The Best New Fragrances Smell Just Like Summer

A good winter perfume should always feel like the olfactory equivalent of your favorite wool sweater: warm, cozy, ideally not at all itchy. A good warm-weather fragrance should evoke just the opposite: exposed skin heated by the sunshine, bright and crisp or rich and intoxicating, the kind of scent that leaves a trail.
Your sense of smell can trigger all kinds of emotional associations, and the switch from the calm and comforting to the fresh and exciting is just one of them. Whether you're looking for the beach-friendly version of your year-round favorite or are ready to get spring started on the right (base, middle, or top) note with a brand-new scent, lose yourself in some of our newfound favorites, ahead...
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This isn't your middle-school body mist: With notes of bergamot and almond grounded by cedarwood and musk, it's a rich, complex fragrance that also happens to be purse-sized, making it the ideal post-work, pre-patio bar refresher.

& Other Stories Fleur de Mimosa Body Mist, $19, available at & Other Stories.
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This dreamy fragrance starts out fresh and breezy, with top notes of bergamot, orange flower, and a hint of spice from black pepper, before settling into a smooth, slightly woodsy drydown that lasts all day.

Atelier Cologne Iris Rebelle Cologne Absolue, $150, available at Atelier Cologne.
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A light, bright floral this is not: By combining the warmth and richness of marigold with ylang ylang and jasmine sambac, "the queen of all jasmine," you get a scent that's as smooth and sumptuous as black velvet.

Jo Malone London Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Cologne Intense, $180, available at Jo Malone.
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No, this fragrance is not what you'd call an affordable luxury, but everything from the product packaging — it's served in a beautifully designed "bento box" alongside a refillable purse spray — to the bottle itself is stunning down to the very last detail. Then, of course, there's the actual scent, a heady mix of bergamot, cedar oil, and woodsy musk that's practically made for warm spring evenings.

Floraïku In The Rain Eau de Parfum, $350, available at Floraïku.
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We didn't think it was possible to improve upon what we've already crowned the perfect fragrance, but somehow master perfumer Alberto Morillas managed, infusing the rich, downright intoxicating floral of the original with a lighter, almost aquatic green note you'll want to wear until September rolls around.

Gucci Bloom Acqua Di Fiori Eau de Toilette, $112, available at Nordstrom.
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Warm, spicy, and tropical without being outright fruity, you'll barely recognize the pineapple in this scent, which smells more like the heat of a tropical rainforest and less like a piña colada.

Memo Paris Tamarindo, $295, available at Memo Paris.
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A reinvention of the classic English brand's 1984 original, this rose-colored flacon — complete with ruffed Elizabethan collar — pairs the delicate florals of rose absolute, rose centifolia, and red lily, all layered over woody notes and tempered by sweet hazelnut and almond oil.

Penhaligon's Elisabeth Rose Eau de Parfum, $181, available at Penhaligon's.
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This quintessential spring fragrance boasts jasmine, musk, and white cedar as its central notes, with a bright, fresh twist from grapefruit and pear.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Champ De Fleurs Eau de Cologne, $150, available at L'Artisan Parfumeur.
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