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Top 25 Best Perfumes for Women: India |Reviews & Buying Guide | Updated March 2021

the best perfumes for women

95%

Our Score

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal EDP
  • A sweet honey fragrance
  • Super Seductive fragrance
  • Best for young women

72%

Our Score

Calvin Klein The one
  • Unisex fragrance
  • Citrusy and fresh notes
  • Best suited for women and for summers

91%

Our Score

Coco Chanel Mademoiselle EDP
  • A classic and vintage fragrance
  • Premium and Luxe brand
  • Has a very feminine appeal
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Perfumes are magical concoctions. Perfumes elude beauty and class and there is rarely anything else that can speak volume with just its presence. The key to getting your perfume right is to know the best perfumes for women out there and the one that best suits your style and persona.

It is notable that the performance and longevity of the fragrance is directly dependent on the concentration of the fragrance mix and therefore all the perfumes chosen in this list are Eau de Parfum and a few are Eau de Toilette.

A perfume is not just a sensual appeal but also adds so much enigma and character to the wearer. And so, it is also important to pay much attention to what perfume you choose and how you wear it. We are going to discuss in detail about perfumes, how to choose the right ones for you and how to wear them appropriately based on the occasion and purpose. We will also be looking into some of the best perfumes for women that you can purchase without a single doubt in your mind.

Top 25 Best Perfumes for Women

Here is a carefully handpicked list of 30 best perfumes along with its features, scoring parameters and an attribute that stands them apart from each other. We have also included the pro and the cons for each perfume so that you don’t need to look anywhere else before buying.

  1. Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal EDP

Critik Overall Rating
95%

Our Review

A sweet and seductive fragrance that has won the hearts of millions of women – hands down the best fragrance in the current trend
  • The best fragrance for women
  • Launched in 2017
  • Quantity: 30, 50 and 80ml

PERFORMANCE

90%

LONGEVITY

90%

BRAND PRESENCE

95%

VALUE FOR MONEY

96%

USER RATING

98%

EDITOR'S RATING

100%

Product Features :

The number one on this list, and with good reason. Jean Paul Gaultier is a benchmark in fragrance and the most trendsetting perfumer in the world. Some of their iconic products such as La Belle and Classique have garnered reputation all over the world for being outstanding fragrances. Scandal is a heady mix of floral bouquet and has a very sweet, overpowering fragrance that can easily last for 7 to 8 hours. As a huge fan of the brand and the fragrance myself, JPG Scandal EDP is easily the Top Best Perfume for women in India.

John Paul Gaulties is our Best Long Lasting Perfume in the best perfumes for women category.

 

Key Notes: The important notes of this perfume are honey, blood orange, sweet gardenias and patchouli. Top notes are that of honey and gardenia and the base notes are that of patchouli.

Pros : Cons :
Very sweet fragrance Intense fragrance
Suitable for all season Expensive
Very Long Lasting
Great Brand History
Fruity and floral

  1. Paco Rabanne Lady Million

Critik Overall Rating
95%

Our Review

This is an ultra sweet girl-next-door kind of a perfume for the flirtatious and fabulous young women out there – a fruity floral indulgence.
  • Diamond bottle design
  • Launched in 2010
  • Quantity: 30, 50, 80ml

PERFORMANCE

88%

LONGEVITY

88%

BRAND PRESENCE

95%

VALUE FOR MONEY

88%

USER RATING

96%

EDITOR'S RATING

90%

Product Features :

Paco Rabanne is one of the most admired brands in the world. Paco Rabanne range of One Million and the women’s counterpart Lady Million, is one of the most popular perfumes in the world. It is a powerful floral note that can captivate the attention of the entire room as you wake in. The beautiful diamond shaped bottle design is also one to die for.

Paco Rabanne Lady Million is our Best Sweet and Fruity perfume of the best women’s perfume


Key Notes: It is a combination of honey and patchouli but transcends into a woody note towards the base. Raspberry, Neroli and Amalfi form the top notes, the heart notes are jasmine, african orange flower and gardenia and the base notes are Amber, white honey and patchouli.

Pros : Cons :
Very Seductive, Alluring Fragrance Too Sweet
Suitable for work & play Less quantity
Strong Performance
Long Lasting
Strong Brand Presence

  1. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Intense EDP

Critik Overall Rating
94%

Our Review

The Light Blue Intense is perhaps the most happening fragrance when it was launched – the successor to the Light blue this intense version is stronger and more long lasting with a zesty citrus note.
  • Best Clean and Intense Perfume
  • Launched in 2017
  • Quantity: 25, 50, 100ml

PERFORMANCE

85%

LONGEVITY

85%

BRAND PRESENCE

87%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

74%

EDITOR'S RATING

88%

Product Features :

Dolce and Gabbana is not a perfume brand unlike the first two perfumes in our list, but their range of perfumes have garnered much attention and love from perfume lovers all over the world. It smells exclusive and very chic. This particular fragrance is the intense version of their iconic Light Blue Fragrance range as the regular Light Blue was not as long lasting. The intense version of the same fragrance was introduced captivating the entire market and making up for the very forgettable predecessor.

