By Marissa DeSantis
While you’re swapping out cashmere sweaters for more warm weather-friendly picks like cut-out dresses and heeled sandals, your fragrance wardrobe could use a refresh, too. And there’s certainly no shortage when it comes to spring scents. Whether you prefer a blend of powdery florals, crisp citrus notes, or something a touch sweeter, there’s a match for you (complete with an Instagram-worthy bottle for your vanity table).
From springtime staples to the latest launches, these are our favorite fresh and floral fragrances for the sunny days ahead.
Just in time for spring, Dolce & Gabbana gives us a new take on traditional floral scents. Combining two rose notes at the heart of the fragrance, Dolce Rose balances out the powdery florals with sandalwood and soft musks. It’s the opening fruity notes like green apple and red currant, however, that you’ll really pick up on, which add a touch of sweetness. Plus, the rose-colored glass bottle comes complete with a bright flower cap.
We may not be headed to the Italian countryside anytime soon, but this light and fresh scent was created to channel a relaxing day spent in the shade of Palermo’s lemon trees (which is kind of the next best thing). Ideal for anyone who prefers a more unisex fragrance, Under The Lemon Trees mixes citrus notes with soft musks for an earthier lemon scent that’s bright without verging on kitchen cleaner territory.
From cult-favorite fragrance house Le Labo, this particular scent was actually developed with the help of AnOther Magazine. The understated creation has a delicate floral scent with notes of jasmine petals that dries down to something clean but slightly musky thanks to a blend of moss, ambrette seed absolute, and ambroxan (a synthetic animal musk).
Marc Jacob’s Daisy collection never disappoints, and his latest addition might just be his best yet. Green tea blossom and matcha tea accord give a fresh floral scent that’s punched up with zesty pink peppercorn. As with all of the Daisy offerings, the bottle is so pretty, you’ll be keeping it on your vanity long after the fragrance has run out.
I’ve had this in my perfume rotation for the better part of a decade. The blend of gardenia and frangipani flower with pear, patchouli, and brown sugar creates a lighter take on sweet, floral scents that’s never overbearing. If, like me, this a perennial spring fragrance favorite, consider adding Gucci’s limited-edition lavender bottle to your vanity this season (don’t worry, it’s still the same Gorgeous Gardenia scent).
This dreamy new fragrance from Issey Miyake is an ode to nature, from its clear glass bottle (that was partially made with post-consumer recycled glass!) to the carefully curated notes inside. Lilac is the star here, with orange blossom and rose to add to its floral notes. To anchor the florals and give the scent a cozier warmth, creamy musks, vanillin, and ambrox are combined.
Don’t let the light, fresh quality of this fragrance fool you—it has some serious staying power despite the softness. Jasmine and citron combine for the scent’s sparkling, crisp quality, while teakwood adds a woodsy, slightly masculine touch.
If you prefer to stick to a warmer scent no matter what the season, Viktor & Rolf gives you the best of both fragrance worlds. Jasmine, orchid, and rose definitely give this a distinct floral scent, but Flowerbomb’s patchouli and vanilla base add a spicier warmth with a touch of sweetness for those who prefer something with more depth.
This Mediterranean vacation-inspired perfume transitions beautifully from spring to summer thanks to its blend of floral and citrus notes. Honeysuckle is the standout floral here, with hints of gardenia, jasmine, and lily of the valley. Meanwhile, you’ll pick up citrus notes of Italian bergamot and grapefruit that make this perfect for warmer weather.
Not your typical floral scent, Hermés paired powdery flowers with woodsy notes for a sophisticated fragrance that even appeals to those who shy away from florals. Magnolia and Madonna lily add a fresh scent, while white musks, woods, and salty notes make the fragrance more masculine.
Blossoming cherry trees are a traditional sign that spring is on the way, and Guerlain used Kyoto’s beloved cherry blossom season as the inspiration behind this scent. Pairing cherry blossom with watermelon, pear, and bergamot gives the fragrance a refreshing floral scent, as white musks and violet add a powdery, woody background.
This is about as classic as it gets when you want a true, fresh-cut-roses scent. Inspired by Parisian rose gardens, Chloé gives Damascena rose an airy, fresh quality with the addition of bergamot, tea, white musk, and amber.