A signature scent is something that every woman should have. It should be timeless and not overpowering. With so many different types of fragrances and perfumes on the market, it can be challenging to find the best perfume for your perfect scent.
Whether you are looking to buy a new perfume for yourself, a friend, significant other or family member, there are a few things to remember. There is a difference between eau de parfum and eau de toilette.
What is the difference?
The only difference is the amount of oil concentration. Eau de parfum is more concentrated than eau de toilette, meaning it will have a stronger aroma. A pure perfume will have the strongest smell out of all. So if you are looking for something more subtle, look for an eau de toilette spray.
Also, remember that your favorite scent and your sister’s favorite scent could be very different, and that is okay! Our bodies react differently to certain scents, which is what makes picking your signature scent so important.
We’ve rounded up a list of our top ten favorite perfumes that are classic and stand the test of time.
Best Universal Perfume: Glossier You Eau de Parfum
Price: $60 for 1.7fl oz
This Glossier perfume works for any age. Women from teens to adults all love this earthy, fresh and clean fragrance. It has a musk scent that adapts to your unique skin chemistry, so it smells a little different on everyone!
Best Floral Perfumes: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb and Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede
Price: $93 for 1.7 fl oz
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum is a cult favorite fragrance. It is super feminine and has a warm and spicy floral scent with notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and patchouli.
Price: $70 for 1.0 fl oz
Jo Malone’s Peony & Blush Suede is a favorite among brides. Its fresh floral fragrance is simple but addictive and is a perfect spring scent.
Best Vacation/Summer Perfume: Tom Ford Soliel Blanc
Price: $240 for 1.7 fl oz
Tom Ford’s Soliel Blanc is like a vacation in a bottle. One spritz and you’ll be transported to the beach. It’s a warm & sweet scent with notes of bergamot, pistachio and coco de mer; this is a best-selling scent for good reason.
Best Fresh Perfumes: Chloé Eau de Parfum or Chanel Chance
Price: $105 for 1.7fl oz
Chloé Eau de Parfum is a classic floral and fresh scent. Its top notes of peony, lychee and freesia makes this a perfect fresh spring scent. The top notes are accompanied by rose, honey and cedarwood.
Price: $105 for 1.7fl oz
Chanel Chance is a classic perfume that has been a cult favorite for many years. It’s fresh scent gives a surge of energy with its notes of citron, jasmine, and teakwood.
Best Youthful Scent: Marc Jacobs Daisy
Price: $86 for 1.7fl oz
Another classic cult scent is Marc Jacobs Daisy. It’s charmingly simple with its fruity floral notes of strawberry, violet, and jasmine but dries down with a sandalwood finish, which makes it not only feminine and fruity but also sensual.
Best Woodsy Scent: Jo Malone London Wood Sage/Sea Salt
Price: $70 for 1.0fl oz
A perfect mix of woodsiness and beachiness, Jo Malone’s wood sage and sea salt cologne is a fresh woodsy scent that is loved by many. Its keynotes are ambrette seeds, sea salt and sage. Another perk of Jo Malone fragrances is that they can be combined.
Mix wood sage and sea salt with peony & blush suede for another aromatic scent.
Best Clean Perfume: The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods
Price: $79 for 1.7fl oz
A great organic, fair trade perfume is hard to find.
A lot of clean fragrances can tend to smell powdery. Vanilla Woods by The 7 Virtues is a warm and spicy scent with notes of pear, rose, and vanilla. It is vegan, hypoallergenic and cruelty-free. Another great thing to love about this perfume it provides education and healthcare. It is made with fair trade, organic vanilla that is sourced from Madagascar and provides families with fair wages.
Best Night Time Perfume: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
The addictive Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium scent is perfect for date nights or nights on the town. It is a seductive fragrance with base notes of coffee, white flowers and vanilla. This is a warm and spicy fragrance that is equally sexy as it is warm and sweet.
Whether you are looking for your signature scent or love to switch up your fragrances by season or even by day, these top ten women's perfumes are all classics and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
If you are looking for a new perfume for someone else, Mary Winkenweder, Beauty Expert and Makeup Artist shares a few tips. She says first, ask yourself, "can the person you are buying perfume for live with the ingredients of the perfume?" Winkerweder continues, "know the person you're buying perfume for well enough to know about their allergies. Some ingredients may cause sneezing or skin breakouts when applied."
Still can’t decide what your next perfume should be? Try out the Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler. This perfume set gives you the opportunity to try out different perfumes to find the perfect scent for you. Scents range from designer brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Dior, Gucci and other best sellers.
Once you find your scent, redeem the included certificate for a full-size perfume! It also makes a great gift!
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