Jul 27, 2021 | 23 min Read

The 50 Best Perfumes Of All Time

These iconic scents transcend trends! 

Few moods can compare to the uneasiness that comes from feeling less-than confident about the way you smell. Save yourself the stress, and never dash-and-go without a spritz of the perfect perfume! There’s even research that shows physical attraction may be based on smell. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that many of the best perfumes of all time have been around for decades. After all, when it comes to the best, it’s all about the juice — not the trends. 

The classic fragrances appeal to a wide demographic, which is why the best-selling perfumes of all time remain consistent year after year. But that’s not to say there aren’t some new, unique options on the list.

Here’s a look at the top 50 perfumes in the world today. 

What is the Best Perfume of All Time?

Far and away, the most popular fragrance of all time is Chanel No. 5. But what’s the best perfume of all time? That’s like asking, what’s the best ice cream flavor, or who’s the most beautiful boy in history? While the choice is subjective to say the least, the fragrances below will be on everybody’s list.

1. Lancome La Vie est Belle

La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme

La Vie est Belle is not only a Lancome bestseller, but one of the best-rated perfumes of all time. It ranks consistently in the top 10 best perfumes, and it’s a delectable contender for the best perfume of 2021. Fittingly, the French name translates to life is beautiful — and so it is if you spritz on this scent. A favorite for over a decade, this sweet fragrance has good sillage and even better longevity, making it a loyal day-to-night option.

Recommended related fragrances: Versace Eros By Versace, Rumeur 2 Rose By Lanvin, Very Irresistible Sensual By Givenchy

2. Marc Jacobs Daisy

Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume

In a flacon that looks as great as its fragrance smells, Marc Jacobs consistently comes out as a favorite with this classic Daisy scent. Daisy has inspired countless spinoffs, but the original remains the tried and true favorite. The feeling it creates is fresh, and the fruity and floral blend perfectly reflects the Daisy name. Notes include blood grapefruit, violet leaf, strawberry, gardenia, jasmine, musk, white woods, and vanilla making for a feminine but sexy creation. In our opinion, this is the best floral perfume of all time.

For more top-of-the-line Marc Jacobs scents, check out our Best Marc Jacobs Perfumes guide.

Recommended related fragrances: L’instant Magic By Guerlain, Kelly Caleche By Hermes, SJP Nyc By Sarah Jessica Parker

3. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume

You might not be able to jetset to Capri, but you can capture Italy in a bottle with this perfect-for-summer scent by Dolce & Gabbana. Possibly the best rose perfume of all time, Light Blue blends fresh, fruity, and floral notes, including citron, lemon, Granny Smith apple, rose, jasmine, cedarwood, bamboo, amber, and musk. 

Recommended related fragrances: Kenzo Jungle Elephant By KenzoOscar By Oscar De La Renta, Bright Crystal By Versace

4. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

Flowerbomb Perfume by Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf may not be the superstars of the fashion world they once were, but their Flowerbomb fragrance continues to be a top choice in dozens of best perfume for women lists. Launched in 2005, notes of tea, bergamot, orchid, jasmine, rose, freesia, African orange flower, and patchouli make this a true flower bomb, but with sexy undertones thanks to the vanilla-musk base. This is a great first date option, filled with promise and excitement.

Perfumes similar to Daisy Love: Hypnotic Poison By Christian Dior, Pheromone Gold By Marilyn Miglin, Boss By Hugo Boss

5. Chanel Paris-Biarritz 

Chanel Paris Biarritz Perfume

When most people think of the best female perfume in the world, they think of Chanel. While there are countless classics from the brand, an underrated best is their Paris-Biarritz varietal. It’s light enough that you can wear it on its own in the summer, or layer it for something heavier during cooler months. Its year-round appeal is well reflected in the Paris-Biarritz name (Biarritz is a summer destination for many Parisians). The fragrance itself was launched in 2018 as part of the Les Eaux De Chanel collection, which also includes Paris-Deauville and Paris-Venise.

Interested in learning about all of our favorite Chanel fragrances? Check out FragranceX’s Best Chanel Perfumes guide.

