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How to Find Your Perfect Summer Fragrance

Fragrance is extremely personal. Odds are, you’re either someone who has worn the same scent year-round since college, or you prefer to swap out your fragrance with the seasons. Regardless of which category you fall into, the complex, musky scent you wore back in November probably no longer fits your summer vibe. You’ve traded your leather boots for sandals and your pants for denim shorts—it’s about time to update your fragrance, too.

Our team has wear-tested countless scents for summer, and we’re excited to share the five we’re crushing on most, depending on if you gravitate towards clean, fresh or floral:

Best Quintessential Summer Scent: Maison Margiela Beach Walk

Do you dream of California sunshine, long days spent by the ocean and sun-kissed skin? If you answered yes to any of the above, this one’s for you. The perfect “West Coast” scent, Beach Walk reminds us of summers at a beach house and is subtle enough to carry you from a daytime adventure to a nighttime barbecue with friends. Plus, Beach Walk comes in a dreamy bottle and perfectly pairs with our summer aesthetic—leave it out on your bathroom counter for an added touch of beauty.

Best Floral Scent: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle

If you would describe yourself using any of the following words, this one is for you—classic, elegant, timeless. Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle is ideal for the it-girl whose dream summer vacation involves shopping in Paris and sipping champagne underneath the Eiffel Tower. This pick screams luxury and will have all of your friends and co-workers asking “who smells so good?”.

Best New Scent(s): Phlur

We love traditional fragrances as much as the next girl, but there’s something genius about this new fragrance company, Phlur. Since we’re obviously fans of trying things out before you buy, we were immediately drawn to Phlur’s Try at Home option, where you can sample three scents from their lineup. Does anyone else get stressed when they have to decide on a scent in-store? We much prefer getting to live in it a bit to see if it fits into our life before committing. And, since all of Phlur’s fragrances are sustainably made, allergen-free and cruelty-free, you don’t have to ask us twice to sign up and give it a shot.

P.S. our Graphic Designer Gabi tried out Phlur and really loved Olmstead & Vaux—which has a clean, citrus smell—for summer.

Best Fresh Scent: Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue

Feeling flirty? The newest fragrance from Miu Miu, L’Eau Bleue, is right up your alley—and will make you feel happy and bright every time you spritz it on. Out of the many fragrances we smelled and wear-tested, this one left every one of our teammates saying “it’s so fresh and clean!”. That’s a win-win, in our book.

Best Clean Scent: Prada Candy Kiss

Sweet and clean is how we’d describe Prada’s Candy Kiss fragrance—the ultimate easy scent for summer. With little hints of vanilla, it’s ultra-feminine and super light, making it our clean favorite for the season. Like many fragrances, this one smells different on everyone—varied levels of sweet musk transform into unique scents. Plus, the bottle is a showstopper—it’s definitely one you’ll want to show off on your vanity.

Not into perfume? Try a scented hair mist. Yes, they exist.

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