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Best women’s perfumes and fragrances 2020: hit the right notes with your next scent

Sweet and girly, decadent and exotic, or clean and green, hit the right notes with our pick of the best ladies’ fragrances.

Best women’s perfumes and fragrances
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You don’t have to have the olfactory detectors of a sniffer dog to know what fragrances you don’t like the whiff of, but it’s hard pinpointing the fragrance you want to splurge on when you’re so spoilt for choice. With every high-profile brand and celebrity churning out a new scent every other month we’re hard-pushed to pinpoint which ones really stand out, and which just cause a stink. 

We’ve had our work cut out spritzing and sniffing our way through a load of female fragrances this week, but it’s our job to fall on that sword for you... 

How to buy the best perfume

When on the hunt for the perfect scent, it’s hard to judge what will suit just by taking a sniff from the bottle.

A good fragrance should have a balance of complimentary scents, longevity and one that matches your personality. Essential oils deliver more than synthetics in terms of longevity and balance. 

If you’re not sure what sort of scent you, or the intended recipient of the perfume, likes, scent types or “families” can provide some guidance. With men’s as well as women’s fragrances, the buzzwords to look out for are floral, fresh, fruity, citrus, oriental, woody and spicy. 

Use these straightforward descriptors as a starting point, and find the notes (for example rose, jasmine, bergamot or vetiver) that appeal to you to narrow it down.

Lisa Shackley, Givenchy Beauty Expert tells us: 

“It’s important not to wear perfume or scented body products when shopping for a new fragrance as this can alter the development of the chosen scent. 

“Always try the fragrance on the skin to see how it develops and how it ultimately matches your personality. I wouldn't recommend trying more than three to four different scents at one time.”

Whilst buying perfume for someone else is often a daunting task, we’ve rounded up the best 10 sure to win over anyone so, pick your poison…

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These are the 33 best women's perfumes:

Best perfumes: Chanel N°5 Eau de Parfum

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1. Chanel N°5 Eau de Parfum

Chanel N°5 is a classic for a reason – it's the best perfume you can buy

Specifications
Best for: A timeless, classic scent
Scent family: Floral
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Classic scent+Great brand+Simple, sylish bottle
Reasons to avoid
-Too obvious?

Chanel N°5 is a timeless, iconic fragrance, earning its spot at the top of our best perfume list. It was created in 1921 and differed from other perfumes at the time due to its unique structure. Chanel N°5 was tangy, sparkly, almost champagne-like. It completely changed perfume forever.

This perfume is classified as a refined, floral, soft fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of modern floral's with sandalwood and vanilla. It’s completely unmistakable and timeless, with top notes of Neroli that blends into the sensual, floral notes of two exceptional raw materials, May Rose and Jasmine.

Of course, it's an iconic fragrance, and the bottle is equally iconic, with a minimalist design and hand-sealed with a baudruche film.

Best perfumes: Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette

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2. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette

An incredibly popular fragrance from Marc Jacobs infused with succulent wild berries and soft white violets

Specifications
Best for: Soft, feminine and bursting energy
Scent family: Floral
Type: Eau de Toilette
Reasons to buy
+Modern scent+Ideal for summer+Pretty bottle+Young fragrance

'A daisy is a friendly flower, not precious, not exotic, but it evokes a spirit in a lot of women,' according to Marc Jacobs, and this is perfectly encapsulated by this charmingly simple fragrance. 

It's pure and playful, with top notes of succulent wild berries and soft white violets, leaving an irresistibly fresh and radiant scent on the skin. At the heart, velvety jasmine compliments the vibrancy of the florals, while a dry down of sandalwood imparts an aura of warmth and sensuality.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs makes an ideal gift, with a whimsical, retro-inspired bottle.

Best perfumes: Dior J'adore Eau de Parfum

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3. Dior J'adore Eau de Parfum

Effortlessly seductive while boasting an original signature

Specifications
Best for: A mature scent
Scent family: Floral
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+A more mature scent+Very detailed+Lasts long

J’adore Eau de Parfum is an essential women's floral fragrance by Dior. It features a bouquet finely crafted down to the last detail, uniting essence of ylang-ylang with its floral-fruity notes; essence of Damascus Rose from Turkey; and a blend of Jasmine Grandiflorum from Grasse and Indian Sambac Jasmine. It's a very mature fragrance, so perfect for a more mature woman, and is presented in a sensual, curvaceous amphora bottle.

