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 favorite clean smelling perfumes (that smell like soap) 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, fresh perfumes that won't overpower, but will still offer a vibe.
Derek Lam 10 Crosby Rain Day Eau de Parfum
One of the most stylish and chic streets in New York, Crosby Street is known for its unique aesthetic. Derek Lam wanted to evoke 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.
Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning
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, in a clean smelling perfume.
You won't underestimate the power of a breath of fresh air after getting a whiff of this crisp scent.—it's one of the best light smelling perfumes on our list. 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
Although cloudy days are known to take over the East Coast come winter, 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
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.
Acqua di Parma Yuzu Eau de Parfum
The hero ingredient in this impressively light fragrance from Acqua di Parma is yuzu, which supplies a bittersweet savor that melts into the brand’s iconic citrus notes effortlessly. It's the perfect blend of acidity, softness, and woodiness, and it deserves a spot in your seasonal fragrance rotation.
Malin+Goetz Stem Eau de Parfum
Okay, listen up if you're the owner of a green thumb. Malin+Goetz captured the essence of a garden to a tee—from the aroma of freshly cut stems thanks to green hyacinth to the memories of leaves digging into soil à la notes of mandarin leaves. It's so natural smelling that you'll forget you're even wearing it.
L'Artisan Parfumeur Au Bord de Leau Eau de Cologne
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.
Byredo Blanche Collector's Edition
Everything you know and love about your bare body slipping into a bed of crisp, newly-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 Eau de Toilette
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 Eau de Parfum
Lake & Skye's cult classic scent, 11 11, is inspired by numerology and the practice of kundalini yoga, designed to 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 of the crisp, ethereal vibe.
Le Labo Bergamote 22
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.
Celui Signature Fragrance
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—one 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 Eau de Parfum Spray
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—ribbon and all.
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua
We'd do anything to be on a boat right now, overlooking the sea, breaking 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 their signature Neroli perfume, and offers notes of citrus and amber to whisk us to the Italian Rivera.
Henry Rose Jake's House Eau de Parfum
Never overpowering but still very much present is the vibe of this clean scent dreamed up by founder of Henry Rose, Michelle Pfeiffer. Watery freshness meets a musky finish that'll make you want to take a dip in a pool of fresh water. What's more, all of Henry Rose's products are rooted in 100% transparency of ingredients.
Hope Original Eau de Parfum Purse Spray
Packaged in a convenient bottle that's perfect for on-the-go affairs, this Hope fragrance will uplift your mood at first spray. This white floral scent is made with a unique mix of white flowers, gardenia, Lily-of-the-Valley, jasmine and tuberose.
Mixture Relaxation Eau de Parfum
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
Bare skin, salty waters, and an ocean breeze is 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 de Toilette
With blows of French lavender essence and Moroccan orange blossom comes YSL's Libre de Toilette, a lighter, fresher alternative to the brand's signature Eau de Parfum.
Kate Spade New York Walk On Air
This pick from Kate Spade will make you exude confidence, and as its name implies, make you feel like you're walking on air. Lily of the valley fuses with magnolia and crinum lily for a scent that just plain works all year round.
Philosophy Grace Pure Grace Eau de Toilette
Philosophy's Pure Grace is what modern simplicity 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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