Best Soapy Perfumes

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Soapy fragrances are just exactly that, soapy. You can have a perfume that is clean and soapy at the same time, but you can also have clean and not soapy, and soapy but not clean. Perfect for the office and perfect to wear when it's really hot outside, soapy perfume subconsciously makes you feel clean and smell great.

Best Soapy Perfumes

  • Century by Alfred Dunhill

  • Castile by Penhaligon's

  • Sur L'Herbe by L'Artisan Parfumeur

  • Colognisé by Nishane

  • Sundazed by Byredo

  • J by Costume National

  • Mugler Cologne by Mugler

  • Bubble Bath by Maison Martin Margiela 

  • Exit The King by Etat Libre d'Orange

  • Sun Song by Louis Vuitton

  • Century by Alfred Dunhill

 

Century by Alfred Dunhill

Century a is very clean and woody perfume but it smells like freshly done laundry, not exactly soapy. This perfume smells like detergent but after the linens have been washed. Like when you smell fresh towels after they have been folded and put away. It also has a clean fragrance. Century is a little underrated compared to other fragrances from this house.

  • Top notes: Opens with Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Mandarin Orange
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Cardamom, Olibanum, and Neroli
  • Base notes: At the base, Musk, Sandalwood, and Nargamotha
  • Perfume Gender: Masculine
  • Scent Accord: Aromatic Spicy
  • Longevity: 7 hours
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Projection : Moderate

  • Castile by Penhaligon's

 

Castile by Penhaligon's

Castile is a city in Spain known for soap. This fragrance is associated with  soap in the most luxurious way and smells a lot like Castile soap. Castile reminds us of luxurious soaps that are soft, smooth and silky when you're using it to bathe. This soapy perfume is mostly about orange blossoms and the citruses once again. It is a great combination of a very orange blossom-y fragrance that takes on the style of a soapy fragrance with a very clean and fresh citrus floral experience.

  • Top notes: Opens with Petitgrain, and Orange Blossom
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Rose, Bergamot and Orange Blossom
  • Base notes: At the base, Woodsy Notes
  • Perfume Gender: Unnisex
  • Scent Accord: Citrus
  • Longevity: 9 hours
  • Sillage: Strong
  • Projection : Wide

  • Sur L'Herbe by L'Artisan Parfumeur

 

Sur L'Herbe by L'Artisan Parfumeur

Very citrusy, very fresh, and very musky. Even though Sur L’Herbe uses neroli and orange blossomy touches with some greenness thrown in, it has a nice contrast of the fresh green experience with the soapiness of the neroli. The green accords thrown in give it a very fresh, sparkly and effervescent quality. There are sparkles about it, but it is ultra clean, fresh and very soapy- just the right amount  of freshness. Perfect for hot days when its really hot outside. 

  • Top notes: Opens with Lemon and Bergamot
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Green Notes and Neroli
  • Base notes: At the base, Amberwood and White Musk
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Aromatic Green
  • Longevity: 6 Hours
  • Sillage: Light
  • Projection : Moderate

  • Colognisé by Nishane

 

Colognisé by Nishane

Colognisé is a very clean, very fresh, citrus floral soapy perfume. It is a great smelling fragrance that gives the fresh feeling of a cold shower. There is definitely a green touch here that gives the entire fragrance a calming effect. This soapy perfume has Lily-of-the-Valley in it which lends a hand to the green experience of the fragrance. It  smells very clean and soapy, fresh and green at the same time.

  • Top notes: Opens with Lemon, Jasmine, Green Tea, and Bergamot
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Lily-of-the-Valley and Grapefruit
  • Base notes: At the base, Musk, Vetiver and Neroli
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Citrus
  • Longevity: 8 hours
  • Sillage: Strong
  • Projection : Wide

  • Sundazed by Byre

 

Sundazed by Byre

As soon as you smell Sundazed, it would feel like you are holding up a bar of fresh soap right up to your nose. This soapy perfume unsurprisingly has lots of neroli with lemons which combine to make the perfume clean, soapy and citrusy. There are some floral and sweet touches thrown in here as well that guide the perfume to a soft place. In the end, it is a beautiful bar of soap that is perfect for hot days.

  • Top notes: Opens with California Lemon and Mandarin Orange
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Jasmine Sambac and Neroli
  • Base notes: At the base, White Musk and Cotton Candy
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Citrus
  • Longevity: 8 hours
  • Sillage: Strong
  • Projection : Wide

  • Costume National J by Costume National

 

Costume National J by Costume National

Costume National is an underrated designer house with very niche style fragrances, their fragrances are not like your conventional very common designers. Plus, they are not as expensive as luxury niche collections of designers’ they are up to par with- the private blends, the exclusives. Costume National J is another citrus floral perfume that takes soapy perfume into a different direction. With the amount of Neroli in here, it might as well be a Neroli bomb. It is a very clean and soapy fresh fragrance.

