The 50 Best fragrances
From Miller Harris to Tom Ford, stylist Beth Dadswell picks sexy scents and classic perfumes for men and women
Friday 12 April 2013
liberty.co.uk, £105 for 70ml eau de toilette
Aqua Universalis quite literally smells ‘luminous’, largely due to the inclusion of lily of the valley, mock orange and Sicilian lemon.
boots.com, £42 for 30ml eau de parfum
Riccardo Tisci, creative director of French fashion house Givenchy, has worked with Francois Demachy to bottle the essence of the brand in his first fragrance.
selfridges.com, £40 for 100ml eau de toilette
If you fancy a blast of zingy tropical colour on your bathroom shelf, treat yourself to a bottle of Stella’s updated summer fragrance.
harrods.com, £54 for 50ml eau de toilette
This floral chypre will appeal to those that like their scent to be sensual and feminine. Gardenia, musk and oakmoss give it an earthy, warm heart.
selfridges.com, £48 for 50ml eau de parfum
The smell of suntan lotion and sand is neatly encapsulated in this bottle, and one squirt will transport you (metaphorically speaking) to your favourite beach.
liberty.co.uk, £130 for 100ml eau de parfum
Pink freesia, lily of the valley, magnolia and jasmine infuse this new launch with delicate scents of spring, blended to create a punchy statement.
Conranshop.co.uk, £125 for 100ml eau de toilette
The simplicity of this men’s fragrance, with chic modern packaging, belies the fact it was conceived in the 1930s by a Parisian aristocrat.
averyonlinestore.com, £58 for 30ml perfume spray
The distinctive packaging here represents the inspirations behind this quirky scent: blood and milk. Sounds ghoulish, but it is rather nice.
Hermes.com, £47.50 for 30ml eau de parfum
A vivacious floral ‘juice’, from perfumer Jean Claude Ellena, Jour d’Hermes is perfect if you like to smell like armfuls of freshly cut flowers.
Liberty.co.uk, £95 for 50ml eau de parfum
Inspired by the Grasse Rose, this traditional ingredient has been modernised and turned on its head with the addition of cumin, olbanum and cedar.
Selfridges.com, £55 for 50ml eau de toilette
A summer version of the Flowerbomb fragrance, with even more emphasis on floral notes. This is a powerful choice for the summer.
Selfridges.com, £65 for 100ml eau de toilette
The Replica fragrances by Martin Margiela are inspired by nostalgic scents; Flower Market evokes the smell of freshly cut wet blooms.
Houseoffraser.co.uk, £57 for 50ml eau de parfum
This is a bold, unpredictable scent. Top notes of green pepper and jungle leaves dry down to smoky base notes of vetiver, smoke and white musk.
Johnlewis.com, £32.40 for 30ml eau de parfum
Floral, with violet, magnolia and rose taking centre stage. But after a couple of hours, the ginger and leather notes kick in for an oriental, spicy twist.
Harrods.com, £68 for 65ml eau de parfum
The hotly anticipated first perfume from Marni has finally hit stores, and rather lovely it is too. The fragrance cleverly mixes bergamot, pepper, rose and cardamom.
Houseoffraser.co.uk, £50 for 50ml eau de cologne
If you like your man to smell sophisticated but masculine, buy him this gorgeous blend of citrus, lavender, rosemary and sandalwood.
Houseoffraser.co.uk, £50 for 50ml eau de parfum
A floral, fruity scent created for Jeanne Lanvin in 1927, this classic feminine perfume blends jasmine, lily of the valley, vanilla and patchouli.
Penhaligons.com, £80 for 100ml eau de toilette
Created in 1902, this is one of Penhaligon’s most popular men’s scents, with its citrus top notes and pine base notes.
Houseoffraser.co.uk, £52 for 50ml eau de toilette
An initial burst of peach is soon replaced by the warmth of spices patchouli and labdanum, which linger languorously on your skin.
Spacenk.com, £75 for 30ml eau de parfum
Elegance and refined glamour ooze from this classic French fragrance. A floral chypre, this starts with a burst of citrus and dries down to an amber musk.
Boots.com, £44 for 25ml eau de parfum
This star-shaped bottle is as iconic as the fragrance itself. One of the first mass market ‘gourmand’ perfumes to use candyfloss and chocolate.
Harrods.com, £67 for 50ml eau de parfum
One of the world’s best-selling fragrances, this floral scent was groundbreaking in Paris in 1920. A ‘classic’ perfume creation of the 20th century.
Johnlewis.com, £38.25 for 50ml eau de toilette
Crisp citrus notes blend effortlessly with lavender and warmer woody notes in this elegant men’s fragrance. Loved as much by women as by men.
Jomalone.co.uk, £38 for 30ml cologne
Endlessly imitated but never bettered. Instantly recognisable mix of peppery basil, fresh lime and sweet mandarin.
