After 40 hours of research evaluating 83 products, we picked Black Orchid by Tom Ford as our top choice.
So finding the best perfume for women has its rewards.
That's right. A study by the Journal of Cosmetic Sciences found that fragrances increase both self-confidence and self-perceived attractiveness. In other words, finding a beautiful perfume will not only make you smell better but will send a positive message to everyone around you.
With the number of perfumes for women available, finding your scent is a big task (just look at how many colognes we love on men). But fear not, we did the work for you.
When compiling our list of the best perfumes for women, we tested dozens of scents with so many noses that we consider our choices a work of art. Our list of the best perfume is a monumental achievement.
Taylor Swift, yet another celebrity Fave on our list, has given us a surprisingly beautiful women’s perfume. So if you’re looking for a pleasant scent that will make people near you want to linger, give this fragrance a try.
Unfortunately, it only lasts about four to six hours.
While the combination of fruity, floral, and musky is nothing new, the notes of raspberry, apple blossom, freesia, peach, amber, and sandalwood provide an unexpected take on the familiar combination.
This light, yet exciting, scent will work best when you want to stand out, regardless of the occasion.
At over $20 per ounce, this may not be the cheapest perfume on our list, but it definitely is the best value in terms of what you get for your money.
You might be surprised to see this included on our list of the best womens perfume. Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of Ms. Britney, women are absolutely in love with her Fantasy perfume. With its light, sweet, and almost candy-like fragrance, this perfume was made to be your (and your man’s) next guilty pleasure.
The biggest drawback to this perfume is that it’s available on Amazon, which tends to attract a lot of knockoffs from third-party sellers. So if you’re going to buy this online, buy it straight from Amazon.
The very top layer of this perfume is fruity (with notes of lychee and kiwi). The middle layer is where the cotton candy-sweetness comes into play with notes of white chocolate, orchid, and cupcake (yes, we said cupcake). The final layer then finishes with a deep musky scent. While all three layers seem like they may be at odds with one another, you’ll be surprised to smell how great they play together.
Britney recommends you wear this with evening or romantic wear, but we say wear it whenever you’re feeling flirty or frisky.
Celebrity scents always tend to be on the cheap side since they want their fan base to be able to afford them, which makes this $20 perfume a steal when compared to the higher-end designer fragrances on our list.
When you're looking for something unique and intoxicating, a scent that gives you a bit of an edge, this one from Dior is a good choice. Customers rave about the strong vanilla muskiness of this and claim that the exotic scent gets them compliments everywhere they go.
Be sure to try this on at the store first. Some customers have complained about this scent smelling like Play-Doh or root beer.
The edginess of this scent comes from the mix of warm vanilla and almond notes mixed with spices like caraway and cinnamon. Round it out with woody, musky notes, and you've got something totally unique.
With this being such a warm scent, it'll likely perform best in the cold winter months...or for when you're looking to really spice things up in the bedroom.
This long-lasting perfume only requires one light application a day, so you'll probably find this to be one of the more reasonably priced perfumes on our list at just over $80 for a 3.3-ounce bottle.
Escentual's review of this fragrance actually had us wanting to take a second look: “My Insolence may not be the most famous Guerlain, nor is it one of the classics, but it is an exceptionally well-crafted perfume.” Since it’s not one often found on best perfume lists, it’s not the most obvious choice. However, women who wear this lovely scent simply cannot get enough.
It’s pretty hard to find, which may be why a lot of women don’t know about it.
Lots of perfumes offer up the floral-fruity combo, but this one does it spectacularly. Top notes include almond blossom, jasmine, and raspberry. It then evolves into patchouli, vanilla, and tonka bean.
Wear it wherever and whenever. It smells great and doesn’t conform to one season or occasion over any other, which is another reason why this is such a hidden gem.
Slightly pricey, but you don’t need to wear much of it so a little goes a long way. At just over $30 for a 1.6-ounce bottle, this is still one of the least expensive selections on our list.
