Find the perfect summer perfume
No matter the season, many of us want a signature scent that keeps us smelling great all day. But the rich, musky fragrances you love for fall and winter can be a little too heavy for warmer weather. You want to switch things up in summer with a light, airy perfume that helps you feel refreshed even in the heat.
Whether you prefer fresh florals, bright citrus notes, cool ocean-inspired scents or sparkling green fragrances, there’s an almost endless array of summer-worthy perfumes. While plenty of designer fragrances fit the bill, you don’t have to break the bank to find a signature warm-weather scent because there’s a great summer perfume for every budget.
Are you looking for a light, cool scent to add to your fragrance wardrobe? Check out our list of the best summer perfumes to keep you smelling great no matter how warm it gets.
Best summer perfumes 2021
With its fresh modern take on a classic floral scent, this perfume is the ideal summer perfume for those who want to stand out. It features French lavender and Moroccan orange blossom that combine for a unique floral scent. It also contains musky bottom notes that give it a warm vibe that’s perfect for summer nights.
This perfume isn’t just noteworthy for its striking gold and turquoise bottle inspired by Greek mythology. Its vibrant floral fragrance captures the essence of warm summer sunshine with a light but sensual scent. It features lemon, mandarin and guava notes for brightness and jasmine and freesia for floral freshness. It also has cedarwood base notes to help add complexity.
For anyone who enjoys light, fresh fragrances, this soap-inspired perfume may be the perfect summer fragrance. It evokes memories of a relaxing bubble bath, so you’ll feel cool all summer long. With top notes of coconut, heart notes of jasmine and tuberose and base notes of cedarwood and oakmoss, it offers a subtle but surprisingly complex fragrance.
This perfume is the first fragrance designer Tory Burch introduced, but it’s still a classic for summer. It has a fruity floral scent with notes of pink peony, tuberose, mandarin and grapefruit that are light and refreshing. It also offers a base of earthy vetiver for a more dynamic scent overall.
If you want a spicier scent for summer, this perfume delivers a richer, sunkissed fragrance that’s still light enough for summer. It has notes of orange flower, amber and black honey accord, giving it plenty of warmth. With its metallic gold finish and sleek shape, the bottle is also striking, so it’ll look great sitting out on your dresser or vanity.
Chanel fragrances are never disappointing, and this fresh, bright scent can keep you smelling great through the hottest summer days. It features zesty citrus notes, soft floral hints of jasmine and a warm base of teakwood for a truly balanced perfume.
This sexy floral perfume is an excellent option for summer wear, especially date night. With its combination of bergamot, blood orange, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, tuberose and sandalwood notes, it’s a deep, sexy fragrance that isn’t too overpowering in warmer weather. You only need one spray for a scent that lasts all day, too.
If you’re looking for a bold, refreshing scent, this bright floral perfume is worthy of consideration. It offers top notes of mandarin and pink peppercorn and middle notes of plum blossom and peony. The base notes of musk and sandalwood add warmth and keep it from being too sweet, too.
This sparkling fruit floral scent is the perfect summer fragrance for anyone on a budget. Coming in at under $25, it features notes of lemon, bamboo leaves, jasmine, water lily and butterfly flower. It also offers richer musk and wood notes to add depth and earthiness.
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A classic floral scent, this perfume practically screams sunshine and warm weather. It offers jasmine and tuberose notes that make you feel like you’re strolling a garden. It has some powdery notes, too, but still smells surprisingly fresh and youthful.
You might be drawn to this perfume because of its luxurious bottle with rock-stud detailing, but you’ll stay for the bright, fresh floral fragrance. Its top notes of lemon and bergamot give off a lively vibe, while the rose, peony and clean accord middle notes provide plenty of softness. The base notes of vanilla, cedarwood and white musk provide depth and warmth and help the scent linger all day.
With its blend of warm florals, this perfume is an ideal fragrance for summer nights. It offers notes of blackcurrant, bergamot, jasmine and orange flower for freshness and brightness. The base notes of patchouli oil and vanilla give it plenty of complexity, though, making it a more intense summer scent that wears for a surprisingly long time on the skin.
If you’re looking for a more youthful summer perfume, this fruity, floral scent is an excellent option. It features top notes of lemon sorbet, pineapple and apple and middle notes of magnolia, jasmine and orange flower, so it’s incredibly light and fresh. The base notes of cedarwood and white moss add warmth, which keeps it from being too sweet.
A truly light, summery fragrance, this perfume gives off serious romantic vibes, making it perfect for date night. It features top notes of red berries and pear and middle notes of gardenia and frangipani flower to create a fresh floral scent. There’s also some sweetness and warmth from the brown sugar and patchouli base notes, which give it an extremely balanced fragrance overall.
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