Spray-On Freshness: We Ranked 14 Clean Fragrances to Counteract Sweaty Summers

It's the perfect time of year to smell like, well, soap tbh.

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Description: “Zoologist Cow brings to mind a bucolic scene, a myriad of scents from Mother Nature’s nurturing bosom.”

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Description: “Zoologist Cow brings to mind a bucolic scene, a myriad of scents from Mother Nature’s nurturing bosom.”
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Emily: Sweet and sour at once, this funky, green apple push-pop of a fragrance is so cool—one-of-a-kind in a sea of vaguely soapy scents. Without its lily of the valley and violet counterparts, the milk notes might’ve been insufferable to this lactose intolerant nose. Instead, I found myself at peace with its greener pastures…and freshly milked heifers. Score: 8.5

Audra: I consider Zoologist’s Cow an abomination in a pretentious bottle, but because I am nothing if not a great sport, I wore it for an entire day and can attest to the following: It lasts. We’re talking “spray it on a jacket in April, still smell it by May”-type of longevity. Better yet, not one scent on this list garnered as much attention. Everywhere I went that day—the office, the gym, the train—someone asked me what I was wearing. On first whiff, all I could fixate on was actual milk. Then, as I let it rest on my skin, there was green apple, fresh linen, and black pepper. Anyone familiar with the brand is aware of its flair, but Cow is so singular that I simply have to respect it. Score: 7

Rich: This one is nearly perfect to me. There isn’t an aldehyde note, so instead of soapy soap, this is more like shampoo. An apple shampoo, to be precise. I also get a bit of black pepper, which isn’t listed, and this was formulated to be a lactonic fragrance (what better way to represent a cow?), so it’s milky on top of it all. I wish the performance were better, but I don’t mind reapplying this one all day, everyday. Lather, rinse, repeat, indeed. Score: 9

Average Score: 8.17/10

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