So you've already mastered clean hair and makeup, the look that seems to define the year (and possibly the decade). Why not take it a step further and find your perfect clean fragrance? We’re talking about perfumes and colognes that smell like soft cotton tees, freshly-laundered sheets, aromatic showers, and other palpable sensations that remind us of the word "clean."
From fragrances that take from nostalgia-inducing baby powder to those of a more sensual musk, we’ve found the best selection of clean-smelling perfumes on the market. Matched with your slicked-back bun and feathered eyebrows, these scents will truly transform you into that girl.
Here are 10 refreshingly clean perfumes that you have to try now:
1. Philosophy Pure Grace
Pure Grace captures that distinct fresh-out-of-the-shower feeling with a beautiful blend of musks and florals. Inspired by soap and water, the fragrance gets straight to the point with notes of lavender, bergamot, water lily, jasmine, and musk. It makes for a refreshingly light scent that’s the perfect complement to a clean white tee type of day.
Pure Grace (60 ml), P2,551, PHILOSOPHY, Sephora
2. Clean Warm Cotton
A brand that centers its philosophy on the concept of being “clean,” Clean Beauty Collective is the place to look for all scents fresh. Our current favorite? Warm Cotton, which has that signature newly-washed-sheets scent but with a warmer sensibility, as the name suggests. That’s thanks to the notes of musk, pepper, and incense that give the perfume a more sensual feel—perfect for days when you want a little more oomph.
Warm Cotton Eau de Parfum, price unavailable, CLEAN BEAUTY COLLECTIVE, Rustan's
3. Maison Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning
To us, sunday mornings mean staying in bed for an extra hour or two soaking in the comforter-cuddled bliss for as long as we can. Maison Margiela inspires this feeling through their Lazy Sunday Morning perfume, which sees notes of rose petals, white musk, and ambrette seeds that make for delicately floral scent with a calming smoothness. Although this scent was made to interact with your skin, you may be tempted to spray this on to your beddings, too.
Lazy Sunday Morning (100 ml), P8,150, MAISON MARGIELA, Rustan's
4. Diptyque Fleur de Peau
A brand beloved by fashion girls for their ubiquitous candles, Diptyque definitely knows a thing or two about creating a chic scent. Their Fleur de Peau fragrance, which translates to flower of skin, is a concoction of seductively powdery and musky scents woven with femininity by way of light florals. It's a perfect transitional fragrance that’s fresh enough for the daytime and musky enough for the night.
Fleur de Peau (50 ml), P5,698, DIPTYQUE, adora.ph
5. Estée Lauder Pure White Linen
If you’re partial to fragrances of a more feminine nature, look to Estée Lauder’s Pure White Linen. Said to be the younger sister of the beauty house’s iconic White Linen Perfume, this fragrance is lighter, fresher, and more upbeat. That’s thanks to the blend of fruity and floral scents in the concoction, with notes such as grapefruit, Italian mandarin, gardenia, and rose. It makes for the perfect fragrance to spritz on for summer soirees with your girls.
Pure White Linen (100 ml), P3,175, ESTÉE LAUDER, thesmstore.com
6. Jo Malone London Orange Blossom
There’s something about citrus scents that feel refreshingly summer-ready. Jo Malone’s delivers this sunny day sensibility with their Orange Blossom Cologne. Notes of citrine (from tangerine and orange blossom) instantly cut through at first spritz, and are blended down with floral undertones of lilac and water lily. On summer days that feel a little blah, let this cologne’s fruity-floral brightness give you that spring in your step.
Orange Blossom Cologne, P8,650 (100 ml), JO MALONE LONDON, Greenbelt 5
7. Chloé Love Story
With a bottle modeled after the padlocks on Paris’s Pont des Arts bridge, you know that Chloé’s Love Story brings in the romance. The fragrance expresses this through a blend of florals and fruits—notes of pear, neroli, bergamot, grapefruit, and lemon—making a scent that feels light, fresh, and undeniably feminine. If you find yourself wearing your favorite summer dress, spritz this on as the final touch.
Love Story (50 ml), P5,698, CHLOE, Rustan's
8. Malin + Goetz Stem Eau de Parfum
This Malin + Goetz fragrance takes from an unexpected side of flora—stems. Inspired by the scent of freshly-cut stems and crushed leaves, Stem calls itself an “(un)floral scent.” It holds notes of hyacinth, freesia, white cedar, and musk, giving a scent that’s heartwarmingly earthy yet delicately fresh. It makes for a great gender-neutral scent that you and your partner can douse yourselves in.
Malin + Goetz Stem (50 ml), P5,889, MALIN + GOETZ, Sephora
9. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Acqua
Tom Ford took to the coasts of the Italian riviera and bottled it up for Neroli Portofino Acqua. The fragrance sees a beautiful balance of citrus and seaside scents, being fruity like a flower garden and aquatic like the Mediterranean sea. We especially love the translucent blue bottle, which alone can make you feel transported to the sea. We’re definitely wearing this on days that we’re spending by the water or even when we’re just fantasizing that we are.
Neroli Portofino Acqua (50 ml), P12,600, TOM FORD, Rustan's
10. Narciso Rodriguez Poudrée
Don’t let the pretty peach bottle fool you. This fragrance by Narciso Rodriguez is devilishly sexy. Poudrée is a sexier approach to “clean,” with notes of fresh jasmine and orange blossom that blend with musky cedarwood and coumarine. The result is a scent that’s powder-fresh yet alluring and sensual—a fitting choice for a hot summer date.
Poudrée, P3,700 (30 ml); P7050 (90 ml), NARCISO RODRIGUEZ, Rustan's/Lazada
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