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27 Refreshing Fragrances to Help You Channel Your Summer Vibes

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There are so many reasons to love summer—sandals, sunkissed skin, long days on the beach, and more time spent outdoors. The sights, sounds, and smells of summer give us all the feels, and we count down to the season of fun all year long. With salty air, bright florals, and green grass on our minds, summer is the perfect time to update our beauty routines to match our fresh and light vibe. If you’ve already swapped your skincare for summer, you’ve got one thing left to do: Top off your summer beauty stash with your new signature scent.

While fall and winter scents are often rich, woodsy, and musky, summer scents typically evoke lighter, brighter notes—great for pairing with a beachy day, tropical vacation, or hot summer day.

Ready to find your perfect warmer weather perfume? We've highlighted 27 of the best summer fragrances below.

1. Best for a Summer Getaway:

ARMANI BEAUTY Ocean di Gioia Eau de Parfum

ARMANI BEAUTY Ocean di Gioia Eau de Parfum
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Cruising over blue waters, spritz in hand—that’s the vibe this fresh, citrusy Giorgio Armani scent gives. It’s inspired by Italy’s Mediterranean coast with fresh jasmine and gardenia, and warm cedarwood. One spritz and you’ll be transported to the perfect summer vacay.

2. Best for Fun in the Sun:

BYREDO Sundazed Eau de Parfum

BYREDO Sundazed Eau de Parfum
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The hazy, lazy days of summer are calling—and this bright, warm fragrance feels like swinging in a hammock with your feet in the grass. With notes of bold Californian lemon and mandarin, fresh Arabian jasmine, neroli, and a hint of white musk, it’s your go-to blend for pure summer bliss.

3. Best Burst of Florals:

GUCCI Bloom

GUCCI Bloom
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The only thing that’s as beautiful as this classic, lacquered bottle is the mix of irresistible floral notes you’ll find inside. With natural tuberose, jasmine bud extract, and slightly powdery Rangoon creeper (a unique flower from South India), this gorgeous scent wears like a fresh bouquet and is sure to be one of your best summer perfumes.

4. Best Luxe Summer Scent:

TOM FORD Eau de Soleil Blanc

TOM FORD Eau de Soleil Blanc
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A little citrus, a hint of spice, and layers of beautiful florals—this bright and crisp fragrance has it all. It features spice-infused pistachio that gives way to jasmine, coco de mer, ylang-ylang from the Comoro Islands, and Moroccan orange flower. Another reason to love? The chic, architectural, frosted white bottle takes it to a new level of luxe.

5. Best for Breezy Summer Days:

MAISON FRANCIS KURKDIJAN Aqua Universalis Cologne Forte

MAISON FRANCIS KURKDIJAN Aqua Universalis Cologne Forte
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As refreshing as ice-cold water on a hot day, this bright blend of citrusy notes is made for breezy days on the beach and basking under blue skies. It’s made with bergamot from Calabria, Sicilian citron, soft and mellow white musk, and white flowers—delicate, never overpowering, and perfect for everyday wear.

6. Best Fresh, Citrus Scent:

HENRY ROSE Windows Down Eau de Parfum

HENRY ROSE Windows Down Eau de Parfum
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We’ve never met a more appropriately named perfume. With top notes of neroli, grapefruit, bergamot, and earl grey tea, middle notes of orange flower, and bottom notes of moss and musk, it’s like a road trip adventure with your besties—packed with a myriad of scents like passing landscapes.

7. Best for a Sunset Beach Party:

MAISON MARGIELA Replica Beach Walk Eau de Toilette Spray

MAISON MARGIELA Replica Beach Walk Eau de Toilette Spray
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Another aptly named scent for all your beach activities—this light, refreshing, sparkling fragrance has quickly become a cult fave. Inspired by the hot sand, warm ocean, sunscreen, salt air, and sea, it’s the embodiment of summer  (but you’ll want to wear it year-round). Bergamot, ylang-ylang, coconut milk, pink pepper, lemon, and musk pair perfectly with and enhance the scent of sunkissed skin.

8. Best for a Garden Party:

HERMES Un Jardin En Mediterranee for Women Eau de Toilette

HERMES Un Jardin En Mediterranee for Women Eau de Toilette
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Relaxing picnics, lush gardens, flowing foundations—all the feels you’ll get when you spritz on this summer favorite. It’s inspired by a “garden of water, light, and shadow,” with notes of fig tree, green lentisk, and pink laurel, according to the brand, and we couldn’t conjure a more dreamy summer memory.

9. Best Bright, Fruity Scent:

JO MALONE LONDON Bitter Mandarin Cologne

JO MALONE LONDON Bitter Mandarin Cologne
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Jo Malone consistently delivers delicious summer fragrances that we wear on repeat. This citrus-infused blend is no exception. Inspired by Mediterranean summers spent sipping bitter citrus spritz, it’s both energizing and warm (two things we love about the season). Spritz it on and enjoy notes of mandarin, amber, and precious orris—trust us, you’ll be hooked.

