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: “Inspired by the warm touch of a loving embrace. Hints of creamy vanilla and lotus blossom create the enticing scent of touchable bare skin. White musk and cashmere woods caress the skin with soft sensuality.”

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Description: “Inspired by the warm touch of a loving embrace. Hints of creamy vanilla and lotus blossom create the enticing scent of touchable bare skin. White musk and cashmere woods caress the skin with soft sensuality.”
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Emily: I must confess that my moderately high score for Clean is based solely on a blast of baby slut nostalgia. Characterizing this scent as tinted with “hints of creamy vanilla” is a ridiculous understatement: Wearing Clean is more akin to slathering pre-made Betty Crocker vanilla frosting all over your body. While overly cutesy, as a woman who recently entered her dreaded third decade, I fear that I enjoyed the allusion to my once-beloved Warm Vanilla Sugar mist by Bath & Body Works. I was over-doused in pheromones, obsessive yearning, and desperation in those middle-school years, and it’s fun (albeit, inappropriate) to call back to that time. Blaming my emotions for this one. Score: 6

Rich: You know when you were in grade school and you’d go on a field trip to a museum and buy a rolled-up copy of the constitution that was treated to look aged and yellowed? That’s the first blast I got here. And then it faded to nothing more than the idea of clean. Score: 5

Audra: There’s always a basic in every bunch. As evidenced by our ranking of smoky fragrances, it can be a compliment. Unfortunately, when considering Clean’s iteration a clean, it isn’t. Skin is creamy, musky, and most unforgivable of all, vanilla-y. If those notes are in the clean fragrance of your dreams, well, go for it. Just know you’re boring. Score: 4

Average Score: 5/10

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