Although this brand may still be in the process of building some momentum in the fragrance industry, as one of Cosmos top perfumes for 2020 you know it’s going to be something special. Smouldering, sexy, and dreamy this fragrance is perfect for date nights as it was designed to appeal just as much to women as to men.
A little on the musky side, so if that’s not something you typically go for this may not be the fragrance for you.
Santal 33 by Le Labo was inspired by the defining spirit of the American West and was designed to convey the ambition of the American myth, which is still a source of fantasy for the rest of the world. With the perfect blend of ambrox, violet, and iris, laced with the smoky wood alloy of Australian sandalwood and cedarwood, plus the perfect spicy punch of cardamom—this unisex fragrance is designed to appeal to a man just as much as a woman.
Subtle enough for everyday wear, yet bold enough for date night or specially occasions. Though most will likely find it better suited for the latter.
$192 for a 1.7-ounce bottle is pretty pricey, but those that love this perfume say it’s absolutely worth every penny. If you’re unsure about spending that much upfront, you can also try a .05-ounce tester for $6 or .5-ounces for $83.
The name and product description alone may be enough to catch your attention, but just wait until you try it. Juliette has a gun is not a perfume but a single note fragrance that gives off a warm, woody aroma and is completely hypoallergenic. It’s an addicting fragrance that will surely keep you coming back for more.
Very subtle—which some reviewers did not care for. It’s not for everyone, so if you’re on the fence definitely try the sample size first.
Minimalist, fresh, and clean—if you like a subtle fragrance that isn’t your typical perfume, this is no doubt the product for you.
Composed of a single note, cetalox, which is typically used in perfumes as a base note but plays the lead role in this unique blend, this fragrance will satisfy even the most selective of pallets and particularly anyone who prefers discretion over complexity. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic—which is ideal for anyone with allergies or fragrance sensitivities.
Honestly, this fragrance is appropriate for just about any occasion. If you’re looking for something bold for a date night or special event this may not quite be what you’re looking for. Otherwise, it transitions well from morning to night all year round.
$135 for a 3.3-ounce bottle is pretty middle of the road for a quality fragrance. If you’re not sure you want to commit to an entire bottle, it also comes in a 1.7-ounce size for $100 or a .25-ounce tester for $28 (which will last you longer than you would think).
Jo Malone definitely knows what she’s doing when it comes to fragrance. In fact, her varying scents are designed for layering and can be combined to achieve your very own signature blend. While we really haven’t found a fragrance we don’t like, Wood Sage & Sea Salt is one of our favorites to layer or wear as a standalone scent. For a few other options check out the English Pear & Freesia or Lime Basil & Mandarin.
Unfortunately this fragrance does not have the longest staying power, so you will need to apply more than once throughout the day.
The Wood Sage & Sea Salt blend by Jo Malone will allow you to escape the everyday, taking you straight to the crashing waves and fresh sea spray of the shore with every spritz. Key notes of ambrette seeds, sea salt, and woody sage combine with a touch of the mineral scent reminiscent of cliffs and waterfalls –makes for a lively, joyful fragrance.
Although this is more of a daytime, summery fragrance, it can definitely translate to night time wear as well.
$140 for a 3.4-ounce bottle is actually a pretty great deal for a quality perfume. You can also snag a 1-ounce bottle of this fragrance for $70, but we definitely recommend the larger size to add more bang to your buck.
You've likely heard of Coco Chanel before. But, if you've never given it a try then you might be missing out, as customers love this elegant and classy-smelling perfume. Some reviewers even claim that the spicy-leathery scent helps them exude even more independence and sophistication.
Because this is a very rich smell, it might not translate well in the summer months or for very casual occasions.
Although the top layer of this perfume is mostly comprised of fruity notes, it's the spicy middle and base notes that really shine through to give this fragrance its elegant and sophisticated aura.
This is best for colder weather months and more formal occasions where something this warm, spicy, and feminine can truly be appreciated.
