Best Perfumes For Women

perfumeI have been asked these questions so many times.

  • What perfume are you wearing?
  • Is there a type of perfume for a particular occasion?
  • What are the best perfumes for women?

To be perfectly honest, there is no right answer – except for the question on the perfume that I am wearing, which may or may not suit you.

Fragrances are so personal to us because of our relationship to the unique fragrance notes used to create a scent, some of which you may not be able to detect individually. However, when they’re blended with others, a special feeling or mood is created. Perhaps it’s the smell of lilies from your grandma’s garden that makes you feel loved or the smell of roses used in your wedding bouquet that brings back wonderful memories.

Fragrance notes refer to the special ingredients combined in perfumes to help create that sensual experience. When you find the right perfume – you know it. It takes you on an emotional ride which evokes memories, creates experiences and infuses our imagination with a subtle power, hinting at a secret identity.

Most women have a signature scent, having found that perfect chemistry of how a scent smells on their skin – which in turn is dependent on her age, body chemistry, diet, stress levels and overall mood.

With changing trends however, some women treat fragrance as an accessory, changing perfume daily – or even more often – to suit her style, occasion and/or mood.

Finding the perfect mix is like looking for a needle in a haystack! They are the ones that breathe life back into your skin and endure your various activities throughout your busy day. The perfect balance of aromas will keep everyone asking what YOU are wearing.
Difference between EDP and EDT

edp vs edtIf you’ve been reading about perfumes, you might have come across 2 commonly used terms: EDP and EDT. The term Eau de Parfum (EDP) or Eau de Toilette (EDT) simply refers to a perfume’s oil concentration (as a % of alcohol content).

  • EDP (8-15% perfume oil) is generally more expensive than EDT, and has a longer lasting fragrance smell.
  • EDT (5-10% perfume oil) is generally a lighter fragrance suited for casual everyday use. It is usually cheaper than EDP and will last approximately 2-4 hours.

Note that EDP and EDT versions of the same perfume with the same name may use different concentration of notes, or different notes altogether!

The differing terms should not be used as a yardstick for quality, as some might argue.

Fragrances are personal to you, and will vary depending on your personality, mood, occasion etc.

Our top 5 perfumes for women:

To help you in your search for the best perfumes for women to suit you/your lady’s personality and/or occasion, we’ve highlighted some of our favorites for each fragrance family, with suggestions on where to wear each one.


floral

Floral fragrances are usually a popular option. Sweet and romantic, these perfumes are the “good girls” of the fragrance aisle. Florals can either be single floral notes, or a bouquet of flowers to create a classic feminine appeal.

Floral notes range from delicate spring-like combinations like orange blossom and lilac to strong heady flowers like rose and gardenia. They can also be combined with citrus notes to make lighter fresher florals; or with spicy oriental notes to create a more regal scent.

Spritz on floral when you want to show off your sweet, feminine side – e.g first dates or meet-the-parents. It’s also appropriate for weddings, church, ballet etc.

 Bright Crystal by VersaceChloe New by ChloeDiorissimo By Christian DiorBurberry Brit by BurberryFlowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf
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Fragrance notesA fresh, light and sensual blend of pomegranate and refreshing chilled yuzu mingled with soothing blossoms of magnolia, lotus flower, and peony, warmed with notes of amber and muskA rather non-traditional blend of rose, magnolia, lily of the valley, amber and cedar wood base.A refreshing and pure scent of ylang-ylang and lily-of-the-valley, the heart is a blend of amaryllis and boronia, with a jasmine trail.A modern feminine scent with top notes of pear and lime,blended with soft floral notes of lush white peony and sweetened with sugary almond – leaving a delicious vanilla finish.Hints of centifolia rose, freesia,osmanthus and sambac jasmine, supported by a base scent of patchouli in the background.
Fragrance intensityLightLightLightLightHeavy
Bottle sizes1oz, 1.7oz, 3oz, 6.7oz1oz, 2.5oz1.7oz, 3.4oz1.0oz, 1.7oz, 3.4oz0.24oz, 1.7oz, 3.4oz
Fragrance strengthEDTEDPEDTEDTEDP
Amazon ratings4.4/54.5/54.0/54.4/54.1/5
Reviews>350>140>50>50>390
Price$$$$$$$$$$$

Price range: $ = Less than $50 | $$ = $50 to $100 | $$$ = More than $100

red (Custom) = My personal favorite



oriental

Oriental fragrances evoke rich and spicy scents. They are seductive, sultry and mysterious – think candlelit moments of deep inspiration or carnal seduction.

These sensual blends usually feature a more mature scent such as musk or ambergis, which is often combined with warm notes such as amber, cinnamon, cloves and resin.

Spritz on an oriental perfume when you want to seduce – eg for the rare night out without the kids, a special date, or maybe a masquerade ball.

