Best Perfumes for Women in 2018 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Best Perfume for Women

Are you serious about having a quality, long lasting and great smelling perfume?

Unfortunately, you pretty much have countless of brands to go thru. With the number of options available you will soon notice this will not be an easy task.

Luckily, we have listed the best perfumes for women, right here, to make it easier for you to see whats on the market.

We have reviewed near 100 of the most popular products and put down weeks of research to make a comprehensive guide to the ultimate choice for you and your personality.

As you can see in our review of the best cologne for men, it was quite of a list to have a look at.

Best Perfumes for Women 2018

Everyone wants to smell good. Have a cologne who fits you will boost your confidence and attractiveness in surprising new ways you would never have expected! By having a beautiful scent, you will receive compliments from people you go by, or people in your everyday life.

When it comes to buying perfumes & colognes, the experience is a little different than purchasing other beauty products.

You have to make up a vague idea of the purpose of the scent. Will it be your signature smell or maybe just for a specific season, like summer or winter? Situations like work or going out scent can be relevant if you want perfumes for every occasion.

Either way, here is our in depth reviews of the top 10 perfumes that guaranteed will give your personality and attractiveness a new level!

Best Smelling Perfume for Women

The ultimate scent for every women and any age. The perfect blend of confidence, passion and beauty. This is a must have in every collection!

In the world of fragrance, there are few companies that have quite the same instant recognition as Dolce and Gabbana. This is their best selling women’s perfume and have taken the American market by storms over the last years.

In the case of the long awaited Light Blue, you are given the opportunity to enjoy a fragrance that takes you straight to the hills of Italy—though when you arrive you will find that you are not quite the same you that you have always known. Not when you are wearing Light Blue—the ultimate embodiment of passion, romance, confidence, beauty, and power of Italian femme fatales everywhere.

Of course, this is all sales talk crafted very carefully, I might add, by Dolce and Gabbana themselves. How well does the marketing stand up to reality?

Well, naturally the fragrance won’t actually take you to the hills of Italy, nor will it literally empower you with the intensity of an Italian femme fatale.

You don’t actually want that though, do you? No, you want to be your same old self, but with the benefit of a new fragrance that empowers you with confidence.

That’s exactly what you are getting here.

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue features prominent top notes of Sicilian cedar and apple, with a musky heart of bamboo and jasmine, and a base of citron wood and amber.

There isn’t a whole lot in way of cons with this perfume. It is a good classic scent that has been updated with a few modern touches that are sure to make it stand out.

If there is one set back with Dolce Gabbana Light Blue it is that it is a very strong fragrance, which means that it can be somewhat easy to use too much. On the situations that you do, the smell is going to be fairly overwhelming, which you don’t want. Of course, the good news with a strong fragrance is that if you use it sparingly it will last for a long time.

One thing to keep in mind is that due to the strength of the fragrance, you are probably not going to find it an appropriate scent for all situations. For example, while it might be a nice bold option for a date it probably won’t be as appropriate for a workplace setting.

Of course, if you do decide to wear it to work that will be ok—just be sure to use the fragrance sparingly.

Overall Winner of Womens Perfume

Amazing elegant and work friendly scent for your every day situations. A very popular signature smell for many ladies. 

Next on the list, another brand that is just about even in recognition with Dolce and Gabbana. Versace Bright Crystal comes in an elegant bottle with a modest base and a prominent crystalish cap that serves to extenuate its name.

It’s a classic fragrance that is designed to produce an elegant scent you can confidently bring to any setting, be it work or fun.

Unlike the last scent we looked at Versace Bright Crystal is actually a fairly mild odor. This is of course not to say that when you wear it will go unnoticed. Far from it in fact. Bright Crystal produces a distinct an elegant scent.

What we mean to say is that with this fragrance you don’t run the risk of going overboard the same way that you do with the Dolce and Gabbana fragrance that we looked at earlier.

Of course, the downside with this is that you are probably going to go through this bottle a good deal quicker than you might go through the Dolce and Gabbana. While these bottles are priced similarly, the versatility of this scent, along with the fact that it isn’t quite as potent as other comparable fragrances is going to mean that you will probably go through it a little bit faster than Light Blue.

Of course, that’s not really a con, is it?  A good fragrance is a great thing to have. If it’s not in your budget to go through bottles quickly, you will just have to learn to pace yourself. If, of course, you can.

Best Floral & Rose Perfume

This floral amazingness is a real compliment getter! The name flowerbomb is quite accurate to say at least, you literally cant stop smelling it and get throwbacks to warm summer days.

This next fragrance that we will be taking a look at comes in on the more expensive side of the price spectrum but depending on your tastes you might just find that it is an appropriate option anyway.

In the case of this fragrance the name really does to well to testify to what you are getting. The scent is nice and sweet, flowery like the early months of spring.

