Scoping out the best perfume for the season is no joke. The laborious process requires serious online research prior to in-store test spritzes and samples — most importantly: Which bottle will look right on your vanity? So to help narrow down your summer fragrance options, we’ve tried and tested eight different scents to help you make your decision.
Pacifica is a vegan and cruelty-free brand with a passion for wellness, as demonstrated by the brand’s newest products, all of which are inspired by healing crystals. Included in this new line of products are brand new perfumes, and one of our favorites is a scent called Contact High. It’s a light and bright watermelon-infused daytime fragrance that you’ll adore if sweet and fruity perfumes are your thing.
Meet the newest addition to the Ralph Lauren Romance franchise: Romance Rosé. This floral, fruity fragrance includes notes of rose de Mai, red apple and lychee. For best results, pair your perfume with a glass of rosé on the nearest rooftop.
OK, the packaging of this beauty is so gorgeous it might call for a date night with just you and your new perfume. This rich, luxe fragrance — created for “free and passionate woman” — is a musky floral that you should keep on reserve for your summer date nights.
7 Virtues is a fragrance brand you need to know. Named “the peace perfumes,” each fragrance is made from organic, natural and fair trade essential oils. Grapefruit Lime, in particular, celebrates peace with a blend of ethically sourced essential oils from Israel and Iran.
For an office-approved unisex fragrance that’s ideal for the minimalist or someone who likes light, floral musky fragrances, try this new perfume from Diptyque. “Fleur de Peau” translates to “flower of the skin,” which perfectly depicts the subtle yet pleasant floral scent.
Even though this one’s not brand new, it’s a must-have for anyone who’s in love with the beach — specifically the smell of “sun kissed salty skin” at the end of a long day by the ocean. This fresh scent is made up of lemon, coconut, milk and cedarwood, and it will evoke beachy vibes even if you’re stuck in the office.
If you’re searching for a non-overwhelming fragrance that’s a combination of sweet and floral, check out this fragrance from Viktor & Rolf. The name “Flowerbomb” is no exaggeration. When you put it on, you’ll get a burst of addictive sweetness combined with a floral scent and smoky gunpowder that balances out all of the fragrance notes.
Meet the desert cactus inspired fragrance created to embody Arizona’s energy and dreamlike terrain. This is the first fragrance from Proenza Schouler, and it speaks to the desert goddess in all of us. The disruptive asymmetry of this bottle will also make for an artful addition to your vanity.
About the Author:Marisa is an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com where she's responsible for creating content that inspires, informs and influences readers. She's obsessed with trying new beauty products, hoards a crazy amount of lipstick and her second love (besides makeup) is food. Her work has also appeared in Domino Magazine, StyleCaster, Guest of a Guest and Jeannine Morris Media.