With respect to perfume, there are two kinds of people in this world – the ones who obsess about it, and the ones who don’t care a fig about it. So for the first kind, I hope this list will be a useful guide, or at least a measuring rod to assess their favorites in terms of popular opinion. As for those belonging to the second kind, I’m pretty confident that most of them will, in all probability not even bother to read this. But if, I repeat, if, any of them were to suddenly feels curious about these carefully concocted fragrances out in the market, this list can at least give them a fair idea of which ones to choose, at least for this year and the next.
10. Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger
If you are in search of a fragrance that stands for the free spirit of summer, then Tommy Girl, launched by Tommy Hilfiger in 1996 should be within your target range. This fruity floral scent with citrus overtones is the creation of Calice Becker, the woman behind the bestselling J’adore from Dior. The strong whiff of blackcurrant, grapefruit, apple and mandarin orange will tantalize your nostrils the same way as a blooming fruit orchard on a pink summer evening would. Violet, grapefruit, lemon and honeysuckle dominate the middle notes with magnolia and jasmine bringing up the rear. If you’re in a fun and frolicking mood this summer, this airy botanic fragrance will be your perfect companion.
9. Malachite by Banana Republic
While the name itself suggests a naturally cold and refreshing scent, Malachite from Banana Republic Beauty is all this and more. Launched in 2007, this little bottle with a luxurious green hue is endowed with the rich scents of water hyacinth, peony, green mango, sandalwood, pepper, vanilla and musk. The aroma transports you into the world of an enchanted blue pool, blooming with flowers, in a hidden forest on a cold and silent night. The tropical undertones seem to suggest a walk through the woods, and yet this oriental fragrance can make quite a statement anywhere if you wear the right amount.
8. Fendi Palazzo by Fendi
This is yet another great floral concoction to pamper yourself with during the hot months. The sweetness of bergamot, orange blossom and jasmine and the woody scent of sandalwood and patchouli are reminiscent of the cool scented Mediterranean winds, while the powdery, bubblegum-like essence of pink pepper adds a youthful spin to the elegant and flowery top notes. The masterstroke is a touch of Turkish and Bulgarian rose which ups the sexy quotient immensely. Created by Francois Demachy, in collaboration with Karl Lagerfield and Silvia Fendi, Palazzo is protected within a small but assertive bottle, uniquely styled to give it a sophisticated yet bold look.
7. Missoni Acqua by Missoni
If you love the seaside, this bottle of blue can take you there, or at least your nose. Developed by Trudi Loren, Acqua’s top notes of bergamot, grapefruit, narcissus and melon create a strong opening splash while violet, peony, Tuscan Iris, freesia and jasmine complete the cool aquatic fragrance that instantly throws up images of the sea and the sun, the sand and the waves, the palm trees and the warm breeze. The combination of fresh oceanic herbs and citrus juices is just the right mix under the sultry summer sky. The only downside? You might need to keep re-spraying at intervals to make it stay on.
6. Daisy by Mark Jacobs
Marc Jacobs plays a winning card with Daisy Eu de Toilette – a refreshingly new floral scent with a marked difference from the same old flowery smells crowding the market. Launched in 2007, the allure of this Albero Morillas creation lies in the fact that it combines innocence with seduction, day with night, delicacy with power and transience with permanence. The amalgamated scents of strawberry, ruby red grapefruit, violet, jasmine, gardenia, vanilla and musk evolves into a knockout fragrance for any occasion that commands an attractive appearance. This perfume is all you need to complete your get-up and turn it into a tantalizing experience for yourself and anyone around you.
5. Euphoria by Calvin Klein
In 2005, Calvin Klein launched Euphoria, a deliciously sexy fragrance for the young and free-spirited, independent woman. The men behind this wildly popular offering from CK are Dominique Ropion Benaim and Loc Dong, who finalized the ingredients after detailed research and public discussion. Starting off with a top note of luscious pomegranate, the perfume incorporates a skillful blend of black orchid, creamy accord, amber, violet and lotus blossom. The dark scented flowers combine to create a sensual, exotic essence of attraction, adventure and mystique. Even the uniquely shaped bottle ups the attractive quotient for buyers! Euphoria, is a universal favourite with outgoing women, more so because its woody, oriental aroma creates an equal impact whether worn during the day or night.
4. J’adore L’Absolu by Dior
J’adore L’absolu, the exciting new edition of Dior’s bestselling J’adore, was launched in November 2012, to wild appraisal. Carrying on the J’adore tradition, L’absolu rests within a beautiful golden bottle designed by French Artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. The luxurious design boasts of a glass spiral which includes 24 carat gold snaking up to the stopper which itself is decorated with fragments of pure gold. Manufactured near Venice and concocted by the celebrated Francois Demachy, this limited edition fragrance brings together the charming essences of Indian tuberose, May rose and grandiflorum jasmine. This potent, feminine scent of exotic petals awakens a seductive elegance in the wearer and a veil of unforgettable force of attraction anywhere, anytime. One of the moost successful Dior offerings, it is nothing short of a little masterpiece.
3. Shi by Alfred Sung
This one never gets old. Despite being launched thirteen years ago in 2000, when it took the market by storm, SHI by Alfred Sung never ceases to entice perfume enthusiasts and women alike. Also known as ‘Perfect Sung’s Drop’, this relaxing natural fragrance is dominated by heart notes of orange blossom, tangerine and the intoxicating Frangipani. Base notes of birch leaves and musk add a twist of the nighttime forest air, while the combined effect is of transcending calmness and the addictive attraction of wild free nature. The nose behind Shi is Ilias Emenidis, while the bottle design is credited to Jerome Dinand. In spite of uncountable fragrance launches in the same and similar category, Shi maintains her eternal allure.
2. Gucci by Gucci
There are some fragrances that are born winners. Gucci by Gucci debuted in 2007 and has since won every woman’s heart with its deep, timeless and sophisticated scent that unleashes an aura of organic beauty. This signature perfume for women floats on delicate top notes of guava and pear, heart notes of Tahitian Tiare, while musk and honey finish off the smooth essence with an enticing feminine appeal. Composed by Ilias Emendis and promoted by a sound advertising campaign, this runaway success from Gucci spells out sophistication, sensuality and simplicity in each and every spray from the bottle. If you believe in pure, unruffled production of quality, this is a must-have on your dressing table.
1. No. 5 by Chanel
It was undoubtedly a landmark in the history of perfumery when Chanel revolutionized the composition of modern fragrances for women with the brand’s first fragrance and arguably the most famous perfume ever made – The Chanel No. 5. The name is inspired by Coco Chanel’s affinity for this ‘lucky number’ which had numerous pertinent associations in her life. Moreover, in 1920, during the making of the product, when she was presented with samples of perfume to assess, she selected the fragrance contained in the vial marked with the number five. Having done so, she insisted that they keep the name. The legendary bottle design, with its octagonal stopper was a novel expression of simplicity in the age of over-the-top perfumes and bottles. The perfume itself, created by French-Russian chemist Ernest Beaux from May rose and jasmine incorporated a unique chemical formula never use before – the application of aldehydes. The result – a fresh, imposing, yet liberating perfume for women – ‘the now and forever fragrance’.