D&G Light Blue Intense is our Best Clean and Intense Perfume for women.


Key Notes: Light Blue Intense has a mix of Litchi and Ambrette seeds as top notes, Iris and Osmanthus as heart notes and Patchouli and Amber as base notes. It’s a fresh, clean and floral summer fragrance that is suitable for any woman.

Pros : Cons :
Sweet, Fresh, Clean Notes Seen as summer-spring fragrance
Fruity, floral fragrance Average packaging
Intense, long lasting performance
Great Brand presence
Value for money

  1. Mont Blanc Lady Emblem

Critik Overall Rating
94%

Our Review

This beautiful bottle is not all looks – although the gorgeous design is worth all the hype. The fragrance is a mix of floral and peach tones in a sandalwood base.
  • Best Bottle design
  • Launched in 2015
  • Quantity: 30, 50, 75ml

PERFORMANCE

85%

LONGEVITY

85%

BRAND PRESENCE

83%

VALUE FOR MONEY

80%

USER RATING

90%

EDITOR'S RATING

85%

Product Features :

Mont Blanc is a luxury brand that has a range of products and some really good perfume lines. Although not a native fragrance brand, Mont Blanc has given the perfume world some gems such as The Emblem range for both the men and the women.

Mont Blanc Lady Emblem has the Best Bottle Design for a Perfume Collector in this category


Key Notes: This fragrance is a showstopper with top notes of blackcurrant, rose essence, patchouli and transcends into a woody base note of amberwood, sandalwood and musk coupled with raspberry.

Pros : Cons :
A strong fragrance Small quantity
Lasts long Has a musky fragrance
Floral with woody notes
Rare yet scintillating fragrance
Beautiful bottle design

  1. Lancome La Vie Est Belle L'Eclat EDP

Critik Overall Rating
93%

Our Review

The successor to La Vie Est Belle – The La vie est belle L’eclat is a concoction with heavenly scents of Mandarin orange and oriental fragrance blend.
  • Best Sweet and Sexy
  • Launched in 2017
  • Comes in 30ml bottle

PERFORMANCE

90%

LONGEVITY

90%

BRAND PRESENCE

100%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

92%

EDITOR'S RATING

97%

Product Features :

Lancome is a designer house of luxury cosmetics and aesthetics and fragrance is not too far away from that. The La Vie Est Belle is one of the most renowned fragrance and has been voted the sexiest fragrance for women by many blogs and reviewers.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle is our Best Sweet and Sexy Perfume for women.


Key Notes: The perfume has a vicious blend of orange blossoms with vanilla and bergamot. The middle note of orange blossom will steal your heart and the base note of vanilla will make you fall head over heels for this beauty.

Pros : Cons :
Scintillating citrus and vanilla Very expensive
Beautiful bottle design Not too unique
Strong brand presence
Great performance
Long lasting power

  1. John Paul Gaultier La Belle

Critik Overall Rating
92%

Our Review

La belle is a new entrant to the market but has a phenomenal fan base for its sultry fragrance and strong presence.
  • Collectors Item
  • Launched in 2019
  • Comes in 100ml bottle

PERFORMANCE

90%

LONGEVITY

90%

BRAND PRESENCE

100%

VALUE FOR MONEY

96%

USER RATING

94%

EDITOR'S RATING

94%

Product Features :

A classic new fragrance in town, this beauty was launched in 2019 and has taken the world of perfumes by a storm. It is a personal favourite for me because of its aromatic oriental flavour.

JPG La Belle is the Best Compliment Getter Perfume in this category.

Key Notes: The top notes are fruity, consisting of pear and peach, middle note is vetiver and base note is vanilla.

Pros : Cons :
The most coveted perfume More of a winter fragrance
Strong performance
Great longevity
Suitable for everyday use
Great bottle design

  1. Versace Eros Pour Femme EDP

Critik Overall Rating
92%

Our Review

Eros is inspired by the Greek lineage of fine fragrance and captivating design. The scent has a beautiful citrusy and floral fragrance mix.
  • Best Femme Fatale
  • Launched in 2015
  • Quantity: 30, 50, 100ml

PERFORMANCE

85%

LONGEVITY

92%

BRAND PRESENCE

100%

VALUE FOR MONEY

80%

USER RATING

94%

EDITOR'S RATING

86%

Product Features :

When talking about fragrances, Versace is indispensable because of their amazing perfume range. The Eros range was first introduced for men and the women’s version was launched a few years later due to the huge success of Versace Eros Pour Homme EDP.

