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Fragrance is one of the oldest beauty products in history. In fact, based on ancient text and archaeological discoveries, researchers date the creation of perfume — then just a simple concoction of flowers and oil — back to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia around the 2nd millennium B.C. Fast-forward a few thousand years (aka right now) and we’re still just as obsessed with smelling delightful.
Perfumes are so much more than just a fragrance, though. They have the power to make a statement without saying a word. They evoke beautiful (and not so beautiful) memories, and they are one of daily life’s simplest, but most enjoyable, little pleasures that we do just for ourselves.
“Fragrance helps us create an identity,” says Eduardo Valadez, marketing director at the storied French fragrance house, Diptyque. “Fragrance is something that’s very personal; it’s about a sensation. I think how people today wear fragrance is ‘I want to feel a certain way’.”
And one of the most beautiful aspects of perfume is that there truly is something for everyone and every environment. Most of us wouldn’t wear the same perfume for a wild night out with friends as we would for brunch with our grandmother — and with so many varieties, you don’t have to. The world of fragrance is your oyster.
Because there are so many different aromas, formulations and perfume types to choose from, narrowing down your top few can be intimidating. But the good news is that scent is one of those things in which you’ll know immediately whether you love it or hate it — and there’s rarely any in between.
“The sense of smell is one of the strongest things connecting us to memory and attraction,” explains Ross Barry, national perfume artist for Atelier Cologne. “So often, it is worn out of a place of nostalgia. It triggers a memory in us and there’s something comforting in that.”
According to Nest New York founder Laura Slatkin, fragrance simply makes you feel good, and it can have the same effect on those around you. After all, fragrance impacts not only the person who wears it, but everyone they come into contact with. “Without it, encounters are, well, boring,” she adds. “Indulging in a magnificent fragrance lifts my spirits and everyone I touch.”
Before we jump into our favorite fragrances from top perfume brands, there are a few key elements to understand first.
The Different Types of Women’s Perfume
- Parfum: Also known as pure perfume or extrait de parfum, this type of perfume is concocted with the highest concentration of fragrance, landing somewhere between 20 and 30%, making it the rarest and most expensive option. It’s also the longest-lasting, as the ultra-refined notes and raw materials release over time. You can expect a parfum to last for at least 10 hours, and usually far more.
- Eau de parfum is the strongest type of fragrance among the three most common varieties, says Slatkin. “It has a higher concentration of fragrance oil than an eau de toilette or eau de cologne.” An eau de parfum will offer a more intense aroma than any other kind of perfume, except for the rare parfum. You’ll still pay a pretty penny for an eau de parfum, due to its potent composition of fragrant ingredients, but it will also last quite awhile on your skin — at least 8 hours — before needing a refresher. Be forewarned that the top notes tend to disappear quickly and an eau de parfum does not play nicely with delicate fabrics, like silk, so be sure to mind where you spritz.
- Eau de toilette is composed with a lower concentration of perfume oil than an eau de parfum or parfum, causing their scents to lean more light and fresh, versus heady or rich, like the two above options. An eau de toilette will also smell slightly different than an eau de parfum, even if they are produced by the same brand with the same notes, because the chemical makeup of each is unique. You can anticipate a simpler, lighter scent from an eau de toilette that won’t last more than a few hours. To make an eau de toilette last all day, you will need to lightly reapply every few hours. Many eau de toilette fragrances are considered the best inexpensive perfumes for women and those who love to switch up their perfumes often.
- Eau de cologne clocks in as the gentlest type of fragrance. “In the fragrance world, the order of highest to lowest concentration is parfum, eau de parfum, eau de toilette then eau de cologne,” says Slatkin. Because an eau de cologne has the lowest concentration of aromatic notes, it disappears rather quickly, requiring several more spritzes per application than one of the stronger above options. Because you need to spray more product to achieve your desired effect, most eau de colognes are packaged in larger bottles, but its lightness makes it a favorite for sunny spring and summer days.
- Light and fresh: If you tend to like your perfumes smelling like a ripe, just chopped lemon or a valley of wildflowers, it could be that you favor the sweet citrus or floral families.
- Intense and dense: If you like spicy over sweet or deep over light, then a heady, exotic oud, vetiver or woodsy aroma could be up your alley.