However, despite the typical association one might have with flowery fragrances (that being that they are generally pretty gentle and understated) that really isn’t the situation here. The Flower Bomb is (also as the name suggests) quite explosive.

The scent is composed with front notes of jasmine, a rose heart, and a patchouli base. What this all accounts for is a fresh scent that is modern without being noisy, and still classic enough be taken to work or on a date.

Of course, like any fragrance it isn’t perfect. The first and biggest set back that you are going to notice is probably the fact of its price. This is the most expensive bottle that we have looked at so far by a pretty significant margin which means if you are looking for a budget buy, you should probably just keep on looking.

The second issue, which is actually somewhat compounded by the first con, is that the scent itself does not last very long. Typically you can expect to enjoy Flower Bomb for a couple of hours before you will encounter the need to freshen it up.

While this isn’t necessarily an uncommon flaw in the world of fragrance, it’s still a drag to see, especially when you are dealing with a bottle that is on this end of the price spectrum.

The problem, of course, is that the more you need to freshen the scent up, the faster that you are going to go through the bottle. The faster that you go through the bottle, the sooner you are going to need to buy a new one.

Of course, if you aren’t bothered by the price of this fragrance in the first place, it’s really not going to be all that big of a deal. Ultimately this is going to be a great fragrance for anyone that enjoys a classic scent with a bold modern twist.

Top Choice for Work & Business Situations

This scent have really fresh and sophisticated smell to it. You will smell good yet not disturb your environment with a piercing aura around you. Excellent for office.

This next fragrance is by Giorgio Armani—a distributor of finer things that most readers should have no trouble placing. While Armani is more commonly associated with men’s products, they actually also make a lot of great stuff for women as well, both in the department of apparel and fragrance.

This classic fragrance is a prime example of that. Established first in 1995 Acqua boasts notes of flour, jasmine, and sweet pea.

Unlike many of the modern fragrances that are currently out on the market the scent that you are getting here is relatively calm meaning that while it will certainly catch the attention of the people around you, it also isn’t going to overwhelm them.

Di Gio hits the sweet spot that offers a prominent scent that still manages not to be over powering. It’s a pretty simple perfume, but then for a lot of people that is exactly what they are looking for.

The cons with this fragrance also happen to be pretty mild. One of the drawbacks that other owners have commented on is that it doesn’t pack quite the same punch that it did when it was first introduced in the nineties.

Now, granted this could mean any number of things. For one thing, the people stating this might just be mistaken. Their experience with the perfume might be different because they changed, not the scent.

It also might just be that their memory of the fragrance doesn’t quite line up with its reality. In other words, they are just misremember it.

Then there is the possibility that the ingredients have indeed changed a little bit. This happens, especially when a recipe has been around since 1995.

Regardless, it is still a great scent that will make an excellent option for both home and work settings.

Best Vanilla Perfume

A Fruity scent called Daisy, how cute isn’t that? Perfect choice for evening and dinners.

The first thing that we noticed about this fragrance is the bottle itself. Naturally the bottle is perhaps the least important aspect of the scent itself but it is still a nice feature, especially when you are paying a decent amount of money for a fragrance.

Like the last fragrance that we looked at, Daisy is a pretty understated scent that isn’t going to overpower the room.

This particular scent is composed of notes of grapefruit, musk, vanilla, wood, jasmine, and strawberry. These smells combine for a gentle scent that you will be sure to appreciate during casual social and work functions.

While this scent isn’t quite as promiscuous as say, Light Blue, it might even make for a sensual date fragrance as well.

As we have seen with a few of the other scents on this list, this fragrance’s biggest flaw is how quickly the smell fades away. Again, this is the sort of fragrance that you are going to need to reapply every few hours in order to keep it fresh.

The good news is that it is also relatively affordable compared to some of the other perfumes featured today, so if you do find that you are going through bottles a little bit quicker than you are accustomed to it ultimately isn’t going to set you back as much as it otherwise would.

And that’s pretty much all there is to it. Daisy is a nice, simple fragrance with soft flower tones that does very well to live up to its name.

The Sexiest Perfume on the list

A beautiful floral sensual scent for your date nights! You cant really go wrong with this one as a first impression encounter that the person will remember for ever.

If you are like us, you might now be thinking that the name “Viva La Juicy,” leaves a lot to be desired. We feel similarly about the bottle as well actually. It’s about as noisy as the name and lacks the sophistication that several of the other bottles we have looked at today were able to wield.

Good thing that we don’t judge books by their cover, correct? If you can look past the name (assuming that you had a problem with it to begin with of course) you are actually dealing with a really nice, feminine bottle of perfume here.

The top notes of Viva La Juicy are mostly floral, with a creamy caramel, vanilla heart, and a sensual amber base.

There is something very delectable about the composition of this perfume which indeed does make it a great option for date night.

