The Best Perfumes for Women.

The Best Perfumes for Women.

After several hours of searching and the exhaustive comparison of the most popular fragrances, we have been able to select the best women perfumes of the moment. Our favorite is the famous La Vie est Belle de Lancôme, announced by Julia Roberts.

With a delicate combination of oriental touches, fruity and floral notes, it is a fragrance that inspires the joy of living and optimism.

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The editorial team of Selectos dedicates thousands of hours in its searches in order to analyze and compare products, to choose those that offer the best quality/price ratio.

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How have we made the selection?

Finding the perfume that best represents your personality or the fragrance that best suits you can sometimes be difficult. Given a large number of perfumes available in the market, the choice usually becomes complicated.

Not to mention the great price difference between different merchants.

Knowing the difference between perfume, eau de parfum and eau de toilette is paramount.

These differ according to their concentration:

  • Eau de cologne: presents the lowest concentration of perfume. It contains 3-6% aromatic essences. It persists for about two hours, at which time he “exhales” his last wake of smell.
  • Eau de toilette: it is a bit more concentrated (between 7-12% approx.). This allows a resistance of between 3 and 4 hours. It is usually the formula most used by men, who usually choose perfume only for special occasions, rather than for everyday use.
  • Eau de parfum: with a concentration between 12-20%, it persists for a period of 6 to 8 hours.
  • Perfume: the perfume contains between 20-40% aromatic essences, which allows it to last up to a whole day. Of course, they are also the most expensive. In fact, although we call it a perfume, it is not an “authentic perfume”.

The eau de parfum is the formula that ladies choose most. It is the case of the perfumes of this selection.

Once you have chosen the concentration, it is not so easy to make a choice. Well, there’s the fragrance. Do you prefer perfumes with fresher, floral, sweet aromas …? Let’s look at its three stages of evolution:

  • The output note: It represents the most volatile smell, the one that we feel directly after the application and that does not last more than two hours (normally it evaporates after about 15 minutes), to give way to the heart note. We find the lightest smells of citrus, bergamot or delicate floral fragrances such as lavender.
  • The heart note: we could describe it as the characteristic smell of the perfume since it is expressed for several hours. Making an appearance just after the release note, its fragrance is determined by the latter. It usually presents stronger floral smells, such as jasmine, or fruits such as pear, even “green” smells, like grass, not forgetting the spices and their melodious fragrances, such as cinnamon.
  • The bottom note: consisting of rich and heavy odors capable of expressing themselves throughout the day, sometimes even a couple of days. The base note determines the total duration of the effect of the perfume. Among the most frequent base notes, we can mention vanilla, sandalwood, leather, tobacco, etc.

Each of these notes has its own presence within each perfume. The more important the output note, the fresher and more evanescent the fragrance will be (this is usually the case with fruity perfumes). 

If the heart and background notes predominate, the perfume is rich (full-bodied and long-lasting fragrance, like oriental perfumes).

It is important to measure the impact of each note, in this way, if the output note likes it, but not the background one, it will surely not please you regardless of the time you spend. On the contrary, if the background and heart attract you, it could easily become your new perfume.

As you can see, the choice has been difficult, but we have finally selected the 6 perfumes that, for us, represent the best of today’s European market!

The best cheap perfumes for women.

The perfumes of this first section are at relatively affordable prices (in terms of perfumes …).

For less than € 75/100 ml, you can enjoy the fragrance of two well-known brands.

Flower, Kenzo: the best cheap

If you like floral perfumes, we recommend the famous Flower by Kenzo. It is a creation of the master perfumer Alberto Morillas (to whom we also owe the famous Acqua di Gio for men).

The concept of this perfume? Pop the “war” of wildflowers against the sadness of the city. For the promotion of this fragrance, Kenzo Takada did not stay with his arms crossed. Numerous campaigns of Street marketing were launched, such as the creation of a field of 1500 poppies in the heart of Paris, in the Pompidou (something that also made in other cities of the world).