Johnlewis.com, £32.50 for 30ml eau de toilette
The woody fragrance has a hint of rose at its heart and was inspired by the bohemian crowd on Paris’s Left Bank.
Liberty.co.uk, £32 for 125ml eau de cologne
My personal choice for spring. A fresh, zingy blend of bergamot, cardamom oil, cedarwood and vetiver.
Johnlewis.com, £57 for 50ml eau de parfum
If you prefer a subtle wash of scent on your skin to a fanfare of loud, clashing notes, Infusion d’Iris may be for you. Inspired by classic men’s fragrances, but with a twist.
Moltonbrown.co.uk, £60 for 60ml eau de toilette
Described as ‘navigations through scents, from London via Tahiti’, Mahina is exotic and other-worldly. Top notes of orange blossom, jasmine and vanilla, with cedarwood.
Harveynichols.com, £135 for 50ml eau de parfum
Gorgeous smoky fragrance balances masculine and feminine notes. It is seductive and sexy without being too obvious, and subtly mixes rose with a smoky wood base.
Houseoffraser.co.uk, £83 for 50ml eau de parfum
If you like woody scents, you will adore this rich, sensual scent with a hint of bitter cacao at its heart to offset the warmth of the sandalwood.
Boots.com, £17.25 for 50ml eau de toilette
The original ‘Unisex’ scent, sharing CK One was revolutionary to 1990s teenagers, when it was groundbreaking to smell androgynous.
Liberty.co.uk, £37 for 30ml eau de toilette
Delightfully fresh. Cyclamen, geranium and coriander are subtle bedfellows.
Diptyqueparis.co.uk, £50 for 50ml eau de toilette
Two different types of vetiver – earthy Indonesian and a subtle, musky Haitian – blended with ylang ylang and rose produce a tropical scent.
Joloves.com, £45 for 30ml
Confident and sharp, this grapefruit-infused scent smells as good on guys as on girls. Masculine vetiver and suede is lifted by rose and warmed by clove and patchouli.
Millerharris.com, £65 for 50ml eau de parfum
An earthy, masculine scent inspired by a small village in Brittany. With rosemary, clary sage, iris nobilis and moss.
Jomalone.co.uk, £38 for 30ml cologne
One fifth of the Sugar & Spice collection, this is suitably warm and reminiscent of grandma’s kitchen.
0207 494 6220, £34.50 for 60ml eau de toilette
If you can’t decide if you prefer woody, fruity, citrus or floral perfumes, try this concoction, combining all four!
Thefragranceshop.co.uk, £24.50 for 30ml eau de toilette
If you are looking for an inexpensive gift for a teenage girl, choose this. It smells sweet and fruity and was inspired by cherry blossom.
Creedfragrances.co.uk, £187 for 120ml spray
Add a touch of glamour to your dressing room with a gold limited edition bottle of Creed’s Millesime Imperiale.
Clinique.co.uk, £25 for 30ml parfum spray
Another inexpensive feminine fragrance, this is packaged in an eye-catching limited edition botanical-print bottle.
Lessenteurs.com, £110 for 50ml eau de parfum
Belgian fashion designer Dries van Noten and ‘nose’ Bruno Jovanovic have created this sublimely sexy fragrance, with a woody, warm scent.
0207 493 3836 from Chanel Boutiques, £205 for 200ml eau de toilette
This new fragrance – inspired by jewellery – features pear mingling elegantly with jasmine, iris and musk is a thoroughly modern classic.
Houseoffraser.co.uk, £175 for 100ml eau de parfum
Contains notes of Damascus rose, saffron, patchouli and amber, and is heavily influenced by the intoxicating scents of the Middle East.
Ormondejayne.com, £280 for 100ml eau de parfum
This gorgeous blend of suede, cassis, labdanum and musk notes, by high priestess of perfume Lynda Pilkington, is just as opulent as the price tag. Get saving now.
Franciskurkdjian.com, £275 for 70ml extrait de parfum
Laotian Oud is the most expensive and rare Oud. This has a vibrant luminosity, with rose, chamomile and papyrus.
Harrods.com, £25 for 20ml eau de parfum
Frequent flyers and perfume junkies will be thrilled to hear the three Chloe fragrances are available in mini versions.
Bathandunwind.com, £30 for 50ml eau de toilette
All Korres fragrances are free from mineral oils, silicones, and animal products. Smells nice, and rather inexpensive.
Neomorganics.com, £30 for 100ml
Body oils moisturise skin and leave you with a gentle glow. This one’s a bargain.
Theperfumeshop.com, £33.50 for 100ml eau de toilette
Connoisseurs will appreciate this quirky packaging. Its original Keith Haring artwork was inspired by New York’s energy, as was the fragrance.
garden.co.uk, £13 for 50ml cologne
An update of this classic cologne with notes of blackcurrant, geranium and sandalwood. Napoleon was a fan of the original, apparently.
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