10. Best for Dancing the Night Away:

DIPTYQUE Orphéon Eau de Parfum

DIPTYQUE Orphéon Eau de Parfum
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Another source for delightfully unique and addictive fragrances? Diptyque, of course. This summer fave features juniper berry, cedar, jasmine, and tonka bean. It’s inspired by Paris in the ‘60s, all-night jazz parties, art, dance, and an iconic bar called Orphéon where the brand’s founders like to meet.

11. Best Light & Sweet Scent:

AQUA DI PARMA Mandorlo di Sicilia Eau de Toilette

AQUA DI PARMA Mandorlo di Sicilia Eau de Toilette
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With notes of star anise, bergamot, orange, green almonds, ylang-ylang, vanilla, and musk—this Sicily-inspired fragrance lingers on your skin and envelops you in softness and warmth. It’s easy to wear and goes beautifully from summer days to late nights.

12. Best Floral Fruity Scent:

DOLCE & GABBANA Light Blue for Women Eau de Toilette Spray

DOLCE & GABBANA Light Blue for Women Eau de Toilette Spray
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One whiff of this and it’ll become a forever go-to. This sparkling, light-as-air fragrance feels like summer in a bottle, with crisp apple and bluebell, jasmine, white rose, citronwood, and amber. The iconic blue-cap bottle evokes the Mediterranean landscape, and the refreshing scent inside will transport you with every spritz.

13. Best Beachy Summer Scent:

DEMETER FRAGRANCE LIBRARY Salt Air Perfume Oil Roll On

DEMETER FRAGRANCE LIBRARY Salt Air Perfume Oil Roll On

Not every summer day can be a beach day, but that doesn't mean you can always smell like you've been lounging seaside. This long-lasting, alcohol-free fragrance focuses exclusively on mastering one perfect note: the smell of a fresh, salty breeze–and it does that masterfully.

"This is an amazing smell! It's perfect for the summertime," says Ipster MissGlitz98.

14. Best Scent for Early Summer:

CATHERINE MALANDRINO Dream Eau de Parfum

CATHERINE MALANDRINO Dream Eau de Parfum

You know those blissful early summer days when the spring blooms are still hanging on the trees but the sun is starting to pick up its intensity? This fragrance feels a little bit like that moment in time. With a combination of fruity and floral scents like apple, rhubarb, magnolia, and peony, it's a well-balanced interpretation of that lovely transitional period between summer and spring.

"One of my go-to’s," says Ipster Paulapet. "Smells like spring without being overpowering."

15. Best Energizing Summer Scent:

KENSIE So Pretty Fragrance

KENSIE So Pretty Fragrance

This fresh, flirty scent opens with an invigorating blend of fresh and fruity notes like tangerine, apple, and bergamot. A few hours later, floral middle notes will make themselves known while woodsy, musky base notes add depth but not too much warmth. It's perfect for sunny summer days or anytime you need a boost of energy.

Ipster dawnrenee66_db writes, "Such a nice and easy fragrance to wear. Perfect for every day."

16. Best Earthy Summer Scent:

HERMETICA JADE 888 Eau De Parfum

HERMETICA JADE 888 Eau De Parfum

All summer fragrances don't have to be a combination of fruity and floral notes. Case in point: this earthy perfume inspired by the fresh scents of the Amazonian rainforest. A unique blend of botanicals instantly transports you to a jungle of fresh rain, bustling foliage, and rich vegetation.

"Smells so great," says Ipster freespirit-94. "It has a really nice calm scent that everyone can use."

17. Best for Summer and Beyond:

GLOSSIER You Eau de Parfum

GLOSSIER You Eau de Parfum

Your perfume should be as unique as you are. This bestselling fragrance features scents like spicy pink peppercorn, slightly sweet amber, iris, and white musk for a balanced softness. This innovative formula is designed to work with your unique pheromones and your skin's pH levels to create a custom scent that belongs exclusively to you. It's bright enough not to feel out of place in summer but musky enough to work year-round.

Ipster gonzalezjw4718 says this scent is going in her date night rotation. "It was light and feminine," she says. "Definitely a nice change of pace when I'm looking for something different."

18. Best Soft Summer Scent:

SJP BEAUTY Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely You

SJP BEAUTY Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely You

If you have a sensitive nose or you generally just like your scents to be subtle, soft, and feminine, try this fragrance from SJP BEAUTY. The top and middle notes are a blend of florals like wild freesia, waterlily, orange flower, pink peony, and jasmine petals. Then, to give it some balance and warmth, richer notes like warm musk and vanilla come through via the base notes.

"It smells very clean and it’s not too overpowering," says Ipster jsalydia89. "I feel confident that I smell good without upsetting someone’s allergies."

19. Best Citrusy Summer Scent:

HARVEY PRINCE Harvey Prince - Hello Fragrance

HARVEY PRINCE Harvey Prince - Hello Fragrance

With refreshing notes of grapefruit, sweet Meyer lemons, and mandarin, this citrus-forward fragrance will instantly transport you to those blissful summer mornings spent enjoying freshly pressed juice al fresco. As the scent wears on, those initial citrus notes are blended with floral scents inspired by Hawaiian leis. Here's a fragrance that will constantly whisk you away from one dreamy location to the next.

