A signature scent should be timeless and wearable, in any situation and at any age. But of course, with so many fragrances on the market, finding the perfect perfume for you for you can be a challenge. Beauty counters and online storefronts are stocked with the latest and greatest from endless perfume brands, but how do you know which will be your new go-to?
One place to start: Classic perfumes that have been around for generations and stood the test of time. The iconic fragrances on the list of the best-smelling perfumes of all time have a cult following for a reason — their irresistible aromas never get old. Here, our beauty experts round up the best women's perfumes for every occasion, scent preference, and season, including the most popular best-selling picks in the world and top luxury perfumes for her. Find your new scent soulmate (or perfect gift), ahead!
This cult-favorite Viktor & Rolf fragrance has earned its "most popular" status. Shaped like a grenade, this perfume explodes with the super feminine, warm floral scent of jasmine, freesia, and rose in a single spritz.
Like your daily cup of joe, this Yves Saint Laurent fragrance is addictive. Coffee and vanilla are blended together with orange blossom, jasmine, and pear for a seductive scent that will wake you up (just in time for date night).
If you grew up admiring your mom's Chanel No. 5 perfume on her vanity, try this equally enviable bottle. With notes of orange, jasmine, rose, and vanilla, Coco Mademoiselle is a modern classic.
For the woman with an impressive shoe selection, here is one sleek Carolina Herrera stiletto to add to your collection. This heel-shaped bottle houses an audacious blend of jasmine, almond, cocoa and coffee.
This Lancôme fragrance is for the woman who lives in the present. With bright, effervescent notes of iris and mint, the carefree scent is for those who believe, like the name, that "life is beautiful."
Do you dream of the first day of spring all year long? Consider this bottled bouquet of tuberose and jasmine from Gucci your perfect perfume pick.
Picture this: you're lounging in a French garden surrounded by just-bloomed fresh peonies and roses. A few spritzes of this Dior floral fragrance will take you there.
Looking for a light floral fragrance at a bargain price? This Estée Lauder classic is a clear winner. Evelyn Lauder designed this beloved perfume to capture the freshness of flowers after a spring rain, with top notes of white lily, violet leaves, and green leaves.
Experience the world through scent with this luxurious Guerlain perfume. Notes of lavender from Provence, jasmine from India, sandalwood from Australia, and vanilla from Papua New Guinea define this warm, rich fragrance.
Like Narciso Rodriguez's little black dresses, his iconic fragrance is synonymous with chic simplicity. The spritz is centered on musk, enriched with amber, woods, and vanilla.
Like a classic work suit, this Elizabeth Arden scent is always classy and never goes out of style. The subtle blend of white tea, sage, white iris, and musk smells softly inviting but not overpowering.
This Maison Francis Kurkdjian creation quickly rose to fragrance fame (and reached Holy Grail status with GH's beauty director), thanks to its irresistible, head-turning aroma. It's the most unique mix of jasmine, cedar, and amber that’s warm, sensual, and strong yet somehow soft — totally addictive and the kind of signature scent people stop and ask about.
This perfume will never "push daisies." Since 2007, Marc Jacobs's youthful scent of wild strawberries, jasmine bouquets and vanilla has charmed many with its welcoming, fresh notes and playful flower cap.
Outdoor adventurers will love the nomadic scent of this Byredo perfume as it moves from freshly-picked juniper berries to pine needles and incense before landing on the comforting scent of vanilla and sandalwood.
Whether your nose is sensitive to strong smells or you're looking for something subtle to wear everyday, this gentle Philosophy fragrance won't envelope you in an overwhelming cloud. Crisp citrus notes of orange and grapefruit are combined with soft white florals for a delicate scent.
Imagine smelling the sweet nectar of honeysuckle as you enjoy your morning grapefruit on a balcony overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. If you could capture that scene in a scent, this beautiful Aerin mist would be it.
Imagine sitting under a cherry blossom tree while its delicate pink petals rain down on you. This Chloé spritz is the bottled version of that experience with the added bonus of roses, too.
Dreaming of sipping your favorite drink on the beach? Spritz on this summer classic Dolce & Gabbana cocktail of Sicilian lemon and tropical jasmine to satisfy your sunny day craving.
If you like your fragrances to smell "green", look no further than L'Occitane, which stars refreshing notes of green tea spiked with orange and lime. It's had a place in GH's beauty director's perfume rotation for more than a decade.
"Eau fraîche" translates to "light scent", and this airy Estée Lauder mist fits the bill. Its hints of sandalwood, coconut milk, jasmine, and orange flower create the essence of a seaside escape.
This Trish McEvoy fragrance elevates fruit notes like blackberry and plum by balancing them with richer hints of woods, vanilla, and musk. GH's beauty director is a fan of its subtle, irresistible sweetness balanced with warmth.
If you have an affinity for the smell of old books or fine leather, this might be the fragrance for you. One spritz of the rich Tom Ford perfume transports you to a scholar's library with a crackling fireplace filled with dark, aging wood and luxe leather.
This sophisticated Giorgio Armani scent invites your beloved to come closer with slightly sweet, musky notes of blackcurrant nectar, rose, and white cedarwood.
Conjure the smell and sensation of salty air and warm sun with a spritz of this Maison Margiela Replica scent. It swirls notes of lemon, coconut milk, and amber to mimic a seaside afternoon.
A new GH beauty editor go-to, this The 7 Virtues scent is sweet yet elevated at the same time. It swirls delicious hints of vanilla and caramel with rich amber.
For those who prefer perfume oils, GH's beauty director loves dabbing on this sweet yet sophisticated vanilla scent from Nest. It's blended with coconut for a delicious yet cozy essence.
Take your senses on vacation with just a spritz of this juicy perfume. Its top notes of tropical passionfruit and juicy mandarin make this bright fragrance seriously perfect for summer.
Inspired by the work of 18th century British artist Mrs. Mary Delany, this Nest Fragrances perfume features the light botanical fragrance of violet and jasmine immersed in the dark aroma of black amber plum for a slightly seductive scent.
Not every woman wants to smell like a bouquet of flowers. For an earthier scent, this Jo Malone cologne includes two simple notes: sea salt and sage. Don't be surprised if the men in your life wind up stealing a spritz or two.
Picture sitting in a garden, smelling the aroma of woody trees and fragrant florals while a breeze wafts the smell of salt water from a nearby lagoon. Dreamy right? This was Hermès perfumer Christine Nagel's fantasy garden that inspired this fragrance.
Envelop yourself in the crisp scents of autumn with this classic Ralph Lauren fragrance. White violet leaves, marigold and oak moss conjure up memories of a cozy fall hike beneath changing leaves.
A minimalist's perfect match, this innovative Escentric Molecules eau contains just one note, the earthy-warm yet clean ambroxan, which is a synthetic version of the rare animal-derived ambergris. GH's beauty director calls it one of her all-time favorite fragrances that "smells just like soft skin" and always elicits praise when worn.