A goal that’s high on my priority list is to smell completely captivating wherever I go. Whether that’s on a gorgeous
summer vacation or just a regular day working at the office, it’s something I actively work toward by building my dream fragrance collection. To give you a little progress report, it’s coming along nicely and I’ve discovered so many gems worth sharing. The ultimate test any perfume can face is seeing how many compliments you receive while wearing it.
I can tell you one thing: The perfumes on this list pass their exams with flying colors. In my humble opinion, each of them acts as a powerful magnet and invites some serious admiration from the folks around you. If you’re fully ready to board the “You smell so good” train, keep scrolling for a few ultra-attractive perfumes that fit the bill.
Key Notes: Blackcurrant nectar, pear, rose, jasmine absolute, vanilla, cedarwood. Everything about this perfume screams floral, fruity, and delicious. It definitely leans toward being a summer fragrance for me, but that doesn’t mean it won’t attract some serious attention year-round. It’s the heady blend of jasmine, blackcurrant nectar, and vanilla that makes it so intoxicating that it should absolutely come with caution tape attached.
Key Notes: Black pepper, bergamot, blackcurrant, jasmine tea, bourbon vanilla, guaiac wood. This warm floral fragrance is inspired by Roman street style and haute couture. So that means it smells sophisticated, but with edge. With notes of black pepper, jasmine tea, and tangy bourbon vanilla, that definitely adds up.
Key Notes: Cinnamon, nectarine, pear, pink peppercorn, jasmine, magnolia, wild freesia, ambrox, musk, sandalwood, cashmeran, cedar. I swear that any time I wear this perfume, people around me do a double take. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but I will say that it’s one friends always ask me about. The notes of cinnamon, pear, pink peppercorn, and sandalwood create a scent that’s utterly sweet with an undercurrent of woodiness. It fits my fragrance MO to a tee.
Key Notes: Bergamot, lemon, pepper, juniper berries. incense, pine needles, orris, amber, vanilla, sandalwood. I’ve waxed poetic about Gypsy Water before. It remains on my all-time favorite perfumes list because it strikes the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and musky. Celebs like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kate Bosworth agree—it’s one of the most attractive perfumes on the market. But don’t take my word for it, try it for yourself and you’ll see.
Key Notes: Blackcurrant, raspberry, rose absolute, jasmine, vanilla, cedar, musk. The notes of raspberry and rose really add something special to this Lancôme gem. It’s warm, sweet, and a tad spicy. Scent is a powerful thing and this fragrance evokes the feeling of being 100% *that girl* if you ask me.
Key Notes: Vine peach, ruby orchid, bourbon vanilla. So many people love Viktor&Rolf’s original Flowerbomb formula, but Ruby Orchid really dials it up a notch. It’s a peachy spinoff of the original with delicious notes of ruby orchid and bourbon vanilla.
Key Notes: Black coffee, white flowers, vanilla. There’s a reason this YSL fragrance was all over your social feed for a second. The notes of black coffee, vanilla, and white flowers create a totally addicting aroma.
Key Notes: White tea, pepper, tangerine, sambac jasmine, rose, bergamot, sandalwood, amberette. In terms of personal recommendations, I find St. Rose’s Juliet in White to be incredibly alluring. I love perfumes that are sweet, a little spicy, and a tad unconventional. Meaning, it doesn’t smell like everything else on the market. Juliet in White ticks all those boxes.
Key Notes: Tuberose, jasmine, tonka bean. It was love at first spritz when I first tried this gorgeous scent. I know tuberose isn’t always for everyone, but it blends so beautifully with the notes of jasmine and musky tonka bean.
Key Notes: Citron, mandarin, fresh ginger, magnolia, orange blossom, laminaria blossom, amyris, grey amber, cedar. Sacred Water is a work of art—plain and simple. It’s one of my most treasured perfumes for its unrivaled ability to mix citrus notes with floral and woodier notes. I don’t know how else to describe it other than tranquil and inviting—like bathing in a pool of, well, sacred water.
Key Notes: Fresh fig, handpicked jasmine, Vanilla Planifolia. So many of my fellow editors have told me they love this lush scent from Ellis Brooklyn. Perfumes with notes of fig always take me by surprise (in a good way). Fig adds a sweet and earthy tone that makes a fragrance super unique to sniff.
Key Notes: Lily of the Valley, Centifolia Rose, soft musk. Dior’s classic floral is the epitome of style and sophistication. It’s subtle but still makes a statement.
Key Notes: Neroli, marshmallow, orange blossom. Would this really be a list on the most magnetic perfumes without including one of Rihanna’s favorites? This one may be a tad too sweet for some, but if you like a sweet, luscious, and downright juicy scent, this one’s for you.
Key Notes: Almond, jasmine, vanilla, caraway, tuberose, sandalwood, musk. Word on the street is: Adele rocks this delicious-smelling perfume. The name really says it all. Notes of almond, vanilla, tuberose, and musk really pack an exquisite punch.
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