Top Perfumes and Fragrances

Sweet and girly, decadent and exotic, or clean and green; we have chosen the best perfumes and fragrances.

It can be a lengthy shopping selecting the perfume that is splurge worthy when you are spoilt for choice by all the designers and brands.

The Tropical Duchess team spritzed, sniffed, adored bottle designs and packaging to narrow the list down for you.

Your chosen perfume should have a balance of complimentary scents, longevity and one that matches your personality. Are you into  floral, fresh, fruity, citrus, oriental, woody and spicy smells?

Try the fragrance on the skin to see how it develops and how it ultimately matches your personality, then pick your poison…

1. CHANEL N°5 EAU DE PARFUM (£103.00 for 100ml bottle)
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Chanel N°5 is a classic for a reason – it’s the best perfume you can buy
Best for: A timeless, classic scent
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: Classic scent, great brand, simple stylish bottle

Chanel N°5 is a timeless, iconic fragrance, earning its spot at the top of our best perfume list created in 1921. Chanel N°5 is tangy, sparkly and almost champagne-like.

This perfume is classified as a refined, floral, soft fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of modern floral’s with sandalwood and vanilla. It’s gorgeous scent blends into the sensual, floral notes of two exceptional raw materials, May Rose and Jasmine.

“Choose the level of concentration you prefer based on how
powerful you want your scent to be. The strongest and longest
lasting scents are simply called perfume or parfum, followed in
descending order by eau de parfum, eau de toilette and eau de cologne”.
2. MARC JACOBS DAISY EAU DE TOILETTE – (£48.33 for 100ml bottle)
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An incredibly popular fragrance from Marc Jacobs infused with succulent wild berries and soft white violets
Best for: Soft, feminine and bursting energy
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: Modern scent, Ideal for Summer, Pretty Bottle, Young Fragrance

A daisy is a friendly flower, not precious, not exotic, but it evokes a spirit in a lot of women,’ according to Marc Jacobs, and this is perfectly encapsulated by this charmingly simple fragrance.

It’s pure and playful, with succulent wild berries and soft white violets, leaving an irresistibly fresh and radiant scent on the skin. At the heart, velvety jasmine compliments the vibrancy of the florals, while a dry down of sandalwood imparts an aura of warmth and sensuality.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs makes an ideal gift, with a whimsical, retro-inspired bottle.

3. DIOR J’ADORE EAU DE PARFUM (£95.00 for 100ml bottle)
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Effortlessly seductive while boasting an original signature
Best for: A mature scent
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: A more mature scent, very detailed, lasts long, 

J’adore Eau de Parfum is an essential women’s floral fragrance by Dior. It features a bouquet finely crafted down to the last detail, uniting essence of ylang-ylang with its floral-fruity smell; essence of Damascus Rose from Turkey; and a blend of Jasmine Grandiflorum from Grass and Indian Sambac Jasmine. It’s a very mature fragrance, so perfect for a more mature woman, and is presented in a sensual, curvaceous amphora bottle.

4. VIKTOR & ROLF FLOWERBOMB EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY (£51.99 for 30ml bottle)
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An explosive perfume from Viktor & Rolf
Best for: Explosive scent
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: Long-lasting scent, strong and sweet, not overpowering, warm weather scent

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum is an explosive floral bouquet, with tens of Cattleyas, hundreds of Sambac Jasmine, thousands of freesia, and millions of rose petals enriched by an addictive scent of patchouli and vanilla. Prepare for a floral explosion of a mood-lifting and positive-vibes. Flowerbomb isn’t too overpowering, however, but the sweet scent lasts for ages.

5. MUGLER ANGEL (£55.73 for 50ml bottle)
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A great oriental fragrance in a stunning bottle
Best for: A sensual oriental fragrance
Scent family: Oriental
REASONS TO BUY: Cool bottle, seductive scent, glamorous, great if you don’t like floral scents 

Angel is a delicate blend of sweet red fruits, soft caramel, honey and praline combined with the captivating power of patchouli and vanilla. Angel is a luxurious, chic and timeless fragrance with a seductive edge, perfect for everyday spritzing and totally irresistible. Plus, this perfume looks great on a dressing table, with the striking star-shaped bottle.

