What are the best perfumes for women? There are so many women’s perfumes available but which ones are really worth it? I have been asked this question so many times.

  • What perfume are you wearing?
  • Is there a type of perfume for a particular occasion?
  • What are the best perfumes for women?

To be perfectly honest, there is no right answer – except for the question on the perfume that I am wearing, which may or may not suit you.

Fragrances are so personal to us because of our relationship to the unique fragrance notes used to create a scent, some of which you may not be able to detect individually. However, when they’re blended with others, a special feeling or mood is created. Perhaps it’s the smell of lilies from your grandma’s garden that makes you feel loved or the smell of roses used in your wedding bouquet that brings back wonderful memories.

What to Look for in Picking a Perfume

best womens fragrances

Fragrance notes refer to the special ingredients combined in perfumes to help create that sensual experience. When you find the right perfume – you know it. It takes you on an emotional ride which evokes memories, creates experiences and infuses our imagination with subtle power, hinting at a secret identity.

Most women have a signature scent, having found that perfect chemistry of how a scent smells on their skin – which in turn is dependent on her age, body chemistry, diet, stress levels and overall mood.

With changing trends however, some women treat fragrance as an accessory, changing perfume daily – or even more often – to suit her style, occasion and/or mood.

Finding the perfect mix is like looking for a needle in a haystack! They are the ones that breathe life back into your skin and endure your various activities throughout your busy day. The perfect balance of aromas will keep everyone asking what YOU are wearing.

 

If you’ve been reading about perfumes, you might have come across 2 commonly used terms: EDP and EDT. The term Eau de Parfum (EDP) or Eau de Toilette (EDT) simply refers to a perfume’s oil concentration (as a % of alcohol content).

  • EDP (8-15% perfume oil) is generally more expensive than EDT and has a longer lasting fragrance smell.
  • EDT (5-10% perfume oil) is generally a lighter fragrance suited for casual everyday use. It is usually cheaper than EDP and will last approximately 2-4 hours.

Note that EDP and EDT versions of the same perfume with the same name may use different concentration of notes, or different notes altogether!

The differing terms should not be used as a yardstick for quality, as some might argue.

Fragrances are personal to you, and will vary depending on your personality, mood, occasion etc.

Our Top 5 Perfumes for Women

To help you in your search for the best perfumes for women to suit you/your lady’s personality and/or occasion, we’ve highlighted some of our favorites for each fragrance family, with suggestions on where to wear each one.

Best Floral Perfumes for Women

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Floral fragrances are usually a popular option. Sweet and romantic, these perfumes are the “good girls” of the fragrance aisle. Florals can either be single floral notes, or a bouquet of flowers to create a classic feminine appeal.

Floral notes range from delicate spring-like combinations like orange blossom and lilac to strong heady flowers like rose and gardenia. They can also be combined with citrus notes to make lighter fresher florals, or with spicy oriental notes to create a more regal scent.

Spritz on floral when you want to show off your sweet, feminine side – e.g first dates or meet-the-parents. It’s also appropriate for weddings, church, ballet, etc.

