The fragrance a woman wears is her signature; it says a lot about her, her tastes, and her outlook on life. Fragrances can also allow us to daydream – some have the awesome ability to transform the clerk at the lawyer’s office into an Italian Princess who has a dramatic love affair. Some scents have the power to take you back in time and relive your most precious memories.
Whatever the impact perfumes have on you, one thing is certain – they do leave an impression. The impressions are not always good, however, and I have taken up the task of sifting through the fragrances available online and picking out the best ones to help people like you who are searching for the perfect scent. These picks are based on my personal knowledge of some of the fragrances, as well as my research into reviews from persons who own the various scents.
Are you ready to find a great fragrance? Lets go!
The result of three years of hard work and more than 5000 trial versions, this Lancome La Vie Est Belle fragrance for women is truly a masterpiece. Many women are drawn to it because world famous actress Julia Roberts is the face of the advertising campaign, but in truth Lancome La Vie Est Belle shines on its own, even without celebrity endorsement.
The concept for Lancome La Vie Est Belle is one of freedom and natural simplicity. The scent represents a lifestyle where joy is constantly found in the small pleasures. The woman who wears Lancome La Vie Est Belle is a woman who chooses her own vision of what happiness means and is free to live her life as she sees fit.
A soft, warm base sets the foundation for this elegant composition but the key ingredient is iris, highlighted by hints of orange blossoms and jasmine. The fragrance also has a powdery and gourmand accent that is derived from vanilla, praline, and tonka bean. The fruity flavors of pear and blackcurrant are also a part of this magical scent.
The square-like shape of the bottle and the amber-rose color of the perfume itself make it quite pleasing to the eye, and so this is an excellent choice for an elegant gift to someone who can appreciate a fragrance that is made by master perfumers.
This exquisite perfume from Bvlgari is presented in a unique, curvaceous and sexy red and gold bottle that definitely stands out from the crowd. This oriental womens fragrance was first released by Bvlgari in 2003 and it continues to be one of their most popular offerings to this day.
Alberto Morillas is the master perfumer behind the Omnia scent. His recipe for this delightful scent includes top notes of saffron, orange, mandarin, cardamon, and pepper. Classic woody notes like sandalwood, guaiac wood, tonka bean, and white chocolate compose the base notes while cinnamon, almond, lotus, nutmeg, and masala chai make up the middle notes. One whiff of the exotic oriental melody that this scent offers is sure to make any nose very happy!
Bvlgari sometimes describes the Omnia as a tribute to the tradition of the great oriental perfumes. It is a fresh look at an ancient tradition that resulted in an oriental fragrance that is well suited for today’s modern woman. Even though some of the notes are usually heavy, Bvlgari Omnia manages to stay relatively light and transparent. The scent is long-lasting but subtle, so some persons may not be able to pick up on the scent after a few hours.
In a time when it seems like every designer, or every famous person for that matter, is launching their own perfume, I have become weary of the perfumes that they produce. They are not usually outstanding, and most end up finding a home on the shelf at your local drugstore. This fragrance from Michael Kors, however, is a refreshingly delightful change from the typical celebrity fragrance, and users all over the world have fallen in love with its scent.
Yes, the words light and clean sound like I am describing freshly done laundry but they are the first words that come to mind when I think of this Michael Kors fragrance. The lightness of the scent is sure to make it a favorite for persons with allergies, as it should not irritate them as much as heavier perfumes. It is not too sweet and very soft, so it will linger for hours and keep you smelling heavenly all day long.
Despite the fact that this is a very light scent, you will only need to spray on a small amount when you use it. In fact, if you spray too much the smell may become overwhelming for some. As you only need a small amount, many users find that they are able to keep their bottle of Michael Kors for months, even with daily use. This will vary with the size of the bottle, of course.
The perfect floral scent to wear when you go shopping on a bright sunny day (or a day you wish was bright and sunny), Marc Jacobs Honey smells just as sweet as it sounds. The fragrance comes packaged in a brightly-colored yellow and white bottle with gold and black accents. The perfume actually looks like honey in a jar and it smells even better.
Marc Jacobs Honey gets its signature sweet smell from the array for fruity notes in its composition. The notes include orange blossom, pear shampoo, mandarin, peach, and – you guessed it – honey. Vanilla and some woods as well as honeysuckle were also used in the creation of this fragrance. It may have a strong fruity scent but somehow the perfumers who created it managed to keep the fruitiness from becoming unbearable. Consequently, you will get to enjoy the sweet-smelling aroma of Honey without getting overwhelmed.
