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Best Perfume for Women

Last Updated: 26th March 2020
Portia
Product Review by Portia

Each perfume consists of different notes that make up the overall scent which consists of three different layers called the base, top, and middle.

Finding the best perfume for women can be difficult because there are thousands of reputable fragrances on the market that all vow to provide a lifechanging scent that’s guaranteed to make you more attractive after a few spritzes!

However, it takes more than watching a commercial to find out which fragrance will suit you.

This review includes ten of the most popular women’s perfumes including their features and pros and cons.

Additionally, there’s also a buyers guide to teach you how to choose the right perfume for women including the specific qualities and features that you need to look out for.

Our Reviews
1

Happy By Clinique For Women, EDP

The Happy by Clinique For Women EDP has a bright, floral scent with notes of citrus peel, red grapefruit, and bergamot.

This is a very clean fragrance, and therefore a great daytime scent due to its hint of citrus and wealth of flowers.

The bottle has a minimalistic design, which will blend in nicely with the other bottles on your dresser.

Also, this bottle is a great shape and size to slip into your purse for a quick spritz during a long day away from the home.

This isn’t a sensual smell, it’s more of a mood enhancer which is the perfect pick-me-up scent for those who work in professions like retail or office environments.

Although this is the perfect summer scent, the lack of overwhelming fragrance will beautifully compliment your natural PH balance, which is great for anybody who’s suffering from a mild case of the winter blues!

Happy by Clinique will undoubtedly lift your spirits, therefore if you’re looking for a scent soft scent that doesn’t overpower, go for Happy!

Notes;

  • Bergamot
  • Boysenberry
  • Honeysuckle
  • Bushflower
  • Grapefruit
  • Moss
  • Freesia
  • Lemon
  • Hawaiian Wedding Flower

Pros

  • Beautiful wedding scent
  • Fresh and clean fragrance
  • Clean bottle design that's perfect for an on-the-go spritz
  • Perfect summer smell

Cons

  • If you're looking for a powerful scent, this may be too soft
2

Versace Bright Crystal

Versace Bright Crystal is a pleasant and charming fragrance with a citrus and fruity opening and floral sweetness in the background.

Although this fragrance is suitable for all ages, it’s popular amongst teens and those in their early twenties.

The citrus opening isn’t the main feature, but it sits nicely behind the fruity scent to provide a fresh aroma.

The main yuzu note of the Versace Bright Crystal scent is the fruity scent, which at first you may mistake for peach. However, this smell is actually a fresh pomegranate smell that has a peachy tone!

The bottle is very cute and feminine, which is very typical of Versace to create unique and creative bottles!

This fragrance will look beautiful on your dresser and it’s also a great size for packing in your suitcase for fun weekends away.

Overall, this is a young and sexy fragrance with a surprising deep woodsy note that will smell flirty for hours!

Pros

  • Great for those in their teens and early 20s
  • Pretty design
  • Great gift idea
  • Very feminine

Cons

  • May be too light and sweet for mature skin
3

Marc Jacobs Daisy

This is a gorgeous, woody fragrance that’s perfect for a sophisticated and seductive wearer.

At the same time, this perfume strives for simplicity and is captured in a dainty bottle with flowers on the top.

This charming fragrance caresses with a green aroma of violet leaf, strawberry notes, and spicy pink grapefruit.

The heart of this fragrance has a floral tone with silky gardenia, jasmine petals, and delicate violet! The powdery soft dry down is composed of musk, vanilla, and white woods.

This perfume is perfect for a warm summer day, laying on a blanket and enjoying the sunshine with a delicate cool breeze.

Marc Jacobs Daisy is a beautiful transition from winter to spring because the floral notes are supported by vanilla and musk for the perfect airy scent!

Lastly, the beautiful bottle will be the statement piece on your dresser.

Pros

  • Light and fresh
  • Longevity on the skin
  • Clean fragrance
  • Beautiful statement piece bottle

Cons

  • If you don't like bubbly smells, this isn't for you
4

Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl

Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl is a refreshing and energetic scent with top notes of blackcurrant, mandarin orange, and apple tree blossom.

The middle notes are honeysuckle, violet, lilly, grapefruit, mint, grapefruit and rose which compliment the base notes of magnolia, sandalwood, jasmine, and cedar.

These scents combine to create a soft and girlish scent that’s perfect for a pre-teen or a young teen. Simply put, this is a fragrance that gives off a lot of positive vibes!

The Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl smell is light and multi-faceted with a final rosy soft breeze. The classic, lively scent has been a fan favorite amongst schoolers for decades and is perfect for those with calm temperaments on warm summery days!

Pros

  • Fan favorite since '96
  • Great for casual wear
  • Perfect light scent for middle and high-school kids

Cons

  • A little basic if you're looking for a scent with a kick
5

Vera Wang Princess

Vera Wang Princess is a sheer, fruity and floral smell that’s rich with vanilla to provide a radiant and whimsical aura.

