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The best summer fragrances for women

Summer is finally here! If you’re looking for the perfect fragrance, what are the best summer scents for women? The hot season, whether experienced in the UK or abroad, calls for a more subtle fragrance on the skin. The scent that is too strong or laden with heavy fragrance notes may not settle gracefully on the skin and is likely to be off-putting for both you and those around you.

The best summer fragrances for women

Popular fragrance notes for summer include the fresh and invigorating scents of orange blossom, mandarin, and grapefruit, complemented by jasmine, peony, and tuberose floral notes. For a touch of tropical allure, coconut and the crisp aroma of apple are also favourites during the warmer months.”

The best summer fragrances for women

All of the aforementioned fragrance notes evoke a sense of ‘summer’ and ‘delicate scents.’ Given the heat during this season, we tend to opt for lighter clothing, making it sensible to also choose a lighter fragrance.

When it comes to perfumes and fragrances, there are numerous options available for those seeking a lighter scent.”

Body sprays for a lighter option

Body sprays, as we have previously discussed, work very well when it’s hot. They instantly cool the skin down with their delicate mist. I have reached for my FM No. 20 body mist over the past few weeks when we have seen temperatures reach as high as 32 degrees.

It felt far too hot to wear perfume, especially as our brand contains 20% pure perfume oil for a longer-lasting fragrance. EDT is a great option too, as these will give off just as good a fragrance but without as much longevity.

Some women don’t feel fully dressed without a spritz of their favourite scent, so having other options is of great benefit. If you’re a lover of fragrances, then you will already know just how many there are to choose from.


It can be very overwhelming, especially if you usually purchase your favourite bottle from perfume department stores. An overlay of scents while trying on several brands can give you headaches and put you off from making any purchases.

Having the option to try before we buy is something we appreciate, especially when we’re looking for something new and different from our usual scent.


Samples are available to try

You can try samples before purchasing from FM World. Check out our shop here. The perfect scents to choose are those with base notes of summer fragrances. You don’t want to pick one that smells like summer with its initial spray and then develops heavy notes as the day progresses.

Opting for perfumes and scents with delicate base notes allows the fragrance to stay subtle and soft throughout the day without becoming overpowering for you or anyone who walks past.

Now, let’s explore some popular fragrance scents that are suitable for hotter weather.


The best summer fragrances for women

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1. Crystal Noir- Versace

Versace launched this fragrance in 2004, with many saying that it is the perfect scent for strolls along the beach.

Sitting nicely in the floral family of scents, Versace has created the perfect perfume to complement summer with some of its delicate notes, including coconut, orange blossom, and musk. We automatically feel a summer vibe whenever we smell coconut.

The best summer fragrances for women
Versace -Crystal Noir

2. Coco Mademoiselle-Chanel

Chanel creates some of the best fragrances available online and in stores today.

From the iconic Chanel No. 5 to this little gem.

With a mixture of exotic summer scents in this gorgeous fragrance, we find ourselves instantly transported to beautiful seaside coasts, quaint tavernas, and evening strolls with a beautiful blend of summer scents.

Already sitting in the fruit and floral fragrance family, you’ll get an instant whiff of fruits, vanilla, white floral, and citrus notes. Have you tried FM World’s body spray No. 20, which shares similar fragrance notes? Take a look here.

The best summer fragrances for women
Coco Mademoiselle-Chanel

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3. Daisy-Marc Jacobs

Another popular scent that I find suitable all year round and features the most delightful bottle design is Daisy. This perfume was launched in 2007 and has remained popular ever since.

You do get a sense of fruit and summer with its combination of strawberry, jasmine, vanilla, musk, and ruby red grapefruit notes. Pop those notes into a bowl, and they would make the perfect fruit salad, I’m sure!

It is a perfume that instantly gives off a feminine and romantic vibe, suitable for confident wear throughout the year. The wonderful bottle design fits in perfectly with a summer holiday and is a real head-turner.

The best summer fragrances for women
Daisy- Marc Jacobs

4. La Vie Est Belle-Lancôme

There won’t be many women who haven’t heard of this beautiful scent, with the ever-so-beautiful Julia Roberts fronting the fragrance since its release in 2012.

The TV advert graces our screens every Christmas, making this scent and its distinctive bottle truly memorable.

A wonderful combination of fragrance notes that no one can resist.

Black currant, pear, orange blossom, vanilla, patchouli, and tonka bean notes contribute to the huge popularity of this delightful perfume.

Based on the concept of natural beauty and charm, the classy and elegant bottle design further enhances its appeal.

The best summer fragrances for women
La Vie Est belle- Lancôme

5. Flower bomb -Victor & Rolf

Another beautiful scent suitable for summer is the wonderful Flower Bomb. Launched in 2005, this distinguished bottle and scent can be found on many women’s dressing tables. Popular fragrance notes of jasmine, rose, musk, vanilla, and patchouli give this scent a real feel for summer and warmer weather.

As soon as the top notes hit your nose, there is an instant whiff of sweetness, and the vanilla scent pops through alongside the musk and rose. Pretty summer dresses and a glass of bubbly set the perfect mood with a touch of this spray on the skin.

The best summer fragrances for women
Flowerbomb-Victor & Rolf

6. Good Girl Gone Bad- Killian

With an instant smell of rose and amber, this popular fragrance is the perfect fit for a summer holiday. It boosts fruits and a touch of spice to give a real sense of the summer holiday season.

