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The best first date perfumes - SCENTS Blog

The best first date perfumes


Words: Emily Venables


Love is in the air at The Perfume Shop! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it got us thinking… what are the best first date perfumes? Of course, you want to make a good impression and with fragrance being such a personal choice, where do you start?


To bring you the best options around (and to ensure you bag that second date) , our lovely head office team have shared their suggestions for three common first date scenarios...

Date scenario 1:

"Help! I’m going on a blind date!
Which scents are safe to wear when
I don’t know the person I am meeting?"



Phil (Data Developer): You will personify class, security and a safe pair of hands with Boss Bottled. A straight classic that has survived many a turbulent blind date and come through intact!




Amy (Campaigns & Promotions Planner): Something memorable but unique, just like you! Zadig and Voltaire This is Her!’s base notes of sandalwood and vanilla are soft and have calming properties, to keep those first date nerves at bay. Pink peppercorns in the perfume’s top notes immediately hit you, then combine with the jasmine at its heart to create a distinctive fragrance that won’t overpower your blind date.

HUGO BOSS BOSS Bottled Eau de Toilette for him £42.00 null Quick buy >

We're also loving these blind date fragrance ideas:




Becca (PR Executive): This fruity, floral scent is perfect for a blind date as it’s not too overpowering and screams sophistication (which is always a good thing). Armani Diamonds for Her has a beautiful blend of subtle lychee and raspberry mixed with floral notes of rose, freesia and lily of the valley.


Laura (Head of Digital): I would go for something classic and classy such as Chanel CoCo Mademoiselle.


Christelle (Learning & Developer Co-ordinator): Good Girl by Carolina Herrera is sexy, yet elegant, therefore quite a safe choice!


Date scenario 2:

"I want a sexy scent that holds their attention – which scents should I try?"



Tara (CRM & Social Manager): It would have to be L'Intredit by Givenchy. It was only launched in 2018 but it's quickly become one of my firm favourites for a sexy date night scent. It's an addictive combination of white floral notes - jasmine and tuberose - and darker woody notes of patchouli which are interlaced to create a truly elegant fragrance. I love wearing this on date night and it always gets a lot of compliments when I wear it.

GIVENCHY L'Interdit Eau de Parfum for her £51.00 null Quick buy >

Other sexy perfumes guaranteed to attract some attention:




Phil - Dior Sauvage is uncompromising and bold. If you want to show her that you aren’t afraid to show your true inner strength and personality, then this is the scent for you.




Christelle – A scent needs to be rich and bold to attract attention and to get the person “perfume drunk”. For this, I’d suggest the intoxicating YSL Mon Paris EDT (it’s a little subtler than the EDP).


James (Marketing Manager) - Amani Si smells great and makes me want to kiss my wife!

Date scenario 3:

"I’m going on an outdoor day date, which fragrance would suit this situation?"



Becca: Only One by Dolce & Gabbana is an enchanting essence that screams summer days in the park with loved ones! It has a beautiful floral scent with notes of violet and coffee; a perfect scents for the outdoor dates as the ingredients will stand out in the fresh air.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum for her £92.00 null Quick buy >

More perfect scents for outdoorsey people:




Tara : La Vie Est Belle by Lancome is perfect for any day date with the beautiful bouquet of floral notes creating a pretty, feminine scent which is combined with the undertones of patchouli to ensure it lasts on your skin a long time. This fragrance also has the matching shower gel and body lotion, which I am a massive fan of, and this means your fragrance can last even longer - which is great if your day date turns into a dinner date too!


Laura: Something light and refreshing – Estee Lauder Modern Muse Rouge is elegant and perfect for a day date!


Amy: My go-to daily perfume is CKIN2U, because it’s light but citrusy sweet. Calvin Klein’s scents are clean and stylish but never boring, so you’ll smell as fresh as the great outdoors and feel bold enough to get back to nature. This perfume has Pink Grapefruit Fizz, sugar orchid and neon amber notes to awaken the senses (and make sure they’re into you!)




Phil: Acqua di Gio gives a pleasant, citrus aroma that will not overwhelm your date and will frame you in a fun, tasteful and breezy light!


Will it be love at first spritz?

Discover the full range of perfumes to prepare for your big date!