Most Popular Perfumes for Women
There have been hundreds of thousands of perfumes over time, but there are a few fragrance families that have stood the test of time. Within each fragrance category, there are varying intensities and combinations that will bring out different sensibilities, depending on which top and middle notes are mixed with the base. Use our perfume scents list below to learn about each specific fragrance family, including what notes you can expect for each and why they make the best smelling perfumes.
- Floral Perfumes: Historically one of the most popular types of fragrance, the best floral perfumes are immediately recognizable, with many using rose, jasmine, lilies and peonies, for a delicate, sweet scent. Floral notes are also used to dilute or add complexity to a more intense perfume.
- French Perfumes: French perfumes have a certain je ne sais quoi and prestige about them. Grasse, the quaint hillside town in France, is thought to be the fragrance capital of the world, as many of the most popular notes are sourced from their rolling fields of flowers, including jasmine, May rose, tuberose and lavender.
- Vanilla Perfumes: Vanilla is used in a majority of perfumes, whether you can identify it or not. It is incredibly versatile, pairing well with nearly any other note, and it can either lighten or deepen a perfume’s overall composition and scent. You can be sure that with vanilla as a key note, the perfume will undeniably have a more layered aroma.
- Rose Perfumes: Often called “the perfumer’s essential ingredient,” rose can be used as a heady absolute or a lighter perfume oil for a finish that ranges from powdery to fruity to musky, depending on the other notes which envelop it. The best and most popular roses in perfumes are the Turkish rose, the Damask and Rosa Centifolia.
- Woody Perfumes: Woody scents are considered warm, and counts cedarwood, sandalwood, vetiver and amber as their most prominent notes. The woody family further splits into sub-categories — mossy woods and dry woods — which utilize earthy, sweet undertones and leathery smokiness, respectively, which makes the entire family an especially trendy option to wear at night.
- Oriental Perfumes: You can expect an Oriental fragrance to feel warm and sweet, with a sometimes spicy finish. Their peppery notes of cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla are usually swirled with florals like jasmine, orchid and orange blossom, to create a deeper and richer aroma than other families, leading many to believe that an Oriental perfume is the most luxurious. Their compositions are also more complex and will keep you on your toes, as they can be combined with other families to create floral Oriental, soft Oriental and woody Oriental scents.
- Fresh Perfumes: Generally, the telltale notes of a fresh scent are aquatic, citrus and green, which will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. Citrus notes are lemon, mandarin and bergamot, while seamoss is a water note and herbal, leafy greens, like rosemary, lavender or basil, are considered ‘green.’
And now, here are the 44 best perfumes for women, according to our experts. From the classics to modern masterpieces and everything in between, these top perfumes are not only great for upping your scent game but double as stellar fragrance and beauty gifts. In fact, these perfumes make for some of the best gifts for any woman on your list, so you really can’t go wrong.
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Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum
This is a scent designed to make your heart race, with strong opening notes of adrenaline-boosting coffee mixed with a sweet vanilla base and a burst of floral notes. And who says you have to save the best sexy perfumes for the evening? Not Slatkin. “Some people like to be seductive, whether they’re out on a romantic evening or grocery shopping,” she says. “And that’s the wonderful thing about signature scents.”
Oscar de la Renta Alibi Eau de Parfum
“Gourmand notes can have a negative perception as being heavy or sticky,” notes Lauren Shyman, Head of Evaluation at Robertet, the historic worldwide provider of raw fragrance materials. But Oscar de la Renta’s notes of fresh mandarin and earthy musk come together with bursts of floral from the vanilla orchid and ginger blossom middle notes, all grounded by a mix of woods and gourmands, including amberwood and creamy praline, to finally, and deliciously, put that misconception to bed.
Calvin Klein Ck One Eau de Toilette
If you’re looking for a new summertime scent, look no further than Calvin Klein’s Ck One. Opening with a blast of citrus and tropical fruits, such as lemon, papaya and pineapple, Ck One is the epitome of a light and refreshing aroma. The green tea and hint of cardamom add a soft, spicy dimension. Like all eau de toilettes, don’t expect a spritz of this to hang around in the air for too long. Not only is this fragrance one of the best fresh perfumes for women out there, it’s also earned an exclusive spot as one of the top 10 greatest fragrances of all time.
