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Summer is the ultimate season for light, floral and fresh scents. High temperatures definitely play a major role in a fragrance’s performance so it’s very important to pick a scent you like while being sure it will perform and last properly even when the heats are unbearable.

That being said, we had to make the ultimate list of best summer fragrances for women — scents that will exaggerate feminine sides and tell a story about her.

What Are The Best Summer Fragrances For Women?

In order to make the list of best summer fragrances for women, we tested over 150 different fragrances and perfumes.

Our testing protocol:

  1. Every fragrance was tested 5 times on 5 different occasions — daytime outdoors, daytime indoors, office, nighttime outdoors, nighttime indoors
  2. Average performance and longevity were measured and documented
  3. A team of experts (including me) discussed perfume compositions but also trends in 2022

Based on the results we got, we crafted the list of the 19 best summer fragrances for women in 2022, which we are 100% certain you will find useful.

Bear in mind that the fragrances below are not in a particular order, as ordering them in a particular order would mean saying one is better than the other, which is something we don’t have the right to judge — taste for scents is a subjective thing. Therefore we did our best to describe in detail what certain perfume smells like, and for the majority of them, you can find full reviews.

This list is updated every year in the middle of the spring.

Without further ado, let’s see what are the best summer fragrances for women in 2022!

1. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis

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This Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrance deserved its place on today’s top list because of its universal cleanness. If you are looking for a clean, fresh scent that can be your everyday refresher, Aqua Universalis could end your search. 

The opening is purely citrusy with Amalfi lemon and bergamot being the top notes. As it dries down, the floral side of this fragrance comes out and that’s the moment this scent becomes more feminine, fizzy, and evocative. 

The interesting side of this light scent is that many people get reminded of those citrus vitamin C tablets but positively. It reminds you of cleanliness on an airy morning with a musky and aromatic backbone. 

I would like to emphasize that Aqua Universalis is not the exciting, thrilling, or compulsive perfume that will get everyone’s attention. It is a simple, light scent made for everyday activities from getting groceries to taking a pleasant evening walk.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis short summary:

  • Citrus, floraly and fresh scent
  • Concentration: eau de toilette
  • Longevity on average: up to 6 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1-2 hours
  • Projection in distance: around 2 feet
  • Sillage: moderate.
  • Price: slightly overpriced.

2. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc

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Let’s face it — it’s impossible that the list of best summer fragrances for women goes without Tom Ford!

Soleil Blanc is one of those rich, complex, beachy scents that take your mind on the yacht and make you crave some juicy cocktail. 

It was described as mainly a coconut fragrance but I would say that there is much more to this fragrance than “coconut aroma”. 

There’s pistachio, bergamot, cardamom, and pink pepper as the top notes but the opening is so beautifully blended that it’s really hard to pick up a single note. It has that warm, spicy gourmand effect in the first 15 minutes but gets more white-floral sweet, ambery, and coconut-based as it dries down.

It is succulent, buttery, and tropical fragrance with rich coconut flavor sunscreen vibes. Soleil Blanc may not be the crowd-pleasing scent but it will get you compliments from everyone who likes intriguing and engrossing fragrances.

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc short summary:

  • Sweet, ambery, coconut scent
  • Concentration: eau de parfum
  • Longevity on average: up to 7 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1-2 hours
  • Projection in distance: around 2-3 feet
  • Sillage: moderate.
  • Price: slightly overpriced.

3. Maison Margiela REPLICA Beach Walk

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This perfume lives through its name and its summertime in a bottle. One of the reasons I chose this Maison Martin Margiela scent is because of its perfect salty beach vibes. If you are planning a sea vacation soon and need some fresh scent for sunbathing, you just found it.

Opens with light citrus of lemon and bergamot combo, but dries down to a Coppertone scent. As it dries down the coconut and Ylang-Ylang become more prominent so the whole performance gets sweeter and even powdery. 

Personally, I couldn’t sense any trace of pink pepper so maybe it has been working some magic in the background of the performance but there is nothing warm or spicy in this scent. 

It reminds me of long Hawaiian beaches with a tropical essence and I can picture a beautiful girl wearing it during hot, summer vacation days.

Maison Margiela REPLICA Beach Walk short summary:

  • Sweet, coconut, and powdery scent
  • Concentration: eau de toilette
  • Longevity on average: up to 5 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: around 2 feet
  • Sillage: moderate.
  • Price: fair!