Recommended related fragrances: Viva La Juicy Gold Couture By Juicy Couture, Olympea By Paco Rabanne, Daisy By Marc Jacobs

6. Philosophy Amazing Grace 

Amazing Grace Perfume by Philosophy

Philosophy‘s Amazing Grace is truly a perfume for all, which is why it makes such a wonderful hostess gift. It’s fresh, feminine, clean, and totally versatile. It’s the brand’s most award-winning fragrance, and you’ll see why when you spray the blend of bergamot, grapefruit, Mandarin orange, freesia, jasmine, rose, and musk. It’s easily one of the world’s best florals.

Recommended related fragrances: Madame Rochas By Rochas, Fidji By Guy Laroche, Boucheron Place Vendome By Boucheron

7. Dior Joy

Dior Joy Perfume

You’re probably familiar with Dior’s J’adore, which many claim as one of their favorite fragrances of all time. But we’re here to make a case for Dior Joy, because it’s simply dazzling. It’s wonderfully vibrant and one of those special scents that can perk you up when you’re having a bad day. In fact, the blend was designed specifically to encourage happiness and a positive mood with its mix of bergamot, Mandarin orange, jasmine, peach, cassis, white musk, sandalwood, patchouli, and cedar. It succeeds, and oh does it succeed! Dior Joy deserves its reputation as one of the best-rated perfumes of all time.

Recommended related fragrances: Mon Jasmin Noir L’eau Exquise By Bvlgar, Eau Des Merveilles By Hermes, Gucci Ii By Gucci

8. Estée Lauder Beautiful

Beautiful Perfume by Estee Lauder

This daytime fragrance is a true classic. It was launched by Estee Lauder in 1985 and remains one of the world’s best-selling fragrances today. It combines floral with citrus notes for a romantic and light option that works just as well in the office as it does poolside in the Hamptons. 

Recommended related fragrances: The One By Dolce & Gabbana, Dune By Christian Dior, Daisy Eau So Fresh By Marc Jacobs

9. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy

Viva la Juicy Perfume by Juicy Couture

If you ever needed definitive proof that the best fragrances of all time aren’t based on trends, look no further than Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy. Juicy is years past its heyday, and yet it still remains incredibly popular. Many consider it the best perfume for girls, but despite the bubble gum packaging it’s quite a sophisticated scent. The gourmand floral shines with notes of wild berries, mandarin, gardenia, honeysuckle, jasmine, caramel, amber, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline.

Recommended related fragrances: Olympea By Paco Rabanne, Blu Mediterraneo Mirto Di Panarea By Acqua Di Parma, Gelsomino Nobile By Acqua Di Parma

10. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium 

Black Opium YvesSaintLaurent

If you’re in the market for something with a rock-n-roll edge, Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium is a spot-on option. Wear this warm gourmand scent after dark. Its blend of black coffee, white flowers, and vanilla are sure to help you stand out. You’ll dazzle no matter how crowded the room where you find yourself. A worthy inclusion on any list of the best perfumes of all time.

Recommended related fragrances: L’instant Magic By Guerlain, Un Jardin Sur Le Toit By Hermes, Armani Code By Giorgio Armani

11. Thierry Mugler Angel 

Angel Perfume By Thierry Mugler

Many people consider Tierry Mugler’s Angel the best vanilla perfume in the world. It has achieved cult status and is proof positive that sweet scents can be both complex and sophisticated. An elegant choice, Angel was launched nearly 35 years ago. In 2007 it received the FiFi Hall Of Fame Award (one of the highest honors in the fragrance world). Note that a little goes a long way with this mouth-watering scent.

Recommended related fragrances: Oscar By Oscar De La Renta, Narciso Rodriguez By Narciso Rodriguez, Flora By Gucci

12. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream

Daisy Dream Daze Perfume by Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs’ Daisy launched an entire line of popular offshoots, and one of the best is Daisy Dream. The soft, fruity floral is a popular summer fragrance light enough to work even on the hottest days. Notes of blackberry, pear, grapefruit, wisteria, lychee, jasmine, musk, coconut, and white wood make it a unique treasure you’ll love spritzing on.

Recommended related fragrances:  First By Van Cleef & Arpels, Oscar By Oscar De La Renta, Kenzo Flower By Kenzo

13. Michael Kors Stylish Amber

Michael Kors Stylish Amber Perfume

Few if any American brands conjure a carefree, jet-setting sense of glamour like Michael Kors. This rich floral scent with notes of orange blossom, Turkish rose, violet root, white lily, iris, musk, cashmere wood, dried fig, vetiver, and white peony fits that mold. It’s a well-rounded scent perfect for anytime you’re looking to smell effortlessly sexy and seductive. 

