Our Favorite Fragrances Will Have You Smelling Like A Dream


Finding your signature scent is like finding the proper partner: You’re rarely going to know what you’re searching for until you discover it. Still, like with any good relationship, you’ve gotten standards, right? The dealbreakers, your all-or-nothings, etc. When searching for the most effective perfumes for ladies, possibly there’s a particular type you’re looking for—either a woodsy and dark winter perfume or a fresh and clean fragrance for spring? Perhaps you even envision a specific situation you’d like your scent to emulate: long walks along the Mediterranean sea, or climbing into an Uber after an eventful evening in Latest Orleans? All of those points will be experienced through fragrance.

“Fragrance is concerning the way it makes you are feeling,” says Joan Tanis, national training and events director at Maison Francis Kurkjian. “Wearing a scent that works together with your body chemistry can enhance your mood and even change behaviors. Fragrance encourages the discharge of endorphins, which makes us feel good.”

Thankfully, fragrance masters have made discovering the best perfume somewhat easier than matching you with the proper date. After scouring the perfume archives for a number of the hottest and most interesting perfumes in the marketplace, we found scents with a proven track record for intrigue. Order a number of samples to check and contrast your favorites, or go all-in on a full-size bottle that doubles as décor. That is your perfume love story. Never settle.

Also price noting: A lot of these brands offer some amazing perfume gift sets, so you possibly can treat your family members to the magical experience of (hopefully) finding their latest favorite scents, too.

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Best for Layering

The Harmonist

Yin Transformation Parfum

Top Notes Bergamot, mandarin, pink peppercorn
Size 1.7 fl. oz.


Best Daytime Scent


Idôle Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Bergamot, juicy pear, pink peppercorn
Size 0.85-3.4 fl. oz.


Best Celeb Scent

Ariana Grande

Cloud Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Lavender blossom, juicy pear, bergamot
Size 1-3.4 fl. oz.


Best Sultry Scent

Carolina Herrera

Good Girl Eau de Perfume

Top Notes Jasmine
Size 2.7 fl. oz.


Best Day-to-Night Scent

Yves Saint Laurent

Black Opium Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Coffee
Size 0.33-5 fl. oz.


Best Woodsy Perfume

Initio Parfums Prives

Oud For Greatness Eau de Parfum Spray

Size 3 fl. oz.
Top Notes Natural oud wood


Best Classic Scent


J’adore Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Ylang-ylang
Size 0.67-5 fl. oz.


Best for Gen-Z

Glossier You

Top Notes Pink pepper
Size 1.7 fl. oz.


Best Fresh Scent

Ex Nihilo

Fleur Narcotique Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Bergamot, lychee, peach
Size 1.7-3.3 fl. oz.


Best Fruity Scent

D.S. & Durga

Grapefruit Generation Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Pomelo skin, elm leaf, silver
Size 1.7-3.4 fl. oz.


Best Luxury Buy

Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Jasmine, saffron
Size 2.4 fl. oz.


Best Soft Scent


Probability Eau de Parfum Spray

Top Notes Jasmine absolute, rose essence
Size 1.7-3.4 fl. oz.


Best for Date Night

La Perla

Signature Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Violet leaves
Size 1-3.4 fl. oz.


Best Peony Scent

Acqua di Parma

Peonia Nobile Perfume

Top Notes Black pepper, raspberry accord
Size 0.7-3.4 fl. oz.


Best Mature Scent


Eau de Minthe Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Menthe
Size 2.5 fl. oz.


Best Floral Scent


Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Rangoon creeper
Size 1-3.3 fl. oz.


Best Patchouli Scent


Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Cattleya orchid, freesia, centifolia rose
Size 0.34-5 fl. oz.


Best Smoky Scent


Mumbai Noise Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Davana
Size 1.7-3.4 fl. oz


Best Nighttime Scent


Purple Haze Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Italian bergamot, corsican cypress, and ravensara
Size 0.25-3.4 fl. oz.


Best Latest Fragrance

Ash by Ashley Benson

East twelfth Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Rose damask
Size 1.7 fl. oz.


Best Powdery Scent

Armani Beauty

Si Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Blackcurrant
Size 0.34-3.4 fl. oz.


Best Unisex Scent

Tom Ford

Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Tobacco Leaf, vanilla
Size 1.7-3.4 fl. oz.

What to think about when selecting a perfume

“Very just like the style industry, there will be trends with fragrances as well,” Tanis says. “Selecting fragrance isn’t all the time easy, but make the appropriate selection by choosing a fragrance that reflects who you might be and makes you are feeling good. My best advice is to let your personality, tastes, and age guide you in your selection.”

“Crucial a part of finding a fragrance is, after all, trying it on,” Tanis continues, adding which you can have multiple signature scents, fairly only one, for variety. “Nowadays, it’s all about a group of fragrances. Very like clothing, modern men and girls desire a fragrance wardrobe, allowing them the liberty to decide on what fragrance to wear day by day.”

What’s the difference between an Eau de toilette and Eau de parfum?

Many popular scents fall into these fragrance categories. The difference between the 2 lies within the concentration of perfume oil each incorporates, says Tanis. “Eau de toilettes (EDT) have a comparatively lighter composition because of their low concentration of perfume oil, between five and 15 percent. Alternatively, Eau de parfums (EDP) have a better concentration of perfume oils—typically between 12 and 18 percent—meaning they provide a significantly stronger scent that lasts between five and eight hours.” Selecting between the 2 might come all the way down to the precise occasion you’ll be wearing it for, or the weather (i.e. you could lean towards a lighter scent for work and through the summer months, and a richer scent for night outs and through the winter).

Find out how to apply perfume for ladies

Tanis suggests spraying fragrance on the heart beat points where skin is of course warm, comparable to on the wrist, neck, or within the elbow. “This may allow the fragrance to warm up and reveal the perfume sillage (trail) over time.”

Are there ways to make your scent last more?

In keeping with Tanis, there are three key ways to make your scent last more:

  1. Massage body lotion, cream, or oil in your skin before you spray on perfume. “The more hydrated the skin is, the longer it’s going to retain fragrance,” she says.
  2. Concentrate to the concentration of your fragrance, as this may determine how long the scent will last in your skin.
  3. Spray your fragrance directly in your skin. “You’ll waste the product by spraying it within the air and walking through it.”

Associate Editor
Lauren Puckett-Pope is an associate editor at ELLE, where she covers film, TV, books and fashion. 

Beauty Commerce Author
Tatjana Freund is a Beauty Commerce Author, covering makeup, skincare, and haircare products and trends.

Beauty Commerce Editor
Nerisha is the sweetness commerce editor at ELLE.com, covering all things beauty (and fashion and music).

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