4. Dior J’Adore In Joy

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J’Adore In Joy is for the ladies that crave summer, all-occasions wearable scents that won’t be offensive to their work colleagues. 

Since the work environment takes the majority of our daily routine it’s always great to have that one fragrance that is easily worn in the summer heat and suitable for office work time. 

J’Adore In Joy is a light summer scent with a salty and prominent peachy effect and wafts of jasmine when it is inhaled deeply. It’s a crisp, clean, bright, and sensual fragrance that will handle any heat you put it through with dignity and elegance. 

J’Adore In Joy deserves a place on today’s list of best summer fragrances for women because of its ability to serve as the everyday business fragrance that won’t choke your colleagues and make you feel sophisticated and attractive. 

J’Adore In Joy by Dior short summary:

  • Salty, bright, floral scent
  • Concentration: eau de toilette
  • Longevity on average: 6-8 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1-2 hour
  • Projection in distance: around 2-3 feet
  • Sillage: moderate.
  • Price: fair!

5. Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal

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From the iconic La Vie Est Belle original scent, last year, the house of Lancome surprised us with this purely beautiful, spring-summer edition called Soleil Cristal.

As a huge lover of La Vie Est Belle, I have had very high expectations for this one, and (not)surprisingly, it was much more than I hoped for — definitely deserved a spot among the best summer fragrances for women!

It’s important to know that the La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal doesn’t share many similarities with the original, except for the vanilla note they both share. That makes this gorgeous scent even more special in its own way. 

Besides the bergamot and mandarin orange, the opening has a prominent pink pepper strike but don’t worry about it since after only 10-15 minutes it quickly fades away. As it dries down, it becomes a more sweet, coconut-oriented scent with a vanilla backbone and powdery, creamy effect. 

Besides its stunning scent, the quality of La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal is almost as good as the original. It will serve you throughout the whole day and definitely get you compliments. One more note: it is a pretty safe blind buy if you crave coconut fragrances.

La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal by Lancôme short summary:

  • Sweet, coconut, powdery scent
  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: 8+ hours
  • Projection longevity: 2-3 hours
  • Projection in distance: around 4 feet
  • Sillage: strong.
  • Price: fair!

6. Marc Jacobs Daisy Love

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If there is a fragrance category that we can call “girly” then Daisy Love by Marc Jacobs would be the definition of that category. It’s an exquisite perfume when you put on some very feminine outfit and you need the cherry on the top. 

The original Daisy Marc Jacobs was a real success and women adored it; in consideration of that one, Daisy Love is a more playful, sweet, and youthful fragrance than the original. 

I don’t like setting boundaries when it comes to fragrance age limitations, but I do find Daisy Love more compelling for younger ladies, which doesn’t mean that if you are more mature you can’t pull it off. The age is just a number! 

Daisy Love is a simple yet irresistible scent with cloudberry being the top note, the daisy flower in the middle, and a musky backbone. The scent is very much fruity-oriented, sweet, and musky with a light and airy texture.

I would also like to say that Daisy Love is a crowd-pleasing scent, it is not offensive in any way and as long as it lasts (which isn’t that long) will get you beautiful compliments.

Daisy Love by Marc Jacobs short summary:

  • Fruity, sweet and musky scent
  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: up to 6 hours
  • Projection longevity: 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: around 1-2 feet
  • Sillage: moderate.
  • Price: fair!

Interested to know more about this beautiful perfume? Read our Marc Jacobs Daisy Love full review!

7. Byredo Bal d’Afrique

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Probably slightly underrated, the house of Byredo gave us some phenomenal and gorgeous scents, including the Bal d’Afrique – a mix of the Parisian avant-garde and African culture shaped into a masterpiece you can’t get enough of. 

Bal d’Afrique is a unisex scent and it is very well balanced that both genders can easily pull it off but it slightly leans towards the feminine side. What I love about this fragrance is that it is highly pleasant and inoffensive. Nothing about this scent is too much or too strong, just very well blended. 

This is a nice light citrus opening with a wonderful touch of floral essence, encased in a woody background. As it dries down it becomes a more aromatic, woody scent with exotic spiciness and traces of floral nuances. 

I like the way Bal d’Afrique has a unique combination and isn’t purely fruity or floral.

