If you're like me, you've been counting down the days until summer since it last ended. And technically, summer started exactly three weeks ago (April 25th, y'all), which means not only is it time to bust out your warm-weather clothes, but it's also time to update your perfume collection.
Need a scent that will make you feel like you're in a permanent vacation mode, even if you're stuck at the office? Try one of these 15 light and refreshing fragrances, below, that won't break the bank like an actual vacay would.
1. Citrus scent:
Acqua Di Parma Chinotto di Liguria
Citrus scent and the smell of fresh seawater in the air are all captured in every spritz of this fragrance. Spray it once and it'll almost be like you're on a boat sipping wine in the middle of the Mediterranean.
2. Vanilla scent:
Maison Margiela Replica Eau de Toilette
This fragrance is the closest you can get to smelling like a basket of lemons without actually carrying them around with you. Notes of fresh vanilla and musk add even more depth to this citrus-y scent, making it somewhat sweet, yet not at all overpowering.
3. Musk scent:
Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum Spray
This is the kind of scent that will keep people thinking of you long after you've left the room (in a good way, not a tea-spilling way). Light notes of gardenia combined with bold notes of musk is energizing enough to make you feel like you can take on the world, but still soft enough if you really just feel like taking a nap (no judgement—it's summer, you can do whatever you want).
4. Floral scent:
Gucci Bloom Gocce di Fiori Eau de Toilette
Remember your sweet, flowery, middle-school perfume? She's all grown up (I know—*tear*). This classic scent has notes of jasmine and tuberose that give it a crisp, floral smell that'll remind you of a chill summer night.
5. Fruity, citrus scent:
Bvlgari Omnia Pink Sapphire
Spray on this fragrance before your summer shenanigans to quite literally embody the feel of fun. From the bright color of the bottle to the notes of pink peppercorns and citrus, this scent screams happiness—and isn't that what summer's all about?
6. Fruity, woody scent:
Giorgio Armani Sì Passione Eau de Parfum Spray
Giorgio Armani's red-bottled fragrance has the perfect balance of fruity, floral, and woody scents that'll bring the fire for anyone who is truly ~passionate~ about summer. Spritz it before a girls'-night outing.
7. Floral, woody scent
Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau de Toilette
This iconic Marc Jacobs scent has notes of daisies (makes sense), driftwood, and crystallised cloudberries for a fragrance that will have you feeling like you're in a field of flowers on a bright summer day. But, you know, without the sneezing risk.
8. Sweet scent
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Nectar
With sweet notes of orange blossom, bergamot oil, blackcurrant bud and more, this yummy scent doesn't feel too young or sugary. It's the kind of scent that'll leave people wondering, "Who is she?"
9. Woody, moss scent
Chloe Nomade Eau de Parfum
True to its nomadic name, this perfume has hints of freesia and oak moss that'll make you want to explore a forest on a dewy morning (as we all do every weekend, right?). The small, sleek bottle is also travel friendly, so you can easily bring it along to all your summer weekend getaways.
10. Earthy, musk scent
Byredo Velvet Haze Eau de Parfum
Byredo's earthy yet sweet fragrance has the perfect combination of notes for summer. Consisting of coconut water, patchouli leaves, and musk, its smell reminds me of reading in a hammock as a kid. Ugh, that breeze...
11. Citrus, floral scent
Aerin Beauty Lilac Path Eau de Parfum
A scent inspired by the lilac bush at Estée Lauder's summer cottage (yes, Estée was a real person, the late grandmother of Aerin Lauder), this airy fragrance has notes of jasmine and orange flower that virtually anyone who loves florals will love.
12. Unisex scent:
Commodity Velvet Eau de Perfum
With notes of black amber, woody spices, rose petals, and roasted almonds, this sultry fragrance is perfect for you and your partner—meaning you only need to pack one scent when you finally get to go away on that summer vacay you've been planning for months.