  • Top notes: Opens with Lime, Orange, Mandarin, and Neroli
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Rose, Cherry Blossom, and Orange Blossom
  • Base notes: At the base, Moss, Cedar, Cashmere Wood, and Rice
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Floral
  • Longevity: 10 plus hours
  • Sillage: Heavy
  • Projection : Wide

  • Mugler Cologne by Mugler

 

Mugler Cologne by Mugler

This is a 2001 masterpiece from Mugler. Terry Mugler himself had gone somewhere in Morocco and smelled a soap, came back, and created a fragrance of that soap. So there definitely is soapiness in here with loads of green and citrus floral notes. These notes are always associated with sappy fragrances. The juiciness from bergamot and flowers is  clean, fresh , invigorating and sparkling with a perfect soapy fragrance. 

  • Top notes: Opens with Petitgrain, Bergamot, and Neroli
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies African Orange Flower
  • Base notes: At the base, Musk
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Citrus Aromatic
  • Longevity: 6 hours
  • Sillage: Moderate 
  • Projection : Moderate

  • Bubble Bath by Maison Martin Margiela 

 

Bubble Bath by Maison Martin Margiela

Bubble Bath is a soapy, clean, fresh and powdery perfume at the same time. It smells like one of those expensive bubble baths from the store. It also gives the exact feeling of when you take a bubble bath and smell all clean and soapy, which is no surprise given the name of the perfume. It has a bubblinness about it that takes on the smell of soap and clean notes.

  • Top notes: Opens with Bergamot and Soap
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Jasmine, Rose, and Lavender
  • Base notes: At the base, Patchouli, White Musk and Coconut
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Floral Woody Musk
  • Longevity: 10 - 12 hours
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Projection : Moderate

  • Exit The King by Etat Libre d'Orange

 

Exit The King by Etat Libre d'Orange

Exit The King has a soap accord in the notes.  It is a classy chypre style fragrance that is foamy and oakmoss-y. This perfume is very modern and clean at the same time. If you like the chypre style of fragrance and something in the foamy and clean direction, definitely try Exit The King. The patchouli is prominent here, you can distinctly pick it out and yes, it would remind you of a chypre styling. Classic meets modern and come together for a wonderful smelling clean fragrance in Exit The King.

  • Top notes: Opens with Timur, Pink Pepper, Musk, Aldehydes, and Soap
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Lily-of-the-Valley, Rose, and Jasmine
  • Base notes: At the base, Ambroxan, Sandalwood, Patchouli, and Moss
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Chypre Floral
  • Longevity: 6-8 hours
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Projection : Moderate

  • Sun Song by Louis Vuitton

 

Sun Song by Louis Vuitton

Sun Song was a trio of the first collection of California themed fragrances that came out: Sun Song, Afternoon Swim and Cactus Garden. This perfume is the soapy citrus floral take on the collection, inspired by California and focusing on the citruces that grow there. The combination of notes is really delicious which come together to make the perfume very fresh, musky and soapy.

  • Top notes: Opens with Citron
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Orange Blossom
  • Base notes: At the base, Musk
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Floral
  • Longevity: 7-8 hours
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Projection : Moderate

CONCLUSION

Soapy perfume is just the other way around perfumed soap. As you can see, you can smell soapy in a green, floral, clan, citrus or musky way. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you smell like fresh laundry?

You can smell like fresh laundry by wearing freshly laundered clothes after a nice warm bath. You can go the extra mile by using your favorite fabric softener on laundry days, and wearing clean and soapy fragrances

How can I smell good without perfume?

You can smell good without perfume by taking regular baths. Your skin will eventually pick up the scent of the shower products you use. Using scented body lotion, soaps, bath wash, and deodorants is a plus.

What perfume is used in soap making?

Citrus, rose and lavender are most commonly used in soaps. This is perhaps why the soapy accord is more associated with neroli bergamot and lemons.

What are soapy fragrances?

Soapy fragrances are those ones that remind of soap. The fat, the citrus, the florals, the cleanliness and the bubbles. It is not hard to decipher, once you get a whiff of it, you would instantly remember some sort of soap.

Does neroli smell like soap?

Neroli has a citrus green smell. It is reminiscent of soapiness because it has a very clean smell.




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