The Top 10 Best Perfume for Women in the World (2021)

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If you want to know what are the best perfumes for women in 2021, then you’re in the right place.

The most expensive ones must be the best, right?

Wrong.

After weeks of researching and testing 93 of the most popular perfumes (and some not so popular), we’ve rounded up our list of the best women perfume in the world.

Here’s the deal:

We tested all kinds of different fragrances, from popular perfume brands to super exclusive niche brands. From cheap, affordable scents to the most expensive perfume.

The final results?

We concluded that it’s not the price of a fragrance that determines how good it smells or how long it lasts. 

Now, here’s the good news…

In this post we are going to share our results with you. 🙂

Sound good? Let’s dive in…

By the way, you can also check out our best men’s cologne list here.

In a hurry?

Our Top 3 Picks:

Intro

Let’s be honest…

Choosing the perfect scent can be super difficult and frustrating.

The perfume counters at the mall can be a nightmare.

Pushy sales assistants showering you with many different fragrances and trying to push their own personal favorite scent on you.

Giving you all sorts of false advice, just to get you to buy.

Now:

you become even more confused!

Which fragrance should I take? Is it a long lasting perfume? Is it for the winter? Is it best for the office or the club? Is it mass appealing? Will I get compliments???

Yikes, right?

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But don’t worry…

You can skip all of this out.

We’ve done all of the hard work for you.

All of our top rated picks listed below, smell amazing, are long lasting and are perfumes men love!

We believe these are the best fragrances for women available on the market today.

The best part?

We also inform you the best fragrance possible for each season and situation, making it super easy for you to choose.

Now, we are super excited to finally share the results below with you…

Be sure to also check our list of best rose perfume and our best vanilla perfume.

Things to Consider Before Choosing a Perfume


Some important things to consider before choosing a perfume are the season (temperature) and the situation the scent will be worn.

Why is that important?

Fragrances that are designed to be worn in cooler temperatures (winter season), like a vanilla perfume, are more strong and sweet smelling.

Now:

If you apply this type of scent in the hot summer heat, it will quickly become cloying and you will have everyone around you gagging!

(Not good)

Choose your scents wisely.

And:

A fresh perfume that has been designed for the hotter weather (summer season,) such as a coconut based scent, will typically not perform as well in the colder winter months and may only last a few hours on your skin.

By the way:

Some scents are best suited towards casual wear, some for the office, and some for romantic date settings.

What am I talking about?

Let me show you an example:

A perfume for a teenage girl that was designed to be worn in the club, would make a terrible choice for you to wear in the office!

Wearing a very sexy perfume for work might not go down to well.

Don’t make this mistake.

On top of all this, scents can even be designed for daytime and night-time usage. Some are best worn for indoor situations and some for outdoors.

That said:

Many perfumes can be used for all seasons and all situations, making them very versatile. These types of scents could make a perfect signature scent for you.

confused?

Don’t be.

We’ve took all the guesswork out of choosing the perfect scent for you.

We will show you the best ones to get.

How did We Choose?


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The rules for our top selections are simple:

We aimed only to select perfumes that are long lasting, be of a high quality to justify the price, and most importantly, they had to smell amazing and be mass appealing.

And:

All of our top picks fit the bill and they all got overwhelmingly positive reactions. These are the perfumes men love.

Here’s the truth:

The most expensive perfume is not always the best smelling perfume.Click To Tweet

Look:

Some of the most expensive perfume we tested smelled awful, one even smelled like a grandma fragrance (sorry, grandma.)

And some, even though they did smell great, only lasted an hour on the skin before disappearing into thin air!

Now:

We think a good perfume should be long lasting to justify the price.

That’s why any fragrance that we tested that had poor lasting power was immediately excluded from the list, even if they did smell amazing.

On the other hand, some of the more affordable designer fragrances we tested, smelled amazing, had high quality ingredients and were super long lasting.

Here’s the thing:

Many world class Perfumers are the same “noses” who create both the super expensive niche fragrances and also the cheaper designer fragrances.

So you can’t simply expect that paying more money gets you a better smelling perfume.

Things to Watch out For


Many companies often reformulate the ingredients of their fragrances, sometimes due to new EU Regulations.

This is a HUGE problem.

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This is why your favorite best smelling perfume, that used to perform all day after a single application, suddenly starts to last only 3 hours and doesn’t smell as good as you remembered it.

It gets worse…

Now, to make it last all day, you have to carry around a small decanter and keep reapplying the scent every few hours, using up more of the product in less time. This is a waste of money!

Yes, it sucks when your favorite perfume gets reformulated.

We've Got You Covered


We keep on top of the fragrance game, so you don’t have to worry about any of these pitfalls.

The formulations of our latest top perfumes are long lasting, smell amazing and are sure to get you heaps of compliments.

If any of our top picks gets reformulated, we will be sure to retest them and update the list accordingly.

Let’s be honest:

There is no one fragrance that works for everyone, but we think you will find a great match here.