Chanel No.5 Eau de Parfum
Perhaps the most popular and high-end ladies perfume in the world, Chanel No.5 needs no introduction. It’s subtle, powder-fresh sensibility was considered the symbol of femininity upon its launch in 1921, and it’s remained a vanity staple ever since. Although it’s often thought to be the best perfume for older women, it’s become an increasingly popular perfume for women in their 30s, along with millennials, proving the adage ‘what’s old is new again’ to be divinely true.
Viktor&Rolf‘s award-winning perfume smells like a sexy garden party, with bright notes of jasmine, rose and cattleya blended with vanilla and patchouli for a scent that’s incredibly and luxuriously feminine.
Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum
Reminiscent of a fresh bouquet filled with lily-of-the-valley, peony and rose, this fragrance is an all-the-way flowery scent that’s one of the best Dior perfumes for anyone who adores the floral scent family. “I think that fragrance has really become more like a wardrobe,” Valadez says. “We don’t just have one white shirt, and I think fragrance is the same way. Some might have five or six in rotation.”
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
Shapiro calls this perfume “a masterpiece,” as it “nails the Chanel aesthetic and has beautiful structure, composition and lift.” Falling squarely in the Oriental fragrance family, it’s one of Chanel’s best perfumes featuring hints of fresh, energizing orange with accords of jasmine and May Rose, topped with vetiver’s grassy accents.
Burberry Her Eau de Parfum
Blueberry and other fruity numbers, like black currant and raspberry, are the top notes of this fragrance. Meanwhile, a base of musky amber delivers a punch of sour-sweetness that is delicate and extremely modern. Hands down, this is the best Burberry perfume for women.
Le Labo Another 13
Le Labo’s Another 13 is this writer’s own signature scent (I’ve worn it nearly every day for years and have lost count of how many compliments it’s received, but the most memorable was from the cashier at the grocery store who started his compliment with, “This may be weird, but…” and went on to say that I smelled really good.) No doubt about it, it’s a versatile, classic fragrance.
Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum
When shopping for a new women’s perfume, Slatkin says to “wait for the perfume that physically moves you when you experience it. If it makes you smile or say, ‘Oh, my gosh, that’s amazing!’ out loud, that’s a good thing.” And we bet you won’t be able to help but smile once you give this perfume, brimming with notes of Moroccan orange blossom, vanilla extract and lavender essence, a whiff. In fact, it’s one of the best lavender perfumes — bar none.
Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée
Notes of sweet gourmands are a rising fragrant trend, Barry shares. “Both smoky scents and vanilla are making a huge comeback,” he says of our choice for the best vanilla perfume. “A great vanilla perfume is Atelier Cologne’s Vanille Insensée,” which is pleasantly sweet but not sickeningly so, thanks to the balancing notes of lime and amber.
“Sometimes, we have connotations of what we think we like or don’t like,” Valadez says. “We have this idea that a floral or rose are very mature fragrances, kind of like a grandma scent,” yet he sees time and time again where people think they hate a note, but actually love the way it blends with other raw materials. This full-on floral perfume could easily be written off as a ‘grandma’ fragrance, but the notes of jasmine and Rangoon creeper — a fun south Indian plant that smells sweet and fruity — keep it feminine, flirty and youthful, making it an especially popular perfume for young women.
Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum
Bright, juicy and floral come to mind when experiencing this fragrance that’s one of the best Gucci perfumes for women full of positive energy. “A great trend I see,” says Maltz, adding that “kindness is cool.” Amen.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540
Although the price point may cause you to pass by this lavish scent, do yourself a favor and give this expensive perfume a whirl. Perfect for a romantic night or those who make every day a luxurious celebration, it’s an incredibly rich and long-lasting perfume (seriously, one spritz will linger until the next day). Its grand notes include spicy, bitter saffron, red cedar from the mountains of Virginia with hints of juniper and Egyptian jasmine for a gorgeous finish.
Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum
Cartier launched La Panthère in 2014 to much fanfare — and rightfully so. This strong scent quickly became, and still is, their bestselling fragrance. Not to mention, it looks chic on a vanity with its fierce glass vessel featuring the sculpted face of a panther, the brand’s longtime symbol. Tangy top notes of rhubarb, strawberry, anise are swirled with a blend of dried fruit and balanced with oakmoss, musk, leather and patchouli.
