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The Best New Spring And Summer 2021 Fragrances

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After a year spent homebound in sweatpants, the start of a new season has never felt so symbolic. Spring, just before summer arrives, is always a time of renewal and that’s especially true this year. It’s not like you ever need an excuse to add to your fragrance collection, but as we’re all getting a fresh start, a new scent to compliment that is the perfect way to celebrate the return to (the new) normal. Whether you prefer something bold and beautiful, dainty and delicious, or a scent that’s as unique as you are, there’s something for everyone with the best new spring and summer 2021 fragrances. Start spritzing and you’ll see what we mean.

Acqua di Parma Bergamotto di Calabria La Spugnatura Eau de Toilette

The latest version to join the Blu Mediterraneo family, this limited-edition scent pays homage to the traditional bergamot essential oil extraction method employed by Italian Bergamot farmers, called sponging. It’s hard to say which is more captivating—the bottle or the juice that’s a burst of freshness. Each bottle is dipped into a striking blue glaze and baked for eight hours to seal in the hue, then adorned with a graphic inspired by the fruit. As for the fragrance, the top note of bergamot is rounded out with bitter orange, mandarin, grapefruit; middle notes of gablbanum and geranium; and a cedarwood and vetiver base. $240, bloomingdales.com

Maison Margiela Paris Replica Matcha Meditation

Perfectly named, Matcha Meditation truly is the merging of green tea and a Zen state. Incredibly calming, the diaphanous and delicate scent is light and fresh. The breezy floral fragrance honors a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, which connects the body, mind and soul in the present moment. A whiff of the unisex fragrance will bring you to inner peace, courtesy of the matcha accord made from benzoin absolute notes, combined with bergamot essence and orange blossom absolute. $135, nordstrom.com 

CHANEL Les Eaux de CHANEL Paris-Edimbourg

Envision taking a stroll through the Scottish countryside in a Chanel tweed jacket and you have the latest Les Eaux de CHANEL, a play on crispness and warmth. Deliciously androgynous, it looks to the hills of Scotland with notes of juniper berry, cypress and peaty wood, combined with a dash of lavender, cedar, vetiver, vanilla and musk. It’s a touch wild in all the right ways. $130, chanel.com

Ellis Brooklyn BEE Eau de Parfum

Like a warm hug for your nose, you won’t be able to stop sniffing after you spritz yourself with this sweet and cozy scent. Honey mingles with dark rum, vanilla bean, sandalwood and cocoa absolute for the ultimate sweet and spicy blend. $105, sephora.com 

BYREDO Mixed Emotions

It’s only fitting that a scent designed during the pandemic is named Mixed Emotions. Capturing the highs and lows of that turbulent moment in time, it’s a study in contrasts, with comforting mate juxtaposed with sweet cassis, and Ceylon black tea countered with violet leaves. Meanwhile, birch woods and papyrus provide the base. $190, byredo.com

Maison Christian Dior Paris Eden-Roc

If you want to smell like the French Riviera, simply spritz on this latest La Collection Privée Christian Dior fragrance that was inspired by the iconic Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc. To celebrate the hotel’s 151’s anniversary, the fragrance was created by South of France native, Dior Perfumer-Creator Francois Demachy. The woody floral captures its Mediterranean magic, like a breeze rolling off the white rocks—it’s a bit salty yet sweet thanks to jasmine and coconut, completed with woody pine. The best fragrances transport you to a different place and time and this escape in a bottle certainly does just that. $350, dior.com

Clive Christian Matsukita

Beloved by British royals and aristocrats dating back to the Victorian age in the 1800s, Clive Christian has always had quite the fan club. The newest addition to its Crown Collection, Matsukita, is a modern makeover of a perfume that was inspired by a legendary Japanese princess who impressed the Victorian royal court with her elegance. Perfect for spring, the intricate, genderless scent pays homage to Japanese and British culture with 252 ingredients with a 25% concentration of perfume oil. Light, bright and joyous, it features green bergamot, mate tea and a woody base with fir balsam absolute. $450, clivechristian.com

Pamella Roland Eau de Parfum

Pamella Roland’s first fragrance was certainly worth the wait. The lavender bottle, adorned with a flower, perfectly encompasses the juice inside. It’s fruity, floral and woody, making it modern and sophisticated all at once. The heart is all about an array of roses—specifically Provence and Persian roses—with top notes of sparkling bergamot, blackcurrant buds and pink peppercorn, and a base of green moss, velvet and amber woods, and tonka bean. $165, pamellaroland.com

Oscar de la Renta Alibi

Alibi is the first fragrance released by Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim since they became the co-Creative Directors at Oscar de la Renta. Inspired by the Alibi handbag, it’s meant to symbolize the evolution of the Oscar de la Renta woman and the duality of her modern femininity. The floral features top notes of mandarin, juicy accord and ginger blossom; a heart of aquatic accord, vanilla accord and heliotrope; and a base of musk, praline and amberwood. $105, oscardelarenta.com

MCM Eau de Parfum

How cute is this bottle that mimics the signature backpacks by the German luxury fashion house? Meant to capture the brand’s DNA of travel, the floral woody fragrance combines top notes of raspberry and apricot with a middle of white peony, jasmine absolute and violet leaf, and a base of white moss, vanilla and sandalwood. $80, mcmworldwide.com

Mugler Angel Nova Eau de Parfum

Nearly 30 years after the original Mugler Angel was launched, the gourmand fragrance is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest version, Angel Nova, is a fruity, floral and woody perfume that adds notes of raspberry and lychee to give the OG version a fruity makeover. The floral heart spotlights damask rose, patchouli and benzoin. $130, muglerusa.com