If you are a fan of Marc Jacobs fragrances then you will have heard of Marc Jacobs Dot – Honey hold the same eclectic essence that Dot has but with an added golden touch that makes it unique in its own right. That being said, if you loved the scent of Dot you will most likely love Honey as well. If you are thinking of giving Honey as a gift, it would be perfect for a young lady with a vibrant and lively personality.
Acqua Di Gioia was presented as a welcome addition to the world in 2010 by Giorgio Armani. With an airy seaside vibe it is inspired by Armani’s many summertime holidays on the islands of Pantelleria and Antigua. Created by three perfumers, Loc Dong, Anne Flipo and Dominique Ropion, Acqua Di Gioia gets ladies excited about its clean, refreshing, yet slightly seductive smell.
If Acqua Di Gioia had human characteristics it could be described as a free spirit, strong and dignified but still distinctly feminine – the perfect description of the modern woman. It is elegant and complex but something you can wear everyday; feeling close to nature without feeling like you went for a walk in a tropical jungle. This fragrance is recommended for casual use.
The intention was to create a scent that is rooted in “nature and water”, and Acqua di Gioia hits the nail on the head with this one. It adds the softest hint of mint to its bold jasmine, lemon, and cedar flavor. Peony, pink pepper, jasmine sambac, as well as brown sugar accord are some other notable notes. These notes combine to give us a fresh, sweet fragrance that is a grown-woman type of sweet and not too lollipop, candy-sweet at all.
A crowd favorite, Chloe by Chloe is a simple but beautiful floral perfume that has won the hearts of many raving fans. Women seem to love the scent as it is quite light and also a versatile perfume that can be worn on a number of different occasions. It exudes a subtle, sexy charm that is at the same time innocent and playful. Whether you choose to wear Chloe to work during the day or out for a night on the town, this fragrance will have you feeling confident, sexy, and playful.
Chloe is distinctly a roses and peonies type scent. Rose is perhaps the most obvious of all the notes used to make it, but rose is one of my favorite scents so this fact earns Chloe major brownie points with me. Other notes in this perfume include amber, magnolias, and a woody tone.
One of the things I like best about this Chloe perfume is its bottle. It has a simple rectangular shape but there is a pleating pattern on the glass bottom that gives it a chic, detailed look. There is also the cutest little bow located just below the sprayer but directly above the rectangular body of the bottle. This little bow is in a very light peach color that perfectly compliments the gold of the Chloe box and the champagne/gold color of the perfume, which is on display through the glass of the bottle.
I think the name FlowerBomb may not be the best name for this fragrance as it may cause women who are not big fans of floral scents to overlook it. Sure, it has floral notes in it but the name FlowerBomb paints an image of floral scents exploding brilliantly all around you and this is not what I see happening with this perfume. I do like it, however, as do many other floral perfume loving women on the planet, but rather than being a floral explosion, is it more like a delightful floral journey that also includes a good amount of sugar candy, strong hints of citrus, and a delicious trail of patchouli and amber.
Women who prefer floral perfumes will enjoy Flowerbomb even though it has more than just floral notes, and some women who proclaim not to like floral scents will like it. The perfumers who created the scent, Carlos, Benaim, Domitille, and Olivier Polge, included notes like bergamot, tea, sambac jasmine, cattleya orchid, and orange tree. Rose freesia, musk, amber, and patchouli are also used. This mix resulted in a floral scent such that even persons who do not normally like strong floral notes like patchouli and rose may find themselves enthralled by its charming blend.
Although it is the first fragrance offering from Viktor & Rolf, Flowerbomb has been a huge success and for a while at least they had an exclusive contact for the fragrance to be sold in Saks Fifth Avenue. Saks is notoriously very particular about the products that they sell in their stores, so that contract alone says a great deal about the quality of perfume that you will get when you purchase Flowerbomb. If you are looking for a luxurious floral scent that will make a lasting impression, Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf is it.
Angel was the first perfume offering from French photographer and designer, Thierry Mugler. He made a bold statement, proving that his artistic talents extend far beyond fashion and photos, when he released the now iconic Angel in 1992. Being the iconic fragrance that it has become, it has spawned quite a few flankers like A*Men and Angel Innocent.
There are some scents that are subtle and only noticeable when you are close to the wearer, but Angel by Thierry Mugler is not one of them. It is a fragrance that makes a bold statement and some people find it almost overbearing when forced to smell it in small enclosed spaces like elevators. What is this bold statement that it makes? The statement is that the woman wearing the fragrance maybe an angel, but she is also a devilish seductress when the time is right!