6. CALVIN KLEIN CK ONE (£19.95 for 100ml bottle)
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You’ll love this affordable unisex fragrance
Best for: An affordable unisex fragrance
Scent family: Citrus
REASONS TO BUY: Affordable, Unisex, Fresh Fruity Scent

CK One is an iconic fragrance that is unapologetically bold, yet exudes youthful, fresh simplicity. Bringing together refreshing scents of green tea, papaya, and bergamot, and perfectly balanced with soft accents of nutmeg, violet, cardamom, and rose, CK One harmonises feminine floral and masculine musk into one unisex scent.

 

7. JO MALONE LONDON LIME BASIL & MANDARIN COLOGNE (£98.00 for 100ml bottle)
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This fresh fragrance from Jo Malone is a modern classic
Best for: Modern classic
Scent family: Citrus
REASONS TO BUY: Fresh, Luxurious, Calming

The Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne for men, is a signature fragrance from Jo Malone and has become a modern classic. It’s quintessentially British and luxurious, perfectly blending citrus and herbal hues, revealing a unique scent which is both revitalising and relaxing. This fragrance evokes a Caribbean breeze, transporting you to a world of calm.

8. GUCCI BLOOM ACQUA DI FIORI EAU DE TOILETTE (£54.50 for 50ml bottle)
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Best for: Youthful scent
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: Fresh and youthful, strong but not overwhelming, long lasting

Intensely green and fresh, Gucci Bloom Acqua di Fiori “celebrates the joy and energy of youth”. It’s created by master perfumer Alberto Morillas, and blends the subtle musky tones of Galbanum leaves and the delicate spiciness of Cassis buds with the blooming floral smells of the original Gucci Bloom fragrance. The fragrance is uplifting and feminine, delivered in a pale pink bottle that is embellished with a whimsical floral print reflecting the scent’s fresh and energetic style.

9. LANCOME LA VIE EST BELLE EAU DE PARFUM (£75.00 for 100ml bottle)
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A sweet and feminine fragrance to give you a sunny outlook
Best for: A sweet scent
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: sweet, girly scent, wear day or evening

La Vie est Belle’s delightfully feminine bottle, with its delicate gauze accents and pink hue, is just as sweet as its contents. With iris, jasmine and orange blossom at its heart; juicy pear and blackcurrant at the top; and patchouli, tonka and patchouli at the base, this is an unashamedly girly perfume for day or evening wear. It may be too sickly for some, but for lovers of gourmand and sweet scents, it’s certain to be a winner.

“Aphrodisiac scents: bergamot, Black Pepper, Cinnamon,
Ginger, Grapefruit, Tuberose, Ylang Ylang, and many more.
Scents that arouse men: smelling pumpkin, lavender, and doughnuts”

10. PACO RABANNE LADY MILLION EAU DE PARFUM (£58.50 for 80ml bottle)
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A hugely popular fragrance from Paco Rabanne
Best for: Luxurious and sexy scent
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: huge popularity, bold bottle, great scent

A hugely popular fragrance, Paco Rabanne Lady Million Eau de Parfum is a luxurious, sexy fragrance designed to make any woman feel a million dollars. It features Raspberry, Amalfi Lemon and Neroli, Gardenia, African Orange Flower and Jasmine and White Honey Patchouli and Amber. The result is fresh and playful, making Paco Rabanne Lady Million a seductive scent. The bold diamond-shaped bottle, dressed in gold will look stunning on any dressing table

11. GIORGIO ARMANI SI EAU DE PARFUM (£82.80 for 100ml bottle)
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A must-have scent for the modern woman
Best for: Elegant, modern women
Scent family: Chypre
REASONS TO BUY: great scent, modern, chic bottle

Enjoy timeless elegance with Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum spray. This inviting scent is fused with Mandarin Oil, Roses de Mai, Blond Woods, Amber and Vanille to create a powerful and exuberant fragrance. It’s packaged in a sleek and effortlessly classic bottle, Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum spray is the must-have scent for the modern woman.

