Fresh and floral fragrances might get all the attention, come summertime, but we’re particularly enamoured with perfumes that have notes of citrus. They bring a clean feeling to all other scent profiles—from delicate florals to peppery spices, and even earthy musks. No matter what scent you normally prefer, we’re making a case that everyone could use some sparkling citrus notes in their fragrance wardrobe. (Just be sure to brush up on our list of dos and don’ts for applying perfume first.)
Keep reading to see the fresh citrus scents you need this summer!
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia Eau de Toilette ($80)
Be instantly transported to the shores of the Amalfi Coast by spritzing on this fresh scent. Notes of brown sugar, peonies, and water jasmine temper bright primafiore lemon.
This gelato-inspired fragrance is just as delicious as the summertime treat -- it’s crisp, clean, and little bit indulgent thanks to top notes of mandarin, grapefruit, and clementine paired with a musky base note.
Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte ($105)
Chanel No. 5 may be the fashion house’s most famous fragrance, but we love this light, fresh scent for summer. It re-imagines the scent of classic, floral magnolia by adding in notes of citrus and Neroli.
Chantecaille Vetyver Fragrance ($175)
Vetiver is an earthy, citrus-y scent commonly used in unisex fragrances. Here, the intensity is tempered by the spiciness of pink pepper and the freshness of grapefruit.
Chloe L’Eau de Chloe Eau de Toilette ($70)
The ultra-feminine rose notes in this playful perfume are given dose of carefree spirit with a dash of grapefruit. Cedar wood and amber add warmth, making for a breezy, elegant scent.
Fresh Citron de Vigne ($48)
This sparkling perfume was inspired by the Champagne region of France—so it’s no surprise that it manages to be both playful and sophisticated. Citrus-y top notes of Neroli, bitter orange and grapefruit are balanced by earthy bergamot, dark almond, and white sandalwood.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Limon Verde ($54)
We love anything that reminds of us of sipping cocktails on the beach, and this caipirinha-inspired perfume is just the thing to take us to our happy place. Lemon and orange pair exceptionally well
Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne ($60)
Jo Malone’s signature unisex scent starts off with zesty, tropical lime and mandarin. The addition of basil and white thyme is unexpected, but invigorating.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh ($97)
The crispness of grapefruit and woodiness of musk keep the floral tones of this bubbly iteration of Marc Jacobs’ original Daisy fragrance from being too cloying—perfect for a summertime pick-me-up.
Which one will you be spritzing on this summer? Do you have a favorite citrus scent? Let us know in the comments below!