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5 Sexiest Perfumes For Women

Updated on January 26, 2011

Most women love perfume. They may not wear it every day, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like to. Unfortunately, most of the really fantastic numbers out there cost a good bit of money. Which is why you’ll be an instant charmer if you make her a gift of her favorite scent.

The first thing you need to do is figure out if she’s slave to anything in particular. And she might be – I wore only Chanel No. 5 for close to 10 years. I wouldn’t wear anything else, no matter what. I wasn’t even willing to try. Luckily for y’all, most women are less inflexible than Isabella!

If there’s something she particularly loves, you can go ahead and get her a bottle of that – and look forward to a nice long night of her saying thank you. If you want the gift to be a surprise, just casually check out her dresser top or bathroom countertop – but be sure she doesn’t catch you doing it.

We don’t want her thinking you’re a super nosey stalker who wants to go through her things. If you haven’t a clue as to what she loves, or, if you’d like to surprise her with something new, the following perfumes are a pretty safe bet. I can’t guarantee she’ll love it, but I think it’s pretty likely she will. I’m extremely selective and I love everything on this list.

Chanel No. 5

This perfume is really a timeless classic. This is a very clean, sophisticated scent. It’s not particularly musky, nor is it sweet or fruity. I love this, it’s my favorite. I’ve been wearing it for 12 years and I have yet to grow tired of it. Coco Chanel named this No. 5 because that was her lucky number. I’m betting it was quite lucky for her fortune.

Coco Chanel

As you may have guessed, this is another product from Chanel. There are actually several Chanel perfumes, some also named as numbers, but I’m not really fond of them. This is the only one I purchase with regularity. A light, clean, musky scent that still manages sophistication. Very sensual scent.

Dolce & Gabbana's Pour Femme

There are a number of D&G perfumes available – this is the one in the red velvet box with the red cap. I just started wearing this one recently, and let me just tell you it’s fantastic. It just has this characteristic that has me constantly sighing with pleasure. I love the way this stuff smells. It’s somewhere between clean / crisp and naughty / sensuous. It’s truly excellent stuff.

Lacoste’s Touch of Pink

This comes in a very cute pink bottle. That’s precisely what drew me to it, as I probably wouldn’t have tested it otherwise. While I’m a big fan of Lacoste’s cologne for men, their perfumes have never really done much for me. And while I don’t actually own this one, I wouldn’t at all mind receiving it as a gift. I wouldn’t use it every day, but I’d certainly use it a few times a month. It’s light, airy, crisp and girlie. If this sounds like your woman, go for it.

Note: Sephora donates money to the fight against breast cancer every time this perfume is purchased through them.

Calvin Klein’s Obsession

You’ve smelled this, surely. It’s an extremely popular perfume in the US and elsewhere. Very sensual, very sexy, very lasting. I admit, I love the smell. I don’t personally wear it because my sister overindulged to the point I have flashbacks when I smell it – but that doesn’t change how lovely it is. In other words, anyone not related to my sister would likely love to receive this as a gift!

Perfume buying tips:

  • Buy the 1.7 oz bottle: Those are the prices I’ve listed. This is neither too small, nor too large. The teeny versions will make you look cheap, cos she wouldn’t bother buying those for herself, even. The large ones could end up being a waste of dosh if she doesn’t like it.

  • The difference between Eau de parfum and Eau de toilette is the concentration: Toilette is a less concentrated scent and is therefore a few bucks cheaper – but no so much you’d really notice. I personally use eau de toilette, because I prefer the lighter scent. If faced with one or the other, it really doesn’t matter which you choose.

  • Don’t buy a refill unless you know she has a rechargeable bottle at home: This will be labeled on the box – or you can ask the salesgirl. For example, I have a refillable Chanel No. 5 bottle at home, I buy the refill when I run out. If you buy her a refill of something, but she doesn’t have a reusable bottle, it might seem a little strange.

  • Make sure you’re buying what you want: Most manufacturers have several brands, and they aren’t always simply labeled. Meaning, there is Coco, Coco Mademoiselle, Chanel No. 5, Chanel No. 19, Obsession, Obsession Night, etc. None of them smell the same, so be sure you’re getting what you really want.

  • Tip: Spend an extra 5 bucks and have it gift-wrapped.

    Women LOVE opening presents. Most of the shops which sell these types of things offer free gift wrapping and it doesn’t hurt to ask. If they don’t, there’s sure to be somewhere else in the mall that does. Stop by on your way out, it will take 5 minutes. When you see how lovely it looks, you’ll be glad you did.

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