12. LE LABO SANTAL 33 (£156.10 for 50ml bottle)
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A Le Labo classic
Best for: Woody and evocative
Scent family: Woody
REASONS TO BUY: trendy brand, alluring story, unisex 

Le Labo has been described as ‘the haute couture of the fragrance industry’ and Santal 33 is the perfect example of that. Santal 33 has an intoxicating aroma of spicy, leathery, musky scents that give this unisex fragrance a unique allure.

13. DIPTYQUE DO SON EAU DE TOILETTE (£142.00 for 100ml bottle)
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This scent from Diptyque is summer in a bottle
Best for: Summer
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: Fresh, Summer scent, light

This fresh white floral fragrance is perfectly blended and is steeped in mystery with its hints of iris, rose, African orange flower, pink pepper, musk and benzoin. The fragrance should remind you of summer nights, engulfed in the sweetness of a fresh sea breeze. The scent works its wonders to invigorate the senses, helping the wearer to feel refreshed, energised and full of vitality.

14. COACH DREAMS EAU DE PARFUM (£69.00 for 90ml bottle)
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Take a trip through the American West with this perfume
Best for: Evocative
Scent family: Floral and Woody
REASONS TO BUY: Evocative, Vintage inspired bottle, fresh, long lasting

Coach Dreams is inspired by a sunny road trip through the American West. Opening with notes of fresh fruit and finishing with lasting woody notes, it takes you on a journey from beginning to end, evoking anticipation, the open road and memories in the making. The radiant, woody scent opens with notes of bitter orange and juicy pear, revealing a heart of gardenia and cactus flower before drying down to sensual Joshua Tree and Ambroxan musk.

15. DOLCE & GABBANA LIGHT BLUE EAU DE TOILETTE (£60.49 for 100ml bottle)
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Evoking the Mediterranean lifestyle
Best for: Summer
Scent family: Fruity Floral
REASONS TO BUY: Great Summer Fragrance, Light and airy, very evocative 

This colourful, fresh, floral fruity Eau de Toilette reflects the sensuality and joy of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Sicilian cedar combines with the freshness of the Green apple and the floral allure and spontaneity of the bluebell, the top note captures the essence of a sunny South Italian summer. The freshness of bamboo softens with a feminine bouquet of jasmine and white rose.

16. CHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLE EAU DE PARFUM(£111.99 for 50ml bottle)
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Scent family: Floral Oriental
REASONS TO BUY: great brand, strong yet fresh, long lasting 

an oriental fragrance with a strong yet surprisingly fresh personality. Sparks of fresh and vibrant orange, Jasmine and Rose.

17. DIOR MISS DIOR EAU DE PARFUM (£100.00 for 100ml bottle)
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A more youthful scent from Dior
Best for: Sensual floral
Scent family: Chypre
REASONS TO BUY: Finest essences, 

The new Miss Dior Eau de Parfum reveals the femininity of a sensual floral fragrance. Its heart is a floral declaration that combines the beauty of Grasse rose with the boldness of Damascus rose, both wrapped in a ribbon of fresh notes of Calabrian bergamot. This handcrafted creation is woven with rosewood from French Guiana and pink pepper from Reunion Island for heightened character.

18. TIFFANY & CO EAU DE PARFUM (£69.51 for 50ml bottle)
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Tiffany has captured the luxury, glamour and romance of
New York City with its new signature scent
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: iconic packaging, modern, floral scent

Tiffany & Co Eau de Parfum is a radiant and modern scent. At its heart, the precious iris flower, this signature ingredient adds strength and femininity that grounds the composition with refinement and sophistication.

The crystal bottle recalls the iconic Tiffany Lucida and Tiffany Yellow Diamond.

The fragrance is presented in the signature Tiffany Blue Box, an internationally recognised symbol of style, sophistication, and luxury.

19. CHLOÉ SIGNATURE EAU DE PARFUM (£81.95 for 125ml bottle)
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A luxury scent that comes wrapped in a ribbon
Best for: A great gift
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: Attractive Bottle, Long Lasting, Amazing Floral Scent

This scent takes the classic rose and ingeniously translates it into a vibrant perfume: feminine, natural and sexy, suited to a free spirit, according to the marketing copy. The fragrance is a combination of floral powder notes, sprightly hints of peony and lychee, and the embellishment of springtime freesia. The airy, flirtatious head notes drift away to reveal the heady magnolia and lily of the valley, as well as subtle intimations of warm amber and elegant cedarwood.

