These 22 Fresh, Clean Perfumes Will Bring You Calm Throughout the Day

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Taking steps to curate a relaxing, renewing space is one of the best mood-boosters—think of how great it feels when you let the morning sunlight stream in, climb into bed with soft, clean sheets, or pull on your favorite white T-shirt. But if life is too busy to keep the vibes as peaceful as you'd like or you just want to make it a multi-sensory experience, a fresh, clean perfume is your shortcut to simple bliss. Studies show that fragrance has the power to affect your mood, reduce stress, and relax your muscles, which we see as compelling evidence that picking up a new mood-boosting scent that reminds you of fresh breezes or rainy Sunday mornings is an effective form of self-care. Ahead, see 22 fresh, clean scents that are so simple and calming, you may just want to bathe in them.

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day Eau de Parfum
Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day $120.00

One of the chicest streets in New York, Crosby Street is famous for a fresh individuality that Derek Lam wanted to evoke in his Rain Day perfume. The feeling of peaceful rainfall is reimagined in this calm blend of vetiver and citrusy neroli. Allow the scent's "fresh aquatics" to transport you into the deepest downpour.

Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning

Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning fragrance
Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning $160.00

We can't help but love the beauty of a Sunday spent laying in bed and catching up on rest before the work week begins. In order to relish in that short-lived joy all week long, spritz on these notes of lily, patchouli, iris, and white musk. This fresh, clean perfume captures the feeling of calm accomplishment that overtakes you upon taking a pile of warm laundry out of the dryer.

La Boticá Soho

La Botica Soho Eau de Parfum bottle
La Boticá Soho $165.00

Another tribute to the refreshing energy of downtown New York City, La Boticá's Soho mixes timeless vanilla with playful peach blossom and violet flower for an effortlessly chic vibe. It's the perfect option for those who want a fresh scent with a little extra personality.

You get to decide what a fresh scent means to you, whether that's clean linen, calming rainwater, or awakening notes like coffee and citrus. Some blends even embrace a combination of these and more, so you can find your perfect mix.

Jo Malone London Orange Blossom

Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Cologne
Jo Malone London Orange Blossom $155.00

Even when cloudy days have taken over your world, this bottle will transport you to the first day of spring with top notes of clementine flower and orange blossom. The fresh scent dries down to a woody fragrance of orriswood, which only adds to the light sophistication.

Diptyque Fleur de Peau

Diptyque Fleur de Peau
Diptyque Fleur de Peau $205.00

A cult-classic candle choice of the fashion elite, Diptyque also offers an array of fine fragrances. Our top choice is the Fleur de Peau eau de parfum, which the brand describes as "cottony and light" as well as "soft and moist." Contemporary notes of musk, iris, ambrette, and pink peppercorns create a multidimensional, sweet, and woody scent that's anything but your typical floral.

Savoir Faire Ascension

Savoir Faire Ascension
Savoir Faire Ascension $135.00

Love the smell after it rains and/or want a fresh, clean perfume with a hint of sensuality? Savoir Faire's Ascension blends refreshing notes like papyrus, sandalwood, and bergamot with rich Japanese cedar, pear musk, and black pepper for a vibe that feels like the cozy evening that happens once you've gotten through all that laundry and self-care we've been romanticizing.

Malin+Goetz Stem

Malin + Goetz Stem Eau de Parfum
Malin+Goetz Stem $95.00

Listen up if you're a plant lover with a green thumb: Malin+Goetz has beautifully captured the essence of a garden with this fresh, clean perfume. From the aroma of freshly cut stems thanks to green hyacinth to the memories of leaves digging into soil from mandarin leaves, this fragrance smells so natural that you'll forget you're even wearing it.

World of Chris Collins Long Kiss Goodnight

World of Chris Collins Long Kiss Goodnight Eau de Parfum
World of Chris Collins Long Kiss Goodnight $175.00

If nothing relaxes and refreshes you in the morning like the smell of fresh coffee, this one's for you. This fragrance blends the aforementioned note with rose, pink peony, and passionfruit for a familiar yet refreshing blend that can go from Saturday night to Sunday morning, no shame necessary.

Byredo Blanche

Byredo Blanche Eau de Parfum
Byredo Blanche $200.00

Everything you know and love about your bare body slipping into a bed of crisp, freshly laundered sheets is in this scent from Byredo. It evokes the smell of clean skin and fresh detergent through notes of soft rose, sandalwood, musk, and aldehyde.

