L’eau Down: My Top Fragrances for Every Occasion

Top 5 Fragrances for Every Occasion - Politics of Pretty

After years of spritzing countless fragrances at Ulta, Sephora and a bevy of department stores, I have finally completed my fragrance wardrobe… for now. For me, scents that catch my attention evoke a feeling or memory—something that will transport me to a particular season is even better. While it might seem like it was an easy collection to accumulate, I definitely didn’t discover these all at once. In fact, it took me an extremely long time to even find one fragrance I could wear for more than one occasion. So with that, I’m going to share my top fragrances for every occasion.

Clinique Happy: Crisp and clean

I first discovered this floral fragrance when I did a series of sponsored posts for Clinique on my social media channels. I love that it’s not too overpowering (notes include ruby red grapefruit, boysenberry bush flower and Hawaiian wedding flower) and out of all of these fragrances, I think this offers the best value for its size. While I was gifted with this a year ago, I’m totally ready to pay out of pocket for another ounce of this citrus perfume, because I wear this year-round.

Bobbi Brown Beach: Summer in a bottle

Simply put, this is my go-to summer fragrance when I want to feel like I’m at the beach even when I’m not there. If you read some of the reviews of on Sephora, some people think it smells like sunscreen and they are half right—I love the smell of sunscreen but this has a saltwater scent too and that’s why I love wearing it when I’m not at the beach. It makes the summer days in the ‘burbs so much better.

Joie Folle de Joie Eau de Perfume: Romantic, playful and feminine

I first discovered this scent through a former colleague at a previous job. I find myself wearing this year round, although the description touts this as a summer fragrance. It has a calming sweet citrus scent mixed with light woodsy floral notes. I’ve worn this to work and on the weekend, and I’m obsessed!

Side note—When I tried to find it online, it was out of stock on the Joie website but got extremely lucky when I found a gift set still available in the Birchbox store. Lucky for me, and girls who love this scent too, it’s back in stock on the Joie website!

Estee Lauder Modern Muse: A sophisticated fragrance for work

This classic, original scent will always have a permanent spot on my fragrance tray. The scent is pretty much exactly as it says in the description—jasmine and woodsy. I usually only wear this fragrance to work in the fall/winter season. Only con is it does tend to fade about 3 or 4 hours in.

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne: Fresh and delicate with staying power

True be told—I don’t own the full-size version of this cologne. But I have been living off teeny tiny samples of this fragrance for a while now. Whether it’s brunch with my girl friends or a special occasion (wedding, baby shower, etc.), this is another fragrance I like to wear in the spring and summer.

You can read more about these fragrances and my top fragrances for every occasion here:

If you’re still searching for your signature scent, I highly recommend you read this post to help you find the right fragrance for you.

Do you rotate a few fragrances throughout the year? What are your top fragrances for every occasion?