5 Top Flora Perfumes for Women Comparison Chart

Personal Pick
Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette Spray for Women, 3 Fl. Oz
Chloe New for Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 2.5-Ounces
Diorissimo By Christian Dior For Women. Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Oz
Burberry  Brit Eau De Parfum Spray, 3.3 Fluid Ounce
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz/ 100 Ml for Women By 3.4 Fl Oz
Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette Spray for Women, 3 Fl. Oz
Chloe New for Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 2.5-Ounces
Diorissimo By Christian Dior For Women. Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Oz
Burberry Brit Eau De Parfum Spray, 3.3 Fluid Ounce
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz/ 100 Ml for Women By 3.4 Fl Oz
Notes
A fresh, light and sensual blend of pomegranate and refreshing chilled yuzu mingled with soothing blossoms of magnolia, lotus flower, and peony, warmed with notes of amber and musk
A rather non-traditional blend of rose, magnolia, lily of the valley, amber and cedar wood base.
A refreshing and pure scent of ylang-ylang and lily-of-the-valley, the heart is a blend of amaryllis and boronia, with a jasmine trail.
A modern feminine scent with top notes of pear and lime,blended with soft floral notes of lush white peony and sweetened with sugary almond leaving a delicious vanilla finish.
Hints of centifolia rose, freesia,osmanthus and sambac jasmine, supported by a base scent of patchouli in the background.
Intensity
Light
Light
Light
Light
Heavy
Size
1oz, 1.7oz, 3oz, 6.7oz
1oz, 2.5oz
1.7oz, 3.4oz
1.0oz, 1.7oz, 3.4oz
0.24oz, 1.7oz, 3.4oz
Type
EDT
EDP
EDT
EDT
EDP
from $8.47
$62.50
$90.59
$104.00
from $29.41
Personal Pick
Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette Spray for Women, 3 Fl. Oz
Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette Spray for Women, 3 Fl. Oz
Notes
A fresh, light and sensual blend of pomegranate and refreshing chilled yuzu mingled with soothing blossoms of magnolia, lotus flower, and peony, warmed with notes of amber and musk
Intensity
Light
Size
1oz, 1.7oz, 3oz, 6.7oz
Type
EDT
from $8.47
Chloe New for Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 2.5-Ounces
Chloe New for Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 2.5-Ounces
Notes
A rather non-traditional blend of rose, magnolia, lily of the valley, amber and cedar wood base.
Intensity
Light
Size
1oz, 2.5oz
Type
EDP
$62.50
Diorissimo By Christian Dior For Women. Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Oz
Diorissimo By Christian Dior For Women. Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Oz
Notes
A refreshing and pure scent of ylang-ylang and lily-of-the-valley, the heart is a blend of amaryllis and boronia, with a jasmine trail.
Intensity
Light
Size
1.7oz, 3.4oz
Type
EDT
$90.59
Burberry  Brit Eau De Parfum Spray, 3.3 Fluid Ounce
Burberry Brit Eau De Parfum Spray, 3.3 Fluid Ounce
Notes
A modern feminine scent with top notes of pear and lime,blended with soft floral notes of lush white peony and sweetened with sugary almond leaving a delicious vanilla finish.
Intensity
Light
Size
1.0oz, 1.7oz, 3.4oz
Type
EDT
$104.00
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz/ 100 Ml for Women By 3.4 Fl Oz
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 Oz/ 100 Ml for Women By 3.4 Fl Oz
Notes
Hints of centifolia rose, freesia,osmanthus and sambac jasmine, supported by a base scent of patchouli in the background.
Intensity
Heavy
Size
0.24oz, 1.7oz, 3.4oz
Type
EDP
from $29.41

Best Oriental Perfumes for Women

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Oriental fragrances evoke rich and spicy scents. They are seductive, sultry and mysterious – think candlelit moments of deep inspiration or carnal seduction.

These sensual blends usually feature a more mature scent such as musk or ambergris, which is often combined with warm notes such as amber, cinnamon, cloves, and resin.

Spritz on an oriental perfume when you want to be sexy and seduce – eg for a night out, a special date, drinks, and dancing.

5 Top Oriental Perfumes for Women Comparison Chart

Personal Pick
ORGANZA by Givenchy - Eau De Parfum Spray 3.3 oz For Women
OPIUM For Women By YVES SAINT LAURENT Eau de Toilette Spray 3 oz
Guerlain Shalimar Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 3 Ounce
La Vie Est Belle by Lancome for Women 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
Christian Dior J'Adore Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 3.4 Ounce
ORGANZA by Givenchy - Eau De Parfum Spray 3.3 oz For Women
OPIUM For Women By YVES SAINT LAURENT Eau de Toilette Spray 3 oz
Guerlain Shalimar Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 3 Ounce
La Vie Est Belle by Lancome for Women 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
Christian Dior J'Adore Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 3.4 Ounce
Notes
Warm and sweet oriental floral, with top notes blends of gardenia, iris, honeysuckle and base notes of amber and vanilla.
Rich, exotic fragrance of mandarin florals and coriander blend, with a cocktail of sandalwood and incense.
Classic, alluring fragrance of citrus notes, exotic florals, vanilla and gray amber.
Composition of iris, being the key ingredient, surrounded by fruity flavours of orange blossoms, blackcurrant, pear and jasmine in the heart.
Glamorous, modern fragrance with floral orchids, rose and violets, leaving a musk and blackberry trail.
Intensity
Light
Medium
Heavy
Light
Medium
Size
1oz, 1.7oz, 3.3oz
3.3oz, 1oz, 1.6 oz, 3oz
3 oz
3.3oz
3.4oz
Type
EDP
EDT
EDP
EDP
EDP
$67.18
from $32.67
$47.42
$73.00
$112.87
Personal Pick
ORGANZA by Givenchy - Eau De Parfum Spray 3.3 oz For Women
ORGANZA by Givenchy - Eau De Parfum Spray 3.3 oz For Women
Notes
Warm and sweet oriental floral, with top notes blends of gardenia, iris, honeysuckle and base notes of amber and vanilla.
Intensity
Light
Size
1oz, 1.7oz, 3.3oz
Type
EDP
$67.18
OPIUM For Women By YVES SAINT LAURENT Eau de Toilette Spray 3 oz
OPIUM For Women By YVES SAINT LAURENT Eau de Toilette Spray 3 oz
Notes
Rich, exotic fragrance of mandarin florals and coriander blend, with a cocktail of sandalwood and incense.
Intensity
Medium
Size
3.3oz, 1oz, 1.6 oz, 3oz
Type
EDT
from $32.67
Guerlain Shalimar Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 3 Ounce
Guerlain Shalimar Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 3 Ounce
Notes
Classic, alluring fragrance of citrus notes, exotic florals, vanilla and gray amber.
Intensity
Heavy
Size
3 oz
Type
EDP
$47.42
La Vie Est Belle by Lancome for Women 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
La Vie Est Belle by Lancome for Women 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
Notes
Composition of iris, being the key ingredient, surrounded by fruity flavours of orange blossoms, blackcurrant, pear and jasmine in the heart.
Intensity
Light
Size
3.3oz
Type
EDP
$73.00
Christian Dior J'Adore Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 3.4 Ounce
Christian Dior J'Adore Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 3.4 Ounce
Notes
Glamorous, modern fragrance with floral orchids, rose and violets, leaving a musk and blackberry trail.
Intensity
Medium
Size
3.4oz
Type
EDP
$112.87

