Advances in perfumery have refined the olfactory notes extracted and made blending more innovative so you get unique concoctions that don’t smell “mass.”
With so many scents and brands out there, how do you find your signature scent? That’s where our handy guide comes in. We’ve spritzed and sniffed just about every fragrance out there to find the best. Read on to see which scents have made it to our list of the best perfumes of the year.
Best citrus perfume (Editor's Choice & Reader's Choice)
Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Deauville EDT, $215
The perfume, inspired by the Normandy coast where Gabrielle Chanel opened her first boutique, is both elegant and powerful, with sparkling notes of Sicilian orange and refreshing green of basil.
A lighter, softer version of the original Good Girl perfume, Legere has notes of the jasmine sambac imperial flower, tonka bean and dulce de leche. It starts off intensely sweet but settles into something sexier, muskier and more intense.
A lush, heady perfume that’s more floral than fruity, with strawberry, raspberry, grapefruit, mandarin, white flowers, rosebuds and patchouli. Our tester even received compliments from strangers in the lift.
Jo Malone London English Oak & Hazelnut Cologne, $108-$212
Its first notes are green, leafy and astringent from the green hazelnut. Its heart notes are a woody, dry cedarwood. Its drydown is a roasted oak. The result is a delicious and surprising hint of nuttiness and florals – simple, woody and spicy.