As most women know, spritzing on a sexy fragrance before heading for a date not only makes you smell intoxicating, but can also give you a confidence boost. But with the many scent options offered by brands, it can be difficult to pick the perfect one. In this season of love, we’ve picked out a few classic and unique standouts that are sure to strike a chord with your inner fragrance lover.
Scroll through the gallery for 10 sensual fragrances you’ll want to keep on heavy rotation.
Text: Joyce Cheo
Additional text: Zoe Zeng
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Gucci The Alchemist’s Garden The Eye of a Tiger EDP, $520 for 100ml
Imagined by Gucci’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, and Master Perfumer Alberto Morillas, Gucci’s The Alchemist Garden collection is the brand’s new fine perfumery line. Using the finest raw ingredients, the fragrances and perfume oils under this range are designed to be layered depending on each individual’s preferences to create a truly unique scent. If you’re venturing into fine perfumery for the first time, try The Eye of a Tiger. With amber at the heart of the scent, it is modern, understated and sensual. Perfect for the minimalist, it is accompanied by a touch of resin, tonka beans and vanilla, for a second-skin effect that’s oh-so-sexy and sophisticated.
Jo Malone London Bronze Wood & Leather Cologne Intense, $280 for 100ml
As part of Jo Malone London’s Cologne Intense range, this is perfect for those who prefer a heftier scent with enhanced sillage. At first whiff, a blend of juniper and grapefruit gives this scent a fresh and luminous facet. And as it settles, the warmth of woody vetiver and smooth leather start to surface, giving you a subtle and sultry finish.
YSL Beauté Opium EDP, $229 for 90ml
A timeless classic in every way, this masterpiece (although the formula has been tweaked over the years) retains that instantly recognisable profile. With fresh and citrusy ingredients as the top notes, this oriental scent blooms with heady notes of jasmine and myrrh. Amber and balsamic-resins surface over time for a warm and opulent finish.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle EDP Intense, $183 for 50ml
First introduced in 2001 to appeal to a younger Chanel audience, the original Coco Mademoiselle EDP (expertly created by Chanel’s perfume Jacques Polge), combined notes of orange, jasmine, rose and patchouli to capture a mischievous, luminous and provocative spirit. Reimagined last year, the Coco Mademoiselle EDP Intense amplifies the original’s femininity, as it overflows with patchouli and amber accord for a deeply addictive scent trail.
Dior Miss Dior EDT, $137 for 50ml or $196 for 100ml
Inspired by Monsieur Christian Dior’s sister, the first Miss Dior scent (created in 1947), has become one of the French House’s most iconic scents, sparking several interpretations of the original. The latest update from the range is the new Miss Dior EDT, as Dior’s Perfumer-Creator, Francois Demachy, injects a new lease of life into the luminous eau. Highlighting the vibrancy of its feminine rose and jasmine notes, Demachy introduces Lily of the Valley for added freshness — perfect for those who have an outdoor date planned this Valentine’s Day.
Guerlain Shalimar EDP, $225 for 90ml
Another time-tested icon, Guerlain’s Shalimar was inspired by the passionate love story between a Mughal emperor and his wife. In Sanskrit, Shalimar literally translated to “temple of love”, perfectly encapsulating the notion of eternal love as the emperor eventually commissioned the construction of Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his beloved wife. Passionate and tender at once, this spellbinding scent is a seamless blend of bergamot, iris, jasmine, rose, vanilla and tonka bean that lingers on for hours on end.
Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDP, $200 for 100ml
You know it’s an olfactory gem when it’s created by two of the most prolific perfumers of our time: Christine Nagel and Francis Kurkdjian. Despite being launched over 10 years ago, it’s still a perfect embodiment of modernity and sophistication, not to mention its millennial pink flacon. With musk accords at its heart, it is accompanied with iris, benzoin, amber and dry woods for a soft and delicate scent — that kind that requires one to lean in close enough to get a whiff.
Calvin Klein Women EDP, $165 for 100ml
Taking a step away from feminine sexuality, this scent focuses on celebrating the contrasts and complexities of womanhood. Composed of rich florals, fresh citrus, fiery spices and mysterious woods, it pays homage to women’s common desire to live life by their own rules. After all, what could be sexier and more attractive than the confidence and strength to take control of your destiny?
Elie Saab Le Parfum EDP, $197 for 90ml
Just like how an exquisite couture creation from the Lebanese designer is an ode to uninhibited femininity, its very first scent is an explosion of heady florals like orange blossom and jasmine interlaced with the richness of patchouli and woody accords. Opulent and intoxicating, it leaves a seductive trail that’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Tiffany & Co. Tiffany EDP Intense, $205 for 75ml
If you love the original Tiffany EDP for everyday wear, you’ll love this EDP Intense for date nights and special occasions. Retaining the same elegance and sophistication one would expect from the New York jewelry house, this intense version sees a profusion of iris, with notes of amber and warm resins for a deeper intensity.