How many possible scent combinations are out there? Fragrances aren’t an invention of the 21st century, having been around as included in a refined industry for at least three centuries. Funnily enough, historians have discovered traces of things similar to perfumes that date back all the way to the prehistoric era. Modern perfumery as we know it was established in the 19th century, initially heavily centered on aromas such as vanillin or coumarin.
Since then, the evolution of the industry has led to combinations of the best, worst, or even strangest kind. Maybe the former two are a list for another time, but for this article, we’ll solely focus on The Best 7 Perfumes for Women. Factors that weighed considerably in having these fragrances land spots in this top include brand notoriety, timelessness, and – obviously – the quality of the perfume itself.
#1 Burberry for Women Eau de Parfum
Description: Although the brand has released several other fragrances under its name, Burberry for Women stands tall as one of its best products. Rightfully considered to be the embodiment of the modern British woman, the perfume’s dominant notes are fruity and woody scents, perfect for wrapping anyone in the allure of a sexy, spicy, and life-loving woman.
The most notable scent is the fruitiness, quickly encountered from the first smell that invades the senses with a burst of fresh peach, apricot, and vanilla. The fragrance’s middle notes are when the woody accent settles in, dominated by clear notes of sandalwood, cedar, and musk. The remaining drydown of this multi-layered marvel is composed of moss, apple, jasmine, and grapes.
Ideal for: Winter. Day.
Longevity: Moderate to long-lasting
#2 Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel
Description: Chanel is one of the biggest names in the world of perfumery, with a tradition dating decades back. Chanel No. 5, one of its most iconic and timeless creations, is still one of the top choices of elegance-loving women all over the world. Coco Mademoiselle Chanel was launched in 2001 and it’s on its way to catching up to No. 5 in terms of popularity. It has a lot to offer too, being a fragrance that successfully blended together strong accords of citrus with sweet and patchouli accents.
This perfume’s citrus accords are given by the top notes of orange, mandarin, orange blossom, and bergamot. They are perfectly completed by a set of heart notes composed by mimosa, jasmine, rose, and the exotic ylang-ylang. The scent wouldn’t be complete without the base notes given by oriental ingredients of the likes of opoponax, tonka bean, and patchouli, which manages to break through the other top layers and invades our senses boldly.
Ideal for: Spring and Autumn. Day.
#3 Euphoria by Calvin Klein
Description: Euphoria is the fragrance to accentuate your versatility. The main woody notes embrace the floral accents, creating an exotic combination of mystery underneath which lies luminosity and the very euphoria it’s named after. Launched in 2006, it set the standards for dual-faceted fragrances which can be as darkly enthralling as they are sweet and powdery.
Euphoria’s perfume pyramid is relatively simple, relying solely on the power of pomegranate as far as the top accords are concerned. It’s further completed by the floral core given by lotus and orchid. With the exception of the breakthrough scent of mahogany, the bottom notes intertwine with the topping layers, blending in a little bit of violet, amber, and musk.
Ideal for: Winter. Night.
#4 Armani Code for Women by Giorgio Armani
Description: In the spring of 2006, Armani introduced its seducing Armani Code to women worldwide. A fragrance that relies heavily on the harmonious mix between citrus and white floral accents, it will make you able to ooze both sober confidence and exotic delicacy.
The citrus tones are the result of a blend of jasmine with two breeds of oranges – the bitter African with the Italian orange. Underneath the first layer lies the core composed of more jasmine essence, as well as ginger and orange blossom. The bottom notes ditch completely the citrus accents, trading them for the sharpness of honey, vanilla, and sandalwood.
Ideal for: Winter and Autumn. Night.
#5 Crystal Noir by Versace
Description: Donatella Versace stated that Crystal Noir is a one-of-a-kind fragrance. This is majorly curtsy of its woody and balsamic main accords, which manage to bring out the delicacy in sensuality and wrap those around you in a spell.
The top notes loyally pursue a mysterious purple color palette, bringing grapes, black fig, and violet essences together. Frangipani and jasmine are the core that brings balance to the fragrance, blending in elements of delicacy. Everything is supported by a base of sandalwood, vanilla, cashmeran, and heliotrope.
Ideal for: Autumn. Night.
#6 Gucci Guilty Intense by Gucci
Description: Gucci Guilty Intense is a boosted version of its predecessor, Gucci Guilty, which proves that even the tiniest of adjustments can bring a significant boost to the quality of a product. It’s a fragrance designed for all the free-spirited women who want to enjoy life to the fullest and who are daring enough to wear this pepper-infused perfume.
Like in the case of the previous version, Intense relies on mandarin and red pepper for its top notes. The change, however, lies in the fact that Intense traded the peach and geranium from the predecessor’s heart notes for floral accords of heliotrope and violet. The lilac in the middle notes and the amber and patchouli from the bottom notes are still the same.
Ideal for: Autumn. Night.
#7 Omnia Crystalline by Bvlgari
Description: This fragrance is a refreshing homage that attempts to reproduce the perfection of crystals in the shape of a scent. Rich in woody and green accords, it reproduces the delicacy of petal flowers and transports anyone instantly in the heart of a fully-bloomed garden.
The top notes are given by an intricate combination of pear and bamboo, which offers it a subtle exotic undertone. The freshness of the fragrance is boosted by the core blend of lotus, cassia, and tea, while the musk, guiac wood, and oakmoss drydown keeps it from getting too floral.
Ideal for: Summer. Day.