11 Perfumes That Smell Like a Clean White T-Shirt

Updated 09/12/19

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There's nothing dreamier than feeling fresh and renewed when you wake up each morning. Things like sunshine, soft sheets, or your favorite freshly-laundered white tee tend to induce such emotions. It sounds lovely in theory, but more often than not we haven't done laundry in weeks, our alarm sounds like death, and we're late for work before we open our eyes. Luckily, there is a fragrance for that. Studies show that fragrance has the power to affect your mood, reduce stress, and relax your muscles. So, it's time to drench yourself in these gentle, mood-boosting scents that'll remind you of sweet Sunday mornings, fresh breeze included.

To take you there, we rounded up our favorites down below. Think cool rain, warm air, clean sheets, and fresh tees. You're going to want to bathe in this stuff once you read their scent profiles. 

Keep scrolling for some clean, feel-good fragrances that won't overpower, but will still offer a vibe.

Rain Day Eau De Parfum
Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day Eau de Parfum $85
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One of the most stylish and chic streets in New York, Crosby Street is known for its unique aesthetic. Derek Liam wanted to envoke such individuality in his Rainy Day eau de parfum. The peaceful mood associated with rain is reimagined in this calm blend of vetiver and citrusy neroli. "Fresh aquatics" is how the brand describes the scent, so allow it to transport you into the deepest downpour.

Replica Lazy Sunday Morning
Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning $126
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We cannot 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 the short-lived joy of a sweet Sunday morning, spritz on these notes of lily, patchouli, iris, and white musk. You know the validating feeling of accomplishment that overtakes you when you touch a pile of fresh, warm laundry? This is it.

Life(TM) 3.3 oz/ 100 mL Eau de Parfum Spray
Fresh Life $50
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You won't underestimate the power of a breath of fresh air after getting a whiff of this crisp scent. Fresh's co-founder Liv Glazman created this fragrance as an ode to the beauty of an early morning rise. Memories of morning dew or even sunny beach days will surface with notes of grapefruit, lilac leaves, magnolia, amber, warm orange, and cucumber. Life is sensual, unique, and perfect for someone just starting out with fragrance.

Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Cologne
Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Cologne $140
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Although cloudy days have been overtaking the East Coast, this little bottle will transport you to the first day of spring with top notes of clementine flower and orange blossom. The scent dries down to a woody fragrance of orriswood, but that doesn't take away from the light sophistication of this Jo Malone fragrance.

Diptyque Fleur De Peau Eau De Parfum
Diptyque Fleur de Peau Eau de Parfum $175
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A cult-classic candle choice of the fashion elite, Diptyque also offers an array of fragrances. Our top choice is the brand's Fleur de Peau eau de parfum. "Cottony and light" along with "soft and moist" is how the brand describes these contemporary notes of musk, iris, ambrette, and pink peppercorns. The multidimensional sweet and woody notes make this anything but your typical floral scent.

AU BORD DE L'EAU
L'Artisan Parfumeur Au Bord de Leau Eau de Cologne $150
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A powdery blend of bergamot and crisp citrus lemon make up this scent. Inspired by a fresh body of water, this light and airy perfume smells like the shore, but better. 

Elevator Music
Off White x Byredo Elevator Music $285
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Never overpowering but still very much present is the vibe of this scent dreamed up by Off-White's Virgil Abloh and Byredo's Ben Gorham. A combination of bamboo, violet, ambrette, jasmine petals, and burned woods heightens the appeal of this warm and inviting fragrance.

Bergamote 22
Le Labo Bergamote 22 $189
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Envision a scent that's sweet, spicy, and everything nice? It's this. 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.

L'ILE AU THÉ
Goutal Paris L'ILE AU THÉ $100
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Reminiscent of a soothing breeze right next to the sea or skipping through a field of mandarin trees, this scent is inspired by Jeju, a volcanic island located on the coast of South Korea. Other notes like tea absolute and white musk make up this alcohol-free iteration of the fragrance.

Love Story 1.7 oz/ 75 mL Eau de Parfum Spray
Chloé Love Story Eau de Parfum Spray $105
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Chloé parfums always envoke something fresh, exciting, invigorating, and new. Their scent Love Story is an intoxicating blend of fruity florals like jasmine and neroli, which signify new beginnings. We cannot help but love the fresh take on their classic bottle as well.

Neroli Portofino Acqua
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua $128
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I'd do anything to be on a boat right now, overlooking the sea, breaking in the brisk, refreshing air. For now, I'll find joy in Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino Acqua. Ford himself says that the fragrance is a lighter version of their signature Neroli perfume, and offers notes of citrus and amber to whisk us to the Italian Rivera.

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