Best Scents of the Year: Perfumes You Need

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There's no feeling quite like unwrapping a brand-new perfume! Sweet or citrous aromatic scents that make you smell divine all day. Perfumes are the solution to everything, need a gift? Need something to add to your wishlist or even if you want to treat yourself for a change, perfumes are a purchase you never seem to regret. If you're looking for a cheap perfume or maybe something a little more pricey, whether you're searching for a floral or a clean scent this list of the most popular perfumes has you covered for your next delectable buy.

To understand the scents of different perfumes and how companies describe and market them you need to understand perfume notes.

Perfumes have different levels of notes, the main three are top/headnotes, middle/heart notes, and base notes. Top notes are the first most distinct scent you’ll smell first, usually these can be smells of floral, citrus, spice, or woody. Middle notes are the after scent, meaning once the top notes have faded the middle notes will be more distinct. Base notes are the final scent and will be most noticeable when the perfume has been set on your body and adjusted to your body temperature approximately after an hour of application.

Black Opium — Yves Saint Laurent

One of the most talked-about perfumes, still years after its release, is Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium. This classic yet divine smell is the perfect evening perfume for special nights out. Hints of coffee, vanilla, and pear all collide together to create this dangerously alluring scent. This one is definitely a must-have! Retailing from $100-$200 depending on retailer and bottle size

Maison Francis Kurkdjian — L’eau La Rose

Picture the most gorgeous florally and classy scent you could ever imagine. This is it, put into a bottle and spray it on, and you’ve got Maison Francis’s, L’eau La Rose. Fresh fruity and floral tones this perfume reeks of a feminine aura. Notes of rose, litchi, pear, peony, violet as well as musk, create the perfect floral and elegant scent. If class had a smell, this would be it! Retailing from $180-$300 depending on retailer and bottle size.

Chanel N°5

A timeless and iconic perfume that everybody knows about is Chanel°5. This scent has been around since the 1920s. It was the first released perfume by Coco Chanel and is still considered one of the most admirable perfumes for women to wear. A more mature scent, many describe it as a scent more suitable for older women as it's described as a “vintage elegance” scent. Although many younger women have it as a signature scent. This gorgeous perfume has top notes of Aldehydes, Ylang-Ylang, Neroli, Bergamot, and Lemon, middle notes of Iris, Jasmine, Rose, Orris Root, and Lily-of-the-Valley as well as base notes of Civet, Amber, Sandalwood, Musk, Moss, Vetiver, Vanilla, and Patchouli. Ranging from $100 to - $300 depending on retailer and bottle size.

La Femme L’Eau — Prada

Channeling feminine energy has never smelled so sweet like Prada's la femme perfume. This luxury smell is like sweetness boxed in a perfect pink bottle ready to be spritzed on. Notes of frangipani, ylang-ylang, beeswax, and vanilla. If you could describe the color pink in a bottle, this is the smell that comes to mind with such a strong feminine aura. A scent that lasts forever both on your skin and in the bottle, priced from $100-$130 depending on retailer and bottle size.

Thank U, Next — Ariana Grande

The world's most-loved pop star Ariana Grande is known for her many perfumes but the one that stands out the most is this sweet scent inspired by her album (and song) “Thank U, Next”. Released in 2019, this perfume has been added to our shelves not only because of its heavenly scent but also for the bottle's outstanding appearance. The top notes in this perfume are raspberry and pears with middle notes of pink rose and coconut as well as macaroons and musk as base notes. Ranging from $80-$180 depending on retailer and bottle size.

Victor & Rolf — Flower bomb

This luxurious scent is perfect for summer. Notes of Jasmine, orange blossom, and patchouli, it’s like a flower garden! This perfume has a vanilla cologne base and is another floral smell that will guarantee to forever remind you of warmth and rose petals. Even after more than a decade, this remains one of the most popular scents that many reach for when searching for a new bottle to purchase. Retailing from $100 - $200 depending on retailer and bottle size.

Gucci Bamboo

A fragrance you’ll never forget, Gucci Bamboo is a perfect all-day everyday scent. Feel luxurious with this designer compositing smell of woody and floral. Notes of Casablanca lily, sandalwood, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, and bergamot. This bottle of delight is one you want to own because of its classy appearance and specific original smell. Perfumes made by Gucci are often unique and different from each other which is why if you want to opt for a unique fragrance, you should check out their ranges. Other popular ones include “Gucci Bloom” and “Gucci Memoire” which are both mentionable ones from the luxury brand. Retailing from $80-$190 depending on retailer and bottle size.

There's no telling for sure which ones you’ll like the most out of this list as I can only do my best in describing them. So next time you go perfume shopping, remember these fragrances and look out for them in stores. Your nose will always be your best judge. What’s fascinating is that perfumes will slightly smell different to everyone. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including the acidity of skin fats, hormone balance, skin PH, and what you eat. Perfumes, as you now know, are far more complex and interesting than you previously imagined!

Sniff, spray, and spritz one of these perfumes, and you’ll be smelling like a goddess in no time.

Mia Bennett
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Mia Bennett is a high school student in Auckland, New Zealand. Striving to work as a Journalist in her life she is passionate about beauty, fashion, wellness and keeping up with the latest celebrity news.