The 16 Intoxicating Fragrances We’re Obsessed with Right Now

From feminine and floral to sultry and spicy, these fragrances will have you sneaking sniffs of your wrists all day long

Perfume Story: Gabrielle Chanel

1. Gabrielle by Chanel

Prior to becoming one of the world’s most prolific fashion designers, Coco Chanel was simply Gabrielle, an ambitious dreamer from the French countryside. This fragrance is a tribute to the style icon’s humble beginnings, with perfumer Olivier Polge creating the scent based on an imaginary flower called the “Chanel blossom”.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Carner Barcelona

2. Besos by Carner Barcelona

Spanish for kisses, Besos is like a sultry smooch in a bottle. Top notes of Italian mandarin and Madagascan black pepper give way to Jasmine sambac and iris absolute, which settles into Benzoin, vanilla and musk. Pucker up.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Olfactive Studio

3. Still Life by Olfactive Studio

Still Life is a festive fragrance comprising Japanese citrus fruit and warm wood. As referenced in its name, this perfume is an interpretation of still lifes in art, with badiane and galbanum at the heart of this sparkling scent.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Byredo

4. Bal d’Afrique by Byredo

If your favourite Woody Allen film is Midnight in Paris then look no more. Just like the blonde Wilson brother-starring film, Bal d’Afrique is a decadent scent that transports wearers right in the middle of 1920s Paris. Its name comes from the lasting legacy that African culture has left on the city, with swirls of Moroccan cedar wood and African marigold in every whiff.

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Sleek Perfume Story: IIUVO

5. Fonteyn by IIUVO

You may recall IIUVO for its clickbait-ready candle called Bullshit, but the brand also makes some damn good fragrances, too. Among them is Fonteyn, a scent named after the famous prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Notes of grapefruit, freesia and violet come together to create a scent that’s just as graceful as the dancer was on stage.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Louis Vuitton

6. Apogée by Louis Vuitton

Last year, Louis Vuitton finally unveiled its long-awaited perfume line and fragrance fanatics worldwide rejoiced. Included in the line-up is Apogée, a classic scent in which Lily-of-the-valley is the star. Crafted by celebrity perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, this fragrance is reminiscent of your mom’s signature scent, only better.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Teresa Helbig

7. A bulldog in the Atelier by Teresa Helbig

Equal parts sugar and spice, A bulldog in the Atelier is a sensuous blend of vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli and musk. This fragrance is perfect for those who prefer their scents seriously sweet.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Abel

8. Grey Labdanum by Abel

It’s hard to read the word ambergris without thinking of that Bob’s Burgers episode, but don’t let the animated favourite fool you. Revered by perfumers for its positive impact on staying power, this ingredient ensures your favourite fragrance lasts all day long. Dark incense and bitter orange also make appearances, creating a fragrance marked by harmonious rift.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Hien Le

9. Hien Le No1 by Hien Le

When Hien Le set out to create his first fragrance, the fashion designer found himself inspired by the California cool attitude made famous in the 1960s. With notes of orange flower, magnolia leaf and gaiac wood, the scent is like a crisp white tennis outfit – impeccably polished without being too uptight.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Helmut Lang

10. Eau de Parfum by Helmut Lang

First introduced in 1995, Helmut Lang’s debut scent was discontinued briefly following the designer’s departure from his eponymous label, much to the chagrin of cool kids everywhere. It seems the fragrance is truly here to stay, though, and with the brand’s current revival, there’s no better time than now to treat yourself to a bottle of the classic scent still worn by your favourite ’90s it-girls.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Agonist Parfums

11. Black Amber by Agonist Parfums

As its name suggests, Black Amber is a smokey scent made up of incense, tobacco flower and – you guessed it – black amber. This fragrance is great for a night out, but also works as an all-day perfume during colder months.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Loewe

12. 001 Woman by Loewe

Serving as the ultimate pick-me-up, 001 Woman is a fresh fragrance made up of pink peony, mandarin and bergamot. Wear it alone for the perfect everyday scent, or pair it with Loewe’s 001 Man for a truly unique experience.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Etat Libre D'Orange

13. Hermann á Mes Côtés Me Paraissait Une Ombre by Etat Libre d’Orange

Not for the faint of heart, the only thing more intense than this fragrance is its incredibly long name. Frankincense gives this perfume some serious Sunday Mass vibes, making it an excellent choice for sinners and saints everywhere.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Rodin olio lusso

14. RODIN 3 by RODIN olio lusso

Linda Rodin created RODIN 3 as a personal throwback to her favourite scents from the ’70s and summer vacations near the sea. Spicy geranium and ylang-ylang dry down to santal and patchouli, creating a scent that’s reminiscent of an afternoon walk through Venice Beach.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Urban Scents

15. Vetiver Réunion by Urban Scents

Described as “eternally elegant”, Vetiver Réunion is a deep scent that’s made using vetiver from La Réunion. Vibrant citrus keeps the scent light, while red pepper and soft musk round everything out.

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Sleek Perfume Story: Frederic Malle

16. Dries Van Noten by Frederic Malle

With notes of sandalwood at its core, this Dries Van Noten-inspired scent is meant to evoke memories of your favourite perfumes from the past. However, many reviewers online liken the scent to that of a Snickerdoodle, drawing attention to its creamy vanilla aroma.

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