9 Perfumes That'll Upgrade Your Scent Game

by Eliza Florendo

Like music, scents can take us back to a specific period of time, or even a place, making a signature scent so important to each person. With a new season rolling in, it's time to consider some perfumes for summer, after the long and cold winter and temperamental spring left us in a state of confusion.

Much like my wardrobe, my perfumes are seasonal, too. In the winter, I wear a heavier, deeper scent that matches the rest of my look — sweaters, hats, and lots of layers. Often, I actually go for a lighter cologne with hints of vanilla and tobacco, a scent that feels super warm and cozy. But with spring her and summer rolling around, I'm always craving something lighter, sweeter, and with more upbeat notes. After all, if you change your wardrobe, your shoes, and your haircut, why wouldn't you change your scent?

The power of a perfume or cologne is unparalleled. My sister even told me that she associates one scent with being hungover and as a result, had to throw it away. OK, so that's a grim example, but whenever I smell Daisy by Marc Jacobs, I'm instantly brought back to the summer of 2013, when I first interned in New York City. It reminds me of one of my favorite time periods, and for that, I cherish it. But it also makes me realize that a new chapter means a new scent.

In honor of the warm weather that's upon us, consider these perfumes that will definitely give you summer feels all-season-long.

1. Chloé Roses

Chloé Roses de Chloé, $95,

Light and delicate, this perfume is super subtle, but still gives notes of bergamot and pretty roses. With some musk in there, it's a floral scent, without smelling too flowery.

2. Elizabeth and James Nirvana White

Elizabeth and James Nirvana, $60,

Peony, muguet, and musk marry, making a super feminine scent, with an air of darkness.

3. Maison Louis Marie Antidris Cassis Perfume

Maison Louis Marie Antidris Cassis Perfume, $57,

Aside from the gorgeous packaging, this light, fruity perfume also has a hint of musk. Overall, a super fresh scent that works for both work and weekend.

4. Tom Ford Champaca Absolute

Tom Ford Champaca Absolute, $220,

This perfume will remind you of the beach, no doubt. Sandalwood, nectar, and wine all come together in this intoxicating scent.

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5. Commes de Garçons Series: PLAY Green

Comme des Garçons Series: PLAY Green, $110,

Mint, lime, and jasmine. Need I say more?

6. Oribe Côte d'Azur Eau de Parfum

Oribe Côte d'Azur Eau de Parfum, $95,

It's an award winner, y'all! This perfume has a heavier feel to it, while still feeling playful and glamorous. In other words, perfection. This is my favorite perfume that I own.

7. Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint

Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint, $125,

Can you think of a better combo?

8. Le Labo Santal 33

Le Labo Santal 33, $260,

Americana, Americana, Americana.

9. Diptyque L'Eau de Tarocco

Diptyque L'Eau de Tarocco, $98,

Sweet orange, rose, cinnamon, and saffron come together to give this super unique scent.

New season, new you, right? Kick off this gorgeous weather with trying a new scent, and watch and see which memories you associate it with.

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