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Published: 5 Dec 2012      

We all know her, and we all want to be her, the woman with the signature scent. The woman who commands the attention of the entire room the moment she walks in without having to utter a word. The woman whose perfume lingers subtly in the room hours after she's gone, making everyone she's left behind inexplicably think of her, and wish she was there.

The appeal of perfume is that it is at once empowering. It creates a shimmering invisible armour that lingers in a room long after its wearer has gone and infuses our imagination with a subtle power, hinting at a hidden identity.

Finding a new fragrance for yourself or a loved one, can be an exhausting task, and with so many scents, and so many combinations it can feel incredibly daunting. The first rule of fragrance finding is to think about what notes you like, and other scents you’re attracted to.

Don’t forget a perfume is made up of notes, the top note is the first hit of scent you smell when you spray it, the heart notes follow which makes up the main body of the fragrance, the base notes are finally released which add depth to the perfume.

We have put together our top ten perfumes, we are sure there is a shimmering shield of invisible armour out there just waiting for you.

 

No.1

Chanel No. 5 Eau Première

Rose-and-jasmine-infused Chanel No. 5 Eau Première is still elegant, but it's lighter and fresher than the first, more of an everyday spritz.

 

No.2

Fendi Palazzo

Mixes rose, orange blossom, pepper, and patchouli into a scent that is enticingly both feminine and bold.

 

No.3

Gucci by Gucci

Smells rich. Tahitian tiare flower is blended with pear and rounded out with honeyed patchouli.

 

No.4

Sarah Jessica Parker Covet Solid Perfume

Is a provocative, sensuous floral with honeysuckle, Sicilian lemon, chocolate, and musk. Somehow it all smells quite luxurious.

 

No.5

Prada Infusion d'Iris

Blends orange blossom, wet smelling iris, mandarin, vetiver, and incense for a charming, light, bright scent.

 

No.6

Bill Blass

smells like fresh-cut flowers just picked up from the market. Notes of pink hyacinth, lily of the valley, tuberose, and jasmine are simply beautiful.

 

No.7

Banana Republic Malachite

Is graceful and uncomplicated, with floral notes of water hyacinth and peony and the warmth of sandalwood. Very easy to wear.

 

No.8

Dior J'adore L'Absolu

Is a delightfully intense version of the classic favourite, J'adore. Turkish rose, tuberose, and jasmine combine to make a truly pretty floral. Note: This is a highly concentrated formula, so a little goes a long way.

 

No.9

Marc Jacobs Daisy

Is free-spirited and sunny, with notes of violet leaves, wild strawberry, ruby-red grapefruit, and vanilla. Playful and sparkling, it feels effortless.

 

No.10

Yves Saint Laurent Opium Perfume

Is a concentrated version of the original. It's opulent yet earthy and warm, with lily of the valley and mandarin balanced by jasmine, amber, and patchouli