Best Perfumes For Women In 2023: Top 5 Fragrances Most Recommended By Expert Websites 

Ever pass by a person on the street and catch a whiff of something incredible? What you’re smelling is unlikely naturally radiating from their body, it’s rather a perfectly chosen perfume. A $3.5 billion industry in the U.S. alone, the world of perfume is vast. While wearing a fragrance is certainly personal to the individual, a few of the best perfumes in the world have managed to please even the most discerning customers. 

Carrying a scent that makes us feel good about ourselves is the best perk of investing in a quality perfume, and it turns out it could even give your relationship a little pick-me-up. Research indicates that partners have pretty strong opinions when it comes to self-care. A recent study found that, when asked which habits Americans feel makes them most compatible with their partner, the answers surprisingly center around hygiene. While cleaning habits (32%), exercise habits (36%), eating habits (42%), and even morning/evening routines (41%) were all singled out as important, the habit that most respondents considered key to compatibility was actually their self-care routines (45%).

Smell itself is a powerful sense, not only linked to how we feel in the moment, but linking us to different points and emotions in time. A study out of Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown found that it all comes down to neurons in the brain. Research suggests that these brain cells in the olfactory cortex – the area of the brain that controls smell – make the link between specific scents and places. Smell often has the power to take us back to core memories– maybe a perfume brings you back to embracing your grandma on Christmas, or being hugged goodbye from your mom before summer camp.

Perfumes have been used in different shapes and forms since the times of the Ancient Egyptians, and thousands of years later – it’s a market jam-packed with an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 different scents. But have no fear, StudyFinds searched the web to find the top fragrances to get you smelling like your most dreamy self. For our findings, we visited 10 of the leading expert websites to see which perfumes were rated the best. Our list is ranked based on the most-recommended women’s fragrances across these sites. If it’s cologne you’re looking for, be sure to check out our Best Colognes, According To Experts post.

The List: Best Perfume For Women, According To Experts

1. Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club 

Smoky, sweet, and sexy, Maison Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club is a top pick with a complex touch and a lingering scent that will stay on for hours. 

“Maison Margiela’s Replica fragrance line is all about bottling a mood. Each fragrance tackles the vibe of a specific period with the intent of transporting the wearer to that moment in time. Jazz Club is a trip back to the Harlem Renaissance and the ambiance of a speakeasy where patrons sip cocktails and smoke cigars while listening to the genre’s greats perform,” Vogue writes. 

Smelling notes include tobacco leaf, pink pepper, rum, and spice.

“Warm, smooth, and just a tad sweet — this sexy scent smells so good that you might develop a habit of sniffing your own wrists throughout the day,” People writes. “Replica Jazz Club by Maison Margiela has quickly become a holy grail perfume and a staple on editors’ makeup vanities.”

2. Le Labo Santal 33

Le Labo Santal 33 is the top perfume choice for people who don’t feel like wearing perfume, while still highly rated for its natural scent and luxurious feeling.

“This mysterious fragrance became one of the biggest perfume crazes of the last decade, and for good reason: It’s musky, spicy, and a bit smoky (but not overwhelmingly so), and the genderless quality makes it ideal for sharing,” Harper’s Bazaar writes.

Perfect for fans of earthy, musky scents, Santal 33 is well-reviewed for its unforgettable aroma.

“Le Labo’s smokey, sensual Santal 33 fragrance became a cult classic last decade after being introduced around 2011, and it’s still going strong. Yes, it’s on the pricier side, but a little of this complex, almost leathery, warm scent goes a long way. Along with cedar and sandalwood, you’ll also get notes of cardamom, iris, and violet,” Women’s Health Magazine writes.

3. Gucci Bloom

Classic floral shines through at its finest with Gucci’s Bloom perfume. 

“Gucci Bloom is a classic floral fragrance that you’ll opt for again and again. It features notes of rangoon creeper, jasmine bud and tuberose for a scent meant to embody the Gucci woman,” CNN writes. “Think of it as a light, soft, timeless option. One reviewer even notes, ‘Gucci has finally placed class and sophistication in a bottle.’”

Gucci Bloom is also highly rated for its air of sophistication and perfect fade time. 

“This full-on floral is classic without ever veering into grandma territory, blending jasmine and tuberose with Rangoon creeper, a south Indian plant with a slightly powdery finish that rounds everything out. The fragrance is strong and long-lasting—as many Sephora shoppers point out—though in a good way, and also wears nicely, fading slowly and gradually,” Byrdie writes.

4. Chanel Chance 

Chanel’s Chance perfume is the perfect scent if you’re looking for a classic feel with all the right notes.

“A unique combination of fruity and floral, Chanel’s Chance has notes of jasmine and citrus to create a light scent that works just as well during a flirty date night at home as it does during a busy day running errands,” CNN writes.

With a floral base of iris and jasmine, and notes of sweet vanilla, white musk and pink pepper, the fragrance is both iconic and complex.

“A fruity, floral fragrance as traditionally feminine as its color, this is a non-fussy pick for day wear,” Elle Magazine writes.

5. Glossier You

For our budget pick of the list, Glossier’s You perfume topped beauty editors’ lists time and time again for its impeccable scent and price point.

“Named You as a nod to the fragrance’s ability to smell different on each wearer, this blend of floral iris, spicy pink pepper, and warm ambrette seeds became an instant hit for Glossier, and remains the brand’s one and only fragrance,” Harper’s Bazaar writes.

While the perfume is said to smell a bit different on everyone, it’s well-loved for its subtle starting notes of bright spice and wood.

“If you’re looking for a fragrance for the office, you can tailor your daytime fragrance towards a lighter variety. Glossier You is an open ended perfume that grows on you with its slightly sweet heart of a scent that comes from ambrette seeds,” Insider writes. 

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Meaghan Babaker

Meaghan Babaker is a journalist and freelance writer previously based out of New York City while working for CBS New York, CBS Local and MSNBC. After moving to Geneva, Switzerland in 2016, she went on to write for Digital Luxury Group, The Travel Corporation and other international publications before joining the editorial team at StudyFinds.

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Comments

  1. Smelling like Grandma? Good grief! My mother wore Chanel 5, and I wear my own custom designer perfume, (fully grandson approved). I opt for classic ingredients first, for fresh notes throughout the day. Channel 5 is always intriguing.

  2. I’m sorry but these are super basic.
    Head turners like Dior Hypnotic Poison, Initio Side Effect, MFK’S Gentle Fluidity Gold, Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry, Byredo Mohave Ghost and even Flowerbomb by Viktor&Rolf would have been better choices

    1. I personally think body shop Japanese musk is beautiful ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
      But I always buy tresor the most beautiful perfume ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. So sorry but none of these perfumes smell good, the smell that never goes away or unforgettable is channel 5 it’s here to stay forever! People of all ages are still buying it… don’t ever think by not mentioning it doesn’t mean that it’s not popular…
    From my 22year old, my 41 year old & myself of almost 70.. love that sexy, clean smell of channel #5.. thank you

  4. Hello you list Chanel Chance as one of the best, but pictured in the article is Chance Eau Tendre ( the pink one ) and you don’t specify the Eau de Toilette or the Eau de Parfum which are 2 different scents. The original chance is yellow and doesn’t smell that great

  5. Ugh! None of these are any good! How about Sintra by Memo? How about For your Love by Minzensir? How about Gris Dior by Dior? How about Oud Satin Mood by Maison Francis Kurkdjian???

    1. Dior I had once it made my colleagues heave so overpowering and sickly
      fresh Powdery fragrances are the nicest
      Like Gucci bloom and kenzo flower !

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