Versace Eros Pour Femme is the Best Femme Fatale type of Perfume in this category.


Key Notes: The top notes of this heavenly mix is Sicillian Lemons, Bergamot and Pomegranate Accords, heart note is Jasmina extracts, peony and lemons. The base is an oriental mix of sandalwood, ambrox and musk.

Pros : Cons :
A collector's item Expensive, less quantity
Strong performance Purely summer fragrance
Long lasting
Top notch brand value

  1. Coco Chanel Mademoiselle EDP

Critik Overall Rating
91%

Our Review

A classic – this again is a timeless fragrance from the house of Chanel. One of our favourite and the best luxe perfume from our list
  • Best Premium pick
  • Launched in 2001
  • Comes in 100ml bottle

PERFORMANCE

92%

LONGEVITY

92%

BRAND PRESENCE

92%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

94%

EDITOR'S RATING

89%

Product Features :

Chanel is without a doubt a part of every woman’s dream closet. From their designer clothing to their posh accessories, Chanel is what every girl dreams of. This is just as true for their perfume range as well. The Coco Chanel Mademoiselle is a vintage fragrance and is a collector’s item. This is the most expensive perfume in this list of best perfumes for women in India.

Coco Chanel’s Mademoiselle is the Best Elegant Perfume in this category.

 

Key Notes: The top notes are those of Sicillian Oranges, Grapefruit and Bergamot, heart notes are rose and jasmine extracts in a mix of litchi. The base notes are vanilla, musk, patchouli and Vetiver.

Pros : Cons :
A strong fruity mix Expensive
Coveted brand Outdated and retro
Very long lasting
Collector's item
Vintage perfume

  1. Coach Floral Blush EDP

Critik Overall Rating
91%

Our Review

Coach Floral Blush is for the scintillating women and is sure to capture attention with its floral woody notes, Berries in a woody – musky base note.
  • Best floral fragrance
  • Launched in 2019
  • Quantity: 30, 60, 90ml

PERFORMANCE

80%

LONGEVITY

85%

BRAND PRESENCE

80%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

95%

EDITOR'S RATING

85%

Product Features :

The last two items on this list are more economical but in no way sub-par when it comes to performance. Coach is seen as a fast growing designer label house and their woman’s perfume has garnered much accolades for its amazing fragrance and a fine performance.


Key Notes: The top notes are goji berries and strawberries, heart note is that of peonies and the base note is white woods.

Pros : Cons :
Floral fruity fragrance Not a native perfume brand
Suitable for all occasions Not suitable for fall
Long lasting fragrance
Very cost effective
Iconic Womens perfume

  1. Hugo Boss the Scent for her Intense EDP

Critik Overall Rating
90% 

Our Review

The Scent for her is your typical daytime fragrance – fruity and floral. You cannot go wrong with this wonderful spring fragrance.
  • Long Lasting
  • Launched in 2016
  • Quantity: 30, 50, 100ml

PERFORMANCE

80%

LONGEVITY

80%

BRAND PRESENCE

80%

VALUE FOR MONEY

80%

USER RATING

96%

EDITOR'S RATING

80%

Product Features :

Another economical yet powerful performing fragrance, Hugo Boss’ Scent for her Intense is the stronger, longer lasting fragrance of their range.


Key Notes: It has a top note of peach and honey, heart note of osmanthus and base note is an aromatic mix of vanilla and cacao.

Pros : Cons :
Cost effective Lesser known
Long lasting
Excellent sillage
Rare perfume notes, unique
Coffee and vanilla notes

  1. Chanel No 5

Critik Overall Rating
90% 

Our Review

One of the iconic fragrances, the Chanel No 5 is an absolute must-buy for its woody, aromatic and mysterious fragrance that hits the right notes – it is a timeless fragrance.
  • Best Classic Perfume
  • Launched in 1986
  • Quantity: 50, 100ml

PERFORMANCE

90%

LONGEVITY

92%

BRAND PRESENCE

98%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

82%

EDITOR'S RATING

100%

Product Features :

The Chanel No 5 is something of a cult in the fragrance industry. This master fragrance was created by legendary perfumer Earnest Beaux for Coco Chanel as early on as 1921. Today, this bottle is owned by most of the celebrities and top notch perfume lovers. The Chanel No 5 definitely deserves a spot in your fragrance closet.

Chanel No 5 is the Best Classic Perfume in this category.


Key Notes: Aldehydes, Bergamot, Ylang Yland, Lemon and Neroli form the top notes, the heart notes are those of Jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and Iris and the base note is woody with the notes of vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli.

