Fragrance is an extremely personal preference, which is why choosing the right one for you can be more difficult than choosing a new lipstick or eye shadow shade. But, it’s not just the huge variety of options that make fragrance shopping so tricky. There’s actually a high percentage of people who simply don’t react well to intense scents. Overpowering fragrances can have the tendency to induce headaches or nausea, making some people forgo spritzing on a scent altogether. So, we rounded up our favorite, lightly scented perfumes that even the biggest perfume haters will enjoy.
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Goop Edition 02 ($165)
Categorized as the scent of “cool air, pale sun and new life unfurling on the forest floor,” this half-fresh-half-earthy fragrance smells more like an unexpected spring herb garden than the typical spring bouquet. Shiso leaf, the namesake ingredient, adds a slight spiciness that gives it a head-turning quality absent from most green fragrances. Plus, if you hate perfume because it reminds you of that inescapable department beauty floor smell, this is as far away from that scent as you can get.
Victoria’s Secret is known for its refreshing and ultimately addicting fragrances, but none feel as free and energizing as the brand’s latest launch. This fragrance is essentially sunshine in a bottle, with notes of exotic petals and invigorating grapefruit taking precedent. However, don’t be fooled by the bright bottle, the scent is far from overwhelming and offers a lighter touch of aroma instead.
Bulgari Splendida Iris d’Or ($146)
The brand describes this fragrance as having “green, crunch, acidic headnotes,” making it feel like “gold emerging from light,” when worn. If that description alone doesn’t sell you on this perfume, the gemstone-like bottle certainly will.
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