There's often a notion that once the seasons change, you need to change all of your belongings along with them. And while it may be a dramatic idea in the grand scheme of things, it rings especially true for the world of beauty — and even more so when it comes to fragrance, specifically. When warmer days inch closer, it feels right to swap out the heavy, woody, musky scents of winter for something lighter and fresher — a scent that brings to life the feeling of sweaty, sun-kissed skin and open air.
Thankfully, for those who prefer their woody, spicy scents all year 'round, some of this year's best new fragrances lean into those notes, joining some unexpected and refreshing twists on the fruity and floral options expected come summertime. What's more, you'll find that the majority of the 10 best new fragrances for summer 2020 ahead are really just the best new fragrances of the year, full stop — scents you'll pull out season after season, long after summer has made its pass.
From indie favorites to luxe classics, click through for the very best new fragrances and perfumes for the warmer days ahead.
Fresh, spicy, and completely unique, this "functional" fragrance was designed using research that looks at the connection between cognitive function sense of smell to offer anti-stress properties. With notes of green cardamom, iris, palo santo, and cilantro, this uni-sex fragrance will calm and soothe.
Maison Margiela does it again — it managed to bottle up yet another scent that smells exactly as its named. Springtime in a Park evokes the best parts of easy spring days, with subtle fruity and floral notes, carried by woody musk and vanilla.
Fragrance "enhancers" might seem unnecessary, but this option from D.S. & Durga certainly holds its own. With subtle notes of orange and crystalline flower, Crystal Pistil adds a sweet floral boost to whatever scent you choose to layer underneath it. Opt to wear it solo, and you'll get the same kick mixed with your own personal scent.
This limited edition fragrance joins the Gucci Guilty family with a fresh and full fruity scent featuring top notes of bergamot, grapefruit, watery accord, and Narcissus accord, along with floral notes of violet and jasmine. A base of musks, patchouli, and mineral amber wrap up the scent with just the right amount of sophistication.
Dubbed Milk, indie favorite DedCool finally released the secret ingredient consistent throughout its entire selection — bottled up into its own standalone scent. The soft, musky scent is fresh and hazy with notes of amber, bergamot, and white musk. Technically, this is another layering and enhancing fragrance, but Milk certainly makes the case for going solo. Either way, compliments will ensue.
Sure, every fragrance is gender-neutral. But with CK Everyone, Calvin Klein marks a major moment for the brand whose iconic fragrances have always been gendered. The citrusy, vegan fragrance — created by master perfumer, Alberto Morillas — is light and fresh without feeling too young, featuring a top note of organic orange, and a base of cedarwood.
Marc Jacob's Daisy fragrance is easily one of the most iconic smells of the last decade. In its honor, the brand released the Daisy Daze Collection, full of various limited edition twists on the original. For Daisy Love Daze, the classic is remixed with notes of apricot, mandarin, and musks.
Created by long-time perfumer Mathilde Laurent, this scent, full of floral and green notes, is as close to being in a sunny valley of fresh flowers as one can be on a whim. If you're typically not a fan of floral scents, this mature, clean take from Cartier might just be the fragrance that changes your mind.
The perfect balance of fruity and floral without feeling junior or overbearing, this fragrance — formulated by master perfurmer Francis Kurkdjian — brings to life two roses from different origins. Damascena rose oil gives it the spicy, fruity notes of peach and lychee, while the centifolia rose offers rosy floral base notes.