This is definitely a modern scent, and like most modern scents it certainly does make its presence known with a very dominate smell.

However, when a perfume is composed well that also isn’t really a bad thing. Viva La Juicy is tantalizing to the point that you won’t mind when it fills a room.

The strength of this perfume is both a pro and a con. Just keep in mind that when you are dealing with powerful, modern fragrances of this kind you are going to want to be sure not to go over board. If you can keep that in mind you shouldn’t run into any problems.

Best Cheap Perfume & Budget Buy

The famous actors own scent that is a top seller around the world. The price and the quality makes this very solid buy to have in your collection!

You know Sarah Jessica Parker of “Sex and the City” fame, correct? She’s just lovely, isn’t she? Well so is her perfume. Lovely, by Sarah Jessica Parker, is an elegant and very affordable scent that seems to draw inspiration from the same sort of themes that made her television show so popular.

The scent is composed of orchid, lavender, amber, apple martini, and musk. These smells combine for a sweet, sensual scent that will work as well on a date as it does in the office.

The great thing about Lovely is that, in addition to sincerely smelling good it also an everywoman perfume. If you can afford to drop a few hundred dollars on a bottle of perfume that’s great, more power to you.

For most people, however, something under $100 is going to be preferable, and something under $40 is a real dream come true.

Celebrity fragrances aren’t generally as prestigious as designer bottles, but don’t let that make you shy away from Lovely. Sarah Jessica Parker’s attachment to this bottle should not make or break your buying decision in any way.

If you decide to buy this bottle it should be because it is a classy and affordable option for every day use. In fact, there really isn’t all that much to say in way of negatives-though some wearers have observed that with their body chemistry the musky scent promotes a mature odor that they aren’t necessarily interested in.

Of course, this is mostly a product of all wearers being different. If you want to try it before you buy it you can always head on down to a department store and see if you can’t try it out.

Top Night Club and Niche Scent

Do you enjoy going out to the clubs or night life events? Then this is for you! A long lasting and powerful scent that will get heads turning as you go by.

In addition to having an awesome name and a handsome bottle Black Opium also happens to be a powerful and attractive scent that is going to be a perfect option for the right wearer.

This particular fragrance boasts top notes of pear, vanilla and coffee, along with heart notes of cedar and Jasmine. Finally, the fragrance has base notes of orange blossom and jasmine.

These notes all account for a dark and mysterious scent that has all the elements of a classic perfume along with what they aptly describe as a “rock and roll,” twist.

This is definitely a good “night on the town,” scent, both for the fact that its price tag might eliminate it as an every day option for some people, and because  it is a powerful fragrance that might be better suited for social situations than professional ones.

It is however worth noting that this definitely is a try before you buy scent. When it comes to most perfumes it is probably a decent idea to see if you can’t get a sample before you make your purchase, but it is especially true of powerful modern scents that might not be best suited for all wearers.

The only other con that can be attributed to this perfume is that because of its price some wearers might not find it a viable option.

It’s definitely not the most expensive perfume featured on the list but it is significantly more expensive than scents like Lovely, which is definitely something to keep in mind if you find yourself under a tighter budget.

The Perfect Sweet Scent

Prada delivers a sweet smelling perfume that is not overwhelming, but something for the ones who are leaning for more of a honey & carmely notes.

The second to last option that we will be taking a look at today is an elegant scent brought to you by the famous brand Prada.

This is another perfume that comes in a bottle that doesn’t exactly impress. Of course again the bottle itself isn’t extremely important but it is a fairly expensive purchase and any time that is the case you kind of want it to look nice, right?

Despite the appearance Candy actually is a pretty elegant, passionate scent that is sure to accentuate the femininity of the wearer.

The scent is composed of  warm sweet, notes with elements of honey, vanilla and Carmel. The result is a bold but sensual smell that is sure to be very pleasing to most wearers.

The biggest problem with this bottle is one that we have seen on some of the other perfumes featured on this list. While the scent itself is pretty bold it unfortunately only lasts for a few hours which once again means that you will need to freshen up with your perfume on occasion if you want to make it through the entire day.

While this isn’t necessarily the biggest deal in the world it doesn’t make the bottle any more economic. Still, if you don’t mind the need to refresh this is a great scent to consider for anyone looking for a sweet, powerful scent.

Playful & Romantic Perfume

Are you comfortable with a playful yet casual smell, then this is a great choice for you!

The final perfume that we will be taking a look at today is really something special. Guilty by Gucci is an elegant scent in elegant packaging that is sure to the wearer that isn’t afraid to be bold. The scent is composed with notes of lilac and amber along with pink pepper, peach, and geranium.

These scents combined create a fragrance that is freeing and romantic, perfect for the woman that is comfortable in her own skin.

Despite the boldness of the bottle, it’s actually good for casual every day use. That’s one of my favorite things about Guilty, actually. It is as suitable for a cocktail party as it is for an office function.

