It is said that scent is the strongest tie to memory, and for sure no one wants to spritz bad 2020 memories on their décolletage every morning. In the spirit of the restart and rebirth after the year of the pandemic, it’s time to revamp one’s signature scent.

Perfume companies have started the process of delivering new fragrances that will color the new memories of this new summer. What do you want your 2021 summer to smell like? Fresh citrus? A hint of some florals? Or perhaps a dark and intriguing wood-based scent? Those notes (and more) are featured in the fragrances listed below.

So ring in the upcoming summer with some spritzes in your inner wrist and neck. What’s the point of wearing the same boring, blah scent everyday when there’s a whole world of new perfumes out there that are only waiting for you to buy them? These are the must-try summer 2021 fragrances!

Bulgari Dolce Estasi Eau de Parfum

Bulgari’s new collection of fragrances, Allegra, is innovative as it is totally customizable. You can start with a base scent and enrich it and layer it with one of the brand’s super-concentrated “magnifying” scents to make it fully personal. You’ll be the only one to wear your very own perfume on the beach this summer!

Idôle Eau de Parfum

Lancome’s Idole offers a burst of fresh florals— rose and jasmine, in particular—which makes for a fully feminine, but never overpowering, dreamy scent. It is so unbelievably fresh, feminine, and clean! This is how one would imagine the prettiest girl in the world smelling. It is the perfect fragrance to go from day to night.

Orphéon Eau de Parfum

In an ode to a long-gone Parisian bar, Orphéon, this creation from the brand Diptyque tries to capture its essence. With different notes of tonka beans, cedar wood and juniper berries, it’s possible to transport yourself to Paris with just a whiff. It’s a beautiful, softly woody, powdery scent that’s freshened by the juniper but not even remotely citrusy. It’s a unisex perfume, designed to be genderless.

Byredo Bal d’Afrique Eau de Parfum

This blend has seemingly endless depth, featuring notes of vetiver, wood, marigold, bergamot, and lemon. A sumptuous, elegant choice that has been cited as a love letter to Africa from its perfumer creator. While a fresh, salty sea breeze with fruity notes blows around the nose, there is also a warm tropical wind that brings the sweet scent of fruits and flowers. It feels like a sun-kissed, carefree day. It’s dense yet light-wearing, utterly unique yet almost universally likeable.

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I Want Choo Eau de Parfum

The name of this fragrance makes one smile, as it’s pronounced the same way as “I want you”.. which means it’s already doing half its job. This scent mixes florals, peach, and vanilla for the classic summertime fragrance. Experience a sense of desirability, confidence, and glamour with this Jimmy Choo fragrance for women. It is a sparkling floral oriental fragrance infused with velvet peach and vanilla that gives way to a floral inflection of jasmine and red spider lily. The I Want Choo woman is a decision maker with a feel-good spirit who is here to have fun.

Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy Extreme Eau de Parfum

This new perfume is practically made for people who love sweet scents, thanks to the bright combination of orange blossom and rose. It is a Amber Vanilla fragrance for women, an addictive pleasure that sensitive souls are asked to abstain from. The scent is sweet-floral. Projection and longevity are above-average.

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Eau de Parfum

This fragrance goes far beyond appearances. Luscious and soft with notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and Moroccan jasmine, this elegant fragrance is deep-bodied and sensual. It is a pleasant and clean scent. Tolerable and somewhat basic, but perfect for all types of occasions. It’s pretty yet also sensual, very feminine and addictive. Cashmere Mist is neither too floral, too powdery, too vanillary or too creamy. It’s a nicely balanced blend with a warm background of amber and musk.

African Rooibos

This perfume is perfect for fans of intense and warm fragrances. It has calming notes of bergamot and rooibos (as stated in the name itself), balanced by woody cedarwood and spicy black pepper. This scent is perfect for a hot summer date night. It’s a scent with effortless charisma that feels like being comfortable in your skin.

Ex Nihilo Fleur Narcotique Eau de Parfum

This luxurious and fruity perfume is like summer in a bottle. Featuring unique traces of lychee, peony, orange blossom and peach, with a little musk mixed in for good measure, this is like a well-made cocktail. The heart notes blend perfectly with the base notes after a fairly short time leaving you with the most fantastic floral/fruit fragrance throughout, giving you an interpretation of the new Rive Droite’s woman, sophisticated and seductive.