Some women like to wear Angel everyday as their go-to scent but as it is such a distinct, standout scent I would prefer to wear it for very special occasions or when I have very seductive plans 🙂 Angel is not your average perfume and women either hate it or the love it; those who love it become raving fans. Patchouli accounts for an unprecedented 30% of the notes! It’s no wonder it has such a strong presence. Other notes present are red berries, hedione, vanilla, chocolate, and sandalwood.
Most of the perfumes in my top 20 are eau de parfums, but even though Amazing Grace by Philosophy is a spray fragrance I still have to add it to my list because, well, I think it is quite amazing! It makes a great go-to fragrance for the average “girly girl” who wants to feel like a girl all day long and gracefully accept compliments from persons who admire her feminine scent.
Comprised of only seven notes, Amazing grace is a beautifully feminine fragrance that is also fresh and light. Grapefruit, mandarin orange, and bergamot are the top notes and therefore the first scents to hit your nose when you spray on Amazing Grace. Those scents are quickly followed by the three middle notes – freesia, rose, and jasmine. A subtle musk tone provides a nice background for the other six notes.
There are several things about this fragrance that I find to be amazing (other than its name, of course). It is amazingly clean, amazingly fresh, amazingly feminine, and also amazingly elegant. It is also amazingly versatile as, like I mentioned earlier, it makes a great go-to fragrance that a girl can wear just about anywhere. I even have a friend who likes to wear it to bed. That is how clean and light this Amazing Grace is. Needless to say, I highly recommend it if you like fragrances that are more subtle than statement.
So often with floral fragrances the scent is of the petals and rarely, if ever, do we get the chance to smell the whole flower. Cartier Baiser Vole, however, is one fragrance that aims to capture the scent of the lily flower in its entirety – petals, leaves, and pistil. This gives us a new take on the somewhat overdone lily note in floral fragrances. Women who hate lily notes may be surprised to find that this is a very agreeable fragrance and those who love lily will find that is not the typical lily notes used in must scents.
Known for producing quality, high-end products, Cartier delivered nothing less with this enchanting fragrance. Cartier Baiser Vole is a fresh floral scent that is powdery but not overly heavy. Its scent creates a light veil of notes that is on trend with other minimalist offerings like Prada Infusions or Chloe. Even though the Cartier woman is typically more mature and Cartier Baiser Vole is made for a younger market, it still has a sense of sophistication and doesn’t come off as being too candied or bland.
Perfumer Mathilde Laurent, who is responsible for the Baiser scent, commented that, in a recent survey, men who were asked what their favorite flower is chose lily. Lily is the inspiration behind the scent, but she wanted it to be more than the average lily fragrance available on the market. This is why she incorporated other smells from the lily flower – the leaves and the pistils, and not just the petals. The result is a sublime floral fragrance with stolen kisses of citrus and trendy minimalist veil – Cartier Baiser Vole.
Onika is the third fragrance from popstar and rapper Nicki Minaj. Onika is the first name on the stars birth certificate and her full real name is Onika Tanya Maraj. It was launched in 2014 and is housed in another of her trademark bustier-shaped perfume bottles. This one is highlighted with black and gold interlocking vertical lines. The bottle features Nicki wearing a black wig with a gold face and pink lipstick.
If you are in the market for a fragrance that exudes sexuality and mystery, Onika is a very good option. This scent from is representative Nicki Minaj’s own very unique and sexy style. Top notes of pear, mandarin, and starfruit are perhaps the most pronounced while sugar cane, water lily, cedarwood, and white musk linger in the background.
Choose this fragrance if you want to bring out your inner diva. The woman who wears Onika will feel alive, confident, and seductive. The word flawless also comes to mind when I think of this scent. In Nicki’s own words, Onkia smells like angels in the garden of … perfection Are you ready to discover your inner diva?
There are few fragrances that I could tell you exactly where I was the first time I smelled them and Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier is certainly one of them. In fact, it was the first fragrance that I fell utterly in love with and it remains in my top three all-time favorites today. I was a senior in high school and one of my fellow classmates had recently won a local beauty pageant.
We were all excited for her return to school but when I saw her it was her scent, not her beauty, that mesmerized me. To me she smelled like sunshine on the breeziest of summer days. I had to find out what she was wearing. I asked her and she told me it was a perfume that she received as a part of prize package from the pageant – Jean Paul Gaultiers Classique. The rest, as they say, is history.