Best Fresh Perfumes for Women

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Fresh fragrances encompass a wide range of scents from citrus and fruity families to green, herbal and aqua families. Fresh fragrances are said to be clean, crisp, effervescent and energetic. They are best enjoyed as a daytime delight – the smell that wakes you up on a dewy summer morning.

Fresh fragrances please the nose with the bright and familiar notes of juicy fruits such as berry, apple, peach, mango, and/or herbs such as rosemary, mint and tarragon. These are often blended with florals to create a compelling aroma.

Spritz on a fresh perfume when you’re in a fun mood – eg a hot summer’s days, when on vacation, or merely a simple day out to the market or to meet your girlfriends for brunch. Fresh perfumes with hints of aqua are also favorites at the workplace.

5 Top Fresh Perfumes for Women Comparison Chart

Personal Pick
Cool Water By Davidoff For Women Edt Spray 6.7 Oz
Be Delicious by Donna Karan for Women, 3.4 Oz
Calvin Klein ck one Eau de Toilette, 3.4 Fl Oz
Prada Infusion D'Iris Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 1 Ounce
Un Jardin Sur Le Nil by Hermes 3.3 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
Cool Water By Davidoff For Women Edt Spray 6.7 Oz
Be Delicious by Donna Karan for Women, 3.4 Oz
Calvin Klein ck one Eau de Toilette, 3.4 Fl Oz
Prada Infusion D'Iris Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 1 Ounce
Un Jardin Sur Le Nil by Hermes 3.3 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
Notes
Aquatic, cool and luscious notes of ocean air blended with citrus, pineapple, and woody notes leaves you smelling as fresh and light as the ocean breeze.
Summery scent with notes of cucumber, american apple, grapefruit, candid magnolia, rose, tuberose, white muguet, violet, sandalwood, white amber, tender skin accord, and blonde woods.
Fresh smelling unisex perfume made of pineapple, green notes, papaya, mandarin orange, cardamom, bergamot and lemon heart.
Fresh and clean floral scent made from a blend of mandarin orange, frankincense, lentisk, orange blossom, iris, cedar, vetiver, benzoin, galbanum.
Gentle, clean fragrance with a blend of green mango, lotus, grapefruit, sycamore,calamus and incense.
Intensity
Light
Light
Light
Light
Light
Size
0.17oz, 1.7oz, 3.4oz
3.4oz
1.7oz, 3.4oz, 6.7oz
1.7oz, 3.3oz
1.6oz, 3.3oz
Type
EDT
EDP
EDT
EDP
EDT
$34.58
$31.00
$64.00
$64.77
$75.90
Personal Pick
Cool Water By Davidoff For Women Edt Spray 6.7 Oz
Cool Water By Davidoff For Women Edt Spray 6.7 Oz
Notes
Aquatic, cool and luscious notes of ocean air blended with citrus, pineapple, and woody notes leaves you smelling as fresh and light as the ocean breeze.
Intensity
Light
Size
0.17oz, 1.7oz, 3.4oz
Type
EDT
$34.58
Be Delicious by Donna Karan for Women, 3.4 Oz
Be Delicious by Donna Karan for Women, 3.4 Oz
Notes
Summery scent with notes of cucumber, american apple, grapefruit, candid magnolia, rose, tuberose, white muguet, violet, sandalwood, white amber, tender skin accord, and blonde woods.
Intensity
Light
Size
3.4oz
Type
EDP
$31.00
Calvin Klein ck one Eau de Toilette, 3.4 Fl Oz
Calvin Klein ck one Eau de Toilette, 3.4 Fl Oz
Notes
Fresh smelling unisex perfume made of pineapple, green notes, papaya, mandarin orange, cardamom, bergamot and lemon heart.
Intensity
Light
Size
1.7oz, 3.4oz, 6.7oz
Type
EDT
$64.00
Prada Infusion D'Iris Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 1 Ounce
Prada Infusion D'Iris Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 1 Ounce
Notes
Fresh and clean floral scent made from a blend of mandarin orange, frankincense, lentisk, orange blossom, iris, cedar, vetiver, benzoin, galbanum.
Intensity
Light
Size
1.7oz, 3.3oz
Type
EDP
$64.77
Un Jardin Sur Le Nil by Hermes 3.3 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
Un Jardin Sur Le Nil by Hermes 3.3 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
Notes
Gentle, clean fragrance with a blend of green mango, lotus, grapefruit, sycamore,calamus and incense.
Intensity
Light
Size
1.6oz, 3.3oz
Type
EDT
$75.90

