If you’re not ready to invest in Dali-esque perfume art, this scent is also available in simple (read: not melting) containers for $195.
The season of summer has some of the most distinct smells. The hot, sticky aroma of humidity and fresh cut grass. The sweet, salt water wind at the beach. The pungent, almost bitter fragrance of moist flowers in the garden. Chlorine � sorry, we’re getting carried away. It’s just that summer is known for its fragrance — and when we think fragrance, we think perfume.
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This season not only offers up glorious earthy smells, it also brings a fresh crop of designer perfumes that are perfectly lighter and more whimsical than the heavier scents of fall and winter. And just as you swap your wardrobe for lighter clothing when the temperature soars, you should do the same with your perfume.
But finding your new signature summer scent takes work — and you know what they say about summertime being easy living. Who wants to spend precious beach time in Sephora, sniffing the perfumes that line the perimeter of the store? Here’s a little secret: To find a summer scent that speaks to you, choose one that’s similar to the way you like to smell throughout the rest of the year. Scroll through this gallery of highly rated year-round perfumes, look for the notes you typically wear, and check out the new, summer suggestion for you based on your usual scents. Easy, right? Right.
The quest to find your new signature scent can feel staggering. “Do you like florals?” “What’s your perfect first date?” “Diamonds or pearls?” The seemingly unrelated questions perfume salespeople pose can leave you sniffing every scent in the store until everything smells like an amalgam of musks, florals, spices and fruits.
So what if we told you there was an easier way to find the best perfume for you — a way that requires you to answer just one question that you’ve answered a billion times before: What’s your sign?
Before you roll your eyes, hear us out. Sure, you may not let your horoscope guide your every move, but it does uncannily sync up with your life more often than you care to admit.
According to perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis, founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes, choosing a scent based on your zodiac isn’t all that far-fetched. “Similar personalities gravitate toward the same fragrances on a vibrational level,” says Balahoutis. “It isn’t that cheerful people tend to like one fragrance without fail and that intellectual people prefer another. It often has to do with two things aligning. The feeling that comes with experiencing a certain scent somehow matches the feeling that a person’s presence emits,” she explains.
Plus, says New Orleans-based psychic, astrologer and medium Cari Roy, wearing a scent that corresponds to your star sign brings out your best qualities. “Using a scent that empowers you will give you the will to push your strengths forward,” says Roy.
And if that doesn’t convince you, maybe a few dozen impossibly pretty perfume bottles will. Here, the best perfumes for your zodiac sign.
Key Traits: Aries is a firecracker. Ever the busy bee, the first sign of the zodiac has a restless energy — though sometimes they take on too much. “Of all the signs, they are the most motivated,” says Roy. “Their mission on Earth is to get things done.” Aries’ spirited personality and animated aura means that they attract others easily, although non-Aries may have a hard time keeping up with their always-on-the-go nature.
Fragrance Match: Aries need a fragrance to match their outgoing, fast-paced life. Black pepper, frankincense and lemon are sharp scents that will support their fiery spirit and keep them feeling invigorated.
Notes of bergamot, white musk and, of course, fresh cut roses set this scent at the top of our signature spring fragrance list. Plus, the bottle itself is pretty enough to leave on display all year long.
The cult Be Delicious line has been a favorite of ours for years. This newest addition to the collection blends grapefruit, apricot and floral rose and jasmine notes for a sultry but sweet feminine scent.
This new scent from D&G combines subtle vanilla, amber and musk notes with grapefruit, peach and Bulgarian rose for a timeless trail of sweetness all day long.
Inspired by the woman who is beautiful but dangerous, this scented moisturizer has top notes of carnation, mint and Turkish rose essences along with hemp leaves and white amber.
Another daring take on rose, this eau de parfum blends cruelty-free musk with notes of black smoky rose and tobacco flower and the scent that lasts for hours.
Infused with pure rosewater and rose petals, this mask tones your skin with a cooling gel formula that leaves your face smooth, hydrated and radiant.
Hydro-distilled rose (aka condensed rose water) makes the combination of notes like marjoram and sandalwood softer and delicately fragrant.
Have you heard of hair perfume? It might sound a little, well, extra, but hear us out: In a lot of ways, perfume formulated for hair actually makes more sense than regular perfume. Washing hair infrequently has become trendy, and hair mist is a great way to keep your mane smelling fresh between washes. Also, most hair perfumes actually serve a dual purpose, combining protection, moisture and shine along with their amazing scents. Another bonus? The many inventive fragrances and gorgeous packaging means they’re totally gift-able.
So, if you’re looking to get in on the hair perfume game, read on to discover nine of our favorites. When it really comes down to it, don’t you just love the idea adding an extra punch to your fabulous hair flip?
Come for the beautiful French packaging, stay for the delicious floral scent. Miss Dior Hair Mist also happens to boast amazing staying power, and it’s sure to garner you plenty of compliments.
Oh, and if you’re looking to take your whole-body fragrance game up a notch, it pairs very well with Dior Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet, $78.
Sachajuan’s Protective Hair Perfume smells like a crisp green apple, which goes nicely with its peach and rose top notes, as well as its cedar wood and white musk base notes. Plus, as the name indicates, it helps protect your hair from UV rays, while also hydrating, eliminating static and keeping your strands shiny. Since it’s so moisturizing, it’s especially great if you have dry hair.
For a perfect spring scent with a touch of vintage glamour, give Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hair Perfume Mist a try. It’s refreshing, yet classic, and the sturdy, minimalist packaging will work equally well on your vanity or in your purse. Another bonus? It helps nourish your hair with an organic, plant-based formula.