Ipster _CynKing says, "I have to say, this is not my kind of scent–very different from what I am used to... However, I fell in love with it. I love that I got to try something different. I've had strangers compliment me on this scent. I have since bought the bigger version. I'm hooked!"

20. Best Unexpected Summer Scent:

KENSIE Kensie Eau de Parfum

KENSIE Kensie Eau de Parfum

At first, the fruity top notes of this perfume make it seem like a classic summer blend, but as it wears, a muskier scent eventually comes through offering notes of cedarwood, sandalwood, and amber. If you're looking for a summer fragrance that offers something a little bit richer and unexpected, you've found your match.

"OMG! This fragrance is amazing," says one Ipster. "I've had so many compliments. Love the scent!!!"

21. Best Sweet Summer Scent:

JULIETTE HAS A GUN Vanilla Vibes Eau de Parfum

JULIETTE HAS A GUN Vanilla Vibes Eau de Parfum

Not so into floral notes? Here's a sweet alternative. The most notable scent in this fragrance is vanilla–just a quick spritz is enough to evoke images of peak summer moments like an evening ice cream cone or a freshly baked fruit pie on Independence Day. To make this scent even more summery, the gourmand scent is blended with sea salt notes that smell like you've just returned from the beach.

"Love this scent! Super long-lasting, I can’t get enough of it," says one Ipster.

22. Best Fragrance Stick:

AURIKAH PARFUM Parfum Stick

AURIKAH PARFUM Parfum Stick

Looking for something you can easily slip in your beach bag? This fragrance comes in a super convenient stick form. The spill-proof formula immediately dissipates into the skin without leaving behind any color or residue. The scent is also totally summer-approved. With notes of mandarin, peach, a floral blend, and musk, it's the perfect well-balanced companion for warmer months.

Ipster kierac says, "I love the perfume, beautiful but not too sweet, fruity or strong. It lasts all day, even through humid weather."

23. Best Scent for Summer Nights:

DEMETER FRAGRANCE LIBRARY Twilight Orchid Roll On Perfume Oil

DEMETER FRAGRANCE LIBRARY Twilight Orchid Roll On Perfume Oil

As that summer sun sets, you may find yourself wanting to trade those bright, juicy summer perfumes for something a bit more romantic. That's exactly the moment this fragrance was designed for. The scent's blend of orchid, crushed plum, lily, and earthy wood, is the perfect companion for a summer date night. Ipster katyaS agrees, writing, "Wonderful scent. A little earthy, not overpowering, great for a night out."

P.S. This fragrance is also alcohol-free, so if you have sensitivity to the common perfume ingredient, this is a great way to smell nice while also being kind to your skin.

24. Best Floral Scent for Summer:

NANETTE LEPORE Colors of Nanette

NANETTE LEPORE Colors of Nanette

Ever wanted to embody the scent of a summer garden fully in bloom? With notes of rose, jasmine, freesia, and lily, it's the next best thing to keeping a fresh bouquet of flowers in the house. As the scent wears, middle notes of musk and woods come out to really complete that ethereal garden scene.

Ipster afiyha_small loves how portable this fragrance is. "You can either put it in your purse or pocket. Fits perfectly and smells so good," she says.

25. Best Day and Night Summer Scent Duo:

ENGLISH LAUNDRY Signature Fragrances

ENGLISH LAUNDRY Signature Fragrances

These two ENGLISH LAUNDRY fragrances make the perfect day-to-night combo for the summer months. In the day, spritz on Signature Pour Femme, an elegant perfume that delicately balances the floral and sweet notes of white chocolate and jasmine. In the evening, switch over to Signature, a light but muskier unisex scent featuring notes of bergamot, lemon, lavender, and cedarwood.

After trying one of these fragrances, Ipster quynhyen51 wrote, "I ABSOLUTELY loved this smell!!!!!" Another Ipster had a similar reaction, writing, "These were beautiful!"

26. Best Summer Fragrance for the Hair:

R+CO Dark Waves Fragrance Gel

R+CO Dark Waves Fragrance Gel

Whether you're enjoying a tropical vacay or a day at the beach, here's a unique fragrance that can expertly complement the salty sea air. Made by the hair care brand R+CO, this unique gel formula is made to be used either in your hair or on your skin (we love a 2-in-1). With warm romantic notes of cardamom, pineapple, tangerine, lavender, bamboo, and blonde woods, the fragrance blend is an ideal pairing for the naturally salty scent of the ocean.

"I absolutely love this, from the delicate texture to the aroma," says one Ipster. "Smooth and silky and smells last all day!!!"

27. Best Fragrance Sampler:

KENSIE Fragrance Coffret

KENSIE Fragrance Coffret

No idea what type of scents you like best? No need to choose with this four-piece set of summer-approved fragrances. With different combinations of fruity and floral notes, these KENSIE perfumes are well-suited for sunny days and warm weather. Play around until you discover the one that works best with your unique body chemistry.

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Pia Bhattacharya
Pia is a New York-based beauty editor at IPSY with over 10 years experience including editorial, public relations, and copywriting. Her work has appeared in SELF magazine, in beauty and branding for Bloomingdale’s, and others.
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