Korres Cashmere Kumquat

Korres Cashmere Kumquat Eau de Toilette
Korres Cashmere Kumquat $54.00

If you could bottle up the feeling of cashmere on bare skin, it would be this pick from Korres. A combination of sweet kumquat, uplifting orange blossom, soft vanilla, and cashmere heightens the appeal of this warm and inviting fragrance.

Lake & Skye 11 11

Lake & Skye 11 11 Eau de Parfum
Lake & Skye 11 11 $98.00

Lake & Skye's cult classic scent, 11 11, is inspired by numerology and the practice of kundalini yoga—both of which help with mindfulness, which can elevate your everyday beauty routine. Think of 11 11 Eau de Parfum as a lighter, airier version of the original 11 11, with musky notes of white ambers to top off the crisp, ethereal vibe.

Le Labo Bergamote 22

Le Labo Bergamote 22
Le Labo Bergamote 22 $220.00

Envision a scent that's sweet, spicy, and everything nice—this one perfectly fits the bill. A garden-fresh mix of amber, musk, and vetiver creates a one-of-a-kind aroma that's hard to describe. Bergamote 22 is the lighter version of the beloved Sental 33 that helped launch Le Labo into the fragrance world.

Celui The One

Celui The One
Celui The One $220.00

The worlds of travel, adventure, and nature collide in this fresh, almost-woody fragrance. It's an intoxicating blend of jasmine, gardenia, and orange blossom that's hard to resist. We love that it works just as well as a base as it does layered with other scents—it's that good.

Chloé Love Story

Chloe Love Story Eau de Parfum
Chloé Love Story $123.00

Chloé is a great place to look for fresh, clean perfumes, as the entire lineup feels exciting and invigorating. The brand's scent Love Story is an intoxicating blend of fruity florals like jasmine and neroli, which signify new beginnings. We can't help but love the fresh take on the signature bottle as well—ribbon and all.

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua perfume
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua $147.00

We'd do anything to be on a boat right now, overlooking the sea as it breaks in the brisk, refreshing air. For now, though, we'll find joy in Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino Acqua. Ford himself says that the fragrance is a lighter version of the brand's signature Neroli perfume, offering notes of citrus and amber to whisk us to the Italian Riviera.

Henry Rose Jake's House

Henry Rose Jake's House Eau de Parfum
Henry Rose Jake's House Eau de Parfum $120.00

Actress and Henry Rose founder Michelle Pfeiffer dreamed up the vibe of this fresh, clean scent, which is never overpowering but still very much present. Watery freshness meets a musky finish that'll make you want to take a dip. What's more, all of Henry Rose's products have 100% ingredient transparency, so you can understand exactly what you're getting.

Hope Original Eau de Parfum

Hope Original Eau de Parfum purse spray
Hope Original Eau de Parfum $75.00

Packaged in a convenient bottle that's perfect for on-the-go affairs, this Hope fragrance will uplift your mood at first spray. This fresh floral scent features a unique mix of white flowers, gardenia, lily of the valley, jasmine, and tuberose.

Mixture Relaxation

Mixture Relaxation Eau de Parfum
Mixture Relaxation $33.00

Craving some R&R? Mixture's Relaxation Eau de Parfum will get the job done—no spa pass needed. With notes of peppermint, lavender, spearmint, and eucalyptus, this is the perfect crisp scent to clear your mind and ease your senses.

Veronique Gabai Sur la Plage

Veronique Gabai Sur la Plage
Veronique Gabai Sur la Plage $260.00

Bare skin, salty waters, and an ocean breeze are what Veronique Gabai set out to create with Sur la Plage, a medley of fresh, sensual notes of orange blossom, magnolia, jasmine, pink pepper, and cedarwood. It's a refined scent that doesn't read too serious.

YSL Libre

YSL Libre Eau de Toilette
YSL Libre $139.00

With blows of French lavender essence and Moroccan orange blossom comes YSL's Libre Eau de Toilette, a lighter, fresher alternative to the brand's signature eau de parfum.

Brown Girl Jane Lamu

Brown Girl Jane Lamu
Brown Girl Jane Lamu $62.00

This fresh, clean perfume transports you to the beaches of Lamu, Kenya with notes of bergamot, Italian lemon, coconut water, and driftwood. Coastal sage provides a cleansing vibe as you use the invigorating scent to bring vacation to the everyday.

Philosophy Pure Grace

Philosophy Pure Grace
Philosophy Pure Grace $58.00

The modern simplicity of Philosophy's Pure Grace is what dreams are made of. The soap-and-water scent is enhanced with notes of water lily, leafy greens, and musk for an end product that's out-of-the-shower good.

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