Best perfumes: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Spray

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4. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Spray

An explosive perfume from Viktor & Rolf

Specifications
Best for: Explosive scent
Scent family: Floral
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Long-lasting scent+Strong and sweet+Not overpowering+Warm weather scent

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum is an explosive floral bouquet, with tens of Cattleyas, hundreds of Sambac Jasmine, thousands of freesia, and millions of rose petals enriched by an addictive scent of patchouli and vanilla. Prepare for a floral explosion of a mood-lifting and positive-vibes. Flowerbomb isn't too overpowering, however, but the sweet scent lasts for ages.

Best perfumes: Mugler Angel

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5. Mugler Angel

A great oriental fragrance in a stunning bottle

Specifications
Best for: A sensual oriental fragrance
Scent family: Oriental
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Cool bottle+Seductive scent+Glamorous+Great if you don't like floral scents

Angel is a delicate blend of sweet red fruits, soft caramel, honey and praline combined with the captivating power of patchouli and vanilla. Angel is a luxurious, chic and timeless fragrance with a seductive edge, perfect for everyday spritzing and totally irresistible. Plus, this perfume looks great on a dressing table, with the striking star-shaped bottle.

Best perfumes: Calvin Klein Ck one

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6. Calvin Klein CK One

You'll love this affordable unisex fragrance

Specifications
Best for: An affordable unisex fragrance
Scent family: Citrus
Type: Eau de Toilette
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Unisex+Fresh, fruity scent

CK One is an iconic fragrance that is unapologetically bold, yet exudes youthful, fresh simplicity. Bringing together refreshing notes of green tea, papaya, and bergamot, and perfectly balanced with soft accents of nutmeg, violet, cardamom, and rose, CK One harmonizes feminine floral and masculine musk into one unisex scent.

Best perfumes: Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne

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7. Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne

This fresh fragrance from Jo Malone is a modern classic

Specifications
Best for: Modern classic
Scent family: Citrus
Type: Cologne
Reasons to buy
+Fresh+Luxurious+Calming

The Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne is a signature fragrance from Jo Malone and has become a modern classic. It's quintessentially British and luxurious, perfectly blending citrus and herbal hues, revealing a unique scent which is both revitalising and relaxing. This fragrance evokes a Caribbean breeze, transporting you to a world of calm. Drying down to the base note of Amberwood, the cologne leaves you with a comforting presence, familiar and warming.

Best perfumes: Gucci Bloom Acqua Di Fiori Eau de Toilette

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8. Gucci Bloom Acqua Di Fiori Eau de Toilette

Specifications
Best for: Youthful scent
Scent family: Floral
Type: Eau de Toilette
Reasons to buy
+Fresh and youthful+Strong but not overwhelming+Long lasting

Intensely green and fresh, Gucci Bloom Acqua di Fiori "celebrates the joy and energy of youth". It's created by master perfumer Alberto Morillas, and blends the subtle musky tones of Galbanum leaves and the delicate spiciness of Cassis buds with the blooming floral notes of the original Gucci Bloom fragrance. The fragrance is uplifting and feminine, delivered in a pale pink bottle that is embellished with a whimsical floral print reflecting the scent’s fresh and energetic notes.

Best women’s perfumes and fragrances: Lancome La Vie est Belle Eau de Parfum

9. Lancome La Vie est Belle Eau de Parfum

A sweet and feminine fragrance to give you a sunny outlook

Specifications
Best for: A sweet scent
Scent family: Floral
Type: Eau de parfum
Reasons to buy
+Sweet, girly scent+Wear day or evening
Reasons to avoid
-May be cloying to some

La Vie est Belle’s delightfully feminine bottle, with its delicate gauze accents and pink hue, is just as sweet as its contents. With iris, jasmine and orange blossom at its heart; juicy pear and blackcurrant at the top; and patchouli, tonka and patchouli at the base, this is an unashamedly girly perfume for day or evening wear. It may be too sickly for some, but for lovers of gourmand and sweet scents, it’s certain to be a winner.