The stylist’s favorite flower, besides being the emblem of the brand, is the poppy. However, it is quite rare to use this flower in perfumery, since it is considered as a “mute” flower (which has no smell to explode). So how to create a fragrance using a flower devoid of smell?

Actually, Morillas has created his perfume around 3 chords (or ingredients): Parma violet, white hawthorn, and Bulgarian rose, but very fruity flavors are also found in the top note, especially tangerine and currants. It has a very rich floral heart, with jasmine, rose and carnation, and a base note rich in bourbon vanilla and white musk.

The natural collide here with sophistication, and it is posed to the red poppy in contradiction to the concrete gray of the modern city.

On the other hand, some users have declared feeling somewhat disturbed by this duality, in addition to their rather persistent sweet smell.

In summary, even the bottle itself has become a reference, with its long-stemmed glass shape with a printed poppy, which seems to be launched from the top of a building. As the brand announces: the poppy has no smell, Kenzo created his perfume. That of a singular and timeless flower, combative in the city.

Advantages

Floral symbol

Bottle design

Floral and sweetheart

Drawbacks

The flower in the jar is usually deleted.

flower kenzo perfume
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For Her, Narciso Rodriguez: the cheap alternative

We continue our selection with the perfume of a Cuban stylist, Narciso Rodríguez, who became famous thanks to the creation of the wedding dress by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and whose sewing house was born in 2001.

In 2006 he embarked on the creation of perfumes with the eau de parfum For Her that we present here, conceived in tribute to his muse, who died. Therefore, his mission has been to offer a fragrance that expresses both the strength, vulnerability, beauty, sensuality and, finally, the “depth” of this woman whom he loved greatly.

Without a doubt, the heart of this perfume is Egyptian musk, which gives it its reputation for sensual fragrance. It was modernized by Narciso Rodríguez through orange and osmanthus flowers. But slender notes of peach pulp, and other more delicate roses, jasmine, and amber are also observed. The wooded notes are not absent, with touches of sandalwood and patchouli.

The users highlight the dense, deep and mysterious character, capable of giving it a glamorous sensuality. It is a magical and infinitely romantic perfume.

The bottle itself participates in the fame of the perfume, because, under its very refined appearance, a technological feat is actually hidden with that kind of opaque block of the bottle. Even the creator has filed a patent to prevent the modification of the design.

To conclude, we can observe that nothing has been left to chance in the creation of this perfume, and the result is the sea of ​​satisfactory. In fact, it is one of the most popular among women, while being a symbol of sobriety and elegance.

The best mid-range perfumes for women.

If you already knew the perfumes of the previous section, surely you have also heard of the following.

In a range whose prices are slightly higher, there are two fragrances that since its launch has given what to talk about.

Advantages

Very sensual

Very delicate notes

The jar is a work of art

Drawbacks

Its fragrance does not last too long

Narciso Rodriguez for her perfume
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The best mid-range perfumes for women

If you already knew the perfumes of the previous section, surely you have also heard of the following.

In a range whose prices are slightly higher, there are two fragrances that since its launch has given what to talk about.

La Vie est Belle, Lancôme: the best mid-range

La Vie est Belle, by Lancôme, saw the light relatively recently, specifically in 2012. Therefore, it is not uncommon to continue watching Julia Roberts’ famous advertisement on television today.

The same name as the perfume already offers us an image of what you want to represent. It is a purpose to claim and glamor (break the chains). This is also reflected in the announcement, which shows the contrast of a gray and sad city, and the colors and radiant smile of the American actress.

The main objective of this perfume is the modern and independent woman, who does not hesitate to free herself from her obstacles to achieve happiness.

It is a pretty oriental perfume, with fruity facets. It is made with no less than 63 different ingredients, in particular, Florencia Iris pallida, a very rare variety in perfumery … But also very expensive!

The top note is mainly composed of orange, which is mixed with the fruity aroma of the currant and the delicate notes of jasmine and orange blossom that make up the heart note. As for the base note, this is composed of notes of bitter almonds, tonka bean, patchouli, and vanilla.

Its delicate and curved bottle (commonly nicknamed “the smile of women”) participates in the glamorous aura of this perfume, which also offers a refined, but highly worked a case.