It can also be your great signature scent since it is suitable for any occasion or event, including regular office days.

Bal d’Afrique Byredo short summary:

  • Citrusy, aromatic, and woody scent
  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: 6-8 hours
  • Projection longevity: 2 hours
  • Projection in distance: around 2-3 feet
  • Sillage: moderate.
  • Price: fair!

8. Diptyque Philosykos

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While bringing back some iconic scents, I cannot miss the Philosykos Diptyque that came out in 1996 but still deserves to make our top list as one of the best vintage summer fragrances for women. 

Besides all these fruity, floral scents that I already mentioned, I wanted to include this greener fragrance for all ladies out there that want something more challenging and not-so-classic summer scents. 

Philosykos scent is all about fig and fig leaf. It opens up very greeny and woody and retains that coolness and freshness throughout the whole performance. As it dries down, the coconut gives you a creamy and sweet effect, but the fragrance holds onto that greenness and gets slightly lactonic at some points. 

What I find mysterious about this scent is that many fragrance lovers, inducing myself, find this perfume with extreme ability to evoke nostalgia within you. 

Back in 1996, Philosykos Diptyque was a real gamechanger and started a whole hype about fig-based scents. 

Nowadays, I still find this intimate scent to be highly lovable and specifically unique, not in the terms of the notes, but in the terms of the feelings, it can evoke.

Philosykos Diptyque short summary:

  • Green, woody scent
  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: up to 5 hours
  • Projection longevity: half an hour – 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: around 2 feet
  • Sillage: moderate.
  • Price: fair.

9. Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche

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While we are at greeny and woody scents, the beautiful and alluring composition of Chance Eau Fraiche by Chanel has to be mentioned as well! 

I like the complexity and the mixture of nuances that aren’t usually blended for feminine fragrances, and if you are like me, you are going to love this outstanding flanker.

Chance Eau Fraiche opens with a prominent burst of lemon and citrusy combo, just like many other uplifting and bright summer scents

What makes it unique, is that the cedar that is usually found in middle or base notes, here plays as a top note and locks that citrusy and sparkly effect for a longer time. In the dry down, the scent gets woodier and more aromatic, while the patchouli is present, it doesn’t feel dirty or masculine, but rather musky and earthy. 

If I had to picture Chance Eau Fraiche as a woman, I would picture her as an elegant lady with a great, green hat, light makeup, and fluttering, white dress – a woman that is one with nature. 

I also find Chance Eau Fraiche to be the best compliment getter of all other Chance flankers, because of its light and brilliant nature, it is suitable for any possible summer occasion. Definitely earned the spot among best summer fragrances for women!

Chance Eau Fraiche by Chanel short summary:

  • Green, woody, citrusy scent
  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity on average: up to 5 hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: around 2-3 feet
  • Sillage: moderate.
  • Price: fair.

10. Creed Virgin Island Water

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Uplifting and inspirational, Virgin Island Water by Creed is a story about celebrating the tropical splendor and exotic scents of the Caribbean. I truly enjoy discovering the stories behind fragrances and imagining the magical environment that those breathtaking scents came from. 

Virgin Island Water serves the purpose and evokes the craving for adventures while discovering your deepest desires. Magical composition with high-quality liquid that is bound to be loved.

Virgin Island Water opens with prominent citrus strikes (mostly lime and bergamot) with a sweet touch of coconut. Once it develops, the lime-coconut combo stays dominant accompanied by a touch of booze from white rum lurking underneath. In the far dry-down, you get a little bit of a musky, sugar cane scent with white florals from the mid. 

Some people say that Virgin Island Water reminds them of coconut lotion which I highly disagree with. It’s a complex, rich, citrusy-sweet scent that develops throughout the drydown, and leaves a very unique scent.

Virgin Island Water by Creed short summary:

  • Citrusy, fresh, and powdery scent
  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: 8+ hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1-2 hours
  • Projection in distance: around 2-3 feet
  • Sillage: moderate
  • Price: overpriced

11. Parfums de Marly Delina La Rosée

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Bright, lively, and vivacious – Delina La Rosée is the latest release by Parfum de Marly, came out in 2021 and represents a lighter and shinier flanker of the original Delina that was a huge success. 

Delina La Rosée provides that light, ethereal and dewy experience and it is surely a lighter, more summery scent than other Delina flankers. 