Recommended related fragrances: Madame Rochas By Rochas, Fidji By Guy Laroche, Boucheron Place Vendome By Boucheron

14. Thierry Mugler Alien

Alien Perfume By Thierry Mugler

It took Thierry Mugler over a decade to create a fragrance that rivals the popularity and appeal of Angel, but in 2005 they did just that when the brand launched Alien. The fragrance is often described as intense, so it’s an ideal choice for someone vying for attention. The juice inside its black obelisk is a blend of white amber, woodsy notes, and jasmine. Easily one of the best perfumes of all time.

Recommended related fragrances: Prada Infusion D’iris By Prada, Happy Heart By Clinique, Flora Gorgeous Gardenia By Gucci

15. Tom Ford White Suede

Tom Ford White Suede Perfume

This year-round after dark scent is as sexy as it gets. If you’re looking to attract a suitor of any gender, it’s impossible to fail with this intoxicatingly-delicious Private Blend from Tom Ford. This woody scent is all about the musk (if there’s one thing to know about Tom Ford fragrances, it’s that the designer loves musk). Just remember that a little goes a long way with this long-lasting fragrance. 

Recommended related fragrances: Flora Gorgeous Gardenia By Gucci, 24 Faubourg By Hermes, Lacoste Pour Femme By Lacoste

16. Hermes Kelly Caleche

Kelly Caleche Perfume By Hermes

As classic as a Kelly bag, but a lot more wallet friendly, Hermes’ Kelly Caleche is a delicious entry on the list of the best perfumes of all time. This “ladies who lunch” scent is an update on Hermes’ Caleche, with its intoxicating blend of grapefruit, narcissus, lily-of-the-valley, rose, mimosa, tuberose, leather, and iris. It’s unique and well-blended, suiting it to be your signature daytime scent. This versatile fragrance works equally well year-round. 

Recommended related fragrances: La Tentation De Nina Ricci By Nina Ricci, Escada Magnetism By Escada, Weekend By Burberry

17.  Versace Bright Crystal

Bright Crystal Perfume by Versace

Leave it to Versace to master blending sensuality with youthful exuberance. The master perfumer does it oh-so-well with Bright Crystal, a fresh and fruity scent. Notes of pomegranate, tart-sweet yuzu, and amber make for a luminous fragrance that will invigorate with confidence. One of the best sweet perfumes you’ll encounter.

Recommended related fragrances: L’instant Magic By Guerlain, Kenzo Jungle Elephant By Kenzo, Boss By Hugo Boss

18. Acqua Di Parma Rosa Nobile

Acqua Di Parma Rosa Nobile Perfume

This forever-classic rose scent by Acqua Di Parma is an elegant choice that works to highlight all the many mysteries of the rose. The juice blends Lily-of-the-valley, peony, and violet, making for a simply lovely, elegant, and comfortably-traditional blend. If you love calling people “darling,” this is the rose scent for you.

Recommended related fragrances: Euphoria By Calvin Klein , Flowerbomb By Viktor & Rolf, Vera Wang Look By Vera Wang

19. Giorgio Armani Si

Giorgio Armani Si Perfume

This woody scent by Giorgio Armani is a dazzling way to transition between seasons — especially summer-to-fall — because it carries helpful hints of sweetness. Notes include cassis, May rose, freesia, vanilla, patchouli, ambroxan, and wood. It has great longevity and projection, so if you’re looking to catch attention at a party, this is a spot-on option. A bold choice for the best summer perfume of all time.

Recommended related fragrances: Je Reviens By Worth, Stella By Stella McCartney, Madame Rochas By Rochas

20. Byredo Slow Dance Eau de Parfum

Byredo Slow Dance

Byredo‘s Slow Dance is another exquisite blend of woody and sweet. It works best for cooler weather with its blend of violet, patchouli, cognac, geranium, and vanilla. The cognac adds a boozy touch at the opening, which will leave you feeling nostalgic for your teenage slow-dance years. The scent then settles with more feminine notes like violet, earning its reputation as one of the best perfumes of all time.