If you have to find defects in this perfume, it is its “sweet” character, the reason for criticism by some users. Otherwise, it is a relatively recent perfume, but given its great media dimension, many already use this unique fragrance, so it will not stand out (rather “shine”) too much when using it.

Advantages

Very rich composition

Made essentially with Iris Florentina flower

Perfume of optimism

Drawbacks

Some users find it too sweet

It takes (too much?) A lot

La Vie Est Belle by Lancome
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Black Opium, Yves Saint Laurent: the mid-range alternative

Even more recent (released in 2014), Black Opium is more than present in the current market for women’s perfumes. Many eyes turned their attention to this version of the original Opium launched in 1977, which had unleashed passions and had even been banned in some countries, which considered it an incitement to debauchery, sex, and drug use.

Of course, his little brother, the Black Opium, has been able to play very well with this aspect, offering a slightly more glamorous style. Black Opium thus imposes itself in a chiaroscuro universe, offering contrasts of both “dark” and “bright” smells.

The result is a deep oriental aroma. Coffee is present in the notes in contrast to the aroma of sweeter pears. It also offers floral notes, especially orange and jasmine flowers. Finally, the stele immerses us in the woody aromas of cedar and patchouli, with a touch of vanilla and licorice.

It is a representation that has quite disappointed fans of the original fragrance because its adaptation to a younger clientele is clearly observed.

The bottle, obviously, takes the form of the original Opium but is adorned with a shiny black dress, also very rocky, where the pale pink window comes to offer a fissure between the light and elegance of the perfume.

Much more rock and soft than the original, this composition is intended for rogue women, somewhat rebellious. The contrast is in every detail, from elegance to the passion of rock, to the representation of an elegant woman in front of the bad girl with high heels.

Advantages

Good use of caffeine

Oriental perfume very select

Good stamina

Drawbacks

Fans of the original Opium disapprove of their sweet side.

Yves Saint Laurent Eau De Parfum
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The best high-end perfumes for women

Here you will find perfumes that exceed € 100/100 ml. Even so, we are talking about two excellent fragrances.

One of them is a recent creation of a house that has become mythical, while the other is a legend itself.

 

Coco Mademoiselle, Chanel: the best high-end

Like For Her, Coco Mademoiselle saw the light in 2001. And as you have already observed, the fragrance is dedicated to the memory of Coco, that is, Gabrielle Chanel, founder of the House of the same name, and famous for her fierce and Constant independence and improvement.

Coco Mademoiselle reflects the duality between freedom and seduction and constitutes a compromise between the past and present of Casa Chanel. All this without breaking the codes that have carved their great reputation.

The result is an oriental aroma, with fruity and slightly floral notes. It is part of the family of Cypriot perfumes. Initially, these perfumes were based on a chord of bergamot, patchouli, oak foam, Jara labdanum, and animal notes.

However, when Coco Mademoiselle was created, the oak foam was in the process of being banned in cosmetics by the European Union. So it was a golden opportunity for the Chanel House to change the codes instead and thus provide to make a fresher and brighter fragrance, thanks to white musks and vetiver.

Its output note is very fresh, where bergamot is in second place for orange. Among the heart notes, the peach is imposed.

Its fragrance also houses floral aromas (rose and jasmine) that derive in a composition that mixes tenderness and romanticism. In the base note, we find, next to patchouli, white musk, vetiver, and a touch of vanilla that gives the whole greater luminosity and reinforces its sensuality.

As we are presented with a much fresher composition, the volatility of the perfume is reinforced. That is why, although his body has good resistance, it is obviously smaller than that of a “heavier” perfume-like No. 5. It is a “defect” that is often revealed.

Coco Mademoiselle was designed for free, attractive and a little provocative woman, but always with class and distinction. As they say: The magic of Chanel is the magic of eternal perfumes!

