It’s a terrific approach to make more memories and enrich your summer experience (remember how aroma is linked to memory?.

What notes characterize a summer scent? You can do whatever you want. Of course, “summer smells” are frequently associated with beachy, breezy, pleasant, and sunscreen-like scents. Summer smells, on the other hand, can be warm, spicy, and seductive. We’ve created a list of the top 15 summer scents for you. Whatever type of fragrance you choose, you’ll find something you like in this collection.

Boy Smells Marble Fruit

Boy Smells is back with a second fragrance launch in honor of Pride, Marble Fruit, following the launch of their core fine fragrance collection this spring. Boy Smells, as usual, overlays unexpected notes and makes them work. The brand is all about bringing two seemingly disparate ideas together in perfect harmony.

With pear, pink peppercorn, nectarine, and cinnamon, Marble Fruit bursts open. Rose, magnolia, jasmine, and freesia are among the flowery notes in the scent’s heart. The perfume is grounded in a warm, woody base that includes cedar, ambrox, musk, sandalwood, and cashmeran. It’s a fruity perfume with a lot of depth that’s juicy and tactile.

Boy Smells is a queer business that consistently follows through on its promises. The Trevor Project receives 10% of the proceeds from Marble Fruit sales, with a minimum gift of $100,000.

Byredo Open Sky

Byredo launched Mixed Emotions last fall, a scent inspired by all of the strange emotions we were having throughout quarantine. So it was appropriate. When the globe began to open up again, Open Sky was released.

It’s motivated by travel, a desire to get back out into the world, and the excitement of the unknown. It starts with a sharp, sour pomelo aroma that lingers throughout the day. It’s a distillation of tart citrus that’s been combined with black pepper to add depth. Hemp leaves are at the center of the perfume, with palo santo and vetiver at the base.

It has a vibrant smell. This scent feels like a celebration of exhilaration, freedom, and opportunity after being confined to our houses for over a year.

Liis Bo

Liis has been a touch under-the-radar—until now. It was founded by two best friends with extensive experience in the beauty sector. Bo has a woody vanilla scent (which isn’t innovative), but it’s so nice that there’s nothing to complain about. Resin and tobacco are found at the top. There’s redwood pine and incense in the middle. Wood and vanilla can be found at the bottom of the pyramid.

Many of these elements can overrun the perfume and tug it in one direction or the other, but Bo is perfectly balanced. The way it wears is my favorite feature. Smells like these can be rather potent. This one is remarkably light while remaining constant. It doesn’t dissipate after a few hours like other light-wearing perfumes do. It’s a true joy to put on again and again.

Vacation by Poolside FM

The scent of sunscreen is adored by many. It’s very nostalgic, that it quickly transports you to memories of summertime joy. It also has undertones of vanilla and coconut, which are warm, sweet, and cozy. It’s impossible not to like it.

Vacation has breathed new life into that sunscreen fragrance. Rodrigo Flores-Roux is the nose behind Clinique’s Happy, Donna Karan’s Black Cashmere, Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino, and Britney Spears’ Hidden Fantasy, among others. He is an amazing genius and a living legend.

Vacation is a playful, fanciful smell that includes notes of coconut, banana, pineapple, and orange flower, as well as pool water and rubbery, inflatable pool floaties. It’s the entire feeling of sunscreen in a perfume, and it’s a summer must-have.

Issey Miyake A Drop D’Issey

A Drop D’Issey brings together a lot of what’s going on in the world of fragrance right now. It has a fresh aroma that reminds me of bar soap and clean skin. It also includes a hint of almond milk at the top. To me, this is still a strange sound, but it’s not the first time we’ve encountered it. A recent candle from Otherland, as well as a recent Marc Jacobs offering, both include almond milk.

Does almond milk have a distinct odor? Not really, but including it in a smell is another approach to bring the image of almond to life while distinguishing it from a “nutty” note or a more drunken amaretto. It has a lovely, creamy feel about it.

Lilac, jasmine, and anise make up the heart. Vanilla, cedar, musk, and ambroxan combine in the base. It’s light, airy, and lightly sweet, and it’s a nice alternative if you want something other than a skin scent but not quite as sweet as a classic sweet scent.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Intense

You’ve probably smelled the original Daisy. Marc Jacobs’ ultra-popular fragrance has generated countless variations. The bottles are enticing. As they sit on your vanity, they resemble works of art, so it’s simple to see why people adore them.

That said, I’ve never done it because I despise white florals. What I didn’t realize is that the Daisy collection contains a wide range of perfumes, some of which are fruity and others which are more fresh. Daisy Eau So Intense is the most recent addition to the line, and it has converted me. It’s a luscious red fragrance that is entirely disarming, rather than an overwhelming white flower, as the name suggests.

It begins with strawberries and pear, followed by honey, rose, and jasmine in the heart. Vanilla, musk, and moss make up the base. It’s unexpectedly wonderful. It’s a bright, vivid smell that I enjoy wearing on hot days, yet it’s not overly fruity or sugary. I’ve been returning to it time and time again, and I don’t intend to quit anytime soon.

Louis Vuitton On The Beach

It begins with strawberries and pear, followed by honey, rose, and jasmine in the heart. Vanilla, musk, and moss make up the base. It’s unexpectedly wonderful. It’s a bright, vivid smell that I enjoy wearing on hot days, yet it’s not overly fruity or sugary. I’ve been returning to it time and time again, and I don’t intend to quit anytime soon.

It begins with a powerful explosion of yuzu, followed by a neroli that is almost as vivid. Pink pepper, thyme, rosemary, and clove are at the center of this dish. Cypress helps to level the ground. It’s fresh and pleasant in the same way that a day at the beach is, but it still has the beach’s wet dirt, dry wood, and sea breeze aspects.