Best perfumes: Paco Rabanne Lady Million Eau de Parfum

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10. Paco Rabanne Lady Million Eau de Parfum

A hugely popular fragrance from Paco Rabanne

Specifications
Best for: Luxurious and sexy scent
Scent family: Floral
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Very popular (for a reason)+Bold bottle+Great scent

A hugely popular fragrance, Paco Rabanne Lady Million Eau de Parfum is a luxurious, sexy fragrance designed to make any woman feel a million dollars. It features top notes of Raspberry, Amalfi Lemon and Neroli, heart notes of Gardenia, African Orange Flower and Jasmine and base notes of White Honey Patchouli and Amber. The result is fresh and playful, making Paco Rabanne Lady Million a seductive scent. The bold diamond-shaped bottle, dressed in gold will look stunning on any dressing table

Best perfumes: Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum

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11. Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum

A must-have scent for the modern woman

Specifications
Best for: Elegant, modern women
Scent family: Chypre
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Great scent +Modern+Chic bottle

Enjoy timeless elegance with Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum spray. This inviting scent is fused with Mandarin Oil, Roses de Mai, Blond Woods, Amber and Vanille to create a powerful and exuberant fragrance that you will want to take with you for years to come. It's housed in a sleek and effortlessly classic bottle, Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum spray is the must-have scent for the modern woman.

Best perfumes: Le Labo Santal 33

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12. Le Labo Santal 33

A Le Labo classic

Specifications
Best for: Woody and evocative
Scent family: Woody
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Cool brand+Alluring story+Unisex

Le Labo has been described at 'the haute couture of the fragrance industry' and Santal 33 is the perfect example of that. Drawing inspiration from the old Marlboro ads (the American West and the masculinity of the great American cowboy), Santal 33 has an intoxicating aroma of spicy, leathery, musky notes that give this unisex fragrance a unique allure.

Best perfumes: Diptyque Do Son Eau de Toilette

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13. Diptyque Do Son Eau de Toilette

This scent from Diptyque is summer in a bottle

Specifications
Best for: Summer
Scent family: Floral
Type: Eau de Toilette
Reasons to buy
+Fresh+Summer scent+Light

This fresh white floral fragrance is perfectly blended and is steeped in mystery with its hints of iris, rose, African orange flower, pink pepper, musk and benzoin. The fragrance should remind you of summer nights, engulfed in the sweetness of a fresh sea breeze. The scent works its wonders to invigorate the senses, helping the wearer to feel refreshed, energised and full of vitality.

Best perfumes: Coach Dreams Eau de Parfum

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14. Coach Dreams Eau de Parfum

Take a trip through the American West with this perfume

Specifications
Best for: Evocative
Scent family: Floral and Woody
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Evocative+Vintage apothecary-inspired bottle+Fresh+Long lasting

Coach Dreams is inspired by a sunny road trip through the American West. Opening with notes of fresh fruit and finishing with lasting woody notes, it takes you on a journey from beginning to end, evoking anticipation, the open road and memories in the making. The radiant, woody scent opens with notes of bitter orange and juicy pear, revealing a heart of gardenia and cactus flower before drying down to sensual Joshua Tree and Ambroxan musk.

Best perfumes: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette

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15. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette

Evoking the Mediterranean lifestyle

Specifications
Best for: Summer
Scent family: Fruity Floral
Type: Eau de Toilette
Reasons to buy
+Great summer fragrance+Light and airy+Very evocative scent

This colourful, fresh, floral fruity Eau de Toilette reflects the sensuality and joy of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Sicilian cedar combines with the freshness of the Green apple and the floral allure and spontaneity of the bluebell, the top note captures the essence of a sunny South Italian summer. The freshness of bamboo softens with a feminine bouquet of jasmine and white rose.

The bottle is a timeless design inspired by the classic Dolce & Gabbana parfum, Light Blue shape is confident but always very feminine. Its light blue cap evokes the clear skies of the Mediterranean.

Best perfumes: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

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16. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

Specifications
Best for:
Scent family: Floral Oriental
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Great brand+Strong yet fresh+Long-lasting

The second Channel perfume on this list – this time an oriental fragrance with a strong yet surprisingly fresh personality. Sparks of fresh and vibrant orange immediately awaken the senses, while a clear and sensual heart reveals the transparent accords of Jasmine and Rose. The trail unfurls the pure accents of Patchouli and Vetiver that emphasise the slender structure of the composition.

