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22 Best Perfumes for Women 2022



Finding your signature scent is like finding the perfect partner: You’re rarely going to know what you’re looking for until you find it. Still, like with any good relationship, you have standards, right? The dealbreakers, your all-or-nothings, etc. When seeking the best perfumes for women, maybe there’s a specific type you’re searching for—either a woodsy and dark winter perfume or a fresh and clean fragrance for spring? Perhaps you even envision a particular situation you’d like your scent to emulate: long walks along the Mediterranean sea, or climbing into an Uber after an eventful evening in New Orleans? All of these aspects can be experienced through fragrance.

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

Thankfully, fragrance masters have made discovering the ideal perfume a little easier than matching you with the perfect date. After scouring the perfume archives for some of the most popular and most interesting perfumes on the market, we found scents with a proven track record for intrigue. Order a few samples to compare and contrast your favorites, or go all-in on a full-size bottle that doubles as décor. This is your perfume love story. Never settle.

Also worth noting: Many of these brands offer some amazing perfume gift sets, so you can treat your loved ones to the magical experience of (hopefully) finding their new favorite scents, too.

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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 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 Luxury Buy

Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum

Top Notes Jasmine, saffron
Size 2.4 fl. oz.

Best Soft Scent


Chance 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 Unisex Scent

Tom Ford

Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum

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

Best for Layering

The Harmonist

Yin Transformation Parfum

Top Notes Bergamot, mandarin, pink peppercorn
Size 1.7 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 Woodsy Perfume

Initio Parfums Prives

Oud For Greatness Eau de Parfum Spray

Size 3 fl. oz.
Top Notes Natural oud wood

Best New Fragrance

Ash by Ashley Benson

East 12th 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.

What to consider when choosing a perfume

“Very similar to the fashion industry, there can be trends with fragrances as well,” Tanis says. “Choosing fragrance isn’t always easy, but make the right choice by opting for a fragrance that reflects who you are and makes you feel good. My best advice is to let your personality, tastes, and age guide you in your choice.”

“The most important part of finding a fragrance is, of course, trying it on,” Tanis continues, adding that you can have multiple signature scents, rather just one, for variety. “Nowadays, it is all about a collection of fragrances. Much like clothing, modern men and women desire a fragrance wardrobe, allowing them the freedom to choose what fragrance to wear daily.”

What is the difference between an Eau de toilette and Eau de parfum?

Many popular scents fall into these fragrance categories. The difference between the two lies in the concentration of perfume oil each contains, says Tanis. “Eau de toilettes (EDT) have a relatively lighter composition due to their low concentration of perfume oil, between five and 15 percent. On the other hand, Eau de parfums (EDP) have a higher concentration of perfume oils—typically between 12 and 18 percent—meaning they offer a significantly stronger scent that lasts between five and eight hours.” Choosing between the two might come down to the specific occasion you’ll be wearing it for, or the weather (i.e. you may lean towards a lighter scent for work and during the summer months, and a richer scent for night outs and during the winter).

How to apply perfume for women

Tanis suggests spraying fragrance on the pulse points where skin is naturally warm, such as at the wrist, neck, or inside of the elbow. “This will allow the fragrance to warm up and reveal the perfume sillage (trail) over time.”

Are there ways to make your scent last longer?

According to Tanis, there are three key ways to make your scent last longer:

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

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