Our Big, Badass Summer Fragrance Guide for Every Personality
How serious is my fragrance addiction? Let's consider the evidence: We're exactly a week past the summer solstice, and I've already cycled through no less than four perfumes. In my defense, the change in seasons always inspires me to rotate a new scent "wardrobe"—when the mercury rises, I pull my go-to warm weather fragrances out of the depths of my closet along with my swimsuits and favorite denim cutoffs. And is it really my fault that in addition to my old standbys, there has been a plethora of stellar new perfume launches lately? (My vanity is very crowded these days.)
But the upside to my fragrance polygamy is that with the help of my colleagues, I've been able to effectively test and rank dozens of the season's best offerings. Narrowing them down wasn't easy, but we ultimately landed on a handful of stellar options. No matter your preference or personality, there's a scent here for you—keep scrolling to find it.
Carlen Parfums Coco Flor ($190)
If you were to walk around Byrdie HQ at this very moment, you'd get a good whiff of this stuff—we can't stop spritzing it. Maybe it's just a matter of escapism: The spicy-sweet blend of coconut, jasmine, lily, patchouli, vanilla, and incense just so happens to be the exact flavor of my tropical daydreams.
Skylar Meadow ($78)
For the Jane Birkin enthusiast who'd rather spend her summer afternoons sprawled out in the grass with a great book, this soft and romantic perfume is just the ticket. The floral blend of tuberose, rose, and orange blossom is pretty but never cloying, while patchouli adds a touch of earthiness.
Ralph Lauren Woman ($110)
This brand-new scent from Ralph Lauren has all the makings of a perfect summer fragrance. Top notes of pear, rhubarb and blackcurrant melt into a floral, tuberose-infused heart, while the slightest tinge of woodsy sandalwood makes this fresh, dreamy scent a sophisticated pick for summer and beyond.
Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk Eau de Toilette ($126)
Some beach-inspired fragrances feel too muted; others have all the subtlety of a bottle of Coppertone. This one strikes the perfect balance, mingling notes like musk, cedar, coconut, pink pepper, and citrus. It really does smell like an afternoon spent among the waves, and it's downright addictive—Maison Margiela recently launched an entire collection of body products in this scent, and we've already collected them all.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Femme Eau de Parfum ($205)
The best fragrances only seem to smell better and better as they settle on our skin, and this is no exception: The opening hits of citrus and iris are bright and lovely, but the soft, musky dry-down is downright irresistible. (Psst: If you don't want to commit to the eau de parfum just yet, try the Hair Mist, $65, first.)
Byredo Gypsy Water Kabuki Brush ($65)
Earlier this year, Byredo released a handful of its most popular fragrances in an innovative new format. Each kabuki brush contains a powder infused with its designated scent, which you then brush onto your skin. It's a more subtle, tactile (and we'll just say it: wallet friendly) way to wear your go-to perfume. This all said, while we have yet to meet a Byredo fragrance we don't love, Gypsy Water's earthy-cool aesthetic feels especially right for summer.
Litoralle Aromatica Onde Biancha ($105)
It's one of a few fragrances in our lineup that embodies the beach, yet in an entirely different way: Cucumber, grapefruit, ambergris and sandalwood give this blend a much fresher, saltier profile than its creamy-tropical counterparts. Imagine the scent of saltwater on skin, and you'll have a pretty accurate idea of this irresistibly subtle fragrance.
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