19 Perfumes That Smell Like Fresh Laundry (In the Best Way Possible)

I think we can all envision what it means to smell dirty, but what about smelling clean? It's a harder concept to grasp since there are so many different interpretations of what it means to smell clean. To me, cleanness is the smell of fresh laundry straight out of the dryer, an empty street just after a rainstorm, or a squeeze of bright, fresh citrus

I think the biggest thing about a clean scent, though, is that you know it when you smell it. I'm obsessed with fragrance, and I have plenty of scents I've labeled in my mind as "clean-smelling" that I rotate through my collection. The biggest similarity they have is that these scents always make me feel fresh and new—like a blank slate. I wear them when I want to feel like I'm giving myself a new start. Keep reading to find my favorite clean-smelling scents (some may even catch you by surprise). 

Best clean-smelling perfumes

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1. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Universalis Eau De Toilette

Key notes: Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, white bouquet, light, and musky woods.

Without a doubt, this is one of my all-time favorite fragrances. The first time I smelled it, I was so entranced by the scent that I requested my boyfriend start wearing it (and now he does). It smells like a freshly laundered linen shirt clinging to the skin in the summer. 

2. Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Eau De Toilette

Key notes: Aldehydes, pear, lily of the valley, iris, rose, orange flower, white musk, Indonesian patchouli, and ambrette seeds.

This fragrance really does encapsulate the feeling of a lazy Sunday. Picture yourself spending a day in bed lying in freshly washed sheets—that's what a spritz of this smells like. 

3. Clean Reserve Classic Warm Cotton

Key notes: Bergamot, peony, and amber.

Consider this the perfume equivalent of your favorite white T-shirt—appropriate for every ocassion.  

4. Korres Cashmere Kumquat Eau de Toilette

Key notes: Kumquat, mandarin, orange, orange blossom, jasmine, almond, cashmere, cedar, and vanilla.

This fragrance smells cashmere hung up to dry on a clothes-line in Greece. 

5. Byredo Blanche Eau de Parfum

Key notes: White rose, pink pepper, aldehyde, violet, neroli, peony, blonde woods, sandalwood, and musk.

What does the color white smell like? That's the question this scent answers. It's pure, refreshing, and simple without being boring. 

6. Ellis Brooklyn West Eau de Parfum

Key notes: Blood orange, water lily, and vetiver.

This scent reminds me of going for a run in my hometown at twilight in early spring. One of my neighbor's used to hang their clothes up to dry in their backyard, and the smell of flowers blooming entangled with fresh laundry is nothing short of intoxicating. 

7. The Harmonist Sacred Water Eau de Parfum

Key notes: Citron, mandarin, fresh ginger, magnolia, orange blossom, laminaria blossom, amyris, grey amber, and cedar.

Waves crashing against rocks on a brisk day—that's this fragrance in a nutshell. It's invigorating and fresh, like getting a spritz of saltwater across your face. 

8. Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia Di Capri Eau De Toilette

Key Fragrance Notes: Orange, mandarin, lemon, petitgrain, cardamom, caramel, and musk.

This scent is like smelling a citrusy breeze off of the coast in Capri. 

9. Boy Smells Flor De La Virgen Genderful Fine Fragrance

Key notes: Pomelo, saffron, lemon rind, fig leaf, ivy leaves, jasmine petals, olibanum, cistus, labdanum, clear musks, and ambrox.

This scent is bright and unexpected, with both feminine and masculine flairs. Pomelo gives this perfume a dash of vivid citrus. 

10. Skylar Salt Air Eau De Parfum

Key notes: driftwood, sea salt, and seaweed.

Imagine a placid stretch of sea at dawn. This scent is that: grounding, languid, and a breath of fresh air. 

11. Philosophy Pure Grace Eau De Toilette

Key notes: Water lily, leafy greens, and musk.

This perfume has a simple elegance to it. A spritz of this squeaky clean scent feels like stepping out of the shower. 

12. Demeter Linen

Key notes: Linen

Unlike most perfumes, Demeter is known for taking a singular scent note and turning it into a fragrance. This one doesn't disappoint—it smells like pure, fresh linen. 

13. Le Labo Baie 19 Eau De Parfum

Key notes: Juniper berry, green leaves, patchouli, and rain.

If someone were to ask you your favorite smell, would your answer immediately be rain? If so, then this perfume is perfect for you. It captures the smell of earth after a heavy rainstorm.

14. Maison Margiela Replica at the Barber's Eau De Toilette

Key notes: Aquatic accord, coriander, and red seaweed essence.

Is there a more classically clean smell than aftershave? This smells like you just left an upscale barbershop. Though it sounds like a more masculine scent, it smells incredible on everyone. 

15. Atelier Cologne Lemon Island Pure Perfume

Key notes: Lemon, jasmine, and vanilla.

For me, this is the ultimate Sunday morning scent. Wear it when you're in the mood to wear an oversize button-down and stroll your local farmers market. 

16. Chanel Chance Eau Fraîche Eau De Toilette Spray

Key notes: Citron, jasmine, and teakwood.

Citrus zest meets jasmine and wood for an alluring, unforgettable hit of freshness. 

17. The Nue Co. Forest Lungs Fragrance

Key notes: Vetiver, cedar, benzoin, pine, patchouli, and bergamot.

The only way to describe this scent is invigorating. It embodies the feeling of taking a cold shower to clear your head. That's exactly what it does, too—this unique blend of scents helps you de-stress. 

18. Maison Margiela Replica When the Rain Stops Eau De Toilette

Key notes: Aquatic accord, rose petal, and pine needle.

Another rain-inspired fragrance, Margiela's newest scent is infused with pine needle for an invigorating twist. 

19. Ouai Dean Street Eau De Parfum

Key notes: Mandarin, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, rose, magnolia, muguet, violet, amber, linden, blossom, and musk.

Smells like walking down a rainy street in London. 

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