10 Scents Under P2,000 to Keep You Smelling Fresh All Summer

Light yet affordable fragrances to wear on your next trip.

ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Summer means holidays spent in exotic locations and a good deal of partying for many, and part of every traveler’s ritual is planning and packing for much-anticipated trips. Aside from the swimwear and cover-ups you’re excited to wear, you also need a skincare arsenal that you can use while on vacation. Sunblock, facial moisturizer, and body lotion are essential, but be sure to make room for a fragrance that will keep you smelling fresh as you hop from one island to another.

You wouldn’t want a scent that’s too heavy, especially when the weather gets warm. Here are a few list of refreshing fragrances that you won't feel about using just for beach season.

Berdoues 1902 Cologne (P746.25)

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This collection of French-made colognes by Berdoues offers over a dozen variants to choose from, but if we were to single out the freshest smelling ones, we’d put our money on Gingembre Vert (which has ginger, menthol, and nutmeg notes) and Naturelle (with orange and neroli notes).

Available at Rustan's, Beauty Bar and The SM Store.

Jeanne En Provence Verveine Cedrat Eau de Parfum (P1,100)

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Truly invigorating to the senses, this citrusy fragrance from Jeanne En Provence is the pick-me-up you need to kick off your summer holiday. The main ingredients of this French perfume are lemon and verbena, which are both harvested in the Mediterranean region during the summer.

Available at The SM Store.

The Body Shop Fijian Water Lotus Fragrance Mist (P995)

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 As its name suggests, this scent from The Body Shop is made from Fijian lotus flowers. It’s a sea breeze in a bottle basically, topped with light floral notes. It’s a mild and natural aquatic-floral fragrance that can give you that after-shower feeling, and makes you think of an island girl who just stepped out of the water with a fresh bouquet of flowers.

Available at The Body Shop.

Christine Lhuillier Parfumerie White Cotton (P380)

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Wear this fragrance, step into a crowd, and make heads turn—literally. People are going to wonder who just stepped out of the shower and into a set of freshly laundered clothes, smelling powdery-fresh. This Christine Lhuillier perfume is also available in eau de cologne (P130) which you can keep in your bag in case you need to refresh later in the day.

Available online.

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Regatta Seascape (P395)

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Regatta Seascape Woman smells of fresh berries mixed with floral essences, and minimal traces of a wood and musk base. It is a light and refreshing fragrance that you can wear every day, on any occasion. You can spray this versatile fruity-floral scent before a quick brunch, a shopping expedition at an exotic flea market, or a romantic dinner by the shore. For the guys, there’s Regatta Seascape Man, which combines citrus and aquatic notes into a crisp, clean, and masculine scent.

Available at Regatta.

Body Fantasies Coconut Fantasy (P449)

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With a coconut base and a blend of pineapple, starfruit, and orchid dominating this fragrance, a few spritzes of Body Fantasies Coconut Fantasy can easily conjure up images of some faraway tropical paradise. It’s a mild yet memorable scent that’s light enough for you to spray at any time of the day, even when you’re perfecting your tan under the sun.

Available at Zalora.

Leyende Beach Bomb (P450)

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A cologne that combines vetiver, aloe vera, and coconut notes with a hint of ylang-ylang fragrance, Leyende Beach Bomb is something you’d wear on impromptu surfing trips. A whiff of this unisex tropical fragrance should be enough to trigger fantasies of sunbathing on the beach and sipping piña colada on a remote island. Moreover, it has an organic sugarcane alcohol base that’s safe for sensitive skin—perfect for environment-loving nature junkies.

Available at Beauty MNL.

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Bath & Body Works Endless Weekend Fine Fragrance Mist (P649)

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A sweet blend of raspberry, lychee sorbet, magnolia, and vanilla sandalwood, this warm and relaxing fragrance from Bath & Body Works lives up to the promise its name makes. It’s perfect for road trips, for sure, but its appeal extends beyond the weekend and makes for an invigorating everyday scent, especially when you use the eau de parfum or fragrance mist with the body cream, body lotion, and shower cream varieties.

Available at Lazada.

Marks & Spencer Island Escape (P1,650)

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With bergamot and pear top notes and a musky base, this one from Marks & Spencer comes off as sweet and a bit heavy the first few seconds after you put it on. Eventually, the scent becomes lighter with rose notes and sea salt dominating the mixture. It’s a fragrance you’d love to wear while dancing on the beach, partying the night away. There’s a pocket-sized version (P895) that you can hide in your purse in case you need a little touch-up.

Available at Marks & Spencer.

United Colors of Benetton United Dreams Love Yourself (P1,465)

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This ultra-feminine scent from United Colors of Benetton has a sandalwood and musk base but once you spray it, it’s the floral-fruity mix of raspberry, rose, and freesia that stays with you. It’s eau de toilette—spray it on your pulse points and you probably won’t have to spray again until it’s time to go home from the party or from work. The scent is never overwhelming, even if it lingers. For guys, there’s United Dreams Be Strong—a scent that refreshes with lime, mandarin, and ginger notes on top of a cedar base.

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Available at The SM Store.

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