According to Vera Wang, the Princess fragrance is about claiming something magical and mystical in your life. The wearer is feminine, modern, sophisticated, stylish while remaining unexpected and free-spirited.

Upon your spritz, you’ll be embraced by a cloud of sugar and chocolate followed by a charming wave of amber and vanilla.

The most prominent tones are chocolate and vanilla.

This fragrance is suitable for a wearer of any age because it enhances the youthful and magical spirit that lives inside all of us.

Princess is subtle to wear every day while also attracting attention on your elegant occasion!

The bottle is an elegant and dreamy lilac-colored crystal heart shape with a gold crown lid that will look super pretty on your dresser.

Overall, the scent of this beautiful is delicate and soft. It’s the perfect fragrance to wear with a pair of jeans for a night out or when you’re dressed up for an evening out.

This a great scent for yourself or as a gift for someone else.

Pros

  • Sheer scent
  • Perfect for almost any occasion
  • Beautiful bottle
  • Suitable for any age

Cons

  • This is a very popular fragrance, therefore it may be unsuitable if you're looking for a unique scent
6

Dolce & Gabbana Women's Light Blue

Dolce & Gabbana Women’s Light Blue is considered the quintessential fragrance of summer days, enclosed in a fresh, lively, fruity fragrance that encapsulates the Mediterranean woman.

The top scent notes, Sicilian cedar, apple, and bluebell beautifully complement the middle notes of bamboo, jasmine and delicate white rose.

The base notes of citron wood, voluptuous amber and musk perfectly round encapsulate the favorite Light Blue fragrance, providing the perfect timeless classic scent.

Upon the first spray, Dolce & Gabbana’s Women’s Light Blue is energizing and provides the perfect feminine touch to begin the day!

As the hours pass, the delicious apple smell teamed with the crisp hints of bamboo keeps the fragrance delicate and the many layers of lemon, jasmine, bluebells, rose, amber and musk create the perfect collaboration to keep the wearer smelling fresh all day long.

Also, the light and refreshing apple top note sticks around for a long time, creating the perfect elixir for a hot, muggy day!

Simply put, Light Blue is a wonderful fragrance in a simple and pleasing bottle that will act as a daily staple amongst your perfume collection.

Pros

  • Clean, long lasting scent
  • Lively and fresh
  • Perfect for those aged 25+
  • Budget friendly

Cons

  • Light Blue is a global hit, therefore if you're looking for a unique scent, this isn't it!
7

Hermes Twilly d'Hermès Eau De Parfum

Hermes Twilly d’Hermés Eau De Parfum is a daring fragrance that’s woven with striking ginger and sensual tuberose floral, spicy and oriental.

Ginger, tuberose, and sandalwood are given a new twist with a unique combination that offers a searing spice that becomes the main attraction.

Somehow, this perfume is both spicy and clean, which is a combination of accents that are not usually paired together. There’s a distinct floral scent that’s combined with ginger which isn’t too overpowering but provides the perfect punch for a lifestyle filled with confidence.

The ginger works well in Twilly because it provides just enough power to awaken the heavier sandalwood and prevent the tuberose from being too mature.

Hermes Twilly d’Hermés Eau De Parfum Spray for Woman lasts all day and comes in a beautiful bottle for display.

This signature scent is the perfect in-between earthy and floral with a delicate sense of baby powder.

Therefore once you smell it, you won’t want to go back to other scents.

Overall, this is a delicate and sensual fragrance that’s suitable for both day and nightwear.

Pros

  • Long lasting
  • Unique fragrance
  • Feminine
  • Cool bottle design

Cons

  • This is a unique scent that's unsuitable if you prefer a simple and clean fragrance
8

Prada Candy by Prada for Women

Prada Candy by Prada for Women is a feminine fragrance that, according to Prada, is for the provocative and sophisticated woman who adventures on the wild side of life.

Prada Candy was created from a desire to push things to the limit, with fine veils of musks with timeless caramel notes of benzoin. The textures of the silky and velvety musk offer an elegant and sophisticated character to the fragrance.

The musk is blended seamlessly so that it doesn’t stand out, but it blends seamlessly with the benzoin to create a low powder and woods combination which contributes to the caramel, creating a recognizable sweet fragrance.

This scent has a way of melting into the skin and providing a gentle kind of softness while lasting for a long time!

Prada Candy by Prada for Women is a great quality scent for anybody who enjoys sweet smells but wants a little more depth than strong vanilla or a sugary smell.

If you like sweet scents with more beneath the surface, you should give Prada Candy by Prada Woman a try!

Pros

  • Long lasting sweet and musky scent
  • Cheerfully feminine
  • Citrus/floral tones

Cons

  • If you don't like candy sweet scents, you won't enjoy Prada Candy
9

Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum Spray for Women

Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum Spray for Women has a very fruity floral with chypre leanings fragrance.