Pros : Cons :
Great Performance Expensive
Very Sweet, decadent fragrance
Citrusy floral notes
Collectors' item
Classic perfume brand

  1. Mon Guerlain by Guerlain

Critik Overall Rating
90% 

Our Review

A classic Guerlain Fragrance – The Mon Guerlain is another essential Fragrance in every collector’s closet. The fragrance is a mix of floral and oriental scents
  • Best Sillage
  • Launched in 2017
  • Quantity: 30, 50ml

PERFORMANCE

89%

LONGEVITY

88%

BRAND PRESENCE

89%

VALUE FOR MONEY

88%

USER RATING

94%

EDITOR'S RATING

89%

Product Features :

Mon Guerlain is a fantastic combination of aromatic fragrances across the woody and the floral family. It is highly reputed in the fragrance industry and gives you a strong and confident vibe.

Mon Guerlain is the perfume with the Best Sillage in this category


Key Notes: Top notes are lavender and bergamot, heart notes are Jasmine Sambac, Iris and roses, base notes are those of Vanilla, Australian Sandalwood, Coumarin, Patchouli and licorice

Pros : Cons :
Very reputed fragrance Expensive
Collectors’ item Less Quantity
Sweet and Sensual fragrance
Suitable for all seasons
Floral, woody notes

  1. Dior Poison Girl

Critik Overall Rating
90% 

Our Review

A heady mix of sweet and sexy – the Dior Poison girl embodies the femmè Fatalè. A vanilla oreintal fragrance for the young and the rebellious.
  • Best Seductive Perfume
  • Launched in 2016
  • Quantity: 30, 50, 100ml

PERFORMANCE

92%

LONGEVITY

90%

BRAND PRESENCE

92%

VALUE FOR MONEY

88%

USER RATING

94%

EDITOR'S RATING

90%

Product Features :

Christians Diors Cult fragrance brand Poison Girl is a vicious mix of bittersweet and scandalous fragrance for young women. It has garnered much accolade for being a strong youthful perfume
Dior Poison Girl is the Best Seductive Perfume in this category.


Key Notes: Top notes are Bitter Orange and lemon, heart notes are Damask rose and orange blossoms and base notes are that of Tonka beans, vanilla, sandalwood, Cashmeran and almonds

Pros : Cons :
Youthful, vibrant fragrant Expensive, less quantity
Suitable for all occasions Not for all age groups
Classic Dior perfume
Endorsed by many celebrities
Collectors Item

  1. Elizabeth Arden Red Door

Critik Overall Rating
87% 

Our Review

One of the best classic yet affordable fragrances in the market – the Red door is a range of fragrance with a floral mix of roses and violets in a oriental sandalwood and musk base.
  • Best Cost Effective Perfume
  • Launched In 1989
  • Comes in 100ml bottle

PERFORMANCE

87%

LONGEVITY

90%

BRAND PRESENCE

85%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

82%

EDITOR'S RATING

88%

Product Features :

It is a classic designer label fragrance and is designed to be a very calming and subtle fragrance. This is a flagship perfume in the designer brand range and has widely been appreciated for its subtle but great performing fragrance.
Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door is the Best Cost Effective Perfume in this category.


Key Notes: Top Notes are Orange Blossom, Plum, Peach, Rose and Violets, heart notes are honey, lily, carnation, lily of the valley, tuberose and Freesia, and the base notes are Sandalwood, Heliotropes, musk, cedar, vetiver and benzoin.

Pros : Cons :
Powerful performance Not a classic brand
Zesty top notes - captures attention
Fruity, floral notes
Classic designer label fragrance
Value for Money

  1. Versace Dylan Blue

Critik Overall Rating
86% 

Our Review

The classic Versace perfume for all occasions – The dylan blue has a mesmerising fruity note that slowly fades to a sweet floral scent with black currents and Green Apples
  • Best Luxurious Fragrance
  • Launched in 2017
  • Quantity 30, 50, 100ml

PERFORMANCE

100%

LONGEVITY

98%

BRAND PRESENCE

100%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

84%

EDITOR'S RATING

100%

Product Features :

A bit late on the list but is one of the best options for a classic perfume. The Versace Group is one of the most iconic perfume brands and the Dylan Blue is a flagship product by Versace. Although not vintage, Versace Perfumes are a staple and a classic for all fragrance closets.

Versace Dylan Blue is the Best Luxurious Fragrance for women in this category.


Key Notes: Top notes are black currant, Granny smith apple, clover, Forget-me-nots and Shisolia. Heart notes are Peach infusions, Jasmine, Rosehip and Rise. Base notes are White woods, Patchouli, Musk and Styrox.