20. BURBERRY MY BURBERRY BLUSH (£71.39 for 90ml bottle)
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Like stepping into a London garden (a nice one)
Best for: Great all-rounder
Scent family: Fruity Floral
REASONS TO BUY: fresh, suitable for all occasions, delicate

Introducing My Burberry Blush, a fruity floral Eau de Parfum with a sparkling twist. Stepping back into a London garden awakening in the first light of day, My Burberry Blush captures the senses as blossoming flowers pop with spirited energy. Created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian and Christopher Bailey, the fragrance opens with glazed pomegranate and vibrant lemon. Delicate rose petal notes are lifted with crisp apple, while a base of jasmine and wisteria round off the scent for an intensely feminine touch.

21. MIU MIU L’EAU ROSEE (£33.15 for 20ml bottle)
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Dewy and alive
Best for: Fresh and light scent
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: contemporary sophisticated scent in a stunning bottle,

Miu Miu L’Eau Rosée perfume sparkles with contemporary energy and indulges in the enduring classics. The fragrance has a soft floral juice created from lily of the valley and cassis buds, tightly wrapped in notes of sophisticated musk. The effect is freshness encapsulated.

As its name suggests, L’Eau Rosée is dewy and alive, a brand new chapter that stays true to the youthful Miu Miu story

22. TOM FORD BLACK ORCHID EAU DE PARFUM (£112.95 for 100ml bottle)
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A dark, spicy fragrance perfect for date night
Best for: Date night
Scent family: Spicy
REASONS TO BUY: A little bit different, perfect for colder nights, cool brand, sexy

A sensuous blend of Black Truffle and Ylang with fresh Bergamot and Black Currant. A dramatic signature packaging with the custom-made Tom Ford Black Orchard blended with dark, florals, rich fruit and Lotus Wood. Vanilla tears add a fluid creaminess to warm Balsam and smooth Sandalwood.

23. JEAN PAUL GAULTIER LE CLASSIQUE EAU DE TOILETTE (£62.50 for 100ml)
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Just as the name suggests, this fragrance from Jean Paul Gaultier is a classic
Best for: A classic scent
Scent family: Floriental
REASONS TO BUY: classic scent, mix of floral and oriental, iconic bottle

Originally released in 1993, this fragrance is a classic. The irresistible sweetness of orange blossom is combined with the powerful aphrodisiac notes of ginger. The scent of rice powder is given a new twist with the strength of vanilla.

Perhaps even more iconic than the scent is the bottle – a tribute to the beauty of women. Etched on the transparent glass is the quintessential item in Jean Paul Gaultier’s female wardrobe, the corset.

24. JO LOVES POMELO (£70.00 for 50ml bottle)
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Jo Loves, we love, everyone will love this delicate scent
Best for: Delicate scent
Scent family: Citrus
REASONS TO BUY: Delicate, lasting scent, Floral

A scent so good you’ll want to spritz twice, or even three times for that matter. It’s delicate and citrus-y without being sickly, formulated with warmer undertones. A safe scent perfect for you or perfect to gift. Jo Loves, we love.

25. CARTIER LA PANTHÉRE EAU DE PARFUM (£109.99 for 100ml bottle)
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This bold fragrance is sure to get noticed
Best for: Bold, lasting scent
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: Lasting scent, indulgent

Cartier’s La Panthere is sophisticated and indulgent, a perfect cocktail for evenings out. It’s a bold fragrance with detectable elements of musk and fruity flavours. Use sparingly, one spritz and you’re set for the day – or night!

26. GIVENCHY EAU DE GIVENCHY (£62.50 for 80ml bottle)
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A bright and breezy fragrance
Best for: Freshness
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: a light summer scent

A bright and breezy scent reminiscent of long summer days. Eau de Givenchy is a perfect harmony of citrus and floral scents the perfect refreshing pick-me-up. If you want something feminine that dances between floral and fruity, this is a great option for you.

