Perfumes can have a different effect on our moods and our emotions. Oftentimes, we find ourselves associating these scents with our different recollections and experiences. Some prefer olfactories with woody notes like sandalwood, cedarwood and agarwood while others prefer scents that are more floral and tend to be enhanced with notes such as intense jasmine, rosy peony and gardenia.
But there’s just something about these scents that transport us to a different sense of place or time. A prime example of this would be Maison Margiela’s iconic Replica perfume collection – a reproduction of familiar scents and moments of varying locations and periods. Some of our favourite scents include Lazy Sunday Morning and By The Fireplace, which is reminiscent of the smell of clean sheets and cuddling up by the fireplace respectively, as their name suggests.
Now, with the current fragrance landscape, more Gen Zs and millennials are shifting away from in-store scent discovery. In fact, according to a recent piece by The Straits Times, they are more inclined to make their purchase decisions based on what they see on social media platforms like Instagram and on TikTok. Of course, this is also because we’re exposed to a bevvy of options, and like many fragrance newbies, a lot of them prefer to trust the recommendations that they can find online, so they can skip the hassle of going down to brick and mortar stores to sniff out a perfume themselves.
Which is why we’ve decided to narrow down the oversaturated market of fragrances to the very best scents for this year, just for you. From cult classics like the YSL Libre fragrance to unisex fragrances like D by Diesel which was recently launched, ahead, we’ve sussed out some of the best fragrances to get your hands on this year.