Top Ten Ladies Perfumes
Best Perfumes for Women—Top Ten Ladies Fragrances
Best Women’s Perfumes of All Time
For centuries, women have used perfumes and perfumed products in one form or another for health and beauty benefits. Some fragrances become popular because they are endorsed by celebrities, some because they revolutionized the perfume industry, and some because they are so distinctive and great-smelling.
I have put together a list of the top ten ladies’ perfumes of all time. As a bit of a perfume fanatic, I have combined my own favorites with the the best-selling perfumes of the last 30 years—from the classics, such as Chanel No. 5, to Thierry Mugler’s iconic Angel to the hottest celebrity perfumes of recent years. My list includes perfumes of all types to suit many different tastes.
I hope you find this guide to the bestselling ladies perfumes to be an entertaining read and a useful guide to buying a special perfume or a signature scent.
In my list, I include a description of each perfume as well as advice on the type of person the perfume would appeal to, so you can find the perfect perfume for yourself or someone else.
The Best Perfumes of All Time: A Quick Guide
Perfume Brand, Type of Scent and When to Wear are all described below for each perfume
Chanel No. 5
Slightly strong and floral
When the occasion calls for classically feminine
Angel by Thierry Mugler
Sweet, seductive, shocking
When you’re confident and want to turn heads
Poison by Christian Dior
Girls’ night out
Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana
Subtle, feminine, not flowery
Perfect for everyday use
Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker
Subtle, feminine, easy to wear
Day or night
Gucci by Gucci
Great for everyday wear
Obsession by Calvin Klein
Bold, intense, musky
Good for everyday wear
Bright Crystal by Versace
Clean and not overpowering
Perfect for the office
I Love Love by Moschino
Subtle, clean, fresh
Suitable for the office
Girlfriend by Justin Bieber
Flowery with a hint of musk
Light enough for everyday
1. Chanel No. 5 Perfume for Women
The most popular perfume of all time, Chanel No. 5 is still one of the best-selling women’s fragrances worldwide, and has been since it was first released in 1921. How has it endured for so long? Its most famous fan was Marilyn Monroe, giving this fragrance a big head start. Any perfume described as Ms. Monroe’s bedtime scent was bound to be a hit.
As for the perfume itself, at first introduction (especially to anyone who does not often wear perfume) it can seem a little bit underwhelming in comparison to more recent fragrances. The truth is that No. 5 by Chanel is a timeless scent, slightly strong and floral, that will appeal to any woman who wants to feel feminine and alluring in a classic way.
Marilyn Monroe & Chanel No.5
If You Like the Smell of Chanel No. 5 . . .
You might enjoy these fragrances in the same classic, elegant scent family.
Baghari, by Robert Piguet, is another re-released vintage scent. Originally released in 1950, Baghari has the depth of a retro perfume with some of the vanilla, floral hints of a more contemporary fragrance.
Shalimar, by Guerlain for Woman is yet another iconic fragrance. It has a warm, vanilla base and the classic floral scent that made Chanel No. 5 famous, yet it is perhaps a little more sensual and Oriental.
2. Angel by Thierry Mugler
Angel Perfume for Women by Thierry Mugler is a best-selling perfume, yet it remains relatively unknown. I have it on my list because the scent of Angel is simply iconic. That might sound over-the-top, but for a designer’s first fragrance, Angel’s success was astonishing.
Released in the early 1990s, the scent may be a bit young to have achieved iconic status, but Angel is really quite an unusual perfume. Hugely popular, it is not to everyone’s tastes, but in my opinion this perfume belongs on the list.
As for the fragrance itself, Angel will mislead you. There’s nothing angelic about it: It’s loud and strong and in no way for the light-hearted. Angel is simultaneously sweet, seductive, and shocking. So if you dare, Angel is for you. By the way the video made by Eva Mendes is outstanding! Watch it and see for yourself.
Be warned: This is a love-it-or-hate-it fragrance!
Who can wear Angel? This is one for the person who likes to be noticed. You need to be confident to wear it well, so it’s not for the wallflower type who sits in the corner. If you love to be a head-turner and the life of the party, then Angel is for you!