Best perfumes: Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

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17. Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

A more youthful scent from Dior

Specifications
Best for: Sensual floral
Scent family: Chypre
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Finest essences+Who wouldn't want to smell like Natalie Portman
Reasons to avoid
-Could last longer

The new Miss Dior Eau de Parfum reveals the femininity of a sensual floral fragrance. Its heart is a floral declaration that combines the beauty of Grasse rose with the boldness of Damascus rose, both wrapped in a ribbon of fresh notes of Calabrian bergamot. This handcrafted creation is woven with rosewood from French Guiana and pink pepper from Reunion Island for heightened character.

Best perfumes: Tiffany & Co Eau de Parfum

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18. Tiffany & Co Eau de Parfum

Tiffany has captured the luxury, glamour and romance of New York City with its new signature scent

Specifications
Best for: Tiffany fans
Scent family: Floral
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Iconic packaging+Modern+Floral scent

Tiffany & Co Eau de Parfum is a radiant and modern scent that opens with vibrant top notes of vert de mandarine. At its heart, the precious iris flower, this signature ingredient adds strength and femininity that grounds the composition with refinement and sophistication. The fragrance then dries down to a sensual finish on the skin with warm nuances of patchouli wrapped in gentle musky notes.

The crystal bottle recalls the iconic Tiffany Lucida and Tiffany Yellow Diamond cuts. Inside, a delicate juice with the slightest tint of blue illuminates the precise cuts of the bottle. The fragrance is presented in the signature Tiffany Blue Box, an internationally recognised symbol of style, sophistication, and luxury.

Best perfumes: Chloé Signature Eau de Parfum

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19. Chloé Signature Eau de Parfum

A luxury scent that comes wrapped in a ribbon

Specifications
Best for: A great gift
Scent family: Floral
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Attractive bottle+Long-lasting+Amazing floral scent

This scent takes the classic rose and ingeniously translates it into a vibrant perfume: feminine, natural and sexy, suited to a free spirit, according to the marketing copy. The fragrance is a combination of floral powder notes, sprightly hints of peony and lychee, and the embellishment of springtime freesia. The airy, flirtatious head notes drift away to reveal the heady magnolia and lily of the valley, as well as subtle intimations of warm amber and elegant cedarwood.

Best perfumes: Burberry My Burberry Blush

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20. Burberry My Burberry Blush

Like stepping into a London garden (a nice one)

Specifications
Best for: Great all-rounder
Scent family: Fruity Floral
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Fresh+Can be used for any occasion +Delicate

Introducing My Burberry Blush, a fruity floral Eau de Parfum with a sparkling twist. Stepping back into a London garden awakening in the first light of day, My Burberry Blush captures the senses as blossoming flowers pop with spirited energy. Created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian and Christopher Bailey, the fragrance opens with glazed pomegranate and vibrant lemon. Delicate rose petal notes are lifted with crisp apple, while a base of jasmine and wisteria round off the scent for an intensely feminine touch.

Best perfumes: Miu Miu l'eau Rosee

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21. Miu Miu l'eau Rosee

Dewy and alive

Specifications
Best for: Fresh and light scent
Scent family: Floral
Type: Eau de Toilette
Reasons to buy
+Contemporary, sophisticated scent+Stunning bottle+Great story

Miu Miu L’Eau Rosée perfume sparkles with contemporary energy and indulges in the enduring classics. The fragrance has a soft floral juice created from lily of the valley and cassis buds, tightly wrapped in notes of sophisticated musk. The effect is freshness encapsulated. 

As its name suggests, L’Eau Rosée is dewy and alive, a brand new olfactory chapter that stays true to the youthful Miu Miu story

Best perfumes: Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum

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22. Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum

A dark, spicy fragrance perfect for date night

Specifications
Best for: Date night
Scent family: Spicy
Type: Perfume
Reasons to buy
+Something a little different+Perfect for colder nights+Cool brand+Sexy

The attention is captured by a sensuous blend of Black Truffle and Ylang mingled with fresh Bergamot and delectable Black Currant. A dramatic signature unfolds with the custom-made Tom Ford Black Orchard blended with dark, tempting florals and rich fruit accords. The heart is deepened with the intoxicating Lotus Wood. The decadent Noir Gourmand Accord is balanced by Patchouli-incense and Vetiver. Vanilla tears add a fluid creaminess to warm Balsam and smooth Sandalwood.