 Organza by GivenchyOpium by Yves Saint LaurentShalimar by GuerlainLa Vie Est Belle by LancomeJ'adore by Dior
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Fragrance notesA warm and sweet oriental floral, with top notes blends of gardenia, iris, honeysuckle and base notes of amber and vanilla.A rich, exotic fragrance of mandarin florals and coriander blend, with a cocktail of sandalwood and incense.A classic, alluring fragrance of citrus notes, exotic florals, vanilla and gray amber.A composition of iris, being the key ingredient, surrounded by fruity flavours of orange blossoms, blackcurrant, pear and jasmine in the heart.A glamorous, modern fragrance with floral orchids, rose and violets, leaving a musk and blackberry trail.
Fragrance intensityLightLightHeavyLightLight
Bottle sizes1oz, 1.7oz, 3.3oz1oz, 1.6 oz, 3oz3 oz3.3oz3.4oz
Fragrance strengthEDPEDTEDPEDPEDP
Amazon ratings4.3/54.6/54.5/54.9/53.9/5
Reviews>200>150>170>89>113
Price$$$$$$$$$$

Price range: $ = Less than $50 | $$ = $50 to $100 | $$$ = More than $100

red (Custom) = My personal favorite


fresh

Fresh fragrances encompass a wide range of scents from citrus and fruity families to green, herbal and aqua families. Fresh fragrances are said to be clean, crisp, effervescent and energetic. They are best enjoyed as a daytime delight – the smell that wakes you up on a dewy summer morning.

Fresh fragrances please the nose with the bright and familiar notes of juicy fruits such as berry, apple, peach, mango, and/or herbs such as rosemary, mint and tarragon. These are often blended with florals to create a compelling aroma.

Spritz on a fresh perfume when you’re in a fun mood – eg a hot summer’s days, when on vacation, or merely a simple day out to the market or to meet your girlfriends for brunch. Fresh perfumes with hints of aqua are also favorites at the workplace.

 Be Delicious by DKNYCool Water by DavidoffCK One by Calvin KleinInfusion D'iris by PradaUn Jardin Sur Le Nil By Hermes
Dkny Be Delicious (Custom)DAVIDOFF Women's Cool Water (Custom)CK One by Calvin Klein (Custom)Prada-Infusion-Diris-CustomUn-Jardin-Sur-Le-Nil-Custom
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Fragrance notesA summery scent with notes of cucumber, american apple, grapefruit, candid magnolia, rose, tuberose, white muguet, violet, sandalwood, white amber, tender skin accord, and blonde woods.Aquatic, cool and luscious notes of ocean air blended with citrus, pineapple, and woody notes leaves you smelling as fresh and light as the ocean breeze.A fresh smelling unisex perfume made of pineapple, green notes, papaya, mandarin orange, cardamom, bergamotand lemon heart.A fresh and clean floal scent made from a blend of mandarin orange, frankincense, lentisk, orange blossom, iris, cedar, vetiver, benzoin, galbanum.A gentle, clean fragrance with a blend of green mango, lotus, grapefruit, sycamore,calamus and incense.
Fragrance intensityLightLightLightLightLight
Bottle sizes3.4oz0.17oz, 1.7oz, 3.4oz1.7oz, 3.4oz, 6.7oz1.7oz, 3.3oz1.6oz, 3.3oz
Fragrance strengthEDPEDTEDTEDPEDT
Amazon ratings4.7/54.5/54.5/54.3/54.6/5
Reviews>240>250>700>95>120
Price$$$$$$$$$

Price range: $ = Less than $50 | $$ = $50 to $100 | $$$ = More than $100

red (Custom) = My personal favorite


woody

Woody fragrances are considered to smell earthy – think dense forest. These fragrances are for the serious, confident and classic woman. Although they tend to smell more unisex than other fragrance families, they conjure an image of no-nonsense femininity.

Woody scents are built on base notes of bark and oak moss, and sometimes combined with patchouli and bergamot to create a more chypre scent.

Spritz on a woody perfume if you are going into an important board meeting, or for your next performance review.

 Mitsuoko by GuerlainKnowing by Estee LauderHypnotic Poison by DiorSi by Giorgio ArmaniBottegaVeneta by BottegaVeneta
Mitsouko by Guerlain (Custom)Knowing By Estee Lauder (Custom)Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior (Custom)Giorgio-Armani-Si-Custombottega veneta perfume (Custom)
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Fragrance notesA mysterious, exotic scent made up of warm spicy notes of ripe peach, rose and cinnamon, blended with blended with powdery notes of jasmine and soft mosses.An elegant scent with a blend of rose, jasmine, mimosa,oakmoss, spicy clove, amber and sandalwood.A femme-fatale scent which is warm, sexy and sweet; made up of strong scents of jasmine, with lower tones of amber, sugary almond and woods.A modern chypre scent with top notes of sicilian bergamot, blackcurrant, mandarin &liquer de cassis; Base notes of blond woods, amber, vanilla, patchouli& musky orcanox.A sensual chypre scent with top notes of bergamot, plum, jasmine, patchouli, oak moss and pink peppercorn.
Fragrance intensityHeavyHeavyLightLightLight
Bottle sizes2.5oz1oz, 2.5oz1.7oz, 3.4oz3.4oz1.7oz,2.5oz
Fragrance strengthEDPEDPEDTEDPEDP
Amazon ratings4.5/54.7/54.5/54.8/54.7/5
Reviews>50>118>118>38>30
Price$$$$$$$$$$$

Price range: $ = Less than $50 | $$ = $50 to $100 | $$$ = More than $100

red (Custom) = My personal favorite