Eva Mendes Sings TV Ad for Angel Perfume
Perfumes Similar to Angel
Many perfumers have tried to create fragrances that smell like Angel, but personally I think there are few that have captured its unique qualities. Listed below are two perfumes that I find reminiscent of Angel and which may appeal to women who love it.
212 Sexy by Carolina Herrera is lighter than Angel, but they both have a nice dose of sandalwood. Unlike Angel, 212 has a musky opening.
Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf is a fresh, sweet scent that is Oriental and not overly girly.
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3. Pure Poison by Christian Dior
Since this is my Top Ten list, I added some of my own personal favorites. I have always been a fan of Christian Dior’s perfume line. Pure Poison is a newer scent, but is my favorite of the Poison line. This is a seductive, night-time scent: sexy and often described as almost edible.
Poison’s smell is Oriental and floral, but it is also a confident scent—not for the wallflower type. This perfume will get you noticed, so if you want to stay in the corner then you should probably choose another scent.
Who should wear Pure Poison Perfume? This is perfect for girls’ night out. I think it is most suited for any woman under 40. It’s fun and seductive and slightly intoxicating. Use sparingly. A little goes a long way!
4. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume
It’s impossible not to like Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue. It’s so light and easy to wear. This scent appeals to a much broader range of women than Angel’s distinct fragrance.
Light Blue has a lot of appeal: It works any time of the day or night, is subtle and not overpowering in any way, and is feminine without being a flowery mess.
Who should wear Light Blue? This is one of the few perfumes that I would say almost anyone could wear—from your best friend to your mom. The only one who should avoid it is the girl who is used to a heavier scent like Angel, simply because she would have to drench herself in Light Blue’s subtle fragrance just to be sure she’s wearing a scent at all!
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5. Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker probably has as much selling power in the fashion and perfume world as Oprah has in the rest of the world. While Sex and the City has been off our screens for quite some time now (excusing any questionable SATC movies), SJP still commands a huge and loyal fan base. You might think that is why Sarah Jessica Parker’s perfume is a bestseller—and you would be half-right. The other half of the reason is that the perfume really does live up to its name.
Lovely is no classic and it will never be iconic, but it deserves its place in the perfume department. It’s very wearable, feminine, and subtle, and it’s a firm favorite with women all over the world. So even if SJP’s hoard of fans originally bought the scent because of her name, they continue to buy it because it’s lovely!
Who should wear Lovely perfume? This is an ideal gift for your girlfriend, best friend, or sister. It’s also an affordable choice, compared with other best-selling scents.
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6. Gucci by Gucci
I am a huge fan of the Gucci perfume line for women. I have worn almost all of them but my favorite by far is Gucci by Gucci. This is my everyday perfume of choice.
NOTE: There seems to be two of these fragrances that go by this name. The first, and the one that I fell in love with, was released at least 10 years ago. The packaging was plain black and it smelled amazing. However, another scent called Gucci by Gucci was released only a few years ago. The packaging for this one is a slightly different black box and the bottle is different. The scent is definitely not the same.
Don’t get me wrong: The new Gucci by Gucci is fine. Personally, however, if I can’t find the one I love, then I will buy Gucci Guilty instead. I am quite fond of Guilty as a perfume in general.
It’s disappointing that the original Gucci by Gucci is so hard to find. I have succeeded only twice in recent years. The new version is fine, but different. I wore the original Gucci perfume all day, every day and never bored of it. People always commented about how great it smelled.
Who should wear Gucci by Gucci? I have never met anyone who did not like this scent. I used to wear it every day. I would say this is a great scent for any woman. It is feminine and sensual and suits day or night wear.
If You Can’t Find Gucci by Gucci . . .
If you love the original Gucci by Gucci scent as much as I do, but also have a hard time finding it, try Guilty by Gucci instead. This is the scent I prefer when I cannot find Gucci by Gucci.