Best perfumes: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Classique Eau de Toilette

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23. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Classique Eau de Toilette

Just as the name suggests, this fragrance from Jean Paul Gaultier is a classic

Specifications
Best for: A classic scent
Scent family: Floriental
Type: Eau de Toilette
Reasons to buy
+Classic scent+Mix of floral and oriental+Iconic bottle

Originally released in 1993, this fragrance is a classic. The irresistible sweetness of orange blossom is combined with the powerful aphrodisiac notes of ginger. The scent of rice powder, a reminder of his childhood, is given a new twist with the caressing strength of vanilla.

Perhaps even more iconic than the scent is the bottle – a tribute to the beauty of women. Etched on the transparent glass is the quintessential item in Jean Paul Gaultier's female wardrobe, the corset.

Best women’s perfumes and fragrances: Jo Loves Pomelo

24. Jo Loves Pomelo

Jo Loves, we love, everyone will love this delicate scent

Specifications
Best for: Delicate scent
Scent family: Citrus
Type: Eau de Parfum
Reasons to buy
+Delicate, lasting scent+Floral

A scent so good you’ll want to spritz twice, or even three times for that matter. It’s delicate and citrus-y without being sickly, formulated with warmer undertones. As Jo Malone’s first comeback scent under Jo Loves it’s clear she’s brought along her A-game. A safe scent perfect for you or perfect to gift. Jo Loves, we love.

Best women’s perfumes and fragrances: Cartier La Panthere

25. Cartier La Panthére Eau de Parfum

This bold fragrance is sure to get noticed

Specifications
Best for: Bold, lasting scent
Scent family: Floral
Type: Eau de Parfum
Reasons to buy
+Lasting scent+Indulgent
Reasons to avoid
-The bold fragrance isn’t for everyone

Cartier’s La Panthere is sophisticated and indulgent, a perfect cocktail for evenings out. It’s a bold fragrance with detectable notes of musk and nuances of fruity flavours. Use sparingly, one spritz and you're set for the day - or night! 

Best women’s perfumes and fragrances: Givenchy Eau de Givenchy

26. Givenchy Eau de Givenchy

A bright and breezy fragrance

Specifications
Best for: Freshness
Scent family: Floral
Type: Eau de Toilette
Reasons to buy
+A light summer scent
Reasons to avoid
-Requires a top-up throughout the day

A bright and breezy scent reminiscent of long summer days. Eau de Givenchy is a perfect harmony of citrus and floral scents the perfect refreshing pick-me-up. If you want something feminine that dances between floral and fruity, this is a great option for you.

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Best women’s perfumes and fragrances: Kenzo World Eau de Toilette

27. Kenzo World Eau de Toilette

Like bottled joy

Specifications
Best for: Feeling joyful
Scent family: Floral
Type: Eau de Toilette
Reasons to buy
+The ideal scent for younger ladies
Reasons to avoid
-Some may find it cloying

Kenzo world is like bottled joy. It’s a light, jubilant scent that’s got base notes of peonies but a dominant scent of pear. An ideal summer scent that requires topping up throughout the day. 

Best women’s perfumes and fragrances: Estée Lauder Beautiful eau de parfum

28. Estée Lauder Beautiful eau de parfum

This perennial favourite is fulsome, floral, and — what else? — beautiful

Specifications
Best for: Classic floral scent
Scent family: Floral
Type: Eau de Parfum
Reasons to buy
+Classic scent+Long-lasting
Reasons to avoid
-Not for those who don't like full floral scents

Beautiful is a time-honoured classic, and little wonder. Upon application, the scent is apparently light and floral. Estée Lauder then intend for the heady rose and lily to eventually soften out into jasmin and ylang ylang before warming to a rich, woody base of sandalwood and vetiver. Reviewers have noted that, once on, it stays put, making it a delightful, long-lasting fragrance for day time. A fabulous gift for Mums for Christmas, or just because.
 