This perfume will stay on all day long. And since it doesn't take much to pack a punch, the bottle should last you awhile, making this $58-per-ounce (ouch) perfume not as pricy as it may first seem.
Although this may not be a fragrance you recognize (yet), we would be willing to bet that you are quite familiar with AERIN scents (think Mediterranean Honeysuckle, Tangier Vanille, or Evening Rose) and all of the sultry deliciousness they convey.
Lauded by The Fashion Spot as a fragrance newbie quickly creeping its way to the top of the best scents of 2018, Hibiscus Palm by AERIAN will make every day feel like a vacation.
The price. This is definitely the most expensive perfume on our list.
With each spray of this Eau de Parfum you will journey to a palm-fringed beach on a remote tropical island.
So, what makes this beachy escape such a perfectly balanced fragrance? Accords of Lotus Flower and Hibiscus Palm mixed with Ylang and exotic Ginger serve as the sweet-scented base, Frangipani blends with fragrant White Blossoms for delicious mid-notes, and creamy undertones of Coconut Milk, Vanilla and Musk provide a deep, velvety finish.
Light enough for daytime, while also lush enough for evening wear. Whether your spending your day in the office or at the beach, everyone you encounter will appreciate this tropical, island fragrance.
Expensive. A 50-ml bottle will set you back between $120 and $150. But, it sure beats the price a tropical vacation, right? If it’s within your budget, we recommend giving this fragrance a try - you won't regret it.
And, if you're in search of something equally as tropical but slightly less sweet, check out Wood Sage & Sea Salt by Jo Malone London. The salty and citrusy accords are both aromatic and musky.
La Vie Est Belle is French for "life is beautiful". We agree, life is beautiful - and so is this brand; it clearly deserves its place among the best perfumes for women. Made with natural ingredients, La Vie Est Belle is for the woman looking for something happy and feminine.
A sophisticated smell, not ideal for younger women, and not an everyday signature scent.
This powerful fragrance is a mix of floral, sweet and spicy. Iris is the main note in the fragrance, followed by patchouli and the sweetness of a gourmand blend.
A beautifully strong scent for the woman who is both bold and feminine. La Vie Est Belle is a bit too heavy to wear as an everyday signature scent, but perfect for any special occasion or a night out.
The price is for the 1.7-ounce bottle, but there are other sizes available. Ladies love this option because it smells very similar to Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, but costs a third of the price. A good cheap option!
What online reviews say:
When you think of “sexy” brands, Victoria’s Secret usually is one of the first that comes to mind, right? They do perfume just as well as they do underwear, so it’s no surprise they've earned a spot on our list for this sexy, floral, and fruity scent.
Just like with everything else from Victoria’s Secret, wait for the semi-annual or annual sale to buy this one. However, even without a discount, the price of this perfume will not break the bank.
Victoria’s Secret always sticks to a simple and sexy formula, and this fragrance is no exception. With just a few key notes of vanilla orchid, Shangri-la peony, and passion fruit to give this perfume its sweet and distinctive aroma, you really cannot go wrong with Bombshell by Victoria's Secret.
Perfect for when you’re feeling fun, feminine, and flirty. So really, this perfume is perfect for any occasion.
Victoria’s Secret makes good products, but they’re still always best to buy when on sale. Regardless, you'll be able to pick up a 1.7-ounce bottle of this perfume for right around $30, making this one of the cheapest selections on our list.
If you were not aware that Tiffany & Co. does more than diamonds, you’re not alone. While not incredibly well known, Tiffany’s signature scent is definitely worth a try if you’re on the market for a feminine musk that’s perfect for Spring and Summer. It even comes in your favorite shade of blue. Did you expect anything less?
Some reviewers were less than impressed with the staying power (or lack thereof).
How could you really go wrong with a scent inspired by Tiffany diamonds? Expect top notes of crisp mandarin followed by freshly cut iris and musky, patchouli finish. Luxurious, glamorous, divine. Can you smell the sparkle?
