The Best Perfume for Women in Need of a New Signature Scent
Finding your signature scent takes some trial and error, but once you find the one, it feels like a match made in heaven. The best perfume for women isn’t the same for everyone, and depending on your preferences, you may want something a little muskier and more androgynous or something more floral and feminine.
To help narrow things down, we compiled a list of the top 15 perfume picks for women that are classic for any season and occasion.
1. Lancome Paris La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum
For the gourmand
This beloved fragrance features vanilla, tonka bean, patchouli, black currant and praline to give it a gentle sweetness.
2. Christian Dior J’Adore
For the Romantic
The blend of orchid and blackberry musk make this an alluring everyday fragrance that will leave behind a sensual trail for anyone who follows in your path.
3. Jessica McClintock Eau de Parfum
For the budget conscious
With a base of sweet lily of the valley that’s balanced with musky bergamot and black currant, this fragrance is decadent but not overwhelming (and the perfect choice for a lavish date night).
4. Yves Saint Laurent Opium Eau de Parfum
For the trendsetter
Loved by A-list celebrities like Emily Blunt and Giselle Bundchen, this sensual scent has notes of bergamot, mandarin, myrrh, jasmine, amber and opopnax to give it a spicy undertone that lingers throughout the day, so reapplication is never necessary.
5. Chanel Gabrielle
For the floral lover
As the spokesmodel for this scent, Margot Robbie encapsulates the essence of this perfume: a feminine floral that’s balanced with rich notes of ylang-ylang, jasmine and orange blossom.
6. Carolina Herrera Eau de Parfum
For the bold
Karlie Kloss swears by this bold, but breezy fragrance. Featuring floral notes and grounded with a rich cocoa and almond base, one spritz of this perfume will linger on your clothes for days.
7. Fenty Eau de Parfum
For the androgynous
The newest addition to Fenty Beauty is this beautifully androgynous scent that is equal parts sweet and musky. (The buzzy fragrance sold out hours after its release and already has customers signing up for the next restock.)
8. Prada Candy Florale
For the subtle
This airy fragrance is light and sweet with notes of blossoming florals and sweet honey; it’s delicate and not too cloying, making it an ideal signature scent for those who prefer something more subtle.
9. Lake & Skye 11 11 Body Oil
Perfumed body oils are especially great for longevity because they don’t fade until you wash them off. This musky fragrance gives off a warm, natural scent. This oil itself is also rich in moisture and anti-inflammatory ingredients like vitamin E and sweet almond oil.
11. Ralph by Ralph Lauren
For the fruit lover
With base notes of musk and white iris, and fruity undertones of apple leaf, magnolia and Italian mandarin, this beautifully balanced scent will leave your skin smelling deliciously sweet.
12. Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum
Best for everyday
This aromatic scent will leave you smelling fresh—as if you spent the day in the wooded forest. Bergamot and juniper complement vanilla and amber to create a crisp scent you won’t tire of.
13. Daisy by Marc Jacobs
The fan favorite
As its name (and bottle) suggest, this scent is a vibrant floral. Offering a luxurious, yet softer take on femininity, it features top and middle notes of gardenia and violet leaf, and musky undertones of white woods.
14. Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum
This intoxicating floral is loaded with notes of freesia, cattleyas, sambac jasmine and rose. It’s delightfully bold and a standout choice for everyday wear (if that’s your style).
15. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette
The Cult Classic
You’ve probably smelled this fruity-floral at some point in time. The well-worn scent has a bright grapefruit base and soft notes of jasmine and white musk to round things out; the result is a sweet but subtle fragrance that’s as classic as the fashion house that created it.