Ladies, spritz your way through these iconic perfumes, plus new additions to add to your collection.
So, you look better with all our beauty tricks. Now it’s high time we addressed those superior olfactory senses of yours. Get one of these fragrances and carry around something classically beautiful all day! Whether you’re into floral scents, woody notes or spicy characters, these classic perfumes for women are sure to lift spirits. Looking for something different? We’ve rounded up new bottles from popular and local perfume brands too.
Classic perfumes for women
Chanel: Chanel No. 5
Marilyn Monroe cemented the pedestal of this classic fragrance in history by answering “five drops of Chanel No. 5” when asked what she wore to bed. Plus a composition that includes bergamot, neroli, ylang-ylang, and lily of the valley, this scent is practically an affirmation of your femininity.
Chanel, available online and at multiple locations including Ngee Ann City and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Yves Saint Laurent: Black Opium
The ultimate seductress on our list, Opium almost didn’t make it to the market because of the name (obviously). This heavy hitter from 1977 has an intoxicating fragrance of coffee, vanilla and white flowers. It’s equal parts seductive, sensuous and sophisticated.
Yves Saint Laurent, available online via iShopChangi and multiple locations including Tangs
We love how aptly named this fragrance is, because us girls work miracles every day (and in more ways than one!). The classic floral-spicy number, which combines lychee with magnolia and pepper, is for days when you need a steely resolve to get stuff done.
Lancôme, available online and at multiple locations including Watsons and Shopee
Calvin Klein: CK One
This was a global phenomenon way back in 1994, because it was Calvin Klein’s first unisex fragrance. Yup, it stretches both ends of the Mars-Venus divide with its refreshing notes of bergamot, lemon and mandarin). It’s the pioneer of the now-popular and much-copied citrus, floral and herbaceous scent.
Calvin Klein, available online and at multiple locations including Ion Orchard and Paragon
Ralph Lauren: Romance
With a name like that, you can’t not fall in love with this eau de parfum (we’ve been well-acquainted with it since the late 90s). Composed of musk, lotus, chamomile and rose, the endlessly positive aura it sends out is great for days when you need a little uplifting.
Ralph Lauren, available online and at multiple locations including Watsons and Metro
If every scent told a story, this one pays homage to the love tale between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal (yes, he built the Taj Mahal for her). The perfume concentration, including vanilla, balsam and amber, has remained unchanged since 1925, so this is a real old-timer (that doesn’t smell old) in the industry.
Guerlain, available online and at multiple locations including Tangs and Sephora
Marc Jacobs: Daisy
This one’s a hit or miss. Yet the carefree and flirty scent, with notes of wild strawberries, is an (unprecedented) affordable sip from the fountain of youth. It expresses exactly the works of this leading fashion designer, which is also why we’re great fans of his.
Marc Jacobs, available online and at multiple locations including Sephora and Takashimaya
New spritz on the block
Kenzo: Flower By Kenzo Poppy Bouquet Eau de Parfum Florale
Though it’s a limited edition item for Valentine’s Day, we think the Flower By Kenzo Poppy Bouquet Eau de Parfum Florale transcends all events. There’s an alluring blend of nashi pear along with Bulgarian rose, jasmine, gardenia and almond wood – literally a bouquet in a bottle. You’ll also get a floral motif Kenzo ribbon which you can wear around your wrist or use as a hair tie. Remember to spritz some of the signature perfume onto the ribbon for a whiff of the sensual yet playful scent all day long.
Kenzo, available online
Jo Malone: Peony and Blush Suede Cologne
This charming floral number hits you gently with soothing scents of jasmine, rose, gillyflower and, of course, peony. Notice the powdery, musky smell? That comes from the blush suede. We also like how the scent reminds us of spring in a bottle.
Jo Malone, available online and at multiple locations including Ion Orchard and Tangs
Scent by Six: 123 Tribeca
Not the floral, fruity type? 123 Tribeca might be the perfect fit for you. Inspired by the Big Apple, this frisky scent will put a pep in your step. Spritz on this full-bodied (but never overpowering) perfume for a blend of lemon, orange peel, rosemary, lily-of-the-valley, oakmoss and Brazillian rosewood.
Scent by Six, available online and at multiple locations including Bugis Junction and 313@Somerset
Maison Margiela Replica: Beach Walk
Staying true to its moniker, the Maison Margiela Replica collection perfectly mimics fond moments through scents. It’s no wonder why Beach Walk is a best-seller. The salt-kissed mix of bergamot, lemon, pink pepper, ylang-ylang, coconut milk, musk and heliotrope is spot-on and takes us straight to the beach.
Maison Margiela Replica, available online
Which of these perfumes for women has made its way into your cabinet?