Another scent launched in 2012, Killian has created a fruity and floral gem. As the top notes dissipate, there is a wonderful scent of freshness and memories of beach waves.

A popular scent for many women with its feminine and elegant notes. One to try.

With an instant smell of rose and amber, this popular fragrance is the perfect fit for a summer holiday. It boosts fruits and a touch of spice to give a real sense of the summer holiday season.

The best summer fragrances for women
Good Girl Gone Bad- Killian

7. Cool Water Woman-Davidoff

If you love the smell of fresh air, a summer breeze, and the saltiness of the waves crashing over your toes, then Davidoff has created the perfect scent to transport you to your next destination abroad.

This bottle exudes freshness with hints of lemons, citrus vibes, and fruit, providing a wonderful scent of nature and beauty.

Created in 2018, it’s perhaps one of those perfumes that have gone unnoticed in the past, and there may be many women who have yet to try it.

Once the initial top notes have settled down, you are left with a familiar scent reminiscent of the male version of Cool Water. I was a fan of the male scent as it wasn’t heavy, had a masculine approach, and kept its scent delicate and clean.

The best summer fragrances for women
Cool Water Women-Davidoff

8. Orange Blossom-Jo Malone

This 2003 scent is suitable for both men and women, despite its placement in the floral family. With its light fragrance, it’s appropriate for any occasion, striking a perfect balance that makes it a gender-neutral scent.

Fragrance notes of mandarin, jasmine, rose, lily, and neroli give this perfume an instant burst of freshly squeezed clementine oranges.

A real sense of summer pops through, and after the orange notes have subsided, there is a hint of lemon mixed with flowers to maintain the summer feel. It exudes a scent of romance and dusky nights, perfect for sitting by the water and watching the sunset.

The best summer fragrances for women
Orange Blossom-Jo Malone

9. J’adore -Dior

If you’re looking for a perfume that instantly smells like the fresh fruit you’ve just bought from the supermarket, Dior’s fragrance is packed with summer fruits.

Launched in 1999, J’adore boasts fragrance notes of melon, pear, peach, mandarin, orange, bergamot, vanilla, blackberry, plum, and violet. Perhaps it might be too sweet for some due to the combination of fruits in one bottle, but it’s worth a try. French for “I love,” this perfume has Charlize Theron advertising its beauty since its launch.

The best summer fragrances for women

10. So Scandal!-Jean Paul Gaultier

This perfume features a wonderfully designed bottle with a slender pair of women’s legs showing on the perfume cap as if she has fallen into this beautiful scent. It exudes a sense of sexuality, femininity, and a touch of mystery.

Sitting in the floral/fruity fragrance family, Jean Paul Gaultier has created a scent packed with white flowers, tuberose, orange blossom, and jasmine.

Captivating the female world with its addictive scent and the kind of bottle you would want to show off on your bedside cabinet to your partner.

Launched in 2020, this is the latest fragrance from our collection of summer scents—a perfect addition to take with you on your dream holiday.

The best summer fragrances for women
So Scandal-Jean Paul Gaultier

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  • Michel Maling

    I never thought to change scents with the changing of the season, but you are right, one definitely doesn’t need something too heavy in the winter. I love the suggestions you have there and think coconut might make an interesting choice.

    However I don’t buy expensive perfume like Chanel, as I can think of better things to spend my money on, so I tend to go for the cheaper brands, even though they are not nearly as nice.

    • Louise Allen

      There is so much option with regards to fragrances nowadays and it’s great that we have a choice of what suits the different seasons. 

      Some really are too heavy to wear for the summer. Yes coconut will certainly make us feel in the holiday mood as that is often the scent you find in suntan lotion.

      I agree with you that designer perfumes are expensive and like yourself, there are so many others that are often looking for a more affordable alternative.

      At FM WORLD, our fragrances contain very similar notes to that of the designers and therefore smell very similar to the likes of Chanel, Paco Rabanne, Dior etc.

      Please feel free to take a look at our online shop.

      You can add your favourite fragrance notes in the search bar and it will bring up those fragrances that contain those scents. You can also get in touch and ask for our fragrance list to help you choose.

      Many thanks for reading,


  • pasindu dimanka

    Thank you very much for this detailed best summer fragrances for women post. My girlfriend really likes these things. Her birthday is coming up next week. I was looking for another gift to give her. I think this will be given to her. She loves the smell of flowers. I think Flower Bomb will be good. Keep posting like this.

    • Louise Allen

      Hi Pasindu,

      Flower Bomb is a lovely sweet fragrance and will suit your girlfriend perfectly as she likes floral scents.

      If you are looking for an alternative to the designer scents and a more affordable option, FM World have an inspired fragrance that has similar notes to Flower Bomb called FM no. 20. You can take a look here

      We also do a pheromone and Intense version.

      All the best,


  • Apes

    Thank you for creating a beautiful blog with insightful descriptions about the fragrances. I often struggle trying to find a scent that I would like, especially if I’m purchasing them online and the way that you have explained them all has really sent me in the right direction of what I’m looking for!

    • Louise Allen

      Thank you for your kind comment. 

      It can be hard to find the right scent as there are so many available these days to choose form. 

      Purchasing samples is a great way of trying a scent before you buy too. There are some gorgeous fragrances available and we really are spoilt for choice.

      Good luck in finding the perfect scent and I’m pleased to have been of some help.

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