6 Fragrances That Smell Like Clean Laundry
There are few scents better than the smell of clean laundry. Perhaps coffee and freshly baked bread, but we know which we would rather spritz onto our pulse points. While we'd often like to swap our daily commute for a duvet day, the next best thing is a fragrance that evokes everything we love about staying in bed at the weekends: clean, crisp sheets; bare skin; and a general eau de lazy.
Fortunately, there are a handful of perfumes that do exactly that—just a spritz of these scents brings us back to that happy place, no matter where we are or how much we're hustling. Keep scrolling to see our favourite fragrances for re-creating that lazy weekend feeling.
Byredo Toile Textile Perfume (£42)
Imagine burying your face into warm sheets fresh out of the dryer, and you have an idea of what Byredo's newest launch smells like. Toile is the Swedish brand's first-ever textile perfume, formulated to enhance the scent of your just-washed clothes and linens. And as we only could have predicted from the label we know and love, the understated blend of bergamot, lily of the valley, violet silk, amber, and cotton musk is as intoxicating as every other fragrance from the collection.
Clean Skin (£55)
If you're familiar with Clean perfumes, you probably know that fresh, minimalistic scents are basically the brand's MO. (See also Rain and Warm Cotton.) But while there are a few that explicitly recall textiles, we're particularly keen on this warm fragrance, which plays off of musks, honey, and fresh air to evoke bare skin. It's sensual in a low-key kind of way.
The Library of Fragrance Fresh Laundry (£15)
We can always depend on The Library of Fragrance for the most literal interpretations of scents—even when it's something we would honestly never think to ask for, like Four Leaf Clover or Dirt—and this one is no exception. It's both crisp and delicate, like your freshest batch of laundry.
Replica Lazy Sunday Morning (£85)
Like every fragrance in the Replica collection, this scent has a nostalgic feel to it, like it encapsulates a passing moment. Aldehydes, pear, lily of the valley, iris, rose, orange, musk, and just a touch of patchouli and amber intermingle to suggest the sweet, crisp, and slightly earthy combination of sheets and skin. It's easy, relaxing, and so lovely. (Pro tip: Keep the candle version on your nightstand.)
Vilhelm Parfumerie Room Service (£145)
One of the newest launches from this fragrance brand to watch, Room Service is like a lazy morning spent in another era—in fact, it was crafted with Old Hollywood screen siren Greta Garbo in mind. Notes of violet, pink orchid, green bamboo, mandarin, and sandalwood give this fragrance a very bright, feminine feel.
Frederic Malle Dans Tes Bras (£160)
Translated to "in your arms," this warm, romantic scent really has the air of a sweet embrace. Warm, rich notes like musk, cashmere, sandalwood, incense, and patchouli give it depth, complemented by softer notes of heliotrope and violet. Like a few of the other fragrances in our lineup, it aims to capture the intimate scent of skin—and does it beautifully.
What's your favourite comforting scent? Call it out in the comments below.