Choosing a scent is always personal. There is no one-size-fit-all formula. What might connect to one will not necessary have the same effect on another. But as with all things that we hold near and dear, a fragrance resonates with us when it evokes emotion or a certain feeling. Some of our favorite eau de parfums evoke memories—it could be from an unforgettable summer night or winter’s sunrise while cuddles under a tangle of sheets.
To say that one scent is better than another would be ambitious. It will also require a very specific and strict set of standards and guidelines. What we do have here, instead, is a tried-and-tested roundup of scents—some classics, others newly launched—that transport and awaken the senses.
If you’re seeking a classic, floral scent:
Eau Parfumée Au Thé Blanc Eau de Cologne Spray by BVLGARI
Eau Parfumée Au Thé Blanc Eau de Cologne Spray is a fresh and woody scent that takes inspiration from the elegance of centuries-old Chinese tea ceremonies. The BVLGARI scent leaves a calming and soothing effect on the senses with notes like Artemisia, musk and white tea. What’s more, this is a scent that can be enjoyed by both men and women.
If you’re seeking a sweet and complex scent:
Love In White For Summer by Creed
Love In White For Summer by Creed opens with saccharine top notes like Bulgarian rose, Calabrian bergamot and Sweet magnolia. The fresh and floral fragrance then reveals a complex yet ethereal mix of Florentine iris and Virginian Cedarwood at the heart. A delicious sweetness stays on skin with Ambergris, sandalwood, apple and jasmine.
If you’re seeking a flowery and citric scent:
Féminin Pluriel Eau de parfum by Maison Francis Kurkdijan
Féminin Pluriel Eau de parfum is an olfactory tribute to the “eternal feminine.” This fragrance recalls a classic women’s perfume—sweet, sensual, seductive. It brings together the rich and multi-layered essences of a magnificent floral bouquet with notes like iris, violets, roses, jasmine, lily of the valley, orange blossom and vetiver.
If you’re seeking a heady yet modern scent with hints of jasmine:
Bloom Eau de Parfum by Gucci
Bloom Eau de Parfum captures the sentiments and sensibilities of the modern women in an elegant blush flacon. The first fragrance conceived by the maison’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, Bloom envelops the senses with floral notes like tuberose and jasmine. Adding to depth and complexity is a powdery layer from Rangoon Creeper, a plant said to change color when it blooms.
If you’re seeking a leafy, zesty and Cedarwood scent:
Thé Noir 29 Eau de Parfum by LE LABO
Thé Noir 29 Eau de Parfum should have a spot in any fragrance collection. This vegan fragrance, created by cult favorite LE LABO, pays homage to the art of making tea. Bergamot, fig and bay leaves capture the freshness and strength of the beloved leaf and beverage. The addition of Cedarwood, vetiver and musk create depth. The result, a captivating fragrance that is sensual, soft and fresh all in one breathe.
If you’re seeking an earthy and vanilla scent:
Embruns d’Ylang Eau de Parfum from Guerlain
Embruns d’Ylang Eau de Parfum was created especially for fragrance aficionados who collect extremely rare and pure scents. It was concocted to paint a picture of “the bracing sea spray carried by a stormy sky onto the spellbinding ylang-ylang flower.” It opens with top notes of salt and bergamot. At the center are sweet and spicy essences of ylang-ylang, Sambac jasmine and cloves. Leaving a sensual finish at the base are patchouli, iris and vanilla.
If you’re seeking a modern, woody and zesty scent:
Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum from BYREDO
Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum from BYREDO is the kind of scent to wear when you want to channel a more adventurous, daring and unpredictable temperament. As the fragrance story goes: “It is the glamorization of the Romani or Gypsy lifestyle.” This woody fragrance opens with bergamot, pepper and juniper. It then takes the senses closer to earth with impressions of incense, pine needles and oris. Creating a delicious finish, are base notes of amber, vanilla and sandalwood.
If you’re seeking a classic, floral and ethereal scent:
Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum by CHANEL
Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum by CHANEL is a retelling of a fashion icon’s life in a bottle. More than that, it is tribute to her rebellious spirit symbolized by the Chanel flower. Creator of Gabrielle, Olivier Polge, takes inspiration from an imaginary flower and brings together a posy of white blooms: jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom and tuberose. The result, an ethereal fragrance that is almost suspended weightlessly that envelops the senses.