7 Spring Perfumes for People Who Hate Perfume

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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GUESS—1981 Eau De Toilette ($62)

This easy-to-love scent might not seem like your typical, lightly fragranced perfume, but it’s surprisingly airy. With fruity florals mixed amid a gentle, cedar wood finish, the fragrance makes an impact once applied while still smelling mild. 

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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.  


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Clean Fragrance Lovegrass ($69)

Just as the name implies, this fragrance emits a fresh, crisp scent that’ll bring up memories of bright, spring days. With top notes of lemon blossom and clementine, you’ll feel garden-fresh and revitalized with every spritz. 

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Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Summer ($68)

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.

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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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Chloé Love Story Eau Sensuelle Eau de Parfum ($105)

Sweet orange blossom, passion flower and cedarwood make this sensual fragrance the perfect warm-weather perfume. It’s delicate with a lively finish, making the natural scent a bit more zesty than the others.

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Sisley-Paris Izia Eau de Parfum ($150)

We know, the scent of roses can be a major hit or miss with people. Even though this perfume boasts a rose garden aroma, the floral scent is softened by a woody base and musk, giving it a light, airy sense.


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