Having one of the best perfumes for women by your side is practically a necessity. But that’s easier said than done, considering there’s no such thing as “one scent fits all”. There are classic florals, fruity fragrances and spicy, woody blends – among many, many others.
The world of perfumery dates back centuries and it’s still evolving as quickly now as it did back then. It has brought us our trusty staples that we religiously restock every year, as well as newer, unconventional and trending fragrances. At this point, perfume has evolved past simply being a way to smell nice. Smell is one of our most powerful sense, and some scents have a unique effect that can trigger nostalgia, calm our nerves and even increase our serotonin levels – much like aromatherapy.
Spritzing ourselves with our go-to scent has become as much of a routine as any of our beloved skincare products. After all, perfumes are a non-negotiable beauty ritual that boosts our confidence and generally sets the mood for the rest of the day. They’re an invisible yet necessary fashion accessory that can tie any look together. Not to mention, some bottles make the chic-est decorations to our dressing tables (cough-cough, Delina Parfums De Marly, anyone?).
Best perfume for women at a glance – our top picks:
- Best elegant perfume: Giorgio Armani Si, WAS £92 NOW £73.60, LookFantastic
- Best premium perfume: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540, £235, Harvey Nichols
- Best trending perfume: Prada Paradoxe, WAS £92, LookFantastic
- Best cult-favourite perfume for women: Prada Candy Eau De Parfum, WAS £77 NOW £65.45, Boots
But with the abundance of brands and price points, narrowing down your picks is not the easiest of tasks. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that women’s perfumes can be the toughest category to shop for. There’s so many factors to consider: your personal style, willingness to experiment, budget and the kind of vibe you want to channel. Are you after something that exudes confidence? Consider hints of oud and patchouli. Or are you looking for a seasonal fragrance? Summer is great for fresh, citrusy scents, while winter is all about warm and toasty perfumes.
Whether you want to switch up your signature scent or if you’re shopping for a loved one – we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve put together a full edit of the best perfumes of all time, including all-time classics (hello, Chanel No5), cult-favourites such as the iconic Prada Candy and the latest trending releases like the Prada Paradoxe. You’ll find everything from the long-lasting options and those that are great for layering, as well as premium fragrances and the more affordable alternatives. So what are you waiting for? Scroll away…
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This story originally appeared on GLAMOUR US.
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