheets? Yup, it’s a guilty pleasure of ours, too. Treat yourself to that crisp-clean scent that this brand so perfectly bottled without stopping at the laundromat. We’re serious, it's the closest you can get to the smell of fresh linens besides fresh linens themselves.

3. Best Cool Weather Fragrance:

CHANEL Chance Eau Fraiche Eau de Toilette Spray

CHANEL Chance Eau Fraiche Eau de Toilette Spray
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Citrusy? Check. Floral? Check. Woodsy? Triple check. This unique and luxuriously clean perfume is refreshing, yet cozy and warm, making it the perfect fragrance for fall.

4. Most Unique Scent:

JULIETTE HAS A GUN Not a Perfume

JULIETTE HAS A GUN Not a Perfume
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One note–that’s all this addictive scent is made up of and we’re absolutely losing our minds over it. This minimal fragrance is composed of a single note (yes, one) called cetalox. It adjusts to your personal chemistry and leaves behind a clean, fresh scent that's totally unique to you.

“I LOVE this perfume!! It’s good for all seasons and very subtle yet lovely. I also like that it lasts when you use it,” says Ipster, digit-3.

5. Best Everyday Scent:

CLEAN Reserve Classic Warm Cotton

CLEAN Reserve Classic Warm Cotton
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One word: Satisfying. Everything about this fragrance from its warm fragrance notes of bergamot, musk, and amber to its invigorating layers of peony and orange blossom, feels like slipping on a clean white T fresh out of the dryer.

6. Best Rain-Inspired Scent:

MAISON MARGIELA Replica When the Rain Stops

MAISON MARGIELA Replica When the Rain Stops
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If the thought of a clean perfume makes you think of rain, then consider this your fragrance partner for life. The secret? Top notes of pine that smell like you’re walking through forest fog right after a heavy rainfall.

7. Best Vegan Scent:

COMMODITY Paper- Fragrance

COMMODITY Paper- Fragrance
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Notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, and amber come together in this perfume to create a scent that’s warm, intoxicating, and clings to skin for hours.

“I loved it the instant I removed the top and the scent hit my nose. It has such a clean scent to it. I was hypnotized,” says Ipster, katiahernandez94.

8. Best Feel-Good Fragrance:

BYREDO Blanche

BYREDO Blanche
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Lazy, sexy, laundry day. That pretty much sums up the mood of this addictive spritz created to evoke the feeling of bodies slipping into fresh sheets and the clean scent of detergent mixed with rose, sandalwood, and musk. Bottom line: It’s a vibe.

9. Best Fragrance With Sustainable Packaging:

ELLIS BROOKLYN Sun Fruit Eau de Parfum

ELLIS BROOKLYN Sun Fruit Eau de Parfum
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Want to feel like summer all year long? This fruity floral mix transports us back to balmy nights on the beach thanks to notes of fresh fig, pear, jasmine, orange blossom, amber, and coconut. Even better, it comes in a pretty glass bottle that you can repurpose into a holder for anything you wish.

10. Best Rollerball Scent:

SKYLAR Salt Air Rollie

SKYLAR Salt Air Rollie
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This handy rollerball perfume smells just like an ocean breeze thanks to base notes of driftwood and musk, middle notes of cotton and water lily, and top notes of sea salt and seaweed.

“This fragrance is incredible! Not too subtle and not overwhelming. Compliments any moisturizers/lotions I use. This has become my new daily scent,” says one Ipster.

11. Best Post-Shower Scent:

PHILOSOPHY Pure Grace Eau de Parfum

PHILOSOPHY Pure Grace Eau de Parfum
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This squeaky clean spritz has a cult following (and for a good reason). It has light, airy, powdery base notes that you can wear every single day without getting tired of and is crisp enough that it smells amazing when layered with other scents.

12. Best Fruity Scented Fragrance:

HENRY ROSE Smyth Eau de Parfum

HENRY ROSE Smyth Eau de Parfum
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Granny Smith apples, melon-pineapple sorbet, white tea, sandalwood, and the scent of sheer white woods make this bright eau de parfum spray beyond addictive. Plus, it comes in a smaller travel sized version so you can spritz on the go.

13. Best Mood Boosting Scent:

OUAI Dean Street Eau de Parfum

OUAI Dean Street Eau de Parfum
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If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, consider this lovely clean fragrance your new BFF. It’s got built-in notes of citrus, apricot, magnolia, amber, and musk, all layered to invoke the feeling of walking down London’s Dean Street.

14. Best Perfume Oil:

THE LYFESTYLE CO. Good Vibes Perfume Oil in Sunset White Amber

THE LYFESTYLE CO. Good Vibes Perfume Oil in Sunset White Amber
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Good vibes, coming right up! This oil has a warm, white amber scent that reminds us of sunny days and balmy nights. It’s infused with quartz crystals to soothe and calm your mind. And its travel-friendly packaging is spill-proof, mess-proof, and makes on-the-go application so easy.

“I love this! It smells soooooo good! I absolutely love using it,” says one Ipster.

15. Best Cult Classic Fragrance:

DOLCE & GABBANA Light Blue Eau de Toilette

DOLCE & GABBANA Light Blue Eau de Toilette
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Another cult classic that’s unforgettable for its combinations of notes that literally smell like you’re lounging on a yacht in the South of France (or anywhere ocean side). It’s luxurious, light, and irresistible thanks to a combination of bamboo, jasmine, cedar, and green apple.

16. Most Energizing Scent:

DIPTYQUE Eau de Minthe Eau de Parfum

DIPTYQUE Eau de Minthe Eau de Parfum
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When it comes to clean scents, something minty fresh fits right in. Layers of patchouli, geranium, and menthe are fresh, lively, and uplifting.

17. Most Layerable Fragrance:

FRESH Fresh Life Eau de Parfum

FRESH Fresh Life Eau de Parfum
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Consider this your go-to if you’re looking for something minimal that leaves a lasting impression. Layers of grass, magnolia, cypress, and lilac smell pristine on skin and layer like a dream.

18. Best Spicy-Sweet Scent:

LE LABO Bergamote 22 Eau de Parfum

LE LABO Bergamote 22 Eau de Parfum
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If you’re looking for a toned down but equally as intoxicating version of Santal 33, this baby is it. Fresh, sweet, spicy, and sexy, this genderless scent tickles all the senses.

19. Most Romantic Scent:

CHLOE Love Story Eau de Parfum

CHLOE Love Story Eau de Parfum
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The only thing more beautiful than this perfume’s padlock shaped bottle (that you’ll want to keep forever), is its sensual floral scent profile made up of notes of neroli, jasmine, orange blossom, and cedar wood.

20. Best Eco-Friendly Scent:

HERMETICA JANE888 Eau de Parfum

HERMETICA JANE888 Eau de Parfum
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All it takes is one whiff of this earthy fragrance and you’re instantly transported to a lush rainforest of the Amazon. It’s all thanks to notes of iris oil, ginger extract, and lily of the valley that evoke thoughts of dense foliage, tangled vines, and fresh air. We love this brand because it’s one of the first fragrance brands to use green chemistry, bridging the gap between sustainable, eco-friendly practices and fine fragrances.

“I love this fragrance!! So light but lasts so long on my skin,” says one Ipster.

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About the author
Runa Rhattacharya
Runa Bhattacharya
Runa is an NYC-based writer and Registered Nurse with over 8 years of experience covering beauty and wellness. She’s worked for publications like SELF, Cosmopolitan, and more. She’s passionate about beauty, science, and two careers that she loves!
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Article Last Updated March 6, 2023 12:00 AM