As women it almost seems beneficial to obtain a collection of fragrances over time. We all have different tastes when it comes scents. Fruity. Florals. Musks. It can become a little overwhelming to sniff through all the perfumes at the fragrance counter to find something you really like. So let’s go through some of the classics. The Top 10 Women’s fragrances. A list complied by women for women. Let’s hop right in!
1. CHANEL NO. 5
Price: $105 at sephora.com
First launched in 1921, Coco Chanel created this timeless fragrance with hints of vanilla, may rose and jasmine for “a perfume with the scent of a woman”. Arguably the most famous scent of all time, No. 5 tops our list of the best women’s perfumes.
2. SHALIMAR BY GUERLAIN
Price: $57 at sephora.com
Created in 1925 by Jacques Guerlain, Shalimar is another classic fragrance. Light and romantic with notes of iris, jasmine, rose and vanilla this perfume is said to have been inspired by the epic story of an Emperor who first met his true love in the Gardens of Shalimar.
3. POISON BY CHRISTIAN DIOR
Price: $51 at sephora.com
Warm and spicy, Poison was designed with coriander and tuberose – an unparalleled scent in the market. Launched in 1985, this deliciously extravagant perfume was defined by the indulgence of the era in which it was created.
4. L’AIR DU TEMPS BY NINA RICCI
Price: $64 at shop.nordstrom.com
This feminine, refined fragrance from Nina Ricci made its’ market debut in 1948 and is still wildly popular. A blend of gardenia, musk, rose and sandalwood this perfume is said to be one of the purest scents ever made.
5. CLASSIQUE BY JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
Price: $65 at sephora.com
Famous for it’s corset-shaped bottle and sensuous smell, Classique marked the beginning of a playful attitude toward women’s fragrance. A blend of rose, pear, orchid and orange blossom this sweet, seductive scent continues as one of the best women’s perfumes
6. COCO MADEMOISELLE BY CHANEL
Price: $64 at sephora.com
Only created in 2001, Coco Mademoiselle makes our list for its’ light, elegant, undeniably stunning scent. Launched as a tribute to Chanel herself, it is now one of the label’s best selling perfumes with notes of morning rose, jasmine, vanilla and mandarin.
7. OPIUM BY YVES SAINT LAURENT
Price: $50 at sephora.com
From it’s debut in 1977 this rich, evocative perfume has remained one of the world’s most successful fragrances. Yves Saint Laurent likened the sensual scent to the act of falling in love – a tribute that remains accurate to this day.
8. YOUTH DEW BY ESTEE LAUDER
Price: $34 at shop.nordstrom.com
The first fragrance by beauty legend Estee Lauder, Youth Dew is startlingly crisp and luxurious, has sold more than 250 million bottles to date and continues to grace must-have fragrance lists year after year as one of the best women’s perfumes.
9. EAU DYNAMISANTE BY CLARINS
Price: $50 at shop.nordstrom.com
This lovely perfume debuted in 1987 and was a revolutionary concept in the fragrance world. Blending impossibly fresh notes of lemon, orange and rosemary, it was the first fragrance to use only aromatic essential oils and provide skin care benefits, launching a movement toward a natural approach to perfume.
10. CALVIN KLEIN EUPHORIA
Price: $45 at sephora.com
While it is hard to choose just one of Calving Klein’s spectacular scents, Euphoria is truly special. A modern, unexpected and seductive blend of black orchid, pomegranate, violet, amber and mahogany wood, it is a fragrance unlike any other.