Recommended related fragrances: Paloma Picasso By Paloma Picasso, Bright Crystal Absolu By Versace, First By Van Cleef & Arpels

21. Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose Perfume

Lipstick Rose Perfume

This rose fragrance by Frederic Malle stays true to its name with powdery, vintage lipstick vibes. If you want to feel like a pin-up model or play with boudoir moods, this sexy and provocative scent will get you tingling. Notes of grapefruit, rose, violet, iris, vanilla, musk, amber, and vetiver give it a sexy, powerful mood.

Recommended related fragrances: Reve D’or By Piver, Live In Love By Oscar De La Renta, Daisy Eau So Fresh By Marc Jacobs

22. Calvin Klein Eternity

Eternity Perfume by Calvin Klein

Designed as a tribute to his marriage, Calvin Klein launched eternity in 1988. Decades later, it’s still associated with the storied brand. The clean, green, crisp scent blends freesia, sage, citruses, Mandarin orange, carnation, lily, violet, rose, musk, sandalwood, amber, and patchouli in its juice. It works equally for spring and summer, thanks to its head-turning sillage and longevity. 

Recommended related fragrances: Laura Ashley No. 1 , Elixir Des Merveilles By Hermes, L’instant Magic By Guerlain

23. Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo Perfume for Women

This namesake fragrance was the first scent from Jimmy Choo, one of the world’s best known shoe brands. In a bottle designed by then creative director Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo has sweet, fruity, and green notes that work seamlessly together. While there’s nothing earth-shatteringly unique about this spring-summer scent, it has a wide, magnetic appeal. It works beautifully day-to-night (though the longevity may require some re-applying) and makes a wonderful hostess gift. 

Recommended related fragrances: Madame Rochas By Rochas, Boucheron Place Vendome By Boucheron, Dune By Christian Dior 

24. Elizabeth Arden White Tea Vanilla Orchid

White Tea by Elizabeth Arden

One of the best vanilla perfumes you’ll find is White Tea Vanilla Orchid from Elizabeth Arden. It’s made with an unsweetened, soft vanilla, rounded out with musk in the drydown. The scent is both comforting and feminine, which is why many women have opted for it as their signature fragrance since its 2019 launch.

Recommended related fragrances: Daisy Dream By Marc Jacobs, Escada Magnetism By Escada, Paris By Yves Saint Laurent

25. Gucci Bloom

Gucci Bloom Perfume by Gucci

A floral scent with a powdery edge, Gucci Bloom blends notes of jasmine, tuberose, and rangoon creeper. True to its name, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, who spearheaded the scent, had a lush garden full of diverse plants and flowers in mind when he conceived it. To reach his lofty floral aspiration, he worked in close concert with Alberto Morillas, the nose behind the scent. This isn’t the most complex perfume from the brand, but it’s approachable, perfect for summer, and mainstream enough to make it one of the best perfumes of all time. 

Recommended related fragrances: Armani Code By Giorgio Armani, Gucci Bamboo By GucciFirst By Van Cleef & Arpels

Going for something sweet and fruity? See our guide to the 20 best fruity perfumes in the world.

26. Givenchy Very Irresistible

Very Irresistible Perfume By Givenchy

This scent was conceived to reflect the special friendship between brand founder Hubert de Givenchy and the iconic actress Audrey Hepburn. In keeping with Hepburn’s timeless and glamorous aesthetic, Very Irresistible is a year-round, feminine scent that puts rose front-and-center. If you’re in the market for something classy, with moderate sillage and lasting power, this should be a top pick. 

Recommended related fragrances: Burberry Brit By Burberry, Bright Crystal Absolu By Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier By Jean Paul Gaultier

27. Jean Paul Gaultier By Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier Perfume for Women

The bodice-shaped bottle that this juice comes in is as iconic as the Jean Paul Gualtier scent itself. In fact it has inspired countless iterations, but none hold the same high appeal as the sweet, amber, floral original. This is a great option when you’re going to a crowded space (like a party or a concert) and looking to stand out. This memorable scent conveys an uncommonly strong projection. 

