10 Best Lemon Perfumes of All Time
Smelling fresh is easy peasy lemon squeezy with these scents for women
We all want to feel fresh and clean, and few notes create those feelings like lemon does. But finding a lemon perfume isn’t always so easy. There’s a very thin line between sophisticated lemony freshness and smelling like a bottle of Mr. Clean!
What is Lemon Perfume?
Lemon perfume is a scent that smells just like real, zesty fruit and peel. That’s different from other perfumes since lemon oil is usually cold-pressed. The fresh, energizing scent blends well with other citrus oils like orange and grapefruit, and floral notes like rose, ylang ylang, lavender, geranium.
Bolder lemon fragrances will often also have a woody backbone, with woody notes like musk, sandalwood, amber, oak, and even patchouli to add balance and dimension. Lemon fragrances are usually inexpensive to create since lemons grow well all over the world.
Their essential oil is also easy to extract, so you can find a fantastic lemon fragrance at pretty much any price point — from bargain bin to uber luxury.
Here’s a look at the 10 best lemon perfumes of all time:
Top Lemon Perfumes for Women 2022
This Acqua Di Parma favorite is a citrus bomb in the best possible way. It opens with a blend of lemon, grapefruit, bergamot, and citron. That brightness quickly rounds out with notes like jasmine and cedar, making this scent incredibly versatile and suitable for both men and women.
The sour notes of lemon are incredibly well-balanced. The resulting juice has top-notch sillage, projection, and longevity making this one of the best lemon fragrances for day-to-night and year-round use.
Happy is a hugely popular Clinique fragrance that has been around for over two decades. It’s lemon notes make it a popular option for teenagers who often carry the scent with them well into adulthood.
While the lemon note defines this scent, Happy also whisks you away to a scented grove with strong top notes of other fruits like orange, blood grapefruit, Indian mandarin, bergamot, apple, and plum. That fruity fun makes this the best lemon perfume for a hot summer day when you want to feel light.
As you might have guessed from the stunning, sculptural green accented bottle, this lemon fragrance by Armani blends fresh and green accords with its zesty lemon notes. The blissful balance of the two creates one of the most fitting lemon scents for casual, everyday use.
Acqua Di Gioia is feminine (thanks to florals like jasmine in the blend), but not overly so. Deliciously aquatic accords add to the freshness of the Amalfi lemon.
Recommended related fragrances: La Tentation De Nina Ricci By Nina Ricci, Light Blue Dreaming In Portofino By Dolce & Gabbana, Angel, Eau Sucree By Thierry Mugler
If you’re looking for a lemon fragrance that’s clean but sexy, try Light Blue Eau Intense. To tame the intensity of the lemon top note, this Dolce & Gabbana scent starts with musk and amberwood at the base.
Next, it adds jasmine and marigold at the center for a woody and floral blend that works beautifully year-round. This is among the best lemon perfumes for getting in touch with your wild side.
This lemon-smelling perfume is bright, cheerful, and lively. While the blue bottle may make you think this is a marine or aquatic scent, this new launch from Versace doesn’t actually have many accords from that family.
Pour Femme Dylan Turquoise by Versace is a nice summer scent that leans masculine. But don’t confuse that masculine edge for an in-your-face smell as this fragrance is not particularly strong. This is a pleasant go-to scent for the office or anywhere else a “loud” fragrance wouldn’t be appropriate.
For a more extensive list of the top Versace scents, read on in our Best Versace Perfumes of All Time guide.
If you’re seeking a lemon-smelling perfume at an affordable price point, Bath & Body Works is a fantastic place to look. Because lemon is inexpensive and easy to produce, it’s one of the best perfume notes to look for if you’re shopping on a budget.
This energizing scent is a sweet take on lemon fragrances with notes of tangerine, sugar, and agave nectar to complement the lemon. Young women will love this scent. Given the relatively low price point, this is one of the best lemon perfumes to use as an invigorating room or car spray.
This lemon-scent perfume is a signature from L’Occitane. If you’re a fan, you’ll be happy to know they have a whole host of products (like a body wash and body lotions) infused with the same scent. This bright eau de toilette is made with organic verbena from France’s Provence region. It’s among the most relaxing lemon perfumes for when you’re looking to de-stress.
Verbena has serious zen spa vibes, too! Lemon and orange open the scent before progressing into lemon verbena and petitgrain. Geranium and rose are among the base notes, grounding the citrus. This is a sparkly fresh scent that works effortlessly year-round and in just about any situation.
Nothing says Capri like lemons, so Capri Lemon Leaves by Victoria’s Secret is a fitting name for a lemon scent perfume. While it isn’t particularly complex, it’s delightfully refreshing whether you spray it on yourself, your clothes, in your room, or anywhere else.
It has excellent sillage and projection though not the best longevity — so make sure to stash a small bottle in your handbag for when you’re on the go.
Love VS fragrances? Read the Best Victoria’s Secret Perfumes of All Time for an extensive list of their top perfumes for women.
When it comes to picking the best lemon perfume, you might be surprised to find yet another bargain on this list. (It’s your lucky day!) Lemon Meringue from Demeter is an oft-mentioned popular standout, and with good reason.
Lemon Meringue achieves the perfect balance between sour and sweet (thanks to its vanilla note). But — be forewarned that it may make you crave dessert! This is one of the most peppy lemon perfumes for a breezy weekend brunch.
If you’re in the market for a lemon womens perfume with personality, check out Replica Under The Lemon Trees by Maison Margiela. When you first spray it you’ll get a strong punch of lemon, but that will soon dissipate as the drydown becomes more green, aromatic, and spicy.
Given that the name conjures up feelings of relaxing in the park under a tree, this one of the best lemon perfumes for a warm, humid day. It’s also a long-lasting scent, making it appropriate for sweaty weather.
Recommended related fragrances: Blu Mediterraneo Mirto Di Panarea By Acqua Di Parma, Acqua Di Parma Gelsomino Nobile By Acqua Di Parma, Vetiver Ambrato By Bois 1920
Lemon Perfume Tips
Lemon is one of the most popular accords, and is present in a huge chunk of the world’s most well-known fragrances (even if those perfumes don’t strike you as lemony). In fact, lemon can actually be quite subtle when appropriately blended.
However, those beautifully strong citrus odor molecules we highlighted are also quite fragile, so it’s best to store your lemon perfumes in the refrigerator.
Best Lemon Fragrances – In Summary
Lemon is arguably the most popular citrus fruit — and we hope this list gives you a taste of why! There are so many fabulous lemon womens perfume options, and many carry their appeal well beyond when we’re looking for a little warm weather freshness. The best lemon perfumes can actually be complex and a great deal more versatile than people give them credit for.
Looking for learn more about fragrances for women and men? Read on in these perfume guides:
Sharon Feiereisen is a freelance writer who specializes in fragrance, makeup, wellness, health, skincare, and general lifestyle topics. Her work has been published in Time Out, Newsday, The Knot, Teen Vogue, Business Insider, Real Simple, and Hamptons Magazine among many other print and online outlets. When she’s not writing about new, exciting fragrances, you can usually find her on an airplane or at a boutique fitness studio.
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