Best women’s perfumes and fragrances: Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum

29. Marc Jacobs Decadence Eau de Parfum

A sexy, woody scent for starlit evenings

Specifications
Best for: Deep woody scent
Scent family: Woody
Type: Eau de parfum
Reasons to buy
+Sensuous woody notes+It's a tiny handbag!
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best for all-day wear

Never has a perfume been named so aptly; everything from Decadence’s emerald green glass and tactile python cap to its sensual and exotic aromas has been intended as a heady luxurious treat. Marc Jacobs have infused some unusual notes — orris, plum, saffron, and papyrus woods, to name a few — making for a devilishly grown-up fragrance that’s perfect for evening wear. Its popularity among reviewers is undoubted, and with its Instagram-worthy design, it’s a great gift for romantic partners (or for keeping for yourself).
 

Best women’s perfumes and fragrances: GHOST Sweetheart Eau de Toilette

30. Ghost Sweetheart Eau de Toilette

An unexpectedly complex fruity fragrance — get it for your daughter, or your sweetheart

Specifications
Best for: Fruity value option
Scent family: Fruit
Type: Eau de toilette
Reasons to buy
+On the inexpensive end+Broad appeal- range of subtle notes
Reasons to avoid
-Needs reapplication - doesn't last too long

Ghost intended for this fragrance to emanate the image of fledgling love. Infusing blends of fresh mint and lemon with subtle floral scents, Ghost have made sure the sweetness and the excitement is there.  White flowers make up the heart; a woody base brings it down to earth; and there’s a powdery, almost talc-like impression as it dries down. The common word is that the scent is a little spontaneous, but Sweetheart manages a wide appeal all the same, making it the perfect gift for tricky-to-buy-for young ladies.

Best women’s perfumes and fragrances: Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau de Parfum

31. Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau de Parfum

Let the zesty top and exotic woods of Wonderlust take you on a sensory voyage

Specifications
Best for: Exotic
Scent family: Woody
Type: Eau de toilette
Reasons to buy
+Exotic fragrance+Beautiful bottle
Reasons to avoid
-Quite strong

With top notes of bergamot and pink pepper and a smooth sandalwood base, Micheal Kors have developed a beautifully balanced fragrance that reviewers say moves effortlessly from fresh and zingy to soft and mellow over the course of wear. The on-trend ombre bottle with its sunset hues and the luxe gold cap (reminiscent of MK’s famous hardware), have been designed to evoke the memory of a warm summer evening - much like the fragrance inside. For the big Michael Kors fan in your life, or for anyone who would like a deliciously exotic and unexpected fragrance, this makes a great gift.

Best women’s perfumes and fragrances: Jo Malone London Basil & Neroli Cologne

32. Jo Malone London Basil & Neroli Cologne

A fresh, light, and lovely herbaceous cologne from queen of green Jo Malone

Specifications
Best for: Fresh
Scent family: Citrus, floral
Type: Cologne
Reasons to buy
+Elegant, grown-up scent+Fresh and subtle
Reasons to avoid
-More of a summer scent

This wonderfully fresh unisex cologne from posh parfumier Jo Malone is just the ticket if you want a light, subtle scent, but tend to find florals cloying. The clean, citrusy neroli has been used to instill the sense of a breath of fresh air, while the basil infuses a clean herbiness that helps to create the playful and fun connotations that Jo Malone is going for. Like many of Malone’s perfumes, this scent is uncluttered for everyday use and the perfect choice for people who don’t do perfume.

Best women’s perfumes and fragrances: Benefit Maybe Baby Eau de Toilette

33. Benefit Maybe Baby Eau de Toilette

Is this floral treat the best perfume for teens? Maybe, baby...

Specifications
Best for: Teens
Scent family: Floral
Type: Eau de toilette
Reasons to buy
+Sweet but not overpowering+Cute retro design
Reasons to avoid
-Has the tendency to be discontinued 

Benefit promise there's an abundance of light white florals, a hit of jammy apricot and sharp white ginger, and a hint of musk, which makes this sweet fragrance an ideal first perfume for teens. With its playful packaging, it’s undoubtedly girly in its approach, but is more complex than you might expect at first glance. Reviewers say it strikes the right balance between noticeable and subtle, and dries down to a mellow powdery scent. A great stocking filler for daughters and granddaughters, but a lovely flirty scent for Benefit fans of all ages, too.

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