Recommended related fragrances: Esprit D’oscar By Oscar De La Renta, Kelly Caleche By Hermes, Escada Island Kiss 

28. Fendi Furiosa

Fendi Furiosa Perfume by Fendi

The eye-catching bottle of Furiosa was designed by jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez, who is part of the Fendi family. It’s a worthy display piece to hold the floral-oriental juice, with notes of pink pepper, bergamot, wallflower, gardenia, jasmine, and amber. The complex scent starts flowery and fresh, but soon after becomes a little spicy and aromatic (no fury about that here!) suiting it as a nighttime favorite.

Recommended related fragrances: Tresor By Lancome, Acqua Di Gioia By Giorgio Armani, L’eau D’issey By Issey Miyake 

29. L’eau d’Issey Issey Miyake

L'eau D'issey Perfume by Issey Miyake

Designed to be “clear as spring water,” L’eau d’Issey by Issey Miyake is a refreshing aquatic scent perfect for the warmer months. When you’re looking for something light to wear out in the sweltering heat, rely on a quick spritz on your neck or navel. Better yet, despite being airy, the eau de toilette performs like an eau de parfum when it comes to sillage and longevity. 

Recommended related fragrances: Olympea By Paco Rabanne, Lady Million By Paco Rabanne, Kenzo Flower By Kenzo

30. Lady Million By Paco Rabanne

Have you ever smelled something so addictive and seductive you just want to curl into it? That’s what you’ll get with Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million. People are drawn to you when you wear it. The scent is inspired by money and opulence which, let’s face it, most people are attracted to as well. So all the puzzle pieces fit with this gold diamond-shaped bottle and woody-floral scent that has just the right amount of caramel sweetness. 

Recommended related fragrances: Euphoria By Calvin Klein, Pink Sugar By Aquolina, Fantasy By Britney Spears

31. Kenzo Flower By Kenzo

Kenzo Flower Perfume by Kenzo

A powdery floral scent, Kenzo Flower will appeal to mature women — specifically the kind who like to see and be seen at posh eateries where the maître d’ knows everyone’s name (and lunchtime cocktail order!). Because the opening is on the fresh side, this elegant fragrance is best saved for daytime.

Recommended related fragrances: Cool Water By Davidoff, Red Door By Elizabeth Arden, Be Delicious By Donna Karan

32. Coach by Coach

Coach Perfume by Coach

When Coach by Coach launched, it was described by the brand as a “scent that is individual, authentic, and cool.” While this description may lead you to envision an out-of-the-box fragrance, it actually holds wide appeal with an approachable and versatile juice. This is a safe bet for a gift or if you’re looking for something office-appropriate that will work year-round.

Recommended related fragrances: Crystal Noir By Versace, The One By Dolce & Gabbana, Shalimar By Guerlain

33. Happy by Clinique

Happy Perfume by Clinique

If you’re wishing for something to add a little pep to your step, try Happy by Clinique. Many consider this the best perfume for girls, but it’s actually an energetic choice for adult women as well (or share and go the mommy-and-me route!). The fresh notes of orange, blood grapefruit, apple, plum, rose, lily, and amber combine for a divinely-upbeat feel. 

Recommended related fragrances: Versace Eros By Versace, Rumeur 2 Rose By Lanvin, Very Irresistible Sensual By Givenchy

34. Jo Malone Wisteria & Lavender

Jo Malone Wisteria & Lavender Perfume

This recently-launched, easily-layerable scent from Jo Malone sports a top note of lavender, wisteria flower and heliotrope in the middle, and musk at the base. It opens dry and aromatic before turning sweet and powdery, tied together with beautiful musky undertones. Wisteria & Lavender is a great unisex option for everyday life. 

Recommended related fragrances: Un Jardin Sur Le Toit By Hermes, Armani Code By Giorgio Armani, L’instant Magic By Guerlain

35. Dior J’Adore Absolu

Jadore Absolu Perfume By Christian Dior

Even though it’s a relatively new launch, many consider J’Adore Absolu the best-smelling perfume from Dior. While it isn’t a budget buy, it is a luxury fragrance that smells like luxury. It also proves that when you use top-quality ingredients, you don’t need a long list of notes. A few clean, quality hits here create a complex scent with high appeal. Close your eyes and you’ll feel as though you’re in a garden surrounded by lush magnolia trees. 