Best Woody Perfumes for Women

best-woody-fragrancesWoody fragrances are considered to smell earthy – think dense forest. These fragrances are for the serious, confident and classic woman. Although they tend to smell more unisex than other fragrance families, they conjure an image of no-nonsense femininity.

Woody scents are built on base notes of bark and oakmoss and sometimes combined with patchouli and bergamot to create a more chypre scent.

Spritz on a woody perfume if you are going into an important board meeting, or for your next performance review.

5 Top Woody Perfumes for Women Comparison Chart

Personal Pick
Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum Spray for Women, 3.4 Ounce
Mitsouko by Guerlain 75ml 2.5oz EDP Spray
Knowing By Estee Lauder For Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 2.5 oz
Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior for Women 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta Eau De Parfum Spray, 1.7 Ounce
Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum Spray for Women, 3.4 Ounce
Mitsouko by Guerlain 75ml 2.5oz EDP Spray
Knowing By Estee Lauder For Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 2.5 oz
Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior for Women 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta Eau De Parfum Spray, 1.7 Ounce
Notes
Modern chypre scent with top notes of sicilian bergamot, blackcurrant, mandarin &liquer de cassis; Base notes of blond woods, amber, vanilla, patchouli and musky orcanox.
Mysterious, exotic scent made up of warm spicy notes of ripe peach, rose and cinnamon, blended with blended with powdery notes of jasmine and soft mosses.
Elegant scent with a blend of rose, jasmine, mimosa,oakmoss, spicy clove, amber and sandalwood.
Femme-fatale scent which is warm, sexy and sweet; made up of strong scents of jasmine, with lower tones of amber, sugary almond and woods.
Sensual chypre scent with top notes of bergamot, plum, jasmine, patchouli, oak moss and pink peppercorn.
Intensity
Light
Heavy
Medium
Medium
Light
Size
3.4oz
2.5oz
1oz, 2.5oz
1.7oz, 3.4oz
1.7oz, 2.5oz
Type
EDP
EDP
EDP
EDT
EDP
$86.00
$47.25
$45.90
from $124.41
$88.41
Personal Pick
Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum Spray for Women, 3.4 Ounce
Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum Spray for Women, 3.4 Ounce
Notes
Modern chypre scent with top notes of sicilian bergamot, blackcurrant, mandarin &liquer de cassis; Base notes of blond woods, amber, vanilla, patchouli and musky orcanox.
Intensity
Light
Size
3.4oz
Type
EDP
$86.00
Mitsouko by Guerlain 75ml 2.5oz EDP Spray
Mitsouko by Guerlain 75ml 2.5oz EDP Spray
Notes
Mysterious, exotic scent made up of warm spicy notes of ripe peach, rose and cinnamon, blended with blended with powdery notes of jasmine and soft mosses.
Intensity
Heavy
Size
2.5oz
Type
EDP
$47.25
Knowing By Estee Lauder For Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 2.5 oz
Knowing By Estee Lauder For Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 2.5 oz
Notes
Elegant scent with a blend of rose, jasmine, mimosa,oakmoss, spicy clove, amber and sandalwood.
Intensity
Medium
Size
1oz, 2.5oz
Type
EDP
$45.90
Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior for Women 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior for Women 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
Notes
Femme-fatale scent which is warm, sexy and sweet; made up of strong scents of jasmine, with lower tones of amber, sugary almond and woods.
Intensity
Medium
Size
1.7oz, 3.4oz
Type
EDT
from $124.41
Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta Eau De Parfum Spray, 1.7 Ounce
Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta Eau De Parfum Spray, 1.7 Ounce
Notes
Sensual chypre scent with top notes of bergamot, plum, jasmine, patchouli, oak moss and pink peppercorn.
Intensity
Light
Size
1.7oz, 2.5oz
Type
EDP
$88.41