Dalegerard Discernment Eau de Parfum
This fly-under-the-radar perfume from Dalegerard simply smells ultra luxurious, even if you can’t quite put your finger on why. It’s also a study in contrasts: Floral but masculine, soft but full-bodied, and simple but layered, with waves of jasmine, cedarwood, white musk, sandalwood and patchouli geranium for an incredibly alluring scent that evolves as the day goes on.
Tiffany Rose Gold
This fruity-floral number from Tiffany was crafted “around a brilliant multi-faceted floral bouquet,” says Shyman, adding that it’s a modern interpretation, rather than the “linear approach we are seeing in the marketplace.” She credits a trio of blooms — blue rose, rose essential oil and jasmine petals — along with juicy blackcurrant and pink pepper, all wrapped in ambery woods, that create “a soft and addictive landing on the skin and gives a remarkable texture to this scent.”
Ex Nihilo Fleur Narcotique
According to Ex Nihilo, Fleur Narcotique is far and away their bestselling perfume, calling it “an overdose” of energetic ingredients that leave “a trail of sensual peony wrapped in woods.” The scent’s floral notes of jasmine, orange blossom and of course, peony, play a starring role, while transparent wood, moss and musk add warm undertones for a scent that is, indeed, a blissful narcotique.
Vilhelm Parfumerie Smoke Show Eau de Parfum
Unapologetically seductive, Smoke Show is a spicy, woody scent and hands down the one to reach for when you’re looking to make a striking statement. Some say it has an opulent, “Gatsby-esque” sensibility, likely due to the masculine notes of leather, vetiver, cedarwood and agarwood, yet it is lightened with a touch of feminine rose oil, creating a scent that is as mysterious as it is refined.
Mugler Angel Eau de Parfum
Arguably one of the most famous perfumes in the world, Angel by Mugler is the brainchild of beloved fashion designer, Thierry Mugler, who, according to legend, wanted to create a delicious, mouthwatering scent for the women lucky enough to wear his designs. The scent’s makeup is more complicated than a single whiff may seem, with 28 blissfully fragrant notes in total. The most fragrant top notes kick off with a sweet pairing of cotton candy and juicy citrus, mixed with a heart equal to a lush fruit basket filled with red berries, blackberry, plum and peach, ending with a base of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and sandalwood.
Diptyque Do Son Eau de Toilette
“The way that we work on composing fragrance, it’s really about celebrating a specific story that we’re trying to capture from our founders,” Valadez says. This light, floral eau de toilette recalls the beloved memories of Diptyque founder Yves Coueslant’s childhood summers in Do Son, Vietnam. Brewed with spicy tuberose, softened with orange blossom and topped with jasmine, this women’s perfume is simultaneously light and potent, making it a terrific option for the workplace.
Jo Malone London Earl Grey & Cucumber
Inspired by the mid-afternoon British ritual of High Tea, this perfume from Jo Malone blends notes of traditional Earl Grey with cucumber as a nod to those mini cucumber sandwiches that typically accompany the tea. Even if this unique scent may not seem like an obvious choice, cofounder of D.S. and Durga David Maltz recommends trying it anyway. “Never fear making mistakes — it’s no big deal,” he says. “It’s like anything else; try everything and learn as you go.”
D.S. & Durga Amber Teutonic Eau de Parfum
Another one of Maltz’s favorites, this luxury perfume by D.S. & Durga smells like a magical forest with notes of Alpine cedar, cardamom and green mandarin. “Spray liberally on wrists,” he says. “I always tap my neck with my wrist. And, I like to wear it heavy sometimes, but you do you.”
Marc Jacobs Daisy
If happiness could be bottled up, it might look (and smell like) like Daisy by Marc Jacobs. Effervescent, full-bodied and straightforwardly sweet (think honey-sweet, not cupcake-sweet), this perfume for women emphasizes crisp fruits and dreamy florals. You’ll find notes of strawberry, violet and jasmine offset with the teensiest touch of sultry sandalwood. Plus, this smooth scent can easily be mixed, matched and layered with other scents if you want to play master perfumer.
Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace
Barry reaches for this “creamy and smoky” Maison Margiela fragrance when the temperatures start to dip and deeper scents are embraced. “It’s perfect for this time of year, and I love it with a sweater and leather jacket,” he says, adding that it’s a great “going-out scent.”
