Spice up your routine with a top-rated perfume from Chanel, Gucci, Tom Ford
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Perfumes are to the nose what music is to the ears. Like songs, fragrance has the power to summon our most treasured memories and remind us of a place that we hold close to our hearts. Therefore, choosing a perfume oftentimes becomes an intimate process. To help you find your perfect match, we've rounded up 12 of the best perfumes for women, according to reviews.
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1. This floral-scented perfume from Prada
A floral perfume? Groundbreaking. The Paradoxe Eau de Parfum from famed Italian fashion house Prada claims to be "an invitation to explore and express the paradoxical multi-dimensionality of women." The flowery fragrance relies on notes of neroli, amber and musk. It's available in a 1-ounce, 1.6-ounce and 3-ounce bottle, in addition to a 0.33-ounce mini spray.
"It's such a sexy scent," one satisfied Ulta customer declares. "It gives me confidence. I wore it for the first time today, and it lasted a while on the skin. The scent lingers, and it's a sweet, sexy musky smell."
2. This warm-scented fragrance from Tom Ford
Looking for an unconventional fragrance? Consider Lost Cherry by Tom Ford to be one of your best bets. It's a self-proclaimed "warm and spicy" perfume, which means no traces of flowers can be found here. Instead, your nose will be treated to "fantasy-like levels of insatiability" thanks to notes of black cherry, tonka bean and almond. You can find this perfume in a 1-ounce, 1.7-ounce and 3.4-ounce bottle. It's also available in a 0.33-ounce mini spray.
"Smells so good," one Sephora reviewer exclaims. "I get tons of compliments, and it lasts for days on my smile. My new holy grail."
3. This beloved French floral fragrance from Parfums de Marly
Every day should come with something special, so why not have that special something be your perfume? Set your sights on the Parfums de Marly Delina Royal Essence Eau de Parfum to add some pep to your step. It's meant to be "a subtle yet mysterious fragrance" that owes its alluring aroma to notes of rhubarb, bergamot essence, Turkish rose, vanilla, vetiver and musk—among others. Catch this scent in a 1-ounce and 2.5-ounce bottle.
"I love Delina," a Saks Fifth Avenue reviewer writes. "This is my third buy. Delina is my signature scent. I always feel very feminine and royal wearing this scent. Everywhere I go, I always get compliments and make heads turn."
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4. This scent-adjusting perfume from Glossier
If you want a perfume that acclimates to your body chemistry, choose Glossier You—hence why the fragrance is named "You." In fact, the brand says it's made to "grow with you." The self-proclaimed "ultimate personal fragrance" is laced with traces of pink pepper, ambrox and ambrette seeds. This perfume is housed in a 1.7-ounce bottle and also comes in a solid compact that retails for $30.
"This is amazing," touts one pleased Glossier customer. "I love the smell. It is something I have never smelled before in a perfume. I get complimented on it all the time, and my friends always recognize me by my scent. It is so long lasting, and by far my favorite perfume."
5. This rich, floral fragrance from Gucci
Gucci's Flora Gorgeous Jasmine Eau de Parfum promises to pack more of an olfactory punch due to its self-described "rich white floral scent." On top of that, the scent is also designed to unleash "a new dimension of unbound freedom" thanks to traces of mandarine essence, grandiflorum jasmine, magnolia accord and sandalwood. The potent aroma comes in four sizes: a 0.33-ounce mini spray, a 1-ounce bottle, a 1.6-ounce bottle and a 3.3-ounce bottle.
"Usually, I'd get a perfume and it gets annoying to smell throughout the day or it's a bit much," one Ulta reviewer writes. "But this? Perfect. I can literally sleep with it on! 10/10 Gucci, awesome creation! I need the largest bottle now L.O.L. it's a lovely sweet, floral, clean, crisp scent. Perfect for any occasion!"
6. This vibrant floral from Dior
Sunshine in a bottle may be found in the Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. As stated by the brand, it's billed as a "warm floral" that credits its scent to notes of lily-of-the-valley, centifolia rose and soft musk. It's available in a 0.7-ounce mini bottle, a 1-ounce bottle, a 1.7-ounce bottle, 3.4-ounce bottle and a 5-ounce bottle.
"I’m in love with my Dior parfum," a Sephora reviewer says. "It was just what I was looking for—not too strong, floral and light. The scent also stayed on for hours—even 'til the next day."
