Sunny days, cool nights, the breeziness of picnics and bbqs — summer is easily the most effortless time of year. Pairing that feeling with a fragrance to match is all about choosing a scent that’s light and airy, or one that conjures the beauty of the season. From light florals to exotic tropical notes, there’s a fragrance to suit every mood. Here, our 17 favorite scents for summer.
Bobbi Brown Beach, $72, bobbibrowncosmetics.com smells exactly like it's name — the beach. Notes of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin evoke sunscreen and salty seaside breezes, the best aromas of summer.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum, $215 for 50ml, sephora.com evokes the spirit of the Italian Rivera. Tunisian neroli, Italian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, winter yellow mandarin, orange flower, and lavender echo the cool breezes, crystal waters, and lushness of the region.
Flora By Gucci Glamorous Magnolia, $72, Sephora.com is a soft floral that combines freesia, greens, citrus, peony, magnolia, and musk in a light, feminine way.
White Diamonds Lustre by Elizabeth Taylor, $68, macys.com captures all the glamour of diamonds in a more subtle way with a blend of mandarin orange, jasmine, and musk.
Anna Sui La Vie De Bohème, $65 for 1.7 oz., sephora.com is as carefree as its bottle. Feminine pink florals, rich berries, and woods evoke a bohemian sensibility that's both romantic and bold.
Aerin Gardenia Rattan, $110, aerin.com embodies the spirit of summer's sun, sea, and flowers with wet marine notes, exotic white florals, and warm hints of amber.
AVON Flor Alegria Eau de Parfum Spray, $28, avon.com is the joy of summer bottled. Crimson passion fruit, Bulgarian rose petals and playful blue iris create an effortless, sparkling scent.
Bvlgari Omnia Indian Garnet, $65, sephora.com mixes mandarin, saffron, Indian tuberose, woods, and amber in a way that's exotic and seductive for those hot summer nights.
Krigler New York City Lieber Moment 214, $205 for 1.7 oz, krigler.com blends notes of lavender, grapefruit, violet, and rose in a powdery mix that could be worn by men or women.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Escape To Panarea Eau de Toilette, $75, ulta.com is like the warm winds of the Mediterranean Sea mixed with the scent of skin after a day at the beach. This spirited fragrance melds citrus tones with amber and musk.
Lacoste Pour Femme Eau de Parfum, $75, macys.com is a woody musk that mixes peppery, floral notes for an effect that feels light and spontaneous.
BOSS Jour Eau de Parfum, $80, hugoboss.com blends white flowers and citrus notes and was inspired by early morning light. It's breezy yet sophisticated.
Lisa Hoffman Beauty Kerala Ashok Garden Eau de Parfum, $65, lisahoffmanbeauty.com is a bouquet of violet, pear, apricot jasmine blended with India's exotic Ashok flower, amber, and spice for an exotic tropical vibe.
Marchesa Parfum D'Extase, $85 for 1.7 oz, sephora.com melds the lightness of flower petals with the richness of roots. Freesia, iris, violet leaves, night blooming jasmine, ambrox, and musks complete the feminine and sexy scent.
Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Eau de Toilette, $55, nordstrom.com was inspired by the countryside of Provence. This fresh scent mixes green citrus and spearmint, petals of fresh blossoms, white amber, and cedarwood.
Terry de Gunzburg Fruit Défendu Eau De Parfum, $195, barneys.com comprise Italian bergamot, pineapple, mango, and Turkish rose for an effect that's sunny and sophisticated.