Nest New York Turkish Rose Perfume Oil
“Perfume oils are a more sensual and personal way to wear fragrance,” explains Slatkin, calling them “a true moment of self-indulgence.” One of her favorites, Nest New York’s Turkish Rose, may seem like a traditional scent, but the blend of black plum and blonde woods push the boundaries of what you’d expect from a rose floral. “I love massaging the oil into the tops of my hands, neck and décolleté, letting it melt into my skin,” she says. “The process is steeped in wellness.”
Le Labo Santal 33
Chances are, you’ve smelled this incredibly popular unisex Le Labo fragrance at least a few times a week just walking around your city. It smells like a roaring fire with billows of thick smoke — spiked with a cocktail of cardamom, iris and violet notes — to present the most intoxicating, can’t-get-enough kind of scent.
D.S. & Durga St. Vetyver
“I personally love old-fashioned fragrances, like St. Vetyver,” Moltz says. “You know what you like.” But yet, don’t close yourself off to a scent profile because of one or two notes — you may be surprised about what the formulation brings. As Moltz says, “Be excited about exploring.”
Atelier Cologne Oolang Infini
“I have 67 fragrances at home, so it is really hard to choose a favorite,” laughs Barry. “But a go-to is Atelier Cologne Oolang Infini. It’s a clean tea and skin scent, but has a smoky Gaiac wood base to round out a multilayered finish that evolves throughout the day,” he adds.
Ralph Lauren Ralph’s Club
“I am really loving Ralph Lauren Ralph’s Club right now for fall,” says Barry of this herbaceous aroma of cedarwood, patchouli and lavandin. Forget the ‘men’s fragrance’ label — plenty of women wear “masculine” scents when they want to feel powerful.
Nest New York Indian Jasmine Perfume Oil
“I typically don’t like florals, and, most importantly, my husband really doesn’t like me wearing floral fragrances,” Slatkin says of her brand’s new perfume for women. “But our just-launched Indian Jasmine perfume oil is so beautiful, I can’t stop wearing it. And, my husband loves it on me, which is a very big endorsement.”
Tom Ford Lost Cherry
Lost Cherry, one of the best Tom Ford perfumes for women, is a beautiful masterpiece of contradictions: A cocktail of decadent black cherry and bitter liqueur are infused with Turkish rose and Arabian jasmine to offer an explosion of warm and spicy notes, creating a full-bodied perfume intended to provoke imagination and sensuality.
Designed for both men and women, one of Byredo’s best-selling fragrances conjures a fantasy of walking through an old, beautiful library, complete with aromatic wood panels and tables, musty old paper and books with rich leather bindings. All of these elements create a luxury fragrance that is simultaneously comforting and exciting.
Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume
Ah, the perfume for the people who don’t wear perfume. Everything about this perfume is different down to the way it’s formulated, ensuring that it smells literally like no other perfume out there. Skipping the standard notes process, this perfume is made of just one ingredient, cetalox, which smells like the Earth — but not dirt or trees, per se. Just try it and you’ll see what we mean.
Ellis Brooklyn Super Amber
“Right now with the colder weather, I’ve been gravitating towards cozy fragrances, like Super Amber,” says perfumer and founder of Ellis Brooklyn, Bee Shapiro. “It’s musky and has a cashmere feel that makes me feel comfortable.”
Maurice Roucel Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
One of Shapiro’s favorites, this “marvelous fragrance,” as she calls it, has an ambery Oriental sensibility with strong notes of clove, sandalwood, musk and amber. It’s balanced with smooth vanilla and lavender that perfumer Maurice Roucel designed to be sensual, dramatic and mysterious.
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
“It’s just stunning,” enthuses Shapiro about the sexiest perfume on our list. “It’s vanilla, but it’s so sophisticated and intoxicating.” Shapiro’s rousing endorsement should surprise no one, because if Tom Ford understands one thing, it’s how to be sexy and dripping with confidence. Spritz on this supercharged scent when you need to remember all the power you wield.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Silk Mood
“I think it’s best to throw the whole idea of specific notes out the window,” Shapiro says. “Instead, think of what mood you want to be in. Is it warm and cozy? Is it effervescent and flirty? Then, seek out scents with that same vibe. You may find something that surprises and enchants you.” And that goes for this fragrance, too — it feels mysterious and thrilling, as if you’re vacationing somewhere on the other side of the world or tasting a new, exotic dish. It’s one of the best oud perfumes around.
