20 of the Best Perfumes for Women

by Kathleen Loxton
Woman with grey nail varnish sprays perfume onto her wrist

Searching for that perfect perfume – for yourself, your loved one, your closest gal pal, or even your mum – can be tough. With so many fabulous fragrances out there, how do you even begin to choose the best perfume in the pack?

From the classics to the celebrity releases, we’ve compiled a list of the top fragrances for women so you’ll never have trouble picking a stunning scent again.

For the Daytime

Light, natural and elegant, here are our top five perfumes for the daytime:

Chloe by Chloe

A timeless classic, Chloe captures the essence of a confident and elegant woman. With notes of warm amber, honey, cedarwood, rose and peony, this feminine, floral scent is light and natural with a glamorous edge.

Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana

Light Blue is a perfect blend of fruity and floral for everyday wear. Inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle, this light, flirty and fun fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana opens with a refreshing top note of Sicilian lemon, combined with fresh apples, jasmine and white rose.  One of the most popular fragrances by Dolce & Gabbana and a best selling ladies perfume, this would be a treat for anyone.

Be Delicious by DKNY

Be Delicious is a bold and refreshing scent, with a dazzling blend of apples, exotic flowers and woods. Presented in its iconic apple-shaped bottle, this fresh and fruity scent truly lives up to its title: delicious.

Flowerbomb by Viktor&Rolf

Flowerbomb is an elegant and sophisticated daytime fragrance. It’s an explosion of floral delight, and with notes of cattleya orchid and centifolia rose, this unique and dreamy scent is a show-stopper.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Daisy is the ultimate daytime fragrance. In addition to its iconic bottle, Daisy is known for its floral scent with a vintage edge. Fresh, delicate and feminine, the subtle notes of strawberry, violet, jasmine and vanilla make this popular women’s perfume a perfect gift.

For the Evening

No woman should be without a glamorous evening perfume for sophisticated events, dates, and dancing the night away. Here are our top five perfumes for the evening:

Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

A true evening favourite and one of the top fragrances for women,

Alien by Theirry Mugler

This powerful but charming scent has unique notes of orange blossom, floral water and lemon. A floral and woody scent, with an essence like no other. Truly special.

Poison Girl by Dior

A fierce, bittersweet floral scent with notes of bitter orange, Grasse rose and Venezuelan tonka bean, Poison Girl is a modern day masterpiece. It’s a scent perfect for the evening and embodies a daring and glamorous woman.

Flash by Jimmy Choo

In its unique and glitzy bottle, designed to emulate paparazzi flashbulbs, this perfume is bound to make anyone feel like a star. With intoxicating splashes of tangerine, strawberry, white lily and jasmine, it’s a fruity-floral delight and a glamorous fragrance to complete any party look.


Crystal Noir by Versace

Crystal Noir is the ultimate evening fragrance: effortless, sexy and sophisticated. It’s a subtle, oriental scent with notes of pepper, coconut, peony and African orange flower.

Top 10 Celebrity Perfumes for Women

In 1988, Elizabeth Taylor created the first personality perfume. Since then, celebrity perfumes have consistently been on the rise, taking the world by storm. Here are ten of the most popular celebrity perfumes:

Fantasy by Britney Spears

Since releasing her first perfume in 2004, it’s fair to say Britney Spears has become the queen of girl’s perfumes, with many best-sellers to her name. Fantasy was first released in 2005 and is still as popular as ever. A light, fruity-floral scent, Fantasy is simply enchanting.

Sweet Like Candy by Ariana Grande

The name truly speaks for itself. Sweet Like Candy is delightfully laced with marshmallow, sparkling blackberry and pear, as well as vanilla and cashmere woods. The bottle is a treat, too, as it captures Ariana’s fun and playful personality.

Heat by Beyonce

Heat is a captivating perfume that aims to make women feel as powerful as Queen B herself. It’s a sexy, elegant and irresistible floral scent with notes of magnolia, neroli, red vanilla and almond macaroon.

Killer Queen by Katy Perry

Katy Perry’s third fragrance release, Killer Queen, charms us with its red ruby bottle and unique crown shape top. With notes that include dark plum, wild berry and red velvet flower, this playful scent is fruity with an oriental edge.

RiRi by Rihanna

From the flirty, pink bottle to the feminine, fruity scent, Rihanna’s sixth fragrance screams of summer. Splashes of passion fruit, Italian mandarin and orange blossom keep it vibrant and refreshing.

Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj

In its striking, iconic bottle, Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj has definitely made its mark. Named after the star’s first album, the fragrance is described as sassy, fearless and feminine with its refreshing fruity notes and intoxicating floral edge.

Gold Magic by Little Mix

Little Mix’s debut fragrance is spellbinding. Simple and sophisticated, these pop princesses have created a fruity and refreshing scent which has become one of the most popular women’s perfumes by a celebrity.

Kim Kardashian by Kim Kardashian

Pop culture icon, business women and television star, Kim Kardashian is the first perfume by the woman herself. It’s described as being a ‘modern fragrance for the modern woman’ and captures Kim’s personality and glamorous lifestyle with its notes of orange blossom, mandarin, pink jasmine and creamy sandalwood.

Believe by Britney Spears

With her long line of successful scents, it’s not surprising that another of the most popular female perfumes is by Britney Spears. Billing itself as a romantic scent,

NYC by Sarah Jessica Parker

If anyone can capture the essence of New York City, it’s Sarah Jessica Parker and her alter-ego Carrie Bradshaw. This chic and sophisticated scent features hints of strawberry, rose and vanilla to create one of the best celebrity perfumes around.

How to Find Your Perfect Perfume

  • When shopping, wait 30 seconds after you’ve sprayed the perfume on to a blotter before smelling.
  • Always test on your skin, but never rub your wrists together.
  • Stay open-minded about brands and scents.
  • Be patient. It might take a while to find the one!
  • Think about your personality. Will this perfume match it?
  • Are you shopping for a special occasion? If so, this might influence the scent you are looking for.

With so many fragrances out there, it can be difficult to find something you love – happily, any one of these best selling ladies perfumes will be a hit!

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