Although we can’t think of an occasion on which you would not want to smell like diamonds, the Tiffany Eau de Parfum signature scent is perfect for a romantic dinner with your special someone or a fancy gala or special event. This scent just exudes radiance and sophistication.
$100 for a 1.7-ounce bottle is not cheap. However, if you’re in need of a signature scent to match the color of your favorite jewelry box, this Eau de Parfum is well worth the investment.
Easily one of the best perfumes for women, we promise that you will not find a single fragrance online or in-store as uniquely charming as this one by Dior. Although this is an older scent (launched it's debut in 1999), it remains unique.
With the scent of a floral bouquet and notes of ylang-ylang, rose, and jasmine, this is a beautifully feminine choice.
Keep in mind that this is a floral and feminine fragrance, which many prefer, but it's not for everyone.
Smells like an expensive bundle of flowers. The ylang-ylang, which is a tropical tree found in Indonesia and Malaysia, is the most obvious scent in this brand. Additional notes of rose and jasmine make for a sweet, floral finish.
It's elegant and sexy, perfect for a romantic dinner or a night out. This lovely scent will make you feel like the sexiest woman in the room without being overbearing.
This product not only smells expensive, but it is expensive. At $100 for a 1.7-ounce bottle, this perfume is not cheap! The good news is, a little spritz goes a long way so the bottle will last a while. While this price represents the 1.7 fluid ounce bottle, there are other sizes available and the more you buy the more you save. We say go big or go home because you can never have too much of this fragrance.
And, if you're on the market for something slightly younger and lighter, check out Blooming Bouquet by Miss Dior. While maintaining a sweet floral scent, Blooming Bouquet also includes fruity notes of grapefruit and musk.
Light Blue is a crisp, clean scent, which is the exact opposite of sweet and floral. Smells lovely, but not too feminine with strong notes of lemon and green apple. Light Blue exudes the essence of nature and is reminescent a breath of fresh air.
The two biggest complaints about this fragrance are that the scent is too mature and fades quickly after application.
Light Blue is musky yet citrusy, composed of citron, bluebell, apple, jasmine, bamboo, white rose, cedarwood, amber, and musk.
The citron adds a surprising liveliness, the apple – a light happiness, and the bluebell brings an unexpected spontaneity. Jasmine adds a unique intensity which is combined with the freshness of bamboo and the charm of white rose. Finally, the cedarwood and amber create a deep, full fragrance which pairs perfectly with a musky finish.
Among the best womens perfumes, light Blue is stunning and irresistibly feminine. Perfect for daytime wear, especially in the work place.
On the lower end of the price spectrum, this perfume will cost you only $55 for a 3.3-ounce bottle. That's just over $16 per ounce - what a steal! Light Blue is worth every penny if you’re looking for something with a unique combination of light and musky.
Want a subtle yet beautifully feminine scent to wear every day? Then this bubbly, fruity, and floral scent by YSL could be a total game changer.
Many customers complain about this scent not lasting the whole day.
There's a unique and sensual blend of notes here that make this scent wonderfully sweet. With a mix of fruit (including strawberry, raspberry, pear, and orange) and musky scents (like patchouli, crystal moss, and white musk) many wearers say this perfume reminds them of the smell of champagne.
With this being such a light and subtle scent, you really could wear this perfume whenever and wherever you want.
The main problem with a perfume that costs this much is the lack of longevity in the scent. Perhaps it's because it's such a light scent to begin with, but many customers agree that it just doesn't have great staying power.
This playful scent is light and floral, making it the best perfume for women for the spring and summer months.
Subtle, light scent that only lasts a few hours. Needs to be reapplied throughout the day. Ideal for teens and young 20-somethings.
Daisy is a beautifully feminine, fruity, and floral scent - with a slight hint of violet. The fragrance begins with top notes of strawberry, grapefruit and violet leaf; transitions to tones of violet, gardenia and jasmine; and finishes with base notes of musk, white woods, and vanilla.