That said:

Below are our top rated list of the best perfume for women for 2021.

But first, a quick primer on fragrances….

Let’s dive in:

What are Perfumes?


Perfumes are complex scented mixtures of extracts from natural sources (essential oils) and/or synthetic raw materials that are blended with solvents and fixatives to produce a pleasing liquid scent.

The final product is known by many terms – Perfume, Parfum, Eau de Parfum etc.

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What's The Difference Between Parfum, Eau de Parfum, Perfume and Eau de Toilette?


Different names are used to describe the concentration of the pure perfume oil in the fragrance. The higher the concentration of pure perfume oil – the greater the strength of the fragrance.

Now:

The strength usually will determine how long an application of the fragrance lasts on your skin and how much the scent will project (but this is not always the case, as our testing revealed)

The most common terms used in women’s fragrances are:

Listed from strongest to weakest concentration.

  • Parfum Extrait (Perfume Extract or Parfum) Contains 15–40% perfume oils. This is the most expensive and strongest concentrated of all options.
  • Eau de Parfum (EdP) Contains 10–20% perfume oils. Sometimes called “Eau de Perfume” or “Millésime.” This is the strength usually sold as “Perfume.”
  • Eau de Toilette (EdT) Contains 5–15% perfume oils. This is the most common strength sold in men’s fragrance but is also used for women’s fragrances.
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In modern day usage, the terms “Parfum” and “Perfume” have now incorrectly become a generic term for any fragrance marketed towards women, no matter what the concentration of pure perfume oil contained in them is.

So technically you can have “Men’s Perfume.”

Top Rated Picks of the
Best Perfumes for Women 2021


#10 Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture


This is the best version available in the Viva La Juicy line up.

This Gold Couture version gets sweet caramel added into the sexy Viva La Juicy fragrance DNA, to produce an absolutely gorgeous seductive scent.

Smells of caramel, vanilla and sweet berries. This stuff smells edible!

But, be careful, your significant other may want to eat you. 🙂

Perfect for the winter, and can also be worn in the spring and fall. By the way, don’t wear this in the summer or you will choke people out.

Great for dates, nights out, parties, clubbing.

Now, I should point something out:

This is more of a girly perfume, not really suited for a mature woman.

Immense compliments with this one.

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#9 Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal


A honey explosion. Sensual, sweet and delicious.

This is a honey fragrance with the addition of blood orange and a unique peach and liquorice note. It has a slight touch of powderyness with a whisper of white florals.

Men love this.

Scandal is so incredibly sweet. If you don’t like sweet perfume, this is definitely not for you.

Now:

This is more for the younger crowd but could be worn by all ages. Best suited for the cooler weather, don’t wear this in the high summer heat.

A playful scent that is perfect for nights out, clubbing, dates, parties. Super long lasting.

Simply put:

If you like honey, Scandal is for you.

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#8 Dior Miss Dior EDP


A sweet, fresh fruity floral, that is super versatile.

Miss Dior smells incredible.

This smells like rose candy with a little bit citrus on the top. Juicy delicious, kind of sexy, but not over the top.

'Make me a perfume that smells of love.' Christian Dior.Click To Tweet

It isn’t cloying sweet like most girlish perfumes, it has class, but remains youthful. So well blended it oozes sophistication.

Even better:

This is extremely versatile, it’s like the Swiss army knife of perfumes, you can wear this everywhere, anytime and it also has good lasting power.

The bottle is gorgeous too.

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#7 Tiffany & Co. Tiffany Intense EDP


This is a masterpiece.

A fantastic release from Tiffany & Co. So much better than the original Tiffany.

Tiffany Intense is a clean perfume that has a super unique fragrance DNA that is mass appealing.

This opens up with a faint citrus note, then morphs into a smooth floral blend, primarily the powdery iris vibe. Very elegant.

By the way:

This has great lasting performance for a fresh scent and the bottle is stunning.

A beautiful fragrance well suited for spring, evening outs, dates, dressy events or even as a signature scent.

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#6 Elie Saab Girl of Now


If you want to smell different from than the rest, then try this.

As the name suggests, “Girl of Now,” this perfume is aimed at the younger, modern girl. It’s playful and easy to wear.

This one has a creative fragrance DNA. A very unique white floral scent that is sweet and sugary, but not cloying.

Now, to be clear:

This is not your typical teenybopper bubble-gum type of scent, it is a very composed, sophisticated and well put together fragrance.

Smells like pear and orange with a creamy, fresh roasted pistachio vibe.

Very sexy!

Best for the fall and winter, but you could wear it in spring if your careful and go very light with the sprays.

Performance is huge with this one and expect a lot of compliments.

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#5 Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L'Éclat EDP


This is the orange blossom superstar. A sweet, fresh, seductive fragrance.

This is the newer, fresher and lighter version of the already amazing original La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum. But this one is much better and more unique.