Si is a tribute to modern femininity, with an irresistible combination of independent spirit, strength, and grace.

This scent opens with deep blackcurrant nectar that softly recedes to airy florals and the base of musky blond wood adds lightness while grounding the fragrance for a lingering and distinctive trail.

The modern, graceful and unconventional style is created by the chypre, blackcurrant, nectar, airy florals and musky blond wood notes.

This fragrance is glamorous and smells just as beautiful as it looks.

Si is also sophisticated, woody, spicy yet sweet offering the overall perfect scent for anybody who prefers a more mature and distinguished fragrance.

Although this is the most expensive on our list, once you start wearing Si, you’ll get so many compliments that you’ll find it hard to stop.

You could wear this as an everyday perfume however it would be better for evening wear or a special occasion.

The bottle has a nice weight and it will look classy and luxurious amongst your collection.

Pros

  • Beautiful bottle design
  • Sophisticated fragrance
  • Glamorous

Cons

  • Not budget friendly
10

Versace Diamond Eau De Toilette

Versace Diamond Eau De Toilette has an enchanting Mediterranean refinement of sparkling citron of diamante, Bergamot, noble neroli with the captivating and attractive accents of pear sorbet.

The heart of this fragrance celebrates intense and glamorous femininity which expresses itself with silky and velvety facets of osmanthus and jasmine petals.

The enveloping dry down is based on deep and vibrant tones of amber wood and palo santo, enriched by notes of benzoin and sparkling musk.

This fresh, clean and lightweight scent is the perfect day scent because it’s bright and uplifting, therefore it’ sure to lift the mood of the people that are lucky enough to smell you.

It’s not overly fruity or floral, but it’s definitely feminine.

Lastly, the bottle is a unique creation of timeless elegance with the color yellow representing the brightness and energy that emphasizes the charm of a woman.

Pros

  • Sparkling mediterranean fragrance
  • Striking yellow bottle
  • Perfect summer day scent

Cons

  • Too bright for evenings

Ultimate Guide on How to Choose the Right Perfume for Women

The notes in a perfume work in synergy to create a certain smell.

For example, some perfumes would be considered floral and contain notes of rose, geranium, and gardenia while others are fruitier with undertones of apple or citrus.

Exotic perfumes may contain spicy notes like cinnamon and star anise and musky fragrances tend to have pine or leather-based notes.

Perfume is a luxury item, therefore the prices can vary between brands, before you go shopping, decide on a budget to give you a guideline on the scents that are in your price range.

Decide on a Scent Family

Generally, perfumes are split into four scent categories;

Floral and Sweet

These perfumes often smell like freshly cut flowers and contain scents like orange blossoms, rose, carnation, and lavender.

Citrus and Fruity

Common tones are fruits like grapefruits, lime, orange, apricot, apple, and peach. Generally, these scents are light and refreshing.

Oriental and Spicy

These scents are musky and contain tones of star anise, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Chypre and Woody

These perfumes are earthy and woody and contain scents of oakmoss, patchouli, and bergamot.

Day and Night Scents

Perfumes that smell great in the day are often not strong enough to stand out or last on the skin during a night out.

For example, fresh citrus scents are perfect for summery days or for use by office or retail workers because they’re not heavy or pungent.

Calvin Klein women’s perfume, specifically Happy, is a beautiful example of the perfect day time scent.

Dolce and Gabbana perfume for women have a mix of all four scent categories which allows their fragrances to be transferrable from day-to-night.

Skin Types

If you or someone you’re buying for has extremely dry skin, it can cause fragrances to fade quicker.

Dry skin types can make perfume disappear quicker compared to neutral skin where the perfume lingers longer.

If you have a skin type that causes perfume to dissipate rapidly, choose a scent with high concentrate.

If you or someone you’re buying for has skin with a high level of natural oils, this will help the perfume oils to last longer on the skin and create a powerful scent.

Also, where the perfume is placed on the body will affect the strength and longevity of the fragrance.

Environment

Once you’ve purchased your fragrance, it’s important that you’re mindful of where it’s stored.

Keeping the bottle in a warm, steamy bathroom will affect the freshness and therefore, may cause some of the notes to appear off.

The best environment for your new perfume is a place in your home that is at room temperature!

How to Buy Perfume Online

The same rule applies when shopping online, make sure you’re purchasing from a reputable retailer

Read the descriptions to see whether the perfume’s notes match the personality of the person that you’re buying for and think about whether they’d like the shape and size of the bottle!

Recap

To summarize, finding the best perfume for women includes considering the fragrance’s notes, longevity, the wearer’s skin type, the brand and the design of the bottle.

The Top Review Zone Team has chosen the Hermes Twilly D’Hermés Eau De Parfum as their favorite fragrance amongst the high-quality scents that were reviewed in this post!

This long-lasting signature scent beautifully combines spicy and clean notes, striking the perfect balance between floral and earthly scents with hints of delicate baby powder!

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