Pros : Cons :
Stellar Brand Image Very expensive
Classic Versace Perfume Less Quantity
Owned, endorsed by many celebrities
Stunning bottle design
Collectors Item

  1. Bvlgari Omnia Collection

Critik Overall Rating
85% 

Our Review

The Omnia collection resembles the kinds of women with its gemstone reflections. Our personal favourite is the crystal and amethyst with sparkling floral notes.
  • Best range of perfumes
  • Launched in 2013
  • Quantity: 40 and 65ml

PERFORMANCE

83%

LONGEVITY

82%

BRAND PRESENCE

80%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

82%

EDITOR'S RATING

83%

Product Features :

Bvlgari is a luxury brand and the Omnia collection is posh and a style statement of its own. The Omnia range is represented by gem stones and each one has its own distinct character. The Bvlgari range has Omnia Amethyst, Omnia Pink Sapphire, Purple Sapphire, Ruby and my personal favourite is the Crystal. It has a fresh green fragrance family influence.


Key Notes: Bamboo and Pear are the top notes, Tea, cassia and Lotus form the heart notes, Guaiac Wood, musk and oakmoss form the base note

Pros : Cons :
Beautiful bottle designs Cheaper than many perfumes
Collectors Item Less quantity
Fresh green fragrance
Rare green family fragrance
Value for money

  1. Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture

Critik Overall Rating
85% 

Our Review

Viva La Juicy is an iconic perfume brand amongst the Baby bloomers and this scent has been earmarked as one of the best fragrance for women.
  • Best All-rounder Perfume
  • Launched in 2008
  • Quantity: 50, 100ml

PERFORMANCE

95%

LONGEVITY

92%

BRAND PRESENCE

92%

VALUE FOR MONEY

95%

USER RATING

94%

EDITOR'S RATING

95%

Product Features :

Juicy Couture is a popular fashion brand and their Viva La Juicy range of perfumes cater to a wide variety of preferences for women. This particular fragrance is a fruity mix of berries and vanilla-caramel. It’s a classic in the desert fragrance family of Perfumes.
Viva La Juicy Perfume is the Best All-rounder Perfume.


Key Notes: The top note is all out berries which slowly transcend to a heart note of Jasmine Sambac and Honeysuckle. The base notes are Vanilla, caramel, Amber and Sandalwood.

Pros : Cons :
Delicious, desert fragrance Very sweet
Mild yet powerful Not for summer, springs
Suitable for winter
Great Sillage
Long Lasting

  1. Lancôme La Nuit

Critik Overall Rating
85% 

Our Review

The dark and seductive side of women is encaptured in the Lancome La Nuit – a concoction of black roses in Tahitian Vanilla – this fragrance is bound to sweep you away
  • Best Smoldering Fragrance
  • Launched in 2015
  • Quantity:30, 50, 100ml

PERFORMANCE

90%

LONGEVITY

90%

BRAND PRESENCE

90%

VALUE FOR MONEY

88%

USER RATING

94%

EDITOR'S RATING

90%

Product Features :

Lancome’s range of perfumes are outstanding and one of their exemplary perfumes is the La Nuit Tresor. This fragrance was created for a whirlwind romance with dark rose and vanilla extracts that eludes a mysterious aura.
Lancome’s La Nuit is the Best Smoldering Fragrance for women.


Key notes: Pear, Bergamot and Tangerine form the top layer. Heart notes are strawberry, passion fruit, Vanilla orchid and rose. Base notes are Licorice, Coumarin, Coffee, Vanilla and Caramel.

Pros : Cons :
Very attractive, sensual fragrance Expensive
Perfect for first impression Less quantity
Good performance
Fruity, woody notes
Unique Fragrance

  1. Paco Rabanne Olympea

Critik Overall Rating
83% 

Our Review

Olympea – just like the goddess she is named after – smells and makes your feel goddess-like. This fragrance is a mix of soft fragrant scents in a sandalwood base.
  • Salty and floral notes
  • Launched in 2015
  • Quantity: 30, 50, 80ml

PERFORMANCE

90%

LONGEVITY

88%

BRAND PRESENCE

90%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

94%

EDITOR'S RATING

88%

Product Features :

Paco Rabanne Olympea is a dynamic fragrance that has a salty yet floral touch to it. It represents a strong, dynamic woman of the modern age.


Key notes: Top notes are Greek Mandarin and water jasmine, heart notes are ginger lily and salted vanilla and the base notes are sandalwood, amvergines and cashmere.

Pros : Cons :
Strong persona fragrance Aquatic notes seem unisexual
Salty, floral notes
Unique and rare blend
Strong brand image
Classic Paco Rabanne fragrance

  1. Burberry My Burberry Blush

Critik Overall Rating
83% 

Our Review

Burberry blush is a soft feminine fragrance with a citrus opening that mellows into a fruity and floral base note. This fragrance is perfect for a mild romantic evening.
  • Best Girly and Teenage Perfume
  • Launched in 2017
  • Quantity: 30 and 50ml

PERFORMANCE

80%

LONGEVITY

83%

BRAND PRESENCE

85%

VALUE FOR MONEY

85%

USER RATING

83%

EDITOR'S RATING

94%

Product Features :

Burberry range of perfumes are relatively new to the fragrance world and this beautiful perfume was launched in 2017 and has captivated many hearts. It’s a floral sweet fragrance perfect for the girl next door image.
My Burberry Blush is the Best Girly and a Teenage Perfume in this category.


