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Shopping for a new fragrance can be a tricky endeavour. You want something long-lasting that smells so good, others will notice.
When on the hunt for a fragrance that best suits you, think about what notes you’ll most enjoy. If you like a rich, full-bodied aroma, try oud or musk.
Want a light, fresh and perfect for summer scent? Look for citrus. For something sweet, try vanilla.
We’ve handpicked 12 of our favourite perfumes for women, spanning high street to high-end budgets, unique finds and cult favourites.
Starting from just £12.99, have your shopping basket ready, we’ll meet you at the checkout…
The best perfumes for women to wear this summer
Zara Twilight Mauve | £12.99 from Zara
When it comes to luxury on a budget, Zara has expanded its perfumes into a library of scents that have something for everyone. We love Twilight Mauve, a blend of apple, bergamot, blackcurrant, and white amber for its fresh, slightly powdery fragrance that offers year-round enjoyment.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celestia Cologne Forte Eau de Parfum | £165 from John Lewis & Partners
This opulent blue bottle holds the fresh scent of summer thanks to its black currant, jasmine and mimosa notes. Long-lasting but not overpowering, it’s the perfect holiday companion.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Histoire d’Orangers eau de parfum | £135 from Harrods
For something a little less widely known, french perfume house L’Artisan Parfumeur has created the perfect blend of subtle citrus with its Histoire d’Orangers. An indulgent splurge, it’s a musky blend of neroli, orange blossom and musk.
Huda Beauty Kayalia Vanilla 28 Eau De Parfum | £84 from Cult Beauty
Kayali is the brainchild of beauty behemoth Huda Kattan and her sister Mona. Together the duo have created a lineup of musky, woody, floral and sweet scents, and if you love a hint of vanilla this Vanilla 28 option is perfect thanks to the notes of jasmine, Madagascan vanilla orchid, Brazilian tonka, musk, amber and patchouli.
Chanel Paris Les Eaux de Chanel – Eau de Toilette | £114 from John Lewis & Partners
Soft and feminine, this is a must-have if you love Chanel but aren’t swayed by the more traditional fragrances from the fashion house. With a more modern feel, but the timeless appeal that Chanel brings, this is a worthy splurge. Inspired by Venice, it features notes of neroli, vanilla and tonka accord.
Narciso Rodriquez For Her Musc Noir Rose Eau de Parfum | £51 from Feel Unique
For any musk lovers, look no further than this long-lasting scent from Narciso Rodriquez. Combined with notes of bergamot, pink peppercorn, plum and vanilla, it’s heady but not overpowering.
Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum | £55 from Boots
You may recognise Gorgeous Gardenia from its adverts fronted by singer Miley Cyrus, but it’s the scent inside the pink bottle that’s the true superstar. As one of the most popular floral fragrances on the market, it has pear blossom, white gardenia, jasmine, brown sugar and patchouli. Summer is just a spritz away…
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc eau de parfum | £178 from Selfridges
Looking to splurge on a new summer scent? Tom Ford is unbeaten in luxury. Soleil Blanc is perfect for transporting you to a white, sandy beach and clear blue seas. Citrus and fruity, it’s an uplifting fragrance with bergamot, cardamom oil, pistachio, ylang-ylang, benzoin and coco de mer.
Jo Malone London Salty Amber Cologne | £56 from Harvey Nichols
If you’re a fan of the iconic Jo Malone London wood, sage and sea salt scent but want something new, try this latest limited edition olfactory offering. A blend of cardamon, myrtle and seaweed, it’s fresh but not fruity, and the perfect pick-me-up.
Creed Aventus For Her Eau de Parfum | £144 from Liberty London
You’d be hard-pressed to find a fragrance that lasts as long as Creed. Its most popular scent is undoubtedly Aventus – with notes of green apple, violet leaf and pink pepper – and for good reason, this scent will turn heads with just a couple spritzes.
Byredo Oud Immortel Eau De Parfum | £127 from Cult Beauty
For fans of richer scents, try Byredo’s Oud Immortel – inspired by traditional incense – which promises a rich and warming concoction of cardamom, Brazilian rosewood, papyrus and patchouli.
Sol De Janeiro Cheirosa ’40 Perfume Mist | £19 from Cult Beauty
Sweet and fruity, Cheirosa is summer in a bottle. Liberally spritz onto skin and soak up the notes of black amber plum, crème de cassis, vanilla and musk.