5 Fragrances That Keep Me Smelling Fresh and Sweet When the Heat Wants Me to Stink

Ain’t nobody got time to be smelling funky!
Publish date:
August 8, 2016
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No matter how many times I tell myself that I can wear whatever perfume I want all year long, I always feel inclined to switch up my fragrance with the season. I think it boils down to feeling bored with my usual after a few months of wearing it non-stop rather than the "mood" of the season. I have a few classics that I wear all year, but I always shift a few scents into the mix when the weather shifts.

This summer, the smells I've been gravitating towards are either fresh or quite sweet.

Marc Jacobs Honey

I am a fan of honey scents, and although I prefer fragrances that smell exactly like fresh honey, I also love when there is a bit of a floral note to it. I think something about the florals take a scent from something that is sweet to something that is fresh.

The first spritz of this smells strongly of honeysuckle to me. In fact, it’s almost a little overpowering at first. However, within an hour, I seem to pull more orange blossom and pear, and the floral aspect doesn’t seem quite as heavy. By the end of the day, I get some of the warmer notes (honey, vanilla) but it keeps that fresh orange blossom scent more than anything else.

I think this will be perfect next spring as well, as it reminds of flowers blossoming at the beginning of the season.

Nest Amazon Lily

This has a very strong initial spritz and it is very zesty. It reminds me of fresh lime juice and honestly just makes me want a refreshing drink more than anything else.

The lime doesn’t ever really let up, but by the middle of the day I do start to detect a hint of lily. This is one of those scents that I was not into the first time I sprayed it but came to really like the longer I wore it. It's citrusy and fun.

Long Winter Soap Co. Perfume Oil in Grass Stain

My first-ever purchase from Long Winter Soap Co. was Grass Stain, and I have been obsessed with it ever since (this is my second rollerball). I love the smell of fresh-cut grass, but unfortunately, I’m actually allergic to it. This perfume oil gives me that fresh-mowed-lawn scent right out of the gate, but as it fades it actually smells a bit like Gain.

You wouldn’t think I’d want to smell like laundry detergent, but I think it smells heavenly. It reminds me of freshly laundered picnic blankets and being outside enjoying the summer sun. Since this is perfume oil, it doesn’t wear as long as a traditional perfume, but I don’t mind reapplying because it’s not an overpowering scent.

Thierry Mugler Angel Muse

If you don’t like intensely sweet, gourmand scents then steer clear of Angel Muse because it is very sweet. I personally love anything that smells like candy or baked goods, so this fragrance is definitely in my wheelhouse.

It actually reminds me a lot of Aquolina Pink Sugar but more grown up, like the cool, older sister version of it. Still cotton-candy-ish but a little creamier and deeper. After a few hours, it settle into a rich vanilla that’s faint but still sweet and warm.

Nuxe Prodigieux le Parfum

The scent of Nuxe’s dry oil was so popular they developed a perfume version that smells just as amazing.

I’m a fan of mixing scents, and one of my favorite combinations includes mixing an orange blossom fragrance with the sweet scent of vanilla. I think this perfume brings that combination to life managing to be warm, sweet, and fresh. I used to love this perfume from Mark (Avon) called Instant Vacation because it smelled like suntan lotion in the best way. This perfume is like that, but it’s more like they just bottled up summer than a specific scent.

I have the dry oil, lotion, and perfume, and layering them all transports me to a vacation state of mind immediately.

  • What are your favorite summer scents?
  • Do you prefer sweet or fresh?