Recommended related fragrances: Kelly Caleche By Hermes, SJP Nyc By Sarah Jessica Parker, Kenzo Jungle Elephant By Kenzo

36. Hermes Charming Twilly d’Hermes

Hermès Twilly d’Hermès

The list of the best fragrances of all time would be incomplete without Charming Twilly d’Hermes. While its juice is to die for, we can’t help but highlight how fun it is to have this bright and festive bottle on one’s vanity. This scent’s recent launch attempted to capture a younger demographic, but Hermes will never sacrifice sophistication. It’s a great weekend brunch scent with notes of ginger, bitter orange, tuberose, jasmine, sandalwood, and vanilla.

Recommended related fragrances: Opium By Yves Saint Laurent, Flora By Gucci, Poison By Christian Dior

37. Nina Ricci L’Air Du Temps 

L'air Du Temps Perfume for Women By Nina Ricci

One of the most iconic fragrances of all time, L’Air Du Temps by Nina Ricci was created in 1948 following World War II. The dove atop the bottle is a symbol of peace. Many women today recall this as their first teen fragrance, and it remains a great youth option with its mix of floral, warm, and spicy notes. The nostalgia this fragrance evokes for many of us is priceless.  

Recommended related fragrances: Aromatics Elixir By Clinique, Mitsouko By Guerlain, Noa By Cacharel

38. Moschino Fresh Pink Couture 

Moschino Pink Fresh Couture Perfume by Moschino

Created under the leadership of Moschino‘s envelope-pushing creative director Jeremy Scott, Fresh Pink Couture comes in a totally-unique, cleaning-product-shaped bottle. In keeping with that vibe, it’s a citrus scent, but rounded-out with floral and woody notes — so it’s not cloying like you might expect. One of the best perfumes of all time, this fresh fragrance is suitable for spring and summer. A few spritzes will last long enough to make it through a bellini-fueled weekend brunch.

Recommended related fragrances: Ysatis By Givenchy, Fidji By Guy Laroche, Knowing By Estee Lauder

39. Carolina Herrera by Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Perfume By Carolina Herrera

If you’re looking for a special occasion scent (think wedding, anniversary, or graduation), Carolina Herrera is a timeless option. There’s something dreamy and “second skin” about this fun, white floral scent.

Recommended related fragrances: Paris By Yves Saint Laurent, Eau Des Merveilles By Hermes, Gucci Ii By Gucci

40. Ralph Lauren Safari

Safari Perfume by Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren dovetails with Americana in our minds, but also with dusty earth tones and khaki (a.k.a. Safari inspo). Carrying on that rich tradition, Safari will transport you to the lush jungles of darkest Africa. Spray its rich, strong, perfect-for-fall aromatic-green fragrance when you’re feeling adventurous.

Recommended related fragrances: Prada Infusion D’iris By Prada, Romance By Ralph Lauren, Rive Gauche By Yves Saint Laurent

If you’re feeling floral, see this guide to the 20 best floral perfumes in the world.

41. Prada Candy

Prada Candy Perfume

This amber vanilla fragrance by Prada is sweet through-and-through without being syrupy. Its strong caramel note is delicious and inviting. Candy is an aphrodisiac scent for a candle-lit dinner on a winter night. If you’re looking for the best winter perfume of all time, look no further.

Recommended related fragrances: Narciso Rodriguez By Narciso Rodriguez, Olympea By Paco Rabanne, Gelsomino Nobile By Acqua Di Parma

42. Guerlain Shalimar 

Shalimar By Guerlain for Women

Inspired by the love story between Princess Mumtaz Mahal and the Emperor Shah Jahan, Shalimar is a seductive oriental fragrance. This legacy scent is dazzling anytime you’re looking for a dose of glamour.

Recommended related fragrances: Eau Des Merveilles By Hermes, Amor Amor By Cacharel, Dune By Christian Dior

43. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Forte 

Aqua Celestia Forte Perfume by Maison Francis Kurkdjian

If you’re looking for a clean and crisp citrus, Aqua Celestia Forte is a satisfying choice. Don’t be put off by the sticker price, as the sillage, projection, and longevity are well worth the expense. Two sprays are all you need, so a single bottle of Forte will last and last. This is a fitting fragrance for warm, sunny days, or any time you need a little uplift when you’re stuck indoors, hoping to dream of more carefree times. 