The world of Daisy by Marc Jacobs is everything bright, playful, and innocent. This feminine fragrance will instantly lift your spirits and put you in a cheerful mood. Perfect for any occasion, especially during Spring and Summer months.
The price is $84 for the 1.7-ounce bottle, but there are other sizes available. Want our opinion? We like the rollerball because it's a great value, slips easily into a purse or a toiletry bag, and lasts quite a while even if you use it daily. But, regardless of which size you choose, you'll love this fragrance.
And, if you're looking for something slightly more sutlry, check out Decadence by Marc Jacobs. With its opulent finish of warm, heady woods and sexy liquid amber, Decadence leaves behind an alluring trail and an unforgettable impression.
What online reviewers say:
A best seller by both Sephora and Nordstrom, Chloé has proven to be a top contender in the women’s perfume market. Ladies love the confident, creative, individuality this fragrance conveys. Not to mention the fresh and feminine scent that comes across beautifully for both daytime and evening wear.
Aside from the price, the rose notes give this fragrance a bit of a powdery scent that not everyone is down with.
With Chloé, the classic scent of rose is vibrantly transformed to an intimate and sensual Eau de Parfum.
The fragrance begins with floral notes of pink peony, lychee, and springtime freesia. In the middle you get a subtle air of magnolia flower combined with lily of the valley. And beneath the airy, flirtatious head notes, you will get the richer and more sensual fragrance of warm amber and elegant cedarwood.
Free-spirited freedom, lightness and femininity: these are the principles on which Chloé was founded in Paris more than 60 years ago. Today Chloé’s vision of romantic, effortless chic is perfect for versatile, everyday wear.
The price for a 1.7-ounce bottle is right around $105 dollars, which comes out to about $61 per ounce. Not cheap, but pretty middle of the road for a signature scent.
A classy, sophisticated brand with a hint of sexiness. The perfect smell for anyone in their 20s to 30s.
Extremely popular scent, so don't expect to be the only one wearing it.
Coco Mademoiselle is a much more complex fragrance than the average perfume. It starts off with a slightly sweet smell, but then fades to a lighter, warmer scent. Includes notes of rose, jasmine, patchouli, lychee, orange, grapefruit, vetiver, vanilla, and musk.
The elegant and luxurious fragrance of Coco Mademoiselle channels the irresistible spirit of the young Coco Chanel. Women of all ages love the light, sweet scent which is perfect for all occasions.
While $100 for 1.7 ounces is not cheap, just a couple of spritzes is plenty for the whole day so a bottle will last for ages.
Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb tends to be one of the most highly regarded of perfumes due to its easily recognizable and alluring essence. Perfect for all seasons, this is a great perfume if you’re a fan of floral.
Most best perfume lists include Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb. However, some customers have had an adverse reaction to this scent, likening it to something their grandmother would wear. If you're not into floral, this just isn't going to be for you.
This perfume is straight-up floral: freesia, orchid, rose, and jasmine. Subtle traces of bergamot and mandarin lead to woody notes of deep amber and patchouli, combined with warm vanilla and praline. All in, this is a truly addictive fragrance.
People who stand by Flowerbomb as their go-to perfume swear that this is perfect for all seasons and occasions. Wear it for a night out on the town, a romantic dinner, or a spontaneous adventure with no definite destination. Flowerbomb ensures you’ll leave a trail of allure wherever you go.
The more you buy, the better the deal. The 3.7-ounce bottle comes in at $165, which is right around $44 per ounce. Since this is a strong scent, you don’t need to wear much of it… which makes it a great value purchase.
This perfume is sweet in so many ways. It smells like spring and is light and airy enough to be worn during the day, while captivatingly romantic enough for evening wear as well.
Also, be prepared to get compliments from just about everyone you encounter while wearing this scent—both men and women alike. Oh, and are you looking to get your man’s pheromones flowing full force? It does that too. Pretty sweet, right?
The price. Additionally, if you’re not into fruity/floral scents (though the jasmine and white musk do offset both considerably) you may want to move along.