There is no doubt that this is an alluring scent. It has a cozy, powdery feel with floral and edible notes delicately wrapped in the powder. As strange as it may sound, there is even a hint of nail polish remover. Stranger still may be the fact that designer Jean Paul Gaultier actually intended for the scent to be one part nail polish remover. His inspirations may be unconventional, to say the least, but in the end the fragrance turned out to be one-of-a-kind and irresistibly seductive.
How would you like to smell better than everyone you know? Narciso is easily one of the best smelling fragrances on the market today and the woman who wears it is sure to turn heads and elicit compliments all day long. Narciso Rodriguez offers us this seductive blend of musk, florals, and cedars; for the modern woman this Narciso is the new classique.
I find Narciso to be one of those scents that will still be popular fifty years from now because it exudes such classic timelessness. A young lady will be able to enjoy it as much as her mother, as its classic scent renders it agreeable to all age groups and even both genders. This timeless scent was composed of notes like citrus, dry herbs, fruits, and plant stems.
Beware of this Narciso fragrance, as many an innocent woman has become addicted to its classic sensuality. Just one spray and they fall in love. It has a milky floral essence that can be quite captivating. This is also a long-lasting fragrance that changes ever so subtly throughout the day to keep you smelling wonderful all day long.
What would a top-twenty perfume list be without at least one entry from Victoria’s secret? The lingerie giant has been carrying a wide range of perfumes for years and they offer several new fragrances annually. Many of their scents are pretty good but my absolute favorite is Very Sexy. I strongly think that the name has a lot to do with why I like this fragrance – I mean, who wouldn’t feel very sexy wearing a perfume by that name? In any case, I also think that the scent itself is pretty awesome so let me tell you more about it.
So let’s look at the ingredients that make up this this very sexy scent. The main notes in this sexy fragrance are vanilla orchid, midnight blackberry, and sun-drenched clementine. The vanilla orchid adds a bit of floral but not too much, the clementine gives it a nice but subtle fruitiness, and the midnight blackberry makes it a little dark, but that is good because it distinguishes it from the typical light and airy scents that you will normally get from Victoria’s secret.
Because this perfume is from Victoria’s Secret you will be able to find a host of complimentary products like Very Sexy body lotion, shampoo conditioner, body mist, etc. There are even Very Sexy products for men, so if you are in a relationship you and your guy can rock complimentary scents and be very sexy together. How awesome is that?
For a scent that will lift up your mood and ease your conscience you should try this crisp, citrusy fragrance from Lavanila. The trend today is for consumers, especially women, to be more conscious of the ingredients that are used to make the products that they consume and use. They want to know that the ingredients will not cause them harm in the long run, as so many of the products used by previous generations turned out to do. Enter Lavanila, a company that aims to provide its customers with healthy beauty products that are made from all-natural ingredients.
This fragrance is healthy because it is all-natural and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals that you may find in most other fragrances on the market. Lavanilas Vanilla Grapefruit fragrance is an invigorating mix of crisp cedarwood, sparkling grapefruit, lime, and, of course, Madagascar vanilla. The perfumers who created this scent used only the best pure essential oils to ensure that the end result is of the highest quality.
It is all well and good to know that this fragrance is healthy but in the end we still want to know that it smells good! Well, have no fear – this healthy fragrance from Lavanila is uplifting, warm, and luxurious. The expression “kissed by sunshine” has been used to describe it and I, for one, think that is a very accurate description.
Do you have a bit of a tomboy streak in you but you still love to come off as being playfully feminine? Tory Burch, the debut fragrance from the designer of the same name (no big surprise here) is a preppy blend for floral and citrus backed by a notable vetiver. The fragrance is reminiscent of one you would expect from Tommy Hilfiger or Ralph Lauren, but considering that Tory Burch was once a Ralph Lauren employee that is not too much of a surprise.
Tory’s intention was to create a fragrance where tomboy meets feminine and there are definitely tomboyish elements like the vetiver, but overall this is more of a feminine scent for sure. The floral note of peony and tuberose, coupled with the fresh and crisp neroli and grapefruit citrus notes, stand out above the vetiver and sandalwood at the base – although it is a strong base that gracefully anchors all the other notes.
The preppy, chic following that TORY BURCH has from her clothing line will certainly be able to appreciate the polished but easy vibe that this fragrance gives off. So will the younger Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger fans because, as I mentioned before, this scent is very similar to what you would expect from those brands. If you love RL or TH fragrances but want to try something new, you should definitely check out this perfume from TORY BURCH.
