The Best Fresh Perfumes

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The Best Fresh Perfumes
Avoid spicy, musky scents, as they are deep and often overpowering. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

With hundreds of different perfumes on the market, it can be difficult to find the fragrance that's best for you. And with the hefty price tag that accompanies high-quality, brand-name perfumes, taking a wild guess at which fragrances will combine most pleasantly with your natural pheromones simply isn't economical. Fresh fragrances work well with most women, and clean, bright, subtle scents are among the lightest on the scent scale.

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Clean-Scented Perfumes

Trendy cosmetic companies sell perfumes inspired by the scent of clean, fresh laundry. Inspired by freshly laundered linens and that squeaky-clean, just-out-of-the-shower feeling, these perfume blends feature delicate soap notes to produce a pure, clean scent. Perfumes such as Randi Shinder's Clean are made with pure, high-quality ingredients that are as lightweight and airy as the scent they create. Demeter's fresh Laundromat cologne spray is another clean-smelling, budget-friendly option.

Fresh Fruit Fragrances

Few things smell as crisp and clean as freshly cut fruit. For light, fresh scents, choose perfumes that feature bright top notes of lemon, grapefruit, orange or other citrus fruits, and middle notes of peach, plum and apple. These fragrances are fresh and uplifting, without producing too rich or strong scents. DKNY's Be Delicious parfum emits a fresh, clean apple scent, while Marc Jacobs' Grapefruit parfum offers a bright, fresh-cut grapefruit scent. Acidic citrus fragrances also blend well with clean, soapy scents, so they won't compete with your shower gel, shampoo or deodorant.

Herbal Fragrance Notes

Herbs such as oregano and thyme are known for their deep, rich and savoury aromas. Other herbs, however, have a light, gentle scent, making them excellent middle and bottom notes in fresh perfumes. Lavender produces a soft, flowery, yet fresh and clean scent thought to induce relaxation and reduce stress. Perfumes that feature notes of lavender and lemon, like Potter and Moore's Lavender and Italian Lemon, are fresh and subtle, but also clean and warm. Notes of jasmine, on the other hand, are thought to increase alertness, making for a bright, fresh scent. Perfumes with bottom notes of rosemary, such as ZAJA Natural's Rosemary Spearmint solid perfume, add a touch of clean, pine scent to fresh, minty perfume blends.

Fresh Floral Notes

Rich, floral scents are among the most popular perfume fragrances, but as anyone who's ever walked into a flower shop knows, a strong smell of flowers can be overpowering. When choosing a fresh, floral perfume scent, stick with formulas that highlight a single floral note -- fresh lilies or cherry blossoms, for example -- with other, subtle clean scents like plum, jasmine or sandalwood. Coach's Splash Perfumes in Peony, Iris and Freesia scents are among the single floral perfume blends of this type. Avoid sharp floral blends containing more than three floral notes, as they are often crisper and richer in nature, making for stronger perfumes.

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