The combination of fresh florals plus green and fruity Grapefruit intertwine with the softness of Jasmine and the smoothness of White Musk for an intoxicatingly light, floral trail. Expect key notes of Citron, Jasmine, and Teakwood.
Both delicate and radiant, Chancel Chance Eau Tendre provides a soft, yet unexpectedly fruity, floral fragrance that conveys both happiness and fantasy, perfect for both daytime and evening wear.
At $80 for a 1.7-ounce bottle, this perfume comes in at over $47 per ounce. Ouch. However, for such a timeless, classic scent, we can’t complain too much. Also, remember that a little goes a long way!
And, if sensual is more your style, check out Chanel Allure. Reviewers describe the warm floral scent as flirty, seductive, and, of course, alluring.
Black Opium by YSL is easily the best perfume for women overall, as it has a fantastic scent for…well, everybody. Depending on what size you buy, it’s pretty affordable. Black Opium has an irresistibly sweet aroma that turns heads of wearers and smellers alike.
None that we can find. Just make sure you are buying from a reputable seller if you purchase on Amazon, some sellers are not authentic.
An addictive combination of white floral, mixed with base notes of coffee, vanilla, and cedarwood. Sweet, sensual, and unexpectedly soft.
Black Opium is a very versatile fragrance. The softness from the white flowers and vanilla makes it a great choice for the day, while the deep tones of coffee and cedarwood make it appropriate for evening wear as well.
This is a warmer scent, so it probably works best in the colder months. Additionally, it's incredibly long-lasting, so you can wear from morning until night.
Just over $100 for a 3-ounce bottle is actually a heck of a deal. Plus, you won't need much of this to make an impact, so this bottle should last a very long time.
Looking for a perfume that would work just as well for you as it would your man? Or perhaps you're trying to appeal to both men and women? If so, this dark and alluring scent is absolutely worth a try.
This is definitely not what you would call a feminine scent, so make sure to give this floral-scented perfume a try first to make sure it's what you're looking for.
This is by far one of the more unique and striking scents we've ever smelled - especially for a floral. Users compare this scent to leather and dark chocolate, though the main notes are a bit more complex than that with sandalwood, orchid, and patchouli leading the way.
This is a warm, floral scent, so it's really best worn in the winter. That said, many women say this works well for more formal or professional occasions.
At just under $100 for a 1.7-ounce bottle, this is one of the more expensive perfumes for women on our list. However, many customers find the uniquely captivating scent to be well worth the investment.
And, if warm and floral isn't quite your style, check out Tom Ford's risqué new release. With woody leather notes of rich orris and tonka bean, this addictive new fragrance is sure to deliver.
Women's perfumes come in different concentrations, each with a different name. The higher the concentration, the stronger and longer-lasting the scent.
Aftershave/Splash – This usually contains 0 to 1% concentration and will last for up to an hour.
Eau Fraiche – This usually contains 1 to 3% concentration and will last for up to 3 hours.
Eau de Cologne – This usually contains 2 to 4% concentration and will last for up to 3 or 4 hours.
Eau de Toilette – This usually contains 5 to 15% concentration and will last up to 6 hours.
Eau de Parfum – This usually contains 15 to 20% concentration and will last up to 8 hours.
Perfume Extrait – This usually contains 20 to 30% concentration and will last up to 12 hours and beyond.
When going shopping for perfume, here are a few tips to help you make the right choice:
Be patient – It takes time to find the right scent. Give yourself at least an hour, so you have plenty of time to test each perfume—not just the short-lasting top notes, but the more in-depth base notes that take time to mature.
Use blotters – Don't spray directly onto your skin. The first test on a blotter, spraying from 5 inches away and giving about 30 seconds for the perfume to dry. This will give the alcohol time to evaporate and the middle notes to come out. Spraying on your skin is the final test to narrow down your last two or three options.
Sniff gently – Don't put the blotter right up against your nose, but sniff it gently from a distance. Any contact with your skin could deposit scent molecules that could interfere with your ability to smell other perfumes.