Recommended related fragrances:  Fidji By Guy Laroche, Aromatics Elixir By Clinique, Cabotine By Parfums Gres

44. Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely

Lovely Perfume by Sarah Jessica Parker

The first (and best) scent launched by Sarah Jessica Parker, Lovely is a musky floral fragrance that reflects the actress’ personality — feminine and fresh. With that established, its native opulence makes it a soothing choice when you want to pamper yourself. We all have days where we’re running on empty and the world is getting us down. One of the best perfumes of all time, Lovely can help you turn that mood around. 

Recommended related fragrances:  Flowerbomb By Viktor & Rolf, Vera Wang Look By Vera Wang, Kenzo Flower By Kenzo

45. Tom Ford Bitter Peach

Tom Ford Bitter Peach Cologne

This 2020 launch has quickly climbed up the ladder to become one of Tom Ford’s most irresistible. The first spray is fruity and juicy, but when it dries down, the earthy woods shine through to round out the scent. It’s not easy to create a peach scent that doesn’t smell synthetic, but this one succeeds and can be worn year-round.

Recommended related fragrances:  Organza By Givenchy, Flora Gorgeous Gardenia By Gucci, Hanae Mori Perfume

46. Hugo Boss Deep Red

Hugo Deep Red Perfume by Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss’ best and most underrated fragrance is Deep Red. This perfume deserves its name — warm and fuzzy in a sexy and seductive way. Deep Red’s staying power will delight you too, staying with you through a long day at the office or a memorable evening out with friends. It’s an easy-to-wear, rich scent, perfect for cozying up in front of a fireplace with a loved one. 

Recommended related fragrances: Eclat D’arpege By Lanvin, Happy Heart By Clinique, Very Irresistible By Givenchy

47. Roberto Cavalli Paradiso

If you’re in the market for a pretty summertime fragrance, Paradiso is a bright and warm selection that’s feminine without being cloying. Sending out the ultimate vacation vibes, it’s a citrus and jasmine dominant scent that fits well with outdoor cocktail parties and concerts in the park. Close your eyes and manifest the golden sunlight. 

Recommended related fragrances: Emporio Armani By Giorgio Armani, Cinema By Yves Saint Laurent, Anais Anais L’original By Cacharel

48. Yardley London English Lavender

English Lavender Perfume By Yardley London

Lavender is known for its power to relax and soothe. You can kickstart that feeling from a spray or two of this fragrance from Yardley London. It’s a simple, natural-smelling scent that doubles well as a room spray. If you’re looking to decompress after a stressful day, or having trouble getting restful sleep, spritz a little in the air and melt into your bed.

Recommended related fragrances: Pink Sugar By Aquolina, Escada Magnetism By Escada, Fantasy By Britney Spears

49.  Donna Karan Cashmere Mist

The fashion line of Donna Karan may be past its prime, but the designer’s iconic 90s fragrance lives on. The powdery scent smells sensually luxurious, with cashmere, musk, and suede notes. It’s both light and long-lasting, and anyone can wear it day or night. You’ll delight in its heady base that lingers beautifully on the skin.

Recommended related fragrances: Tresor By Lancome, Kenzo Jungle Elephant By Kenzo, Boss By Hugo Boss

50. Lacoste Touch of Pink

If you’re hunting an option for the best perfume for girls (or you want to feel like you’re back in high school!), Lacoste Touch of Pink is a powerful, nostalgic choice. Its juice is young and free, mixing orange, peach, jasmine, vanilla, and musk. Wear it with your favorite party dress and taste the flavor of your carefree days.

Recommended related fragrances: Insolence By Guerlain, Lolita Lempicka By Lolita Lempicka, Amarige By Givenchy

Summary

Shopping for fragrances can be a little overwhelming, with so many options on the market. This list of the best perfumes of all time lovingly selects all the top options on the shelf, with selections for best vanilla perfume, best floral, and best rose variety. With the enticing choices above, you’ll pinpoint your favorite fragrance, and find a scent you’ll love for years to come.


Perfume writer Sharon Feiereisen

Sharon Feiereisen is a freelance writer who specializes in fragrance, makeup, wellness, health, skincare, and general lifestyle topics. Her work has been published in Time Out, Newsday, The Knot, Teen Vogue, Business Insider, Real Simple, and Hamptons Magazine among many other print and online outlets. When she’s not writing about new, exciting fragrances, you can usually find her on an airplane or at a boutique fitness studio.

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