By the way:

“La Vie Est Belle” is French for “Life is Beautiful,” and this certainly is a beautiful perfume.

Has a semi fresh, fruity vibe with sweetness and slight florals. Very sensual and addictive.

The best part?

This one is super long lasting and is a BIG compliment getter.

In short:

Appropriate for everything, everywhere, everybody likes it. The office, a date, you name it. A sophisticated and clean smelling perfume that won’t offend anyone.

Side note: The bottle is absolutely gorgeous.

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#4 Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense


Light Blue Intense is a much better smelling and longer lasting version of the already best selling original version.

Can you say jackpot? 🙂

Light Blue Eau Intense is a very refreshing, uplifting, citrusy scent that has a fruity apple vibe mixed with some soft florals. Very smooth and extremely pleasant.

Smells like the original version but creamier and thicker. Absolutely fantastic!

By the way:

This newer release is a stronger Eau de Parfum concentration, making it perform and last much longer than the original Eau de Toilette version, which suffered from longevity issues.

Perfect for the high summer heat. Best for daytime use. Also works well in the spring and fall.

Use it whenever, great for dates and casual use. All ages.

Bottom line:

A very safe, mass appealing scent that will be sure to turn heads.

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#3 Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP


The best office perfume for women on the market.

This smells just awesome.

Coco Mademoiselle is the best clean daytime, professional fragrance for women. A nice fresh, classy white floral, that is super long lasting and will garner you a lot of compliments.

Think about it:

This has been a best seller for many years now.

Why?

Simple. Women keep re buying it because it is so good! 🙂

Best for spring and summer but can be worn all year round. For all ages.

Long lasting freshness!

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#2 Parfums de Marly Delina


A super unique, fresh fruity floral.

This fragrance is an absolute stunner.

What it is:

An amazing blend of fruity notes, sweet notes and floral notes with added vanilla.

Smells of a sweet velvety rose and litchi combination, blended with a very unique rhubarb note, which gives it a hint of sourness.

Sweet, Sexy, and Addictive.

By the way, if you love rose scents, be sure to check out our best rose perfumes list. 🙂

This leaves a beautiful scent trail.

The best part?

Delina is super long lasting and incredibly versatile. You can wear this one dressed up, dressed down, daytime, night-time, in the cold weather, in the hot weather, you name it..

Can be worn by teenagers all the way up to mature women.

Even better:

Men go crazy for this one, insane reactions and compliments.

Is it worth it? Absolutely.

Bonus: The bottle is gorgeous.

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We had a tiebreaker
for our number one spot.

so we decided to split our number 1 spot into two categories :

“best perfume for night-time” and “best perfume for daytime.”

#1 Lancôme La Nuit Tresor EDP


Best Perfume for Nights

A sweet, fruity feminine, mass appealing masterpiece.

This is a rich and exquisite women’s perfume. Smells of raspberry with rose vanilla caramel, so seductive, dark and sweet at the same time. A gourmand for grown-ups.

Mouth-watering deliciousness!

Now:

La Nuit Tresor isn’t a daytime fragrance, this one is definitely just for the nights (hence the name, La Nuit, The Night.)

More appropriate for the cooler months. Perfect for nights out, dates, the club.

Now, a quick word of warning:

Don’t spray too much of this for best results. Less is definitely more with this one. Has amazing lasting power, you can still smell it when you wake up.

If you want compliments from guys, from girls, from everyone, then wear this.

Simply put:

The best perfume on the market if you want to smell sexy.

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Guerlain Mon Guerlain EDP


Best Perfume for Daytime

Seductive Guerlain Sexiness.

Guerlain has finally jumped on the bandwagon of great mass appealing fragrances.

Mon Guerlain is a very sophisticated oriental vanilla gourmand with a bit of a floral fruity vibe.

You get a blend of lavender, amber and vanilla with a hint of tonka, that has a lovable sweetness about it.

And it works GREAT.

Its sweet, but not overly sweet.

By the way, if you love vanilla be sure to check out our best vanilla perfumes list. 🙂

Now:

The use of sandalwood in the base makes it a little creamy, so you get a beautiful semi gourmand dry down.

Very appealing and almost mouth-watering.

The best part?

This juice is super versatile. This is not a massive projection head turning fragrance and is very easy to wear all year round for any situation.

A perfect date scent, work scent, and would make a beautiful signature scent.

There’s no doubt about it:

Mon Guerlain is a gorgeous fragrance that will garner you an unbelievable number of compliments.

The perfect women scent. Classy, elegant and sexy is a subtle way.

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Now, over to you...


We would love to hear from you:

Do you agree with our picks? Did we miss any hidden gems? What is your current favorite perfume?

Or maybe you have a question.

Either way, please let us know by leaving a comment below right now.

Where to go from here?

If you love rose scents I highly recommend you check out our 17 Best Rose Perfumes.

And, if your a vanilla lover, be sure to check our 17 Best Vanilla Perfume list out for some delicious smelling fragrance recommendations. 🙂

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