Be open-minded – You may not have liked particular floral, spice, or citrus scents in the past, but don't be closed to anything. Give your sense of smell a chance to try new things, and you may just be surprised by the combinations of scents that work.
Take a break between scents – Always sniff coffee beans between testing various perfumes. This is a "palate cleanser" that will neutralize other perfume odor molecules. Having a sip of water between sniffs can also help to restore your sense of smell.
• Base Notes are the subtle, underlying scents that only kick in after 30 minutes or so. They form the foundation of the fragrance.
• Middle Notes are noticeable within a few minutes and are the "heart" of the fragrance. As the sharper, more prominent Top Notes dissipate, the Middle Notes emerge. They are the longest-lasting and blend with the Base Notes.
• Top Notes are the immediately perceived scents, the sharper, brighter, more robust notes that are the initial perception.
Don't buy a fragrance based on the top notes. Instead, spray the cologne and give it a few minutes for the middle notes to come out. You need to provide the cologne time to "settle in" so you can smell the actual fragrance, not just the initial scents.
What type of scent should you be looking for? It all depends on your style and personality.
Citrus scents are clean, tangy, and lighter than other scents. Minimalists love citrus scents, and you'll find they can be very sporty and clean.
Floral scents are fresh, sweet, and soft, with a very feminine appeal. The scents tend to be more "romantic" and feminine.
Oriental scents are musky, heavy on the vanilla, and have more power than the lighter scents. For the more fashion-forward and edgy, Oriental scents make you stand out from the crowd.
Woodsy scents are rich and spicy, with a deep potency. If you want something sexy and seductive, get a perfume with heavier woodsy notes.
Check out this fantastic chart for more information on the scent notes:
When applying perfume, you always want to hit the "pulse points." This means the parts of your body where the blood vessels run close to your skin. For women, the pulse points include:
• Back of your knees
• Behind your ears
• The hollow of your neck
However, there are other places you can apply it even further to enhance your smell:
• Inside of your elbow
• Down your back
• Belly button
A single spritz or drop of perfume to these points will be enough to absorb the fragrance into your bloodstream and keep you smelling gorgeous all day long.
Want to make sure you're wearing your perfume, right? Here's what you need to know:
Just a little bit – A single drop or spray of a higher-concentration perfume (parfum or eau de parfum) will be enough to absorb the scent into your blood and last all day long. Don't over-apply perfume; too much can be a bad thing, especially if the smell is overpowering.
NEVER rub – Rubbing your wrists together after applying perfume will alter and degrade the scent. Spray the perfume onto each wrist and let it dry naturally.
Spray your hair – Just a light spritz to your hair will do wonders to make you smell better. Every time you move, the fragrance will waft off your hair and create an aura of beautiful smells around you.
Mix it up – Try to find 3 to 4 different perfumes, perhaps even one per season. A bit of variety will make the scents more appealing and will prevent odor fatigue.
Spray when wet – Spray perfume after you've toweled off before you get dressed. The moisture on your skin will help to absorb the perfume into your bloodstream faster and make the scent last longer.
Moisturize – If you're going to moisturize your skin, apply the lotion before the perfume. Not only will this prevent the lotion's scent from overpowering the perfume's, but the oils and fatty acids in the lotion will help to absorb the perfume scent molecules faster and more effectively. Tip: Use an unscented moisturizing lotion to prevent clashing smells.
Be careful what you spray – Sometimes it's nice to spray perfume directly onto your clothes to make them smell nice, but the alcohol or fragrances in the perfume could leave stains. Test both the clothes and the fragrances before spraying.
Watch out for the sun – If you're going out into strong sunlight, be aware that the alcohol in the perfume can interact negatively with the sun's heat and UV rays. You may end up with a rash, irritation, or even a sunburn at the points where you apply perfume.
