I Hate Smelling Like Everybody Else, But I Swear By These 19 Fresh Perfumes

I need to live my perfume truth and get something off of my chest: I hate smelling like other people. Believe me, I know how ridiculous that sounds. First of all, when someone asks me what fragrance I’m wearing, I am of course undeniably flattered, but that feeling soon evolves into sheer annoyance. With every ask after my perfume, the less of a secret it becomes. And the more popular a perfume gets, the less I want to wear it. 

You see, for me, perfume is so much more than just a daily spritz to lift my spirits; it is memories, emotion and a core part of my identity. So when I smell someone else wearing the same perfume as mine or see someone frivolously dousing themselves in one of my go-to scents, I feel as though I’m losing a little part of myself. It might sound dramatic, but it’s real, even though I wish it weren’t. I have passed on one too many much-loved perfumes in my time simply because I can’t learn to share.


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And this has been exceptionally hard for me, as the fact of the matter is I like universally crowd-pleasing, fresh smells. Sure, there is a place in my collection for deep, heady scents, but day to day, I find myself reaching for light, fresh smells that evoke joy and happiness with just a single spray.


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As a result of my snobbery and selfishness, my job (which involves recommending beauty products to the masses and sharing my daily favourites) has become increasingly more difficult when the topic of fragrance arises. I have made it my mission to create a perfume wardrobe full of unique scents, and sharing them with the rest of the world seems counterintuitive. However, I know that I am far from alone in my want for unique scents, and I have spent many years hunting high and low for bright and breezy perfumes that stand out from the crowd.

So because I am kind and I’m trying to work on overcoming my stunted attitude toward perfume, I think it’s only right I share my findings. Keep scrolling for the best fresh perfumes around, ideal for those that like something a little different.

1. Diptyque Philosykos Eau De Parfum

2. Jo Malone London Orange Peel Cologne

3. Valmont Palazzo Nobile Fizzy Mint 

4. Estee Lauder Rose De Grasse Pour Filles

5. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte Eau De Parfum

6. Aesop Eidesis

7. Penhaligon's The Inimitable William Penhaligon

8. Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline EDT

9. Zara Amalfi Coast

10. Maison Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning Eau De Toilette 

11. Chanel Chance Eau Fraîche EDT

12. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau De Parfum

13. Jo Loves Cobalt Patchouli & Cedar Fragrance

14. Miller Harris Lumière Dorée

15. Ex Nihilo Exalt Perfumed Hair Mist

16. Juliette Has a Gun Pear Inc. Eau De Parfum

17.Byredo Mojave Ghost 

This floral-sweet scent with a combination of woodiness and ambrette is a middle passage scent for those of us that prefer our florals with a bit of a bite. There are also notes of powdery violet and crisp amber and with a sandalwood finish for balance. A lesser-known scent from the cool girl brand, spritz this for the ultimate 'spring in the city' vibe. 

18.Mugler Alien Goddess

Flirty, feminine and oh-so-sweet are probably the last words you would associate with both Mugler (and a scent name with nods to the E.T). However, this is otherworldly as this scent leans on jasmine and vanilla along with Italian Bergamot to deliver a sensually scented spritz. *Adds to date night rotation*. 

19. Marc Jacobs Daisy Drops Eau So Fresh

With notes of grapefruit and pear, this is a fresh, uplifting take on the Marc Jacobs classic. What's more, these perfume capsules are perfect for topping up fragrance while on the go.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Freelance Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous. Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics. While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best. When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.