25 Best Perfumes For Women

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Finding your signature scent is like finding the perfect partner: you’ll rarely know what you’re looking for until you find it. Still, like any good relationship, you have standards, right? The deal breakers, your all-or-nothing. Maybe there’s a specific type you’re looking for: woodsy and dark or fresh and clean. Perhaps you even envision a particular scene that you would like to emulate with your scent: long walks along the Mediterranean, or climbing into an Uber after an eventful evening in New Orleans? All these aspects can be experienced through smell.

Fortunately, fragrance masters have made discovering the ideal perfume a little easier than matching you with the perfect date. After scouring the perfume archives for some of the most popular and interesting Eau de Toilettes on the market, we found scents with a proven track record of intrigue. Order a few samples to compare and contrast your favorites, or go all in for a full-sized bottle that doubles as decor. This is your perfume love story. Never settle.

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1 Dolce Lily Eau De Toilette

The spring-ish bottle alone is enough to get you in the spirit of a new season. Inside, the juice is a sparkling blend of pink lily and passion fruit, with a bit of musk in it to cut down on the sweetness.

A more modern take on the traditional floral perfume, this inventive fragrance is made all the more dynamic by the addition of rangoon creeper, a flowering vine native to tropical Asia. This can be a strong scent, so don’t overdo it, but the jasmine and tuberose scents are just lovely.

With ambassador Zendaya as leading lady, Lancome’s Idole already has a lot to offer. But with its burst of fresh flowers – especially rose and jasmine – this makes for an all-feminine, but never overpowering scent.

Even if your name isn’t Ari, you can still smell like the superstar with this flirty, feminine perfume. With sweet floral and fruity scents of lavender blossom, pear, coconut and vanilla, this is a bright, young fragrance.

Inspired by the city that never sleeps, this perfume is a challenge to pin down. Packed with seemingly clashing notes – bright pear, sweet rose and vanilla, dark amber – the result is instead an intoxicating concoction.

6 Mumbai Noise Eau De Parfum

Another fragrance that owes its influences to a city – in this case bustling Mumbai – this perfume contains notes of davana, tonka bean, coffee and sandalwood, to name a few. It is a rich, slightly spicy perfume that is perfect for the cold winter months.

If your goal is to stay as fresh as possible 24/7, this unisex fragrance from Calvin Klein is the answer. It smells of pineapple, jasmine, amber and sandalwood – the recipe for a truly one-sided flattering scent.

8 Purple Haze Eau de Parfum

Inspired by the 1970s and Jimi Hendrix, this perfume has notes of bergamot, musk, black pepper and thyme. It’s a rich, full-bodied perfume best suited to the coolest, grungiest person you know. As a bonus, the bottle is too pretty not to covet.

9 Signature Eau de Parfum

Created by the brand that brought us the chicest, most enviable lingerie, La Perla perfumes are just as desirable. This scent is citrusy enough to evoke a bold, wide awake feeling, but balanced with dark notes of neroli.

It’s all in the name, folks: this perfume is like getting the feeling of a sunset soiree in a romantic palace garden. With orchid, patchouli, tea leaf, jasmine and rose, wearing Flowerbomb is the best choice to take a bouquet anywhere.

If the flowery language of the fragrance world makes your eyes glaze over – and you’d rather not spend your entire salary on one bottle – check out Snif, an innovative fragrance brand that offers elegant fragrances at affordable prices. Their scent of choice is the earthy, vanilla-rich Sweet Ash, but the company’s “try-before-you-buy” model means you can test several bottles before committing.

For a complex citrus perfume, this one from the cool Brooklyn brand DS & Durga is top. It smells like the peel of a pomelo, combined with hints of tuberose, musk and of course grapefruit.

13 Eau de Minthe Eau de Parfum

For a slightly more masculine aftershave-inspired perfume, this minty scent is fresh and delightful. Along with mint, it has notes of geranium and patchouli for a complicated yet delightful fragrance.

There’s a reason you’ll see this iconic bottle in practically every magazine you’ve ever opened. A classic, the fruity floral ingredients never outweigh the luscious elegance of ylang ylang, jasmine, pear, melon, peach and lily.

If all you want for your birthday is a bushel of peonies, this perfume should come second. It is a beautiful floral fragrance with notes of raspberry, geranium, Turkish rose and peony. It is practically a portable bouquet.

16 Fleur Narcotique Eau de Parfum

This luxurious and fruity perfume is like summer in a bottle. With unique traces of lychee, peony, orange blossom and peach, with a little musk mixed in for good measure, this is like a well-made cocktail – worth the extra cost.

17 Good Girl Eau de Parfum

This perfume starts out bright and surprising with notes of jasmine and quickly turns dark and seductive with traces of coffee and cocoa. A must have for any wild night in or out.

18 Black Opium Eau de Parfum

For those who crave a little danger in their dress-up, this sexy concoction that smells of coffee, vanilla and pear is a feast for the senses. A little soft, a little edgy, this is a fantastic evening wear scent.

The beautiful notes of tobacco, cocoa, ginger and dried fruit form an unforgettable fragrance that makes a bold first impression. Combines best with a power suit.

Sensual but not intimidating, this YSL staple infuses its white floral notes of Moroccan orange blossom and jasmine with lavender and a hint of vanilla. This is a memorable fragrance – so much so that one Ulta reviewer called it “beautifully intoxicating.”

By far one of the most unique options on this list, Forest Lungs smells just like you’d expect: rich and smoky, it’s a deep breath of the great outdoors, accented by cedar, pine, vetiver, and patchouli.

22 Chance Eau de Parfum Spray

A fruity, floral scent that is as traditionally feminine as its color, this is a non-fussy choice for spring day wear.

23 aris Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum

Another woody scent – but this time with more sweetness and spice – Baccarat Rouge is like a bite of sea salt caramel. That first scent is sweet, then it evolves into spicy, earthy notes of jasmine and cedar.

A classic in the Armani collection, Sì is the ideal bottle for anyone craving an earthy fragrance that doesn’t smell like… well, earth. With rose and freesia softening this inventive scent, it’s a great transition perfume from day to evening.

The whole point of this perfume is that it smells like the best version of you. A you that throws itself into expensive body wash, inspiring people to come up to you and say, “What are you wearing?” It contains bright notes of pink pepper, warm amber and a hint of fresh iris.

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