7. This timeless floral scent from Lâncome
You likely know Lâncome for its makeup, but its Idôle Eau de Parfum deserves your attention, too. Billed as a "classic floral," this scent purports to be "sophisticated yet unapologetically modern." It's comprised of notes of Jasmine absolute, rose essence and chypre accord. You find this scent in three sizes: a 0.33-ounce mini spray, a 0.84-ounce bottle and a 1.7-ounce bottle.
"I’ve been using this perfume for over a year now and have never had so many people ask me what I’m wearing," one Sephora customer shares. "Girls at work, men, nurses, receptionists, the mailman—everyone. I’ve had people ask me to search the perfume on their phone so they could take a screenshot and buy it. It’s a very clean, fresh, classy scent. Like an expensive soap. Can be worn all year round and is definitely my signature scent."
8. This tangy, floral fragrance from Chanel
A cacophony of fruity and floral aromas collide to create the Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette. According to the brand, the marriage of these two scent categories is supposed to lure "you into a soft whirlwind of happiness, fantasy and radiance." The formula leans on notes of grapefruit-quince accord, jasmine and white musks. Snag this fragrance in either a 1.7-ounce or 3.4-ounce bottle.
"I've been using this perfume for a few years now, and it quickly became my favorite! It has a sweet classy smell," one Ulta customer writes. "And it lasts all day. I can smell it randomly on myself throughout the day, but it's never overpowering."
9. This woody-smelling perfume from Le Labo
Not everyone is into floral scents, and if you fall under that camp, then you may want to look into the über-popular Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum. It's a "rich, woody" fragrance "that captures a defining image of the spirit of the American West and personal freedom." It accomplishes this through a lengthy list of notes that include violet accord, cardamom, iris, ambrox, cedarwood, leatherwood and sandalwood. The scent comes in a 0.5-ounce spray, a 1.7-ounce bottle and a 3.4-ounce bottle.
"I love this so much I'd bathe in it if I could," one happy Nordstrom reviewer muses. "My guilty pleasure is to spritz my wrist before bed so I can smell it in my sleep, too. Absolutely obsessed!"
10. This powdery floral scent from Chloé
For a classic, powdery floral reminiscent of the perfume that your grandma may have once had, look to the Chloé Eau de Parfum, a self-described "fresh and feminine fragrance suited to a free spirit with an utterly innate sense of chic." It gets its scent from notes of peony, lychee, springtime freesia, rose and honey. You can get this perfume in six sizes: a 0.33-ounce mini spray, a 1-ounce bottle, a 1.6-ounce bottle, 2.5-ounce bottle, a 3.4-ounce bottle and a 4.2-ounce bottle.
"This is one of my daily perfumes," a Sephora reviewer says. "I love this scent. It feels fresh, slightly floral and a bit baby powder-ish. I don't mind it at all, and it's fantastic for the spring and those light summer days. Not a heavy scent at all!"
11. This spicy-scented perfume from Mugler
Want something that leans sweet? Turn your attention to the Angel Eau de Parfum by Mugler. This self-described "warm and spicy" scent is designed to help recall "playful memories and sweet sensations," courtesy of notes of praline, bergamot, red fruits and patchouli. The fragrance is available in a 0.37-ounce mini spray, a 0.8-ounce bottle, a 1.7-ounce bottle and a 3.4-ounce bottle.
"This scent makes me feel both heavenly and like a rockstar," gushes one Sephora customer. "I can’t remember one time wearing it where I didn’t feel beautiful, or where I didn’t get tons of compliments! I was never a perfume wear until I found Angel, and I’m not sure that I’ll ever wear any other scent again!"
12. This sophisticated floral from Carolina Herrera
If classy, yet edgy is your vibe, then let us introduce you to the Good Girl Eau de Parfum by Carolina Herrera. The floral aroma purports to be "the ultimate femme fatale fragrance." It's a combination of sambac jasmine, tuberose crystal, velvet almond, tonka bean, cocoa and coffee bean. This high heel-shaped perfume bottle is available in a 1-ounce, 1.7-ounce, 2.7-ounce and 5-ounce bottle.
"This is a must," one Ulta customer enthuses. "Strong, yet beautiful smell! Very sexy!"
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