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A Definitive List of the Best-Smelling Perfumes of All Time

Good Housekeeping Logo By April Franzino, Abigail Whittington of Good Housekeeping | Slide 1 of 21: A signature scent should be timeless, perfect for any situation and at any age. Whether you're into woodsy, crisp or sultry notes, the best perfumes for women feature irresistible aromas that linger on skin all day but never become cloying. But with so many fragrances on the market, finding your ultimate, holy grail perfume can be a challenge. While you can always opt for one that stirs up a nostalgic memory (just think of Mom's oh-so-familiar scent), you may be looking for a signature scent all your own. One place to start: Classic perfumes that have stood the test of time. Before you douse yourself with every sample in the perfume department, browse our list of the best-selling, most popular perfumes in the world, with options ranging from richly scented rose fragrances to light and breezy summer perfumes featuring refreshing hints of vanilla and coconut. Whether you're shopping for yourself or looking for a gift she'll love, we've rounded up the all-time best women's perfumes for every occasion, scent preference and season, including affordable perfumes that won't break the bank. Find your new scent soulmate ahead!

A signature scent should be timeless, perfect for any situation and at any age. Whether you're into woodsy, crisp or sultry notes, the best perfumes for women feature irresistible aromas that linger on skin all day but never become cloying. But with so many fragrances on the market, finding your ultimate, holy grail perfume can be a challenge. While you can always opt for one that stirs up a nostalgic memory (just think of Mom's oh-so-familiar scent), you may be looking for a signature scent all your own. One place to start: Classic perfumes that have stood the test of time.

Before you douse yourself with every sample in the perfume department, browse our list of the best-selling, most popular perfumes in the world, with options ranging from richly scented rose fragrances to light and breezy summer perfumes featuring refreshing hints of vanilla and coconut.


Whether you're shopping for yourself or looking for a gift she'll love, we've rounded up the all-time best women's perfumes for every occasion, scent preference and season, including affordable perfumes that won't break the bank. Find your new scent soulmate ahead!

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