Want to ensure those pricey perfumes last as long as possible? Try these simple tricks:
Store in a cool, dry place – Direct sunlight and heat can degrade the perfumes and weaken the scents. NEVER store your bottles of perfume in direct sunlight, and try to keep them in a cool, dry place during the hot summer months. If you can, store the perfumes in your fridge. The moisture of your bathroom can also degrade the fragrances in the perfume, leaving only the alcohol.
Keep the box – If you don't have a lot of perfume storage options, store the bottle inside the box. The box will protect it from sunlight, heat, and moisture, ensuring the perfume lasts longer.
Spray your drawers – Cover your drawers with paper towels and spritz them lightly with the perfume. Once the towels have dried, place your folded clothes in the drawer. The perfume will give your clothes a pleasant scent that will last all day long.
Rub Vaseline first – To extend the lifespan of the scent molecules, apply a thin layer of Vaseline to your pulse points before spraying the perfume. The occlusive ointment will absorb the scent molecules and keep them on your skin for longer—the result: a longer-lasting smell.
Spray the hairbrush – Spraying perfume directly onto your hair can dry it out, especially if there is a high alcohol concentration in the perfume. Instead, spray your hairbrush. The scent molecules will cling to the oils on your hair and scalp, giving your hair the beautiful smell without risking damage by the alcohol.
Spray the pillow – Spraying your pillow with perfume will not only help you sleep better (with the beautiful smell), but will encourage the scent molecules to be absorbed by your skin.
Bring cotton swabs – Spray cotton swabs or Q-Tips with your perfume and store them inside a Ziploc or sealable plastic bag. Throughout the day, use the swabs to dab perfume as a "touch up" to smell nice even after the initial application wore off.
Mix it up – When your perfume bottle is almost empty, open the top and pour those last drops into an unscented moisturizing lotion. The mixture will be perfect for using up the last of the perfume and giving your skin that beautiful smell—all the while moisturizing!
The "in" thing is to wear more than one perfume, using multiple perfumes in "layers" that work together to create a unique scent. But layering is NOT easy! If done incorrectly, it could result in some odd smells. But if done right, it can make you seem fashion-forward and chic.
Here are some tips to help you layer your perfume, right:
• Go easy on it – A light spritz of each layer will ensure that the final scent isn't too overpowering. This is especially important if you're working with more than 2 or 3 layers. Heavy-handed spritzing could lead to an overly-strong scent by the time you're done.
• Heaviest to lightest – Apply the heavier, deeper scents first, and finish off with the lightest, cleanest scents. This will ensure the lighter scents are detectable and not overpowered by the heavier scents.
• Stay in the family – Whether you opt for woodsy, floral, citrus, or Oriental scents, make sure all the layers use the same "scent family." Some notes (like vanilla, musk, or citrus) are more versatile, but try to stick with perfumes that have notes in common.
• Give it time – To ensure the scent combination works, give the perfumes an hour to properly dry and absorb. This will also allow the scent to work with your unique body odors and pheromones. A scent combination that works for one person may not work for another.
• Layering starts in the shower – You begin to layer those scents by using shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and moisturizing cream. Be aware of these added scents when beginning to layer the perfumes.
If done right, layered perfumes can be stunning and attention-grabbing!
Cosmopolitan assembled perfume experts and asked them for advice on the best perfume tips:
Mix it up. A variety of scents (up to 6) will give you versatility and variety, all while smelling beautiful.
Go classic for a job interview. The "unfussy" smells of a classic perfume will be much better for an interview than strong or overpowering scents.
Go warm for a first date. Find fragrances that are warm and spicy to intrigue a man or woman on a first date.
Gender doesn't matter. Don't worry about whether it's a man's cologne or woman's perfume—all that matters is that you find the scent that you like and that works for you.
Find the matching set. For lighter perfumes, try to find the matching gel and body cream (often sold in a set). The addition of the shower gel and cream will help to accentuate the scents and make it last longer.
Spray your scarf and coat the night before. Heady perfumes can be overwhelming if freshly applied to your skin, hair, or clothes. Spray your scarf, coat, and/or hat the previous night, so the scent has time to soften before you go into work.