Key notes: Top Notes are lemon and Pomegranate, heart notes are rose, green apple and geranium and the base notes are jasmine and wisteria.

Pros : Cons :
Very sweet, girly fragrance Too sweet
Pure floral notes Performance is moderate
Great brand image
Feminine, classic burberry scent

  1. Calvin Klein The One

Critik Overall Rating
72% 

Our Review

This unisex fragrance is one of the most affordable buys but has a stellar presence and fragrance. The juicy citrusy flavour is a refreshing summer fragrance.
  • Best budget buy perfume
  • Launched in 1994
  • Large atomiser bottle

PERFORMANCE

80%

LONGEVITY

80%

BRAND PRESENCE

85%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

90%

EDITOR'S RATING

85%

Product Features :

Calvin Klien is a high fashion, iconic designer brand endorsed by young pop celebrities like Justin Bieber and Kylie Jenner. This translates to the youthfulness of the CK The One perfume range. This is a unisex fragrance but can be flawlessly worn by the young trendsetter modern woman. This is the most budget friendly perfume in this list of the best perfumes for women in India.

Calvin Klein’s The One is the Best Clean and Fresh Fragrance for Women.


Key notes: Top notes are Mandarin orange, lemon, bergamot and cardamom, heart notes are nutmeg, lily of the valley, rose, Freesia, oris roots and violets, base notes are green tea, green accord, musk, sandalwood and cedarwood.

Pros : Cons :
Fresh, green fragrance Not long lasting
Splash of zesty energy Summer season appropriate
Citrus opening notes
Perfect for youngsters
Huge bottle

  1. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme Intense

Critik Overall Rating
91% 

Our Review

The best oriental fragrance with a decadent orange and sandalwood note – a definite head turner for all the beauty sirens out there
  • Date Night Fragrance
  • Launched in 2013
  • Comes in 100 ml bottle

PERFORMANCE

89%

LONGEVITY

92%

BRAND PRESENCE

88%

VALUE FOR MONEY

92%

USER RATING

92%

EDITOR'S RATING

92%

Product Features :

Dolce and Gabbana’s Pour Femme is an intense fragrance that has a beautiful floral sensuality to it. It is a strong, dominant kind of a fragrance.


Key notes: Top notes introduce Greek Mandarin and Neroli and transcend into orange blossoms and tuberose at the heart. Base notes is a unique marshmallow note with a base of sandalwood

Pros : Cons :
An intense fragrance More of a summer fragrance
Splendid date night Perfume
Long Lasting
Value for money
Classic D&G perfume

  1. Marc Jacobs Decadence

Critik Overall Rating
90% 

Our Review

One of the best mature fragrances suitable for all – this perfume concentrates on the decadent indulgence of the powerful women – dark and deep this is true for striking a chord with all alpha women
  • Best Mature Fragrance
  • Launched in 2015
  • Quantity: 30, 50, 100ml

PERFORMANCE

91%

LONGEVITY

92%

BRAND PRESENCE

90%

VALUE FOR MONEY

88%

USER RATING

90%

EDITOR'S RATING

91%

Product Features :

A fairly new entrant, Marc Jacobs line of cosmetics and accessories is one of the most sought after in the fashion world. With the Decadence, Marc Jacobs has taken the fragrance industry by a whirlwind. Decadence is for the mature, confident, quiet yet powerful, seductive kind of a fragrance which one of the rarest all age group perfume
Marc Jacobs Decadence is the Best Mature Fragrance for women.


Key notes: Top Notes are Saffron, Plum and Iris, heart notes are Bulgarian rose, Jasmine Sambac and Orris, Base note is an oriental mix of Papyrus, amber and vetiver.

Pros : Cons :
Collectors’ item bottle design Expensive, less quantity
Dark and deep fragrance Not suitable for spring-summer
Suitable for all age groups
Seductive winter fragrance
Velvety fruit cocktail notes

  1. Carolina Herrera Good Girl

Critik Overall Rating
87% 

Our Review

Another showstopper – this is for the young and free independent women of the modern generation. A classic floral oriental fragrance you must buy!
  • The Best Sexy and Flirty Fragrance
  • Launched in 2016
  • Quantity: 50, 80ml

PERFORMANCE

80%

LONGEVITY

80%

BRAND PRESENCE

90%

VALUE FOR MONEY

92%

USER RATING

84%

EDITOR'S RATING

93%

Product Features :

Carolina Harrera is a staple in fragrance today. The Good Girl range of perfumes has become somewhat of a cult in womens fragrance. The exciting bottle design speaks for its elegant style quotient. It is a must have for all perfume lovers out there.
Carolina Herrera is the Best Sexy and Flirty Fragrance for women.