Ultimately there really isn’t much to say in way of negatives about Guilty by Gucci. It is a moderately priced bottle that is going to be perfect for the right buyer.

If you are the timid sort that doesn’t want to draw a lot of attention to yourself as you walk buy, this probably isn’t going to be the right bottle for you.

On the other hand, if you are confident and comfortable, Guilty by Gucci is definitely an excellent option to consider.

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Women’s Perfume – Buyer’s Guide

Which of these elite fragrance is right for you? Well, it’s hard to say. Each fragrance is highly unique, and choosing your scent is an individualized process that requires lots of time and consideration.

While there are great opportunities to get a deal by shopping online, before you commit to that process I recommend that you take a trip to the department store.

Why?  Often enough you will be given the opportunity to sample a scent and see how well it fits your body type. Perfume isn’t cheap and you definitely want to make sure that you get the right one.

Once you have decided what fragrance you like, you can then go online and look for the best deal possible.

At the end of the day, there is nothing quite like getting a great fragrance at the right price.

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Things you should look for in Perfumes & Colognes

The word “perfume” is actually an indicator to how concentrated the scent is. Perfume is considered to one of the highest concentrations, but you have probably heard of words as cologne as well.  Here we are looking at a less concentration. However, don’t be fooled. How much concentration a scent is containing is not equal to how good it is, every formula have purpose and you probably doesn’t want to have really strong smell in every occasion. Here is the generally rule of thumb regarding the names of the liquids:

  • Aftershave – Very light usually around 0 – 1% concentration and lasting around 1 hour.
  • Eau de Cologne – Here we are looking at 2 – 4% concentration and the lasting hours approximately 3 – 4 hours.
  • Eau de Toilette – Probably one of the most popular formulas and is around 5 – 15%. A quite big gap and your every day scent is often in this category. Lasts around 6 hours.
  • Eau de Parfum –  Now we are looking at 15 – 20% concentration and over spraying can get overwhelming for the surroundings. But there is lasting of the scent around 8 hours, which is a big plus.
  • Perfume Extrait – The strongest and less common on the market. 20 – 30% concentration that will have your back for up to 12 hours.

This brings us on to why its important to choose scent after situation, if you are looking for longer lasting smell go for perfume. Go for a cologne type of product if you preferably want a certain smell for the day time and one for the evening.

However, just because a scent have a high concentration will not automatically make it overwhelming. You have to have an idea how strong you will smell by adjusting how many sprays you apply on your self. 

Where and how to apply your new Perfume

When applying, or spraying on your perfume try to target an area where your blood is flowing. Also called pulse points and is described as where your blood vessels are close to your skin.

For example; wrists, behind your ears, your neck and chest is great areas to apply your scent. The pulse points of your body is warmer and will help the perfume to enhance the fragrance even further. 

An extra tip if you want to get noticed even more is to apply the scent to your hair. You will not gain the benefits as your warm skins gives you, but your hair will give you a nice trail after you leaving a beautiful smell. Especially good at crowded areas or going out, as you will draw notice to you by just walking by. It might give you some extra compliment for your new perfume as well!

A common mistake you probably seen many do is to rub your wrists together after applying your perfume. This is wrong, always let your skin dry the scent naturally on your skin. By rubbing the fragrance on you will degrade the scent and make the lasting less. 

How to make a perfume last longer

Moisturize your skin will also help the fragrance to last longer. If you have dry skin your body will absorb your perfume and the lasting will go down.

If you naturally have oily skin, lucky you – the scent will last longer on you! For those who don’t try to use some unscented moisturizer before hand to damp your skin and then apply your favorite fragrance. A nice little tip!

Another quick trick is to always have your scent with your, or a sample of it in a smaller container. This way you can always give it a renew spray if you feel the scent i fading. This can also be recommended if you want more control over how long you want your scent to last. Sometimes having a really strong fragrance will smell even the day after.

How to Remove Perfume From Your Skin

If you for any reason wants to get rid of your applied scent there is some good tips and tricks for that. Maybe you tried a scent at the store you really didn’t like, or having the wrong perfume on you for an event that just came up in your schedule! 

Buy some rubbing alcohol from your drugstore, wet a cotton ball or some cloth and wipe your skin clean. After that create a paste with equal parts baking soda och warm water. Let that sit on the area where you applied the scent for a couple of minutes. Wash it off with warm water and preferably some unscented soap.

And you should be fine to either apply some other scent or just getting rid of the fragrance. 

Conclusion

The two bottles of perfumes that managed to stand out the most to us was Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and Versace Bright Crystal.

Thanks for the incredibly smelling and high quality notes of these products the decision was clear. The reviews from other customers also made it quite clear why these are the winners.

In case you feel that we left out some other great perfumes, don’t hesitate to let us know.

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