Somehow, of all the designers out there who make perfume Michael Kors is the one who manages to get all of two slots in my top 20 women’s fragrances list. I must admit, I think he is a very talented designer who has a knack for knowing what women will love when it comes to clothing, accessories, and fragrances.
Sexy Amber was made for Michael Kors by master perfumer Harry Fremont. To achieve the desired sexy scent he used a simple combination of notes – soft white floral for the top notes, amber for the middle notes, and a woody sandalwood for the base. This combination resulted in the warm, sensual, and sweet fragrance that is Sexy Amber.
This perfume is said to be inspired by some of Michael Kors favorite memories and, if that is true, they must have been memories of some awfully hot and steamy events! Whichever memories triggered the creation of this fragrance one thing is sure – when you wear it you increase the chances of attracting the attention of the opposite sex, and this may result in some favorite memories of your own!
I enjoy a nice, bright scented fragrance and Valentinos Valentina is just that. It has a strawberry-esque citrus at the opening and then for a few brief moments it gets very sweet before calming down into modern, clean florals. The floral notes are by no means overbearing and they will most likely be noticed only by persons who are very close to you. I believe this makes the fragrance very intimate and indeed, it does remind me of romantic love story from a 1950s film.
You may or may not have seen the television ad campaign for Valentino Valentina. It features famous model Freja Beha Erichsen escaping her fabulous dream wedding in a gorgeous Italian villa to run off with a handsome young lad (or should I say a dashing young man?) and they end up in a steamy makeout session in a car. This is quite a dramatic little scenario, but the truth is that the fragrance itself is not so dramatic. Or at least I don’t think so. It would have been better represented by a scenario where, for example, Freja Beha Erichsen’s character was stealing moments to meet with her forbidden love and they exchange gentle kisses and intimate embraces.
Many Valentina lovers comment on how expensive it smells. I get what they mean but as this is a Valentino perfume we should expect nothing less. I would be surprised if it did not smell expensive. It is priced just over the $100 mark and while that is more than what you will pay for the average perfume, it is still not close to what you would pay for one that you could truly call expensive, like the Herve Leger which is closer to the $300 mark. So if you are out for the expensive smell you will actually be getting a good deal with Valentina.
If you’ve got a hefty perfume allowance or are just able to appreciate a really great (albeit expensive) floral scent, then you need to get a whiff of this awesome creation from the Herve Leger brand. It has a citrus and spice blend mixed with exotic floral notes of jasmine and heliotrope. Herve Leger may be famous for its figure-hugging bandage dresses, but they certainly hit the right note with this fragrance.
This Herve Leger is one of the best kept secrets in the perfume world. I say that because the average person may not have heard of it and not many people can identify its scent by name. It can be difficult to find sometimes as not all the regular department stores carry it. This makes it a great choice for anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd by wearing a great fragrance that no one else at the party will be wearing. It will also make an awesome gift for a sophisticated and classy woman.
For a night out on the town with a few of your closest friends or a romantic dinner just for two, Herve Leger makes the perfect scent to add sophistication, class, and a dash of mystery to your evenings. The blend of notes is one of a kind, so be prepared to be remembered when you adorn yourself in this innocently sexy fragrance.
And now, although the 19 fragrances above are in no particular order, I saved the best for last – my all time personal favorite Chanel No.5. Many other fragrances have come close but no other has a reserved spot on my bathroom vanity and shares as many special memories as Chanel No. 5. Can you say iconic? There should be a photograph of Chanel No. 5 next to the definition of iconic perfume on dictionary.com.
It has been almost a century since 1921, when perfumer Ernest Beaux first presented Chanel No. 5 to Coco Chanel along with 8 other options. The perfume is one of the very first to incorporate aldehydes (synthetic notes) and Beaux is said to have added them to represent the blatant way in which Coco was known for using synthetic materials. It is common for aldehydes to be used in perfumes today, but back then it was a bold, revolutionary move.
True elegance is largely understand and, as if to prove its authenticity as an elegant fragrance, Chanel No. 5 has a quiet, gentle sillage without going unnoticed by any nose in your vicinity. This fragrance lasts and it is easily recognizable as one of the best high-end perfumes on the market. The fact that it has been around since 1921 and remains a crowd favorite with a loyal following even today says a great deal about this classic perfume. True perfume fans will have a bottle of Chanel No. 5 in their collection for sure.
Wow! There you have it – my top 20 perfumes. Writing this list for you has certainly been a pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing these excellent perfumes, some of which are old favorites and some new loves. I am happy that I had the opportunity to put my knowledge of perfumes to some use, and hopefully you were able to find what you were looking for.