Key notes: Top notes are almonds, coffee, lemon and bergamot. Heart notes are Jasmine Sambac, Rose, orange blossoms and orris. Base notes are Cinnamon, Tonka beans, amber, cedar, sandalwood and vanilla.

Pros : Cons :
An iconic fragrance Performance is week
Coffee, citrusy fragrance
Exotic bottle design
Leaves a great impression
Strong brand image

  1. Prada Candy EDP

Critik Overall Rating
85% 

Our Review

A sinful obsession, this personal favourite smells like candy. The fragrance is sweet and has a sinful caramel and vanilla blend which makes you smell like a decadent desert.
  • Best Delicious, Desert like fragrance
  • Launched in 2011
  • Quantity: 30, 50, 80ml

PERFORMANCE

80%

LONGEVITY

80%

BRAND PRESENCE

85%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

USER RATING

94%

EDITOR'S RATING

82%

Product Features :

Prada is one of the most intriguing designer brands and the Candy EDP is one of their successful perfumes out there. The Candy is a powerful scent with the flavour of caramel and vanilla which is one of the most unique fragrance in the perfume world
Prada Candy is the Best Delicious, Desert-like Fragrance for women.


Key Notes: Top note is caramel, heart note is powder and musk and the base note is vanilla and benzoin

Pros : Cons :
A unique desert fragrance Designer brand
Candy flavour - Caramel, Vanilla notes Suitable for winter
Flagship Prada fragrance
Designer label
Value for money

Perfumes and their Characteristics

Perfumes have existed since time immemorial. The ancient egyptian queens used to bathe in rose soaked milk and warm baths with fragrant elixirs to smell amazing all day. Indian women are known to wear flower bands around their arms and hair to make them smell great. Some Egyptians are known to boil flowers in hot water and then make a concoction of this, that is bottled and applied on the neck and wrists. Middle eastern men and women used stronger essenes from tree barks which is popularly known as Oudh. Archeological evidence dates back to as old as 4th Cent BC when perfume extraction was found on murals. It is evident that the need to smell amazing and feel confident has been imbibed in humankind for centuries now, and thus the search for the best perfume for women continues.
Perfumes were produced more towards the 14th Cent, basically just flower extracts and oils which were very strong and much difficult to use. The important developments to perfumes took place in France and Italy where perfumeries were created to chemically distill flower extracts to create essences which was then mixed with water to create various strengths of perfumes. These are the main classification of perfumes based on strength:

  1. Parfum or Extract
    This is the purest form of perfume with over 30% concentration of the essence of the flower or aroma used.
  2. Eau de Parfum
    This is the second most strongest and more commonly used perfume category with around 15 to 30% concentration of the essence
  3. Eau de ToiletteThis is the second most strongest and more commonly used perfume category with around 15 to 30% concentration of the essence
  4. Eau de Cologne
    The mildest form of perfume with just around 5% concentration or lesser to suit more everyday usage and to be applied as often as possible.
  5. Eau Fraiche
    They are very diluted forms of perfumes and are often sold as body mists or Body veils to just have a slight touch of fragrance without any lasting trail.

Fragrance Notes

The character of a perfume changes and fades every few minutes because of the various layers that a fragrance has. To choose the best perfume for women, it is important to realise these key layers or notes, as they are popularly termed. These key notes to a perfume can be widely categorised in three ways:

  1. Top Note
    This is the first impression scent. It is because of this scent that you either choose or decline a particular scent of fragrance. This scent can evaporate in the first few minutes. The manufacturers need to make sure the top note is pleasing and attractive to make the sale. The top note lasts but not longer than 20 to 30mins at best.
  2. Heart Note
    Heart or the Middle note is the transitional note with a mix of both the heart as well as the base note, the scent which is the original to the perfume. A heart note offers a smooth transition to the base note which is the main note that lasts for the longest amount of time. The Heart notes can last upto 1.5 to 2 hours at best.
  3. Base Note
    The key flavour or the key aroma to the perfume, this is the most important layer of the perfume and takes well over an hour to make an appearance and can stay for as long as 6hours. This the aroma that needs to be steady and pleasing for users to keep coming back for more.

Key Olfactive elements

There are some main elements or essences used to make perfumes that form the basis of perfumery. These are the groups you will find on the bottle as you try to understand the family from which this heady concoction is prepared from. The best perfumes for women may use one or a combination of these various elements to make itself stand out.

  1. The Floral Family
    As the name suggests, these come from flowers. It can either be a single flower or a bouquet, in which case the flowers are chosen so as to complement each other.
  2. The Woody Family

    The woody family mostly combines fragrances from the woods or the barks such as amberwood, sandalwood, Cedarwood, Vanilla and Patchouli.