Advantages

Oriental perfume, but fresh

Break with the traditional Chanel codes

Elegant aura

Drawbacks

Lower stamina

High price

COCO Mademoiselle chanel perfume
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Chanel No. 5: the high-end alternative

We have decided to finish our selection with what is probably the most mythical of fragrances. Soon it will be its centenary (it was created in 1921), but currently, it remains a benchmark in the field, in addition to being considered the quintessential perfume of elegant and sophisticated women.

When his sewing house was already well installed, Coco Chanel wanted to create his first perfume with a very particular optic: “a woman’s perfume with a woman’s smell”.

And as this perfume had to be composed as a couture dress, where materials abounded, it was unthinkable to follow the trend of the time that consisted of using a single floral base in a perfume. So I wanted a fragrance that was a real flower cocktail.

This, in itself, was already new, but what has most marked the creation of No. 5 is the integration of synthetic compounds, in the image of aldehydes. These appear from the starting note, such as Neroli and lemon, and give the perfume greater freshness. At present, its floral heart is very classic, since it is composed of roses and jasmine, to which ylang-ylang is added, which gives it an exotic touch. Finally, the base notes are formed by iris, vetiver, and vanilla.

In addition to the fragrance itself, what has surprised a lot (and continues to surprise) is the simplicity of both the bottle and the name. Coco Chanel affirmed, in fact, that the content mattered much more than the container and, true to this idea, did not go around many times when looking for the name of his first perfume: it was the fifth essay that Ernest Beaux proposed, the nose that gave rise to No. 5. And so, he simply named it.

Of course, another factor that contributed to its success was the statement made by the iconic Marilyn Monroe. Although it was not the image of the brand (this concept did not exist yet at that time) and received no compensation for it, once he declared that he was not sleeping with anything, except with a few drops of his Chanel No. 5. He needed nothing more to get this perfume into history.

Advantages

Mythical perfume

Greater attention to content, and not to the bottle

Heady floral perfume

Drawbacks

Popularly typecast as an old lady’s perfume

Expensive

 

chanel 5 paris perfume
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Honorable mentions

Flowerbomb – Viktor & Rolf: Fresh, floral, sweet as a kiss on the neck, this eau de parfum ends in notes as sweet as voluptuous. Considered as one of the most glamorous feminine perfumes, despite its fresh and intense note, it remains present for quite some time.

Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf
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J’adore – Dior: it is a reference for almost 20 years. It is an essentially floral perfume with rare and luxurious notes of crystallized orchids, violets from France and champaca flowers to which a pleasant fruity touch is added. Finally, it also has white musk, sandalwood, and vanilla, which reinforce its sweet side.

Dior: J'Adore elegance and durability
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Guerlain – Mon Guerlain Eau De Parfum : Among the few oriental fragrances that have seduced us to a large extent, is the famous Guerlain black dress , with notes of lemon, floral and fruity heart (pink, violet, licorice, raspberry, cherry ) and a persistent base note (patchouli, white musk, vanilla and bitter almond). It is a perfume that offers quite sensuality.

Guerlain - Mon Guerlain Eau De Parfum
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Angel – Mugler: it is a perfume in which there is a division of opinions. Sometimes it is considered unpleasant or too sweet to be taken by someone other than a girl but still remains on the best-selling lists. Fruity and sweet, it is recommended to those who love seductive and marked odors.

Angel (Thierry Mugler)
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In conclusion, what perfume to choose?

If you like slightly sweet perfumes, but not too heady, La Vie est Belle is a great choice. It is a pretty oriental perfume, with fruity notes. It is mainly conceived with the use of Florencia Iris Pallida, a very rare floral variety in perfumery … In total, no less than 63 ingredients make up this fragrance.

On the other hand, if as the vast majority of women like floral perfumes, Flower by Kenzo is an option more than ideal to consider. His combination of floral and fruity notes soon placed him as the brand’s flagship. It is made around 3 main ingredients (Parma violet, white hawthorn, and Bulgarian rose). A fragrance the sea of ​​delicate.

Finally, if you want to float on a cloud of oriental touches, I advise Coco Mademoiselle. A perfume that is fresh and light (quite rare for an oriental fragrance). It will be the favorite of seductive and classy ladies.

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