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When winter ends, we strip off layers of heavy clothes and opt for perfumes that are light and airy (and with good reason -- heat intensifies fragrance). But that doesn’t mean the season’s newest offerings all smell the same. These perfumes hit the high notes for us, from a romantic gentle beach breeze and freshly cut flowers to an exotic citrus.
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Terry de Gunzburg Bleu Paradis is a tropical blend of litchi, rose, and cedar.
Terry de Gunzburg Bleu Paradis, $195; barneys.com.
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With hints of bergamot, lemon zest, and mimosa, this fragrance channels a clothesline with laundry flapping in the warm air.
Clean Cool Cotton, $69; sephora.com.
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Calyx became a cult favorite as part of the Prescriptives line way back when; now the one-of-a-kind grapefruit and leafy-green scent is back, but at Clinique counters.
Clinique Calyx, $52; clinique.com.
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This is an easy-wearing mix of sweet pea, white hyacinth, and Italian lemon.
Carven L’eau de Toilette, $79; saksfifthavenue.com.
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An ode to the first few days of spring, when the lilac bushes are in bloom, this scent rounds out the mix with jasmine and orange flower.
Aerin Lilac Path, $110; aerin.com.
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Inspired by the scents of Grasse, France, this eau de toilette combines orange blossom and white orchid with mandarin and peach.
L'Occitane Néroli & Orchidée, $75; usa.loccitane.com.