If you are in need of a gift idea that is sure to impress, there is nothing like giving her a luxurious bottle of perfume. But how do you find the right perfume among so many tempting and lovely options?
From floral to spicy to light and fresh, we’ve researched the best perfumes for women so you don’t have to. With selections from Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Byredo, you’re sure to find your perfect scent below. Be sure to check out our picks for the best colognes for men and unisex fragrances, too. Need more gift ideas? See our favorite gifts for women, gifts for men, and our favorite Nordstrom gifts.
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With a 4.6-star rating and over 800 reviews, the Replica Jazz Club at Maison Margiela has woody notes reminiscent of old Brooklyn jazz clubs.
With hints of rum, pink pepper, and tobacco, this is a sensual option that’s great for date night—even though it’s touted as a male fragrance, Sephora included it in their women’s section for a reason. Is. As one reviewer writes, “If you’re a woman who likes more ‘spicy’ and ‘exotic’ scents, you need this in your life!”
Gucci Bloom Is A Classic Floral Fragrance You’ll Choose frequently. It has notes of rangoon creeper, jasmine bud and tuberose, meant to embody the Gucci woman.
Think of it as a light, soft, timeless option. One reviewer also noted, “Gucci has finally put class and sophistication in one bottle.”
Wonderful Grace of Philosophy is a classic floral scent that will never go out of style. It has notes of bergamot, muguet blossom and musk for a perfume that feels ultra light.
As its name suggests, you’re going to love this perfume from Dior (FYI: J’adore means “I love” in French). With nearly 1,000 5-star reviews at Sephora, Jador is floral and fresh, housed in a bottle to match. Featuring notes of ylang ylang, damask rose and jasmine, you’ll never want to swap out from this luxurious scent.
A timeless classic, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum is a sexy, modern option for the woman who likes to stand out from the crowd.
Featuring hints of orange, patchouli and Turkish rose, the selling point of this fragrance isn’t just the freshness on the floral but how long it lasts. “If your goal is to smell and look like a young, fashionable Parisian, this one’s for you,” writes one reviewer. “It smells amazing and lasts all day. Definitely boosted my confidence.”
One reviewer of Gypsy Water from Breddo says they “didn’t know peace” before using this scent. The eau de parfum is described as a woody and aromatic nod to romantic culture reminiscent of gypsy nights through notes of bergamot, lemon, black pepper, juniper berries and amber.
Yves Saint Laurent’s Libre Eau de Parfum, with a combination of lavender and musk An intoxicating mix indeed, and it’s already earned a 4.5-star rating, with over 3,000 reviewers praising it.
Calling it “different, but in a good way,” reviewers describe the scent as musky yet floral—one that “the longer you wear it, the better it smells.” Perfect for an all day affair.
Many reviewers describe Tom Ford’s Soleil Nage as “heavenly,” so it’s pretty clear why it’s well worth your purchase. This eau de parfum features notes of jasmine, bergamot, and benzoin that are both refreshing and warm—meant to wake up to a winter holiday in the evening.
A unique combination of fruity and floral, Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette by Chanel features notes of jasmine and citrus to create a light scent that works just as well during a flirty date night at home as it does during a busy day on the go Does during errands.
“I spent so much time trying to find the perfect scent for me. Everything was either too sweet, too strong or too awful,” says one reviewer. “This perfume is gentle, soft, yet feminine and wonderful!”
Donna Born in Roma by Valentino is a woody yet fruity perfume inspired by Roman street culture. It features notes of blackcurrant accord, three qualities of jasmine, vanilla bourbon and guaiac wood essence for an edgy scent that reviewers are obsessed with.
Lancôme’s La Vie Est Belle, both sweet and spicy Has a grounding fragrance with a hint of vanilla.
La vie est belle, translated to “life is beautiful”, aims to recreate the carefree spirit of a typical Parisian. — so if you want to imagine yourself being transported on a luxurious getaway without ever leaving the house, then this perfume is for you. One reviewer writes, “It’s feminine, sweet, and sophisticated, but so sexy and heavenly at the same time. Plus, it lasts forever (especially over clothes)!”
If citrus scents are more your jam, Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue Eau de Toilette Here’s a new take on the traditional that will give you the energy you need to get through your day.
Reminiscent of a lazy Mediterranean vacation, it might inspire your next trip with its fruity scent. “It’s a light and elegant fragrance that’s great for daily use,” writes one reviewer. “It’s very casual, and the scent changes slightly throughout the day—to the best degree. I highly recommend this to anyone who isn’t sure what scent to get.
If you want to smell as sweet as a warm, sunny day, then Jo Malone’s Nectarine Blossom & Honey is for you. Inspired by a morning market in London’s Covent Garden, this cologne has fruity notes of nectarine, cassis, honey and peach that will surely brighten up even your gloomiest day.
Created by three female perfumers, Lancôme’s Idole Eau de Parfum blends vanilla, rose and jasmine to create a sophisticated scent that still has a modern touch. One reviewer writes that they would “recommend this to anyone who loves floral and/or vanilla scents.”
Chanel N°5 is one of those iconic fragrances that every woman should try at least once, especially as reviewers continue to share stories of buying the scent after seeing their elders growing up. A first perfume of its kind originally described by Gabrielle Chanel as a bouquet of abstract flowers, N°5 gained popularity due to its floral aldehyde scent with notes of rose, jasmine, citrus and Bourbon vanilla. Even better: It’ll look timeless on your vanity, too.
If you’ve ever wondered what Donatella Versace herself sprays in terms of fragrance, Versace’s Bright Crystal will put that question to rest.
with unique, fruity ingredients Blended with florals like yuzu and pomegranate, like peony, magnolia, and lotus flower, this scent sounds like it would be fun and flirty — but it’s Versace, and nothing out of the ordinary. Instead, it adds on musk and amber to give the scent depth while still letting the fresh scent shine. One reviewer writes, “This perfume is perfect if you don’t want to overpower others with your scent. It has such a mild, lovely smell which is perfect for office.
Hot and spicy, sweet and sexy, Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb is seriously addictive. With notes of jasmine, orange blossom and patchouli, this perfume is an explosion of floral scents; Reviewers share that it is unique compared to other flowery fragrances you are used to.
A bold yet powdery option, Chloe Eau de Parfum is inspired by roses, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring.
Instead, this vibrant scent explores cedarwood, magnolia and lily additions to ensure that there’s a hint of freshness in each spritz. With over 123,000 “loves” on the site, it’s a bestseller for a reason. As one reviewer put it, “It’s feminine, sexy, romantic, classy and even a little daring all at the same time.”
The first word that comes to mind when we think of Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium is “seductive.” If you’re looking for a fragrance that smells like pure luxury, look no further. With notes of black coffee, white flowers and vanilla, this will definitely be your go-to date-night scent.
Not ready to put on perfume just yet? Consider a fragrance subscription service like Scentbird instead. For just $17 a month, you can choose which scents you want to try (from brands like Acqua di Parma and Versace) and you’ll get an 8-ml bottle in a refillable case. Even better: You can cancel your subscription at any time without penalty – perfect for someone who wants to test perfume before purchasing a full bottle.