Ralph Lauren Romance Parfum

The latest version of the now classic Ralph Lauren scent still has all of the romance, now with a modern twist. The signature scent has been updated with rose damascene, blackcurrant and patchouli, making it warmer and more sensual. $104, ulta.com

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte Eau de Parfum

Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian envisioned this scent as a breeze along where the sea meets the sky, making the blue bottle a fitting physical manifestation. The perfect salty ocean breeze is brought to life with bergamot from Calabria, black currant, jasmine and mimosa. $225, neimanmarcus.com

Tom Ford Soleil Brulant Eau de Parfum

Sexy sunshine in a bottle is the best way to sum up the latest Tom Ford Private Blend fragrance. Shiny in every way, the floral oriental scent encapsulates sun-kissed florals with spicy pink peppercorn, coffee Arabica and tonka bean, a floral heart of jasmine sambac, tuberose and orange flower absolutes, and resins, woods, and black honey nectar. $350, tomford.com

D.S. & Durga St. Vetyver

You know the sensation of a salty Caribbean breeze gently rocking you into a nap on your hammock? Just imagine it—you can practically smell a rum cocktail by your side, with the sugar cane in the distance. Well, that’s what St. Vetyver, the latest from D.S. & Durga, captures in a bottle. Don’t let the name fool you—it has a lot more going on than just vetiver. There’s top notes of sour orange, pink pepper and sea grass, with heart notes of cane, clove leaf and toquilla straw, with a base of breadnut, rhum agricole and, of course, vetiver. Panama hat not included. $175, dsanddurga.com

Diptyque Orphéon Eau de Parfum

As part of Diptyque’s 60th birthday celebration, Orphéon pays tribute to the bar adjoining the first Diptyque boutique, where the founders grew their friendship. Since there is no one left who knows what that bar smells like, it was reimagined in this eau de parfum that will bring you back to 1960s Paris, with tobacco, cedar, vetiver and patchouli. $188, diptyqueparis.com

Louis Vuitton On the Beach

Master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud reinterprets a day spent at the beach, and all the emotions that go with it, in this super bright, summery perfume. Yuzu, a rare citrus fruit from Japan, takes center stage, spreading its warmth and freshness, rounded out with neroli, thyme, rosemary, pink pepper, cloves and cypress. $265, louisvuitton.com

ALTAIA Atacama Eau de Parfum

Take a trip to Atacama, the highest desert on the planet, standing just beyond the northwest border of Argentina. The expanse of salt and sands changes color with the seasons. Allegedly the driest place on earth, where rain is scarce, this eau de parfum captures what a few drops of rain can do, turning the ground pink with flowers. That metaphor for love is captured with notes of salt grains, freesia, jasmine, clary sage, tonka bean and cashmere wood. The fragrance smells like the desert when it’s heavy with rain, just before the first drops fall. $210, beautyfrontier.com

Molton Brown Lily & Magnolia Blossom Eau de Parfum

Springtime in a bottle, this scent is all about the sun beaming down in a beautiful garden. Sure to lift your mood, it’s a classic, elegant take on a floral perfume. Notes of pear add a crisp, refreshing touch to the creamy combo of magnolia, lily of the valley and sandalwood. $160, moltonbrown.com

Ermenegildo Zegna Essenze Javanese Patchouli Eau de Parfum

Patchouli is one of those notes that can be interpreted a million different ways. Ermenegildo Zegna puts their spin on the timeless ingredient by adding Zegna’s exclusive Italian bergamot, spicy pink pepper and basil leaf to create a blend that is rich and deep, just like Java, where the patchouli is sourced. $250, bloomingdales.com

Carolina Herrera Bad Boy Le Parfum

The latest iteration of the original Bad Boy scent reflects all the complexities of the modern man—it’s strong yet sensitive, powerful yet compassionate, heroic yet vulnerable. The woody scent expresses the contemporary rebel with top notes of grapefruit and hemp, a middle of black pepper and geranium, and a base of leather and vetiver. Best of all, to celebrate the launch, Carolina Herrera fragrance is making a donation to Victor Cruz Foundation’s Summer Stem program, a nonprofit youth organization that provides educational and financial literacy programs. $108, macys.com

Kayali Sweet Diamond Pink Pepper

A study in juxtapositions, this juice is sweet but spicy, glam yet rebellious. Mona Kattan, sister of Huda Kattan, is the President & Global Fragrance Connoisseur of Kayali and Huda Beauty, and says this scent is her personality in fragrance form. It took 25 modifications to get the woody floral just right, perfecting the balance of between pink pepper, saffron, Bulgarian rose, lily, sandalwood, amber and sparkling bergamot. $100, sephora.com

 Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa 40

On sweaty summer days, sometimes perfume can seem too heavy. That’s when you’ll want to spritz on this hair and body fragrance mist. It can be applied anywhere—including your clothes—for a longer lasting effect. The gourmand scent gives off warm nights in Brazil vibes, with its sweet and sultry notes. It blends black amber plum, créme de cassis, vanilla woods, jasmine blooms and a touch of musk. $19, sephora.com

Oui Juicy Couture Splash Eau de Parfum Spray

Undeniably a warm-weather scent, this perfume is all about making a splash in every way possible. Fun and flirty, it evokes sparkling blue water, whether you’re lounging poolside or by the beach. Summery and playful, it mixes top notes of lemon sorbet, pineapple and crisp apple with a middle of magnolia, jasmine absolute and orange flower, with a base of ambrox, cedarwood and white moss. $85, ulta.com

Bath & Body Works Sunshine Mimosa Eau de Parfum

If you could smell color, this one would be orange—bright, bold and cheerful. (That might explain the bottle.) With a mimosa serving as its muse, the champagne and citrus notes really pop, just like a bottle of bubbly. $39.50, bathandbodyworks.com

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