What kind of perfume has a solar scent?

When taking a closer look at sunscreen perfumes, it helps to know their notes, which are the main ingredients that make up their scent. When it comes to solar fragrance notes, a few are synonymous with the category.

Some of the most recurring notes in solar perfumes are citrus. In fact, yuzu, lemon, bergamot, and neroli all play a role in popular formulations and help lift the mood when sprayed. Floral ingredients such as jasmine, ylang-ylang and heliotrope are a fresh addition to many sunscreen fragrances. In addition to gourmet notes, such as coconut, there are lesser known but valuable inclusions such as salicylates and marine notes. Additionally, when asked to describe the smell of the holidays, master perfumer Olivier Cresp told The Cut, “All salicylates-based sunscreen fragrances.”

Solar scent is a somewhat new descriptor for an olfactory profile that has been around for almost a century. The first products to usher in the concept of sunscreen perfume were—you guessed it—sunscreens, like L’Oreal’s Ambre Solaire, which debuted in 1935 (via L’Oreal). Ambre Solaire was one of the first cosmetics to contain benzyl salicylate, an odor-causing UV-blocking compound we now inextricably associate with sunscreen.

New additions to the solar fragrance family include Phloria by Phlur, A Drop by Issey by Issey Miyake and Gucci Bloom Profumo Di Fiori by Gucci. With the constant release of new sunscreen fragrances, you’re sure to find one you’ll love.

Donovan B. Sanford