5 Prettiest Summer Scents You’ve Never Heard Of


I used to be a signature scent kind of girl, and part of me still longs for that one fragrance that screams me, but in a subtle way, you know? Basically eau de moi. The problem is I haven’t quite found eau de moi, and also, I’m easily bored, so I have become something of a serial monogamist when it comes to scent. I stick with one for a little while, and then switch when something more intriguing comes along. But I really go crazy experimenting with scent in the summertime, when all I want is something light and happy that doesn’t feel like a huge commitment. On the most sweltering days, a scented body oil or an essential oil roller are sometimes all I need, but when I want to add something extra, I go for a fragrance that is brisk and refreshing and easy to wear. These are a few of my favorite, under-the-radar summer scents!

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri


Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri, $105, Sephora

This scent will always remind me of our honeymoon in St. Barth’s. It’s the perfect vacation scent. Light and refreshing yet still chic and complex, and I get compliments every time I wear it. $105, Sephora

Fresh Sugar Lemon Eau de Parfum

Fresh Sugar Lemon eau de parfum, $90, Sephora

Okay, you may have heard of this one, but I still had to mention it. I briefly worked at the Fresh boutique in Boston as the brand was just taking off, and I immediately fell in love with the company’s modern scents and gorgeous designs. The entire Sugar line is a favorite of mine, but I can’t get enough of the ridiculously refreshing and joyful scent of Sugar Lemon.

Demeter Cucumber

Demeter Cologne Spray, $17, DemeterFragrance.com

Demeter Cologne Spray, $17, DemeterFragrance.com


I know it may sound strange to say that I love cucumbers, but I do. (My current substitute for my Coca Cola addiction is a dry cucumber soda,) I adore the fresh, green scent, so I was bummed when Caswell Massey Cucumber Body Splash was discontinued. Fortunately, Demeter saved the day with this invigorating scent.

Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume


Juliette has a Gun Not a Perfume, $100, Sephora

Juliette has a Gun Not a Perfume, $100, Sephora

This hipster favorite has a uniquely simple scent that is a little bit addictive, and it’s a great choice for women who are allergic or sensitive to perfume!

Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit

Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit, $48, Lavanila.com

Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit, $48, Lavanila.com

No roundup of summer scents would be complete without a little grapefruit, which is one of my favorite smells ever. I love that this line uses natural ingredients, and I’m also a fan of their chic, effective deodorants. And of course I adore the pretty, sparkling scent—like summer in a bottle!


Has any of these scents found its way into your medicine cabinet? I’d love to hear about your favorite summertime fragrances!

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