27. KENZO WORLD EAU DE TOILETTE (£53.73 for 50ml bottle)
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Like bottled joy
Best for: Feeling joyful
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: a youthful scent made for youngsters becoming a women

Kenzo world is like bottled joy. It’s a light, jubilant scent that has elements of peonies but a dominant scent of pear. An ideal summer scent that requires topping up throughout the day.

28. ESTÉE LAUDER BEAUTIFUL EAU DE PARFUM (£48.34 for 75ml bottle)
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This perennial favourite is fulsome, floral, and beautiful
Best for: Classic floral scent
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: classic scent, long lasting

Beautiful is a time-honoured classic, and a little wonder. The scent is light and floral. Estée Lauder then intend for the heady rose and lily to eventually soften out into jasmin and ylang ylang before warming to a rich, woody base of sandalwood. It is a delightful, long-lasting fragrance for day time. A fabulous gift for Mums for Christmas, or just because.

29. MARC JACOBS DECADENCE EAU DE PARFUM (£63.64 for 100ml bottle)
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A sexy, woody scent for starlit evenings
Best for: Deep woody scent
Scent family: Woody
REASONS TO BUY: sensuous woody scent fits perfectly into your handbag

This perfume is everything from Decadence’s emerald green glass and tactile python cap to its sensual and exotic aromas has been intended as a heady luxurious treat. Marc Jacobs have infused some unusual scents of orris, plum, saffron papyrus woods and more. It’s a  devilishly empowering fragrance that’s perfect for evening wear.

30. GHOST SWEETHEART EAU DE TOILETTE (£28.00 for 30ml bottle)
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An unexpectedly complex fruity fragrance
Best for: Fruity value option
Scent family: Fruit
REASONS TO BUY: great price, broad appeal subtle scents

Ghost intended for this fragrance to emanate the image of fledgling love. Infusing blends of fresh mint and lemon with subtle floral scents, Ghost have made sure the sweetness and the excitement is there.  White flowers make up the heart; a woody base brings it down to earth; and there’s a powdery, almost talc-like impression as it dries down. The scent is a little spontaneous, but Sweetheart manages a wide appeal all the same, making it the perfect gift for tricky-to-buy-for young ladies.

31. MICHAEL KORS WONDERLUST EAU DE PARFUM (£50.95 for 50ml bottle)
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Let the zesty top and exotic woods of Wonderlust take you on a sensory voyage
Best for: Exotic
Scent family: Woody
REASONS TO BUY: exotic fragrance, beautiful bottle

With top notes of bergamot and pink pepper and a smooth sandalwood base, Micheal Kors have developed a beautifully balanced fragrance. that some say moves effortlessly from fresh and zingy to soft and mellow over the course of wear.

The on-trend ombre bottle with its sunset hues and the luxe gold cap, have been designed to evoke the memory of a warm summer evening. For the big Michael Kors fan in your life, or for anyone who would like a deliciously exotic and unexpected fragrance, this makes a great gift.

32. JO MALONE LONDON BASIL & NEROLI COLOGNE (£101.40 for 100ml bottle)
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A fresh, light, and lovely herbaceous cologne from queen of green Jo Malone
Best for: Fresh
Scent family: Citrus, floral
REASONS TO BUY: elegant, grown up scent, fresh and subtle

This wonderfully fresh unisex cologne from posh parfumier Jo Malone is just the ticket if you want a light, subtle scent. The clean, citrusy neroli has been used to instill the sense of a breath of fresh air, while the basil infuses a clean herbiness that helps to create the playful and fun connotations that Jo Malone is going for.

33. BENEFIT MAYBE BABY EAU DE TOILETTE (£19.50 for 50ml bottle)
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Is this floral treat the best perfume for teens? Maybe, baby…
Best for: Teens
Scent family: Floral
REASONS TO BUY: sweet scent with a cute retro design

Benefit promise there’s an abundance of light white florals, a hint of jammy apricot and sharp white ginger, and a hint of musk, which makes this sweet fragrance an ideal first perfume for teens. With its playful packaging, it’s undoubtedly girly in its approach, but is more complex than you might expect at first glance.

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