The Absolute Best New Fragrances You Need to Smell

Sunshiney smell-goods.

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Fragrance and I have this thing going on, and we've been going strong for some time now. This is how it goes: I'll date my favorites for a while, then break up with them when a hot new fragrance comes along with a scent that instantly steals my heart—it's complicated, I know, but it works.

The onset of summer has brought with it a new fresh crop of fragrances I've been courting, and I need to talk about them. It's quite impossible to choose one favorite, so I plan on keeping all 12 of the below in rotation for now. Whether you're attracted to fresh florals or strong and woody musk scents, one of the below will grab your attention. I'm apologizing in advance for making you splurge, but I promise once your nose catches a whiff you won't have one regret. Plus, "you smell so good" is one of the highest compliments, and who doesn't love compliments?

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Light and Airy
Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso di Toscana
Acqua Di Parma

Trust, this fresh fragrance is a sensual embodiment of the sweet Italian air and lush rolling hills of Tuscany. The invigorating notes of orange, sage, and lavender evoke a breath of fresh air on a picturesque summer day.  

Lush and Bright
Sole Di Positano Acqua Perfume
Tom Ford

If your love language sounds like sun-bathing on a yacht in the middle of the Almafi coast, a whiff of this will win your heart. The green, citrus floral is made with Italian bergamot, petigrain bigarade, lemon, and mandarin to transport you to paradise. 

Sweet and Tangy
Les Eaux De Chanel Paris-Riviera Eau de Toilette Spray

"Fresh, sunny, with a crispness reminiscent of the early morning air," is how a reviewer described Chanel's newest summer scent on their website, and I couldn't agree more. It's equal parts tangy and flowery thanks to Neroli and Sicilian Orange, and will make you want a book a trip to Paris (*looks up flights to Paris*). 

Fresh and Woodsy
Light Blue Sun Eau de Toilette
Dolce & Gabbana

A healthy dose of sun soothes the soul, and this sweet scent will wash away your worries with the help of coconut water, Italian bergamot, and frozen grapefruit. The bright burst of citrus is energizing and balanced beautifully by its heavy notes of woods. 

Sunshiney and Radiant
Sundazed Eau de Parfum

This scent will help you manifest many perfect beach days to come. The sunshiney notes of mandarin, Arabian jasmine, California lemon, and Neroli smell like summer in a bottle. Plus, how appetizing does a cotton candy and musk-infused fragrance sound? Gimme.  

Fresh and Oceanic
Replica Sailing Day
Maison Margiela

Once you get over this gorgeous sea-colored scent's packaging, you'll appreciate how implicative it is of clear skies and the calming splash of waves. Nothing makes up a more perfect "Sailing Day" scent than aquatic accord, coriander, and red seaweed essence. 

Mossy and Rosey
L'Ombre dans L'Eau Eau de Toilette

Once you gift yourself this, you'll never need anyone to buy you roses. This scent will mentally paint the picture of a rose garden full of greenery because of its top notes of roses and green notes of blackcurrant leaves. A bouquet could never. 

Light and Flowery
Bloom Gocce di Fiori Eau de Toilette

If you're a die-hard Gucci Bloom lover, your senses are going to marvel at this latest rendition. The brand describes the upgrade the best: "soundtracked with the melody of a new season." Floral remains at the core with jasmine bud, tuberose, and rangoon creeper, but it's lighter and just different. 

Warm and Floral
Light di Gioia Eau de Parfum
Giorgio Armani Beauty

You may not have the luxury of being on a private island in the Mediterranean, but you can treat yourself to a sensorial trip with this decadent scent. The sun-kissed bottle represents golden hour using notes of jasmine, gardenia, and warm woods. 

Sweet and Pungent
Orange Blossom Cologne
Jo Malone London

It's no secret this stunning bottle doubles as decor, but what lives inside of it is also up to par.  You can't help but be delighted by its uplifting blend of clementine flower, white lilac, and orriswood.

Fresh and Floral
North Bondi Eau De Parfum

Your favorite haircare-inspired fragrance is back and it's better. This fresh floral scent thoughtfully combines  bergamot, Italian lemon, rose de mai, violet, and white musk to invigorate your senses. It won't hurt if you spritz a little in your hair, too. 

Sweet and Spicy
Sedley Eau de Parfum
Parfums De Marly

Share this unisex scent with someone special in your life so you both can enjoy the sweet and spicy fusion of this fragrance, which blends the best of both worlds: citrus fruits and refined woods. 


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