  3. The Oriental Family
    A combination of flowers and woods, these mainly play between the flavour of nature. Main notes are that of flower such as rose, lilly etc combined with sandalwood, amberwood etc
  4. The Leather Family

    Leather family mainly denotes animal based fragrances such as Honey, Musk, Tobacco etc. These are used as transitional heart notes and rarely as top notes.

  5. Citrus and Fruit Family

    Both these terms are mutually exclusive, fruity fragrances are those of peaches, mango, berries etc. Citrus on the other hand is for Orange, Grapefruit and Lemon based fragrances

  6. Aquatic and Green/Fresh Framily

    Aquatic fragrances are developed to mimic the fresh, clean, soapy fragrance of the ocean and water. The lush green appeal of the forest and the aroma of fresh crushed leaves such as tea tree, oakmoss and cucumbers form the Green fragrances.

A guide to choosing your fragrance

Now that we have discussed perfumes, their history, the wide selection of perfumes based on their strengths and their notes and the family of aroma they could go by, it is now time to step out and make your choice.
When choosing the right fragrance for you or the best perfume for women in general, do keep in mind that this exudes your character and your personality. Perfumes are generally suggestive of your nature and is long remembered by most as your identity. For a user, there are a few parameters you can test a perfume against, while buying yourself a fragrance:

  1. Performance
    This is generally suggestive of how strong the perfume is, how well it stays on and how strong of an impression will this leave on the people around you. It is also referred to as Sillage.
  2. Longevity
    This exclusively talks about how long the perfume stays on the skin and it’s really important when you buy a fragrance to know if you can trust something to go on for a few hours
  3. Brand Presence
    Some brands have an immense brand presence, so much so that people can easily recognise the fragrance just as you walk in. This can make a bold statement for you as well and makes a lasting impression owing to its relevance
  4. Value for money
    This is a no-brainer. However good the fragrance is, we need to know if it is actually worth the price we pay for it. Some really expensive perfumes may have poor pay off and sometimes a humble low cost perfume can make a solid statement.
  5. User Rating
    This is to get an idea for a user so as to make a choice on the basis of what other users feel. It is more relevant for an online purchase and it can also help you in making an informed decision.

Pro-tips to make your perfume last longer

Now that we know all about perfumes and which ones are the best perfumes for women in each category of Longevity, Vintage and for date nights, it is also necessary to learn how to apply these perfumes in a way that they last longer. Below are a few tops from fashion and fragrance experts that can help you make the best of your perfume.

  • Spraying on Pulse points

When applying perfume, make sure you apply them on the parts of your body that have natural warmth in it. The pulse points are the places where the skin is naturally warmer than the rest of the body such as on the wrists, under your knees, on your neck and behind the ear. Applying a few sprays of perfume here will warm the perfume up and help give out the fragrance much better. Do this when you are just about to head out and reapply when necessary.

  • Spraying right after shower

When the body is moist and warm, that’s the perfect scenario to retain and disseminate the perfume better. Make sure you apply your fragrance not too long after the shower because the fresh clean skin helps retain the perfume for longer periods of time.

  • Combine with other products from same range

     

Another brilliant tip is to combine your perfume with other skincare items of the same range such as shower gel, body cream, body mists and deodorant. Most brands of perfumes are launched with a complete body care kit. Layering these on the skin can help increase the strength of the fragrance and retain the fragrance on you for much longer.

  • Layering perfumes

     

Some perfume experts suggest combining two or more fragrances that compliment each other to form a perfect chemistry between the perfumes. This needs a very good understanding about the perfumes involved and making sure that they go along with each other so they can be harmoniously worn together. Layering perfumes can increase the overall longevity as well as give out a perfect new fragrance that is even better than the original ones.

  • Choose the right perfume based on season and occasion

     

Another key factor when working with fragrances is that you need to pick the right fragrance for the right time (Season/Occasion). Summer fragrances do not fare well in cold climates and winter fragrances do not work well in summers. Also, choosing the right perfume for work and play is important or you could just end up a major fashion failure or come off as just plain rude.

  • Moisturise your skin

None of the above points will work if you do not take care of your skin. The oils in the fragrance need a gripping surface on your skin. Fragrances need body moisture and therefore making sure that your skin is well moisturised is very important. Perfumes sprayed on dry skin can vanish half as quickly. Make sure your skin is clean and well moisturised before spraying on your perfume. This is probably the only winning scenario for oily skin as it really helps retain your fragrances much longer.
We hope this article has given you much needed guidance in choosing the best perfume for women and the basis on which you must choose the right perfume for you. A good perfume is not only a great asset but also can be a wonderful style statement for a woman. Also refer to our best Perfumes for Men in India for finding out similar information for mens perfumes.