You get a bright, citrusy opening with a little bit of tartness that comes from the pair nuance which adds to the fruitiness and freshness. In the heart of the composition, you get a more floral-rose aroma with an aquatic effect and traces of fruitiness from the top. 

I would say that Delina La Rosée is a pretty “active” scent; it develops in different directions over time and reaches the nicest tops of each phase. It is a romantic, sensual and flirty fragrance that could be your perfect choice for summer-evening dates. 

Delina La Rosée by Parfums de Marly short summary:

  • Floraly, fruity and fresh scent
  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: 8+ hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1-2 hours
  • Projection in distance: around 2-3 feet
  • Sillage: moderate
  • Price: fair

12. Louis Vuitton On The Beach

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I perceive Louis Vuitton’s newest release called On The Beach to be a brand’s attempt to target the younger population with the citrusy-aromatic scent and I can say that the majority of people fell in love with it. 

The interesting fact is that On The Beach fragrance wasn’t inspired by tropical, exotic, warm Mexico or Philippines beaches; the inspiration came from the West Coast, which is why it doesn’t smell like a typical, coconut, citrusy scent. 

The first nuance that meets you with the first spray is unique, lemony yuzu that controls the compositions for 10 minutes before it gets accompanied by neroli that adds onto that citrus top that yuzu created. The dry-down is rather sandy and aromatic in woody and cool way. 

The fragrance also gets slightly spicy at some moments but remains fresh and relaxing; it reminds me of long, slightly colder beach walks.

On The Beach by Louis Vuitton short summary:

  • Citrusy, aromatic, fresh scent
  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: around 6-7 hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: around 2 feet
  • Sillage: moderate
  • Price: slightly overpriced

13. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell

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Victoria’s Secret bestseller called Bombshell is an extremely feminine, girly, and fruity scent with distinct, tropical aftereffects. 

Bombshell is one of those fragrances that makes you want to quit your job, travel to Miami, buy a cocktail and just relax on the sunny, exotic beach. One important note to you ladies is that men tend to adore this scent, whether it’s because of the brand name or not, it has been approved. 

Bombshell is more of a fruity bomb combination of several notes including pineapple, grapefruit, and passionfruit. Even though the heart of the fragrance is floral, the scent remains utterly fruity-sweet with traces of citrus and a woody backbone. 

Bombshell is fresh, juicy, delicious, and sexy, it doesn’t have a complex composition but can get you lovely and flirty compliments.

Bombshell by Victoria’s Secret short summary:

  • Fruity, sweet, fresh scent
  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity in average: around 6 hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: around 2 feet
  • Sillage: moderate.
  • Price: good value.

14. Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia

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Unless you live under a rock, there is no real chance that you haven’t come across this iconic fragrance by the famous house Giorgio Armani.

Acqua di Gioia came out in 2010, after 15 years of the well-known men’s fragrance Acqua di Gio, and won many hearts all over the globe. Years later, you can still detect it while walking down the streets on many passengers that have a great nose for perfection. 

Because of its origin, this fragrance always evokes some nostalgia within me; reminds me of my high school years and some very happy moments, and Acqua di Gioia really has that power of bringing back some good memories. 

This sensual perfume opens with the Amalfi lemon and the mint nuance but it is not mint-heavy, it is more like a side note that leaves space for other scents to do their magic. 

Acqua di Gioia is a classy, elegant scent, with a prominent aromatic aroma; it gets slightly sweet because of the jasmine in the mid and also has a fresh-spicy effect because of the pink pepper.

Its woody base notes complement the citrusy opening nicely, adding to the greenness and zesty feeling. 

Acqua di Gioia short summary:

  • Citrus, aromatic, green scent
  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: around 6 hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1-2 hour
  • Projection in distance: around 2-3 feet
  • Sillage: moderate.
  • Price: fair

Interested to know more about this incredible perfume? Read our Acqua Di Gioia full review in 2022!

15. Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt 

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Even though Wood Sage & Sea Salt is a very intimate scent that lacks great performance, there are simply some days that we want to smell gorgeous only for ourselves or our significant one. 

It’s an inoffensive, lovely, uplifting perfume with simple but stunning composition and can be a great choice for a work environment or a special movie night with your date. 

