Words: Emily Venables
Have you been spritzing the same signature scent for a while? Is it time for you to stretch your fragrance wings? Or maybe you’re on the look out for the perfect gift for a particular lady in your life If so, you’re in the right place. Our experts at The Perfume Shop have whittled down our vast selection of scents to bring you their top 10 women’s perfumes featuring everything from timeless classics to luxurious bestsellers.
1. Alien by Thierry Mugler
If you know a thing or two about fashion house Thierry Mugler, you’ll know that they like to stand out from the crowd! Their fragrances are a revelation; Alien bestows upon us an out of this world blend of warming, mysterious and comforting floral notes. The sensual Oriental fragrance is housed in a striking amethyst bottle which is also available as a refill, so you can top it up in our stores time and time again.
2. La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme
When a perfume is revised more than 5,000 times before it is deemed absolute by the nose behind the scent, you know you’re in the hands of a perfectionist! Which is exactly what you get with La Vie Este Belle by Lancôme. The sophisticated scent, which translates to ‘Life is Beautiful’, offers an olfactory floral explosion with notes of orange blossom, jasmine, and iris out to delight your senses! We’re sure you’ll agree, all the extra effort has certainly paid off!
3. Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent
Regarded as the ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ rendition of the brand’s boundary-pushing original Opium scent, Black Opium will send your senses soaring with its addictive and energising composition. A few sprays of the beautifully contrasting notes of pink pepper, orange blossom, coffee and vanilla will give you all the confidence you need to charm your way through the velvet rope in any backstage area!
4. Coco Mademoiselle Intense by Chanel
Since Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel was unveiled to the world in 2001, it has almost become as recognisable as Chanel’s debut scent No. 5 - if not more so, according to some! There is something truly treasurable about a Chanel scent; their unique composition, their history, their personality - there’s nothing quite like it! Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense, is the next step in the Coco Mademoiselle story which intensifies the original fragrance, which was zesty and vibrant, but adds the warmth of Tonka bean and an amber accord, for more depth, maturity, and seduction. It’s confident; it’s alluring; and it is undoubtedly Chanel.
5. Good Girl by Carolina Herrera
If you live by Marilyn Monroe’s “give the girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world” quote, then we bet your shoe-drobe is what dreams are made of! Carolina Herrera took the famous quote one step further and created an additive Oriental scent that bottles up the spirit of the modern-day stiletto-strutting woman with a powerful, yet playful, combination of almond, tuberose, jasmine, cacao and tonka bean.
6. Libre by Yves Saint Laurent
Every now and then a scent comes along that is affirmative, confident, and enduring at every level; a scent wit real ‘girl boss’ vibes! Libre by Yves Saint Laurent ticks all of those boxes, yet, although it was created for contemporary woman, the notes offer a distinctive blur between masculinity and femininity. Powdery lavender, exotic orange blossom, bright jasmine, and a base of vanilla and musk combine to create something truly offbeat.
7. Idôle by Lancôme
Created by three outstanding female perfumers for women who dare to dream, this is one innovative scent that we never want to stop shouting about! Dedicated to a generation of icons, Idôle by Lancôme radiates complexity and creativity with alluring beautiful rose, sensual jasmine and a clean, crisp Chypre accord. Idôle is your ticket to leaving a lasting impression wherever you go!
8. Guilty by Gucci
You’d be forgiven if you were expecting a deep, dark, and sensual scent with a name like Guilty by Gucci as it is far from it! It is actually a gorgeously clean, powdery scent with just a hint of spice from the pink pepper. It’s got an unforgettable sophistication to it and the perfect secret weapon to wear for your next date night!
9. Lady Million by Paco Rabanne
Personifying wealth, luxury, and extravagance Lady Million by Paco Rabanne is one formidable female perfume! It’s shines bright for all to see with delicate fresh flowers expertly intertwining with the warmth of wood, sweet honey, and vibrant patchouli. House in a bottle inspired by the biggest diamond in the world, you only need one spray of this bestselling scent to fully understand why people say diamonds are a girl’s best friend!
10. J’Adore by Dior
J’Adore (you read that in a silky, French accent didn’t you?) literally means ‘I love’ in French, so thankfully Dior has given us an abundance of reasons to fall head over heals in love with this elegant, floral perfume. It has been created with the most beautiful flowers from all over the world, including Damascus Rose, Indian Sambac jasmine and tuberose and jasmine grandiflorum from Grasse. It is an exceptional example of a classic perfume offering an olfactory experience like no other!
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