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7. Obsession by Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein has several high-quality scents in their perfume line, and not all of them are among my personal favorites. Obsession, however, is a great all-around scent. Obsession is one of CK’s best-selling fragrances and you can’t really go wrong with this one.
Obsession is another good all-around perfume, great for day or night. Women of all ages wear this scent to great effect. This perfume makes a great gift!
8. Bright Crystal by Versace
Bright Crystal is an easy to wear, clean scent. It’s ideal for every day in the office. It’s a feminine perfume that appeals to a wide variety of women and is casual enough to wear to work without overpowering all of your co-workers.
Bright Crystal is a rare scent that is feminine without being overpowering, and perfect for everyday office wear. This fragrance makes a great gift for a co-worker.
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9. I Love Love by Moschino
Some may find I Love Love to be an unusual choice for this list, but it is, in fact, a best-seller. I Love Love’s scent is reminiscent of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue, with its subtle, clean, and fresh fragrance. It will bring springtime to mind. While I find it to be a younger scent—like a baby sister to Light Blue—I Love Love is an easy-to-wear daytime scent, feminine and soft, that will appeal to a wide range of women.
10. Girlfriend by Justin Bieber
Believe it or not, my top pick for the hottest perfume for women is Girlfriend by Justin Bieber. Soon after it was released it was the biggest selling celebrity perfume of 2014, with reports of a bottle of Bieber selling every minute. This should come as no surprise, considering that Bieber made over $3 million in three weeks with his first perfume.
The scent is flowery and fresh. Despite the age of the designer’s music fan base, a woman of any age can wear Girlfriend. It is not too sweet for an older woman, nor too musky for a teen. Another hit for Bieber!
Try Something New: Unbreakable Bond by Khloe and Lamar
This is a scent that generated a lot of interest right away. Released in time for Valentine’s Day in 2011 by Khloe Kardashian Odom and her husband Lamar Odom of the LA Lakers, Unbreakable Bond is a sexy, unisex scent that was an instant hit. The smell is earthy and somehow blends masculine and feminine. For something new and different, try Unbreakable Bond.
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Newest Arrivals of Perfume
Below I have listed some of the newest arrivals on the market as of today. Most arrivals are now by celebrities these days or top designers but some are just from the classic or standard perfume companies that have always been popular. I prefer those myself. See which ones you think are born for success.
Cool Water Summer Seas
Cool Water Tender Rose
Cool Water Sea Rose Summer Seas
Just Cavalli I Love Her
Fantasy Intimate Edition
Givenchy Play for Her (Arty Color Edition)
Paris HIlton With Love
Les Delices de Nina
Paradise Bay For Women
Joop Miss Wild
Jimmy Choo Blossom
Eau De Cartier Vetiver Bleu
Rogue By Rihanna Eau de Parfum Spray, 4.2 OunceCool Water Summer Seas Limited Edition For Women 3.4 oz EDT Spray By DavidoffCoolwater Tender Sea Rose/Davidoff Edt Spray 3.4 Oz (100 Ml) (W)Cool Water Sea Rose Summer Seas by Davidoff, 3.4 oz Eau De Toilette Spray for WomenNina Ricci L’Extase EDP Spray 80ml/2.7ozRoberto Cavalli Just Cavalli I Love Her Eau de Toilette Spray – 2 ozIntimate Fantasy Britney Spears Eau de Parfum Spray, 3.3 OunceGivenchy Play Eau De Parfum Spray, Arty Color Edition Packaging, 1.7 OunceParis Hilton with Love Eau De Parfum Spray for Women, 3.4 OunceNina Ricci Nina Le Les Delices Eau De Toilette Spray (Limited Edition) 75ml/2.5ozParadise Bay by Karl Lagerfeld for Women Eau de Parfum Spray 2.8 OuncesJoop Miss Wild by Joop! Women’s Eau De Parfum Spray 2.5 oz – 100% AuthenticJimmy Choo Blossom Eau De Parfum, 3.3 Fluid OunceCartier Eau De Cartier Vetiver Bleu Eau De Toilette Spray 200ml/6.75oz