The initial sprays give off the grapefruit relish but the welcoming citrus quickly fades away and brings forward the herbaceous note of sage with saltiness flavoring. It is a very clean, aromatic, marine-type of scent, crowd-pleasing, and relaxing runaway from chaotic liquids. 

What I also love about Wood Sage & Sea Salt is its ability to be very easily layered and combined with other, charming scents.

Wood Sage & Sea Salt short summary:

  • Marine, salty scent
  • Concentration: eau de cologne
  • Longevity on average: around 4 hours
  • Projection longevity: half an hour – 1 hour
  • Projection in distance: around 1 feet
  • Sillage: intimate.
  • Price: fair.

16. Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense 

One more equally beautiful fragrance that cannot go unnoticed is the Light Blue Eau Intense, which came out as the flanker of the well-known Light Blue and to some level, I can surely say it is an improved, higher-quality version of the original liquid. 

Since I know that many of you ladies are huge fans of Light Blue, I wanted to remind you to try out this sharper, crispy, and new, timeless replacement that won many hearts. 

In the opening of Light Blue Eau Intense, you get a citrusy lemon and the crispiness from the granny smith apple and that fresh mixture stays present throughout the whole. When the initial blast tones down, you get a dominant, overload of muskiness but with aromatic marigold and amber wood, they create a pleasant, sexy and charming scent.

It’s important to emphasize that the intense version surely gets you better longevity, wider projection, and stronger silage, which is also a huge factor when you are debating whether to go with an iconic, original scent or try out a new, future queen of Blue edition.

Light Blue Eau Intense by Dolce&Gabbana short summary:

  • Musky, citrusy scent
  • Concentration: eau de parfum (EDP)
  • Longevity on average: around 8+ hours
  • Projection longevity: 2+ hours
  • Projection in distance: around 2-3 feet
  • Sillage: strong.
  • Price: fair.

17. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca

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Many Aqua Allegoria fragrances have been released since 1999, and while several of them were discontinued, Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca remained at the top of its game, so it must be doing something right. 

It’s a high-quality fragrance that you get for a very good value and it would definitely be on my list of “best bangs for the bucks”. 

As the name suggests, Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca is heavily green with a focus on the cool, authentic, invigorating mint nuance. As it dries down, green tea continues the green overload with the help of the clover note. 

Within the first 10 minutes, you will be able to detect the citrusy effect of the lemon but the overall scent is very natural, fresh, and aromatic. I would say that even after all these years, it still holds that distinctive experience that makes us go back to it.

Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca by Guerlain short summary:

  • Mint, green, aromatic scent
  • Concentration: eau de toilette (EDT)
  • Longevity in average: up to 5 hours
  • Projection longevity: around 1-2 hours
  • Projection in distance: around 2 feet
  • Sillage: moderate.
  • Price: fair.

How To Choose The Best Summer Fragrance For You (Her)

If you have no experience with fragrances then all you should do is go and discover new scents and find what you like.

On the other hand, if you already have some experience, first and foremost it’s important what you like and what you don’t like. There are some compromising notes like jasmine and musk which can be presented in million different forms, but when it comes to unique notes such as oud and rose it’s really important that you know what you like and what you don’t like.

Once you figure that out, you can start exploring this list or do the research on your own. Things to pay attention to:

  • Avoid warm spicy scents as they don’t work well with high temperatures
  • Know what longevity and performance you need your fragrance to have
  • Know your budget
  • Figure out where do you want to wear it / for which occasion do you want it

Once you combine all this data, your choice will come down to 3-5 fragrances.

Bear in mind that it’s impossible to make up the formula for choosing the best summer fragrance for you. The reason for this is that we are different every year — our senses change just like we do. So test, test, test!

If you have the opportunity, avoid buying online and buy at the physical store/perfumery because that gives you the ability to test the fragrance before buying it. If you’re, however, buying something you haven’t tried before and buying it online, make sure to get it in a small bottle, so if it turns out to be a mistake, you don’t spend too much on it.

Conclusion

As this list of best summer fragrances for women is updated every year in spring, this, 2022, was the first official year after the pandemic, so we’re expecting many new releases. As they come out, we will test them out and include them in this review if we find them worthy!

Some articles you might want to check out as they can help you with choosing the best summer fragrance:

Have you tried any of the fragrances and perfumes from this list? What are your thoughts on it? Do you think we should include some fragrance or perfume here? Let’s talk in the comments!