Choosing just the right fragrance for women can be daunting. The beauty of a fragrance is in the nose of the beholder, so the citrus accent in Origins Spring Fever may smell clean and fresh to one woman but unromantic to another woman, just as a classic perfume such as Chanel No. 5 might strike just the right floral note for some but seem too traditional for others.
The editors at “Harper’s Bazaar” compiled a list of favorite perfumes, many of which feature floral notes. They recommend the updated Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere for those who like light floral infusions. For a heavier, headier effect, try Fendi Palazzo, which mixes orange blossom and rose with other scents. If you want a sexy perfume for evenings, consider Sarah Jessica Parker’s Covet solid perfume, featuring honeysuckle and citrus. If you prefer a stronger, single note, consider essential oil in jasmine or rose.
Earthy scents, often with musk or amber, can be an enticing fragrance for women who want something warmer and woodsy rather than flowery. Some options include Byredo Parfums’ Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum, which mixes pepper and incense, or the concentrated power of C.O. Bigelow Chemists Perfume Oil in amber scent. Kenzo Amour Indian Holi combines exotic frankincense with cardamom and sandalwood. If you like essential oils, consider fragrances such as ginger, patchouli or sandalwood.
The smell of grapefruit, lemon, lime, pineapple or tangerine connotes a beautiful, refreshing scent for some women and a household cleaner for others. Calvin Klein does citrus right in the perfume CK One, a unisex fragrance mixing papaya, pineapple, green tea, jasmine and amber. Guerlain Fleur de Cedrat has a light, sweet fragrance featuring a hodgepodge of scents such as lemon, bergamot, neroli, verbena, thyme and oak moss. Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, also a unisex fragrance, has a refreshing mix of orange, verbena, bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper, pimento, jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, wild orchid, cedar, aromatic Thai resins and more.