I thought I knew what I was getting myself into with this one, but I didn’t anticipate it performing as well as it did.

The Nue Co. Forest Lungs

Forest Lungs by The Nue Co. is inspired by the Japanese concept of forest bathing, which requires being in nature and fully appreciating your environment. Forest bathing has been shown to improve mental health, including anxiety and depression reduction. The Nue Co. sought to use smell to recreate the experience of woodland bathing.

Forest Lungs is difficult to describe because it is a perfume that most of us are already familiar with. It smells like cedar, pine, possibly a hint of patchouli, and a variety of green, woody scents found in a forest. It actually makes use of proprietary technology to reproduce phytoncides, which are naturally produced by trees and are credited with giving forest bathing its health advantages.

The Nue Company considers this to be more of a “olfactory supplement” than a fragrance for reducing stress and balancing your mood. Forest Lungs is a must-try whether you’re seeking for a way to focus yourself during the day or simply enjoy the smell of being in nature.

Ex Nihilo Honoré Delights

Honoré Delights is inspired by the patisseries that line the city streets of Paris. It’s buttery, warm, a little sweet, and really amazing. The dessert-like aroma is generated without any of the typical notes we associate with desserts, such as vanilla, tonka, or chocolate.

The top notes are a surprise bright combination of bergamot and neroli, with orange blossom, iris, and ambrette in the heart. Sandalwood, cedar, and musk form the foundation. At first appearance, this appears to be a nice scent, but not particularly sweet. But it’s in a way that’s quite appealing. It’s warm and foggy, like a late afternoon when the golden hour rays begin to fall across the cobblestone streets while you savor a croissant and cappuccino on a café’s sidewalk.

This is a fantastic illustration of how a perfume can become so much more than the sum of its parts when notes are combined in just the perfect way.

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Infrared

Flowerbomb and Spicebomb were created by Viktor & Rolf, so they know what they’re doing. What more are they supposed to prove?

This one is a sidekick (which means the fragrance is a different version of an existing scent to bring out different notes; Spicebomb Infrared is a flanker of the original Spicebomb). And the scent of red habanero chili pepper froze me in my tracks.

It’s fantastic. It’s a warm, round scent with a habanero accent that catches you off guard. Red berry oil and tobacco add to the spicy note creating a dark, unexpectedly sweet scent that makes your nose tingle. It’s familiar enough in the Spicebomb family to make sense, but it definitely adds something fresh to the mix.

Sol de Janeiro SOL Cheirosa ‘62

The delectable, sunny perfume of Sol de Janeiro now has its own beautiful fragrance. And the brand did a fantastic job with this smell.

If you’re unfamiliar with the distinctive perfume, it’s a warm, sweet blend of salted caramel, pistachio, jasmine, and vanilla that smells like luxurious sunscreen. It’s sweet, but not nearly as sweet as the notes suggest. With just one spray, you’ll see why the entire collection is so popular.

Escentric Molecules M+ Iris

The term “skin scent” now refers to a fragrance that is mild and wears close to the skin. The Iso E Super molecule, a synthetic molecule that smells softly of blonde woods—almost like nothing at all—and was created to enhance the perfume of your skin, was the original definition.

Escentric Molecules is a line of perfumes based on the Iso E Super molecule and fragrances that are comparable to it. Scents based on a single molecule have inspired the brand.

Their most recent releases each introduce a new note: mandarin, patchouli, and iris, respectively. The combination of the Iso E Super molecule and iris in M+ Iris is amazing.

I didn’t aware I liked iris until it appeared in so many of my favorite things. It’s a gentle, warm, fluffy floral with a petal-like scent rather than a flower (if that makes any sense). The Iso E Super molecule provides breathing space for the iris. It’s a fantastic example of how, in the world of smell, a little can go a long way.

MCM Eau de Parfum

MCM’s latest scent is the eye-catching rucksack bottle you’ve seen all over. Although it’s classified as a flowery amber, I believe there’s enough fruit in the juice to make it worthwhile to note.

It starts with a wonderful apricot and raspberry combination. Peony, violet, and jasmine are included in the floral heart. Vanilla, moss, ambroxan, and sandalwood make up the foundation. There’s something for everyone in there. It’s fruity, but not overly so. It’s fragrant, but not overpoweringly so. And the base is expertly crafted to tie everything together and ensure that it looks great all day.

Bond No. 9 Governor’s Island

Governor’s Island is not influenced by the annual music event that takes place there (which is probably for the best). Instead, its tones are inspired by the island’s lush woodlands. It’s a woody scent with notes of amber and incense that work well together.

Woody scents are popular, and this one is guaranteed to be a favorite. It gets down to the point and doesn’t obfuscate its message with extraneous notes. It begins with resin, incense, and a sea breeze accord to evoke a breath of fresh air from the sea. The scent then transitions to ambroxan and cedar, with vetiver and musk serving as anchors.

Scents like this often seem to strike a pleasant area, and this one is no exception. Any fragrance collection should include woody, resinous scents, and this one is a must-have.

Vilhelm Parfumerie Moon Carnival

This smoky, hot floral will keep you smelling enigmatic and intriguing all year. At the top, there’s a witchy blend of passionfruit, freesia, and bergamot. The heart of the bouquet is composed of tuberose, gardenia, and orchid. At the base, marshmallow, vanilla bean, and tonka come together. Doesn’t it sound lovely? However, this is not the case. The floral middle notes are the true stars of the scent; everything above and below them works to transform them into something quite different.

It’s a sultry blend of florals, fruit, and mellow sweetness that floats on your skin and changes with time. It entices me to return and smell it again and again. And it’s a bit different each time. It keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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