Byredo Mojave Ghost Eau de Parfum
If your spirit runs more wild and free than traditional or scheduled, this could be the perfume for you. Inspired by the rare, miraculous “ghost flower” that lives without water under the most difficult, arid conditions in the Mojave Desert, this woody composition is light with musky ambrette. Additionally, it emanates Jamaican nesberry, violet sandalwood and a base of crisp amber and cedar that takes anyone who wears it on a true adventure. As Shapiro says, “A bold fragrance on the right person can come off daring.”
Chloé Atelier des Fleurs Papyrus
Inspired by a gift from his grandparents — a papyrus covered in hieroglyphs — perfumer Alexis Dadier set out to capture the refreshing and smoky papyrus scent for Chloé. The result is a dry, gently woody women’s perfume, offset with verdant, lush notes, that’s light enough for daytime wear and can easily be layered for a sultry evening scent. All in all, it’s one of the best perfumes for young women in their 20s.
Armani Beauty Sí
Captivating and simple, this scent is one of the best women’s perfumes for a minimalist who just wants to smell great and a little neutral. Blackcurrant nectar, mandarin and orange blossom are at the forefront, with warm vanilla anchoring the fragrance and rounding everything out. The fruit and vanilla combo is pretty and easy to wear.
Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Toilette
A longtime favorite among beauty editors, this essence features an extravagant mingling of floral, amber and woody notes, resulting in one of the best long-lasting perfumes that is truly intoxicating, memorable and timeless.
Ellis Brooklyn Myth
“Myth is always a favorite of mine,” Shapiro says. “The combination of white musk, jasmine and white cedarwood is just my scent. It creates a beautiful, calm mood for me.”
Diptyque Eau de Minthé Eau de Parfum
“I love the idea of fragrance bringing joy,” Shapiro says. “There is magic in our sense of smell; it can literally stop and seemingly reverse time with just a sniff. It can also open up a whole new world — an invisible one, for sure — but so powerful all the same.” Everyone knows what mint smells like, but this Diptyque perfume for women turns that notion on its head with a reimagined take, resulting in a lively, thoroughly modern — and definitely joyful — geranium and patchouli-infused mint.
The Best Ways to Apply Women’s Perfume
- Where and how you spray perfume is everything. To ensure your scent lasts all day, spritz directly onto the skin. Don’t do the spray-then-walk-into-it thing — all that will do is waste your expensive perfume.
- Focus on the pulse points, which are the warmest parts of your body, with the go-to spots being the wrist and neck. However, there are plenty of other lesser-known areas that will maximize your perfume’s longevity and intensity, like behind the ears and in the elbow creases.
- Fragrance also attaches best to hydrated skin, which is one more reason to moisturize regularly and in humid climates (and is also the reason why everything smells a little bit more in the summer, for better or worse).
Meet the Experts
Eduardo Valadez is a self-described perfume junkie who has more than 20 years under his belt working at the storied French fragrance house, Diptque. He’s had a front-row seat to every new fragrance development and launch at the brand and he possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the fragrance world.
Ross Barry serves as the national perfume artist for Aterlier Cologne. Barry is light years ahead of the curve when it comes to predicting and crafting fragrance trends. He inherently understands the power of perfume, especially the notes and combinations that make us tick.
Bee Shapiro: Shapiro is the best kind of multi-hypenate: Style writer at the New York Times and founder of Ellis Brooklyn, the clean perfume house with a delightful range of aromas that we simply can’t get enough of.
Laura Slatkin is a former Wall Street exec who ditched the stock market for fragrance, launching the beloved brand, Nest New York. What started as exclusively a luxury home fragrance line, Slatkin oversaw the company’s meteoric rise and expansion as the founder and executive chairman.
Lauren Shyman heads up the Evaluation department at Robertet, the perfume world’s go-to source for new — and sustainable — raw materials. She spends her days studying the fine fragrance marketing and working side by side with perfumers to develop new scents — AKA the best job ever.
Meet the Author
Kaitlin Clark is the Beauty + Style Commerce Editor at WWD. She’s been a fragrance fanatic since she walked into Bath & Body Works for the first time in middle school. Kaitlin has spritzed hundreds of classic and new perfumes, cultivating a sophisticated nose, and prides herself on testing every new perfume that lands on her desk. She believes there’s a time and a place for every kind of scent and she personally tends to lean toward rich ouds and deep woody notes.