The Best Women’s Perfumes are indisputably beautiful, representative of their place in history and yet timeless enough to remain popular. There's just something about them that makes them classics, sets them apart from the other of the best women's perfumes. Lovely stalkers, here are the all-time best women's perfumes.
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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.
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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.
11 Rose De Chloé
Price: $95 at sephora.com
This scent is fresh, luminous, and subtle. It was launched back in 2008 and has only gained popularity. Over the years it has retained its gentle and graceful scent, making it a perfume that belongs on every woman's shelf.
12 Daisy by Marc Jacobs
Price: $76 at sephora.com
Fresh and feminine, this scent is perfect for any first date. It was launched back in 2007, and has a floral-woodsy fragrance. The bottle and name reference the flower whose scent the perfume aims to capture.
13 Nirvana Black by Elizabeth and James
Price: $75 at sephora.com
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen launched this fashion brand, which is named after their siblings. Launched in 2013, it contains an intoxicating blend of violet, sensual sandalwood, and rich vanilla.
14 Rosabotanica by BALENCIAGA
Price: $100 at sephora.com
This fragrance was only launched in 2013, but it has gained hundreds of fans. It is meant to smell like a rose garden mixed with fig leaves, giving the wearer a floral scent unlike any other.
15 Loveswept by Philosophy
Price: $16 at sephora.com
This is one of the cheapest perfumes you can buy that has outstanding quality. Launched in 2013, it has a romantic, warm fragrance. It's a sensual perfume meant for a sensual night.
16 Tory Burch
Price: $85 at sephora.com
This is a citrus perfume that works best in the daytime. It was launched in 2013, and manages to balance between being masculine and feminine for an earthy vibe.
17 Fresh Life
Price: $48 at sephora.com
This fragrance is meant to capture the scent of a clear day with sweet morning air and blue skies. Launched in 2013, it is designed for both women and men.
18 Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf
Price: $80 at sephora.com
Launched in 2005, this fragrance smells of flowers, as the name suggests. It contains sweet and pure Sambac jasmine, seductive Centifolia rose, freesia and Cattleya orchid. A perfect combination.
19 J'adore Eau De Parfum by Dior
Price: $90 at sephora.com
This is a more intense version of a Dior fragrance that was launched in 1999. This one exudes femininity and luxury. It smells like a floral bouquet with hints of Damascus rose, and sambac jasmine
20 Velvet Orchid by Tom Ford
Price: $112 at sephora.com
The newest version of Velvet Orchid came out this year, in 2014, and has a sweet floral scent. It is rich and floral with notes of cool citrus, dramatic petals, honey, and rum.
21 My Burberry
Price: $95 at sephora.com
Launched in 2014, this fragrance is meant to smell like a London garden after it rains. It's highly floral, and is perfect for a daily stroll around town.
Each of these scents offer something unique, exciting and sensual. As the best women's perfumes they enhance a woman’s presence, her beauty and her allure. What are your favorite fragrances?
This article was written in collaboration with Holly Riordan.
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