How to choose a perfume for his wife or girlfriend, and recommendations from Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Tom Ford
Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for the woman in your life – or a beloved friend you want to spoil? A carefully selected bottle of perfume will make her smile
How to choose a perfume for your wife or girlfriend
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It might be a classic gift option, but that’s because it always appeals to the recipient. Whether you’re gifting her a bottle of her favorite perfume or wanting to help her discover her new signature scent, she’s sure to be all smiles when she unboxes a bottle of perfume.
If you want to pick her a new scent, we’ve worked hard for you and picked out eight of the best scents available to buy right now.
How to choose a perfume ?
To choose a perfume, you must first decide what type of perfume your significant other would like.
Each perfume has a variety of different “notes”. These notes determine the overall smell and consist of three different layers called base, top or top notes and middle or middle notes, and they all work together to create a specific smell.
Top notes are what you will smell when you first spray the perfume, followed by middle notes and base notes. It is the base note that will last the longest on the skin, so each of the notes is important.
Broadly speaking, all perfumes can be divided into four categories; floral notes, oriental notes, fresh notes and woody notes.
Once you’ve decided what type of perfume you want – and more importantly what type of perfume your other half would prefer – you can go ahead and make your choice.
We’ve picked scents from all four categories, so there’s bound to be something below that will delight.
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Abercrombie and Fitch Naturally Fierce Perfume
This fragrance is a beautifully rich floral woody scent with an unusual top note of coconut. Perfect for night and day, it’s a good perfume choice for women who love sweet smells and like to experiment with their scent.
It is a fresh and fruity scent. Top notes are cactus water, sweet agave and solar flowers, while middle notes are creamy coconut, orange blossom water and plumeria, and base notes are warm sandalwood, moss and soaked vetiver.
Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum
Black Orchid was the first perfume to come out of the Tom Ford brand.
It was first available in 2006, and there’s a reason it’s still available 16 years later: it’s beautiful and timeless.
Tom Ford is known for his sensual yet sophisticated products for women. This scent is rich, deep and stands out from the crowd, just like the precious orchid it is named after.
The scent begins with a blend of citrus, jasmine, truffle and cassis. The heart consists of the titular orchid complemented by fruity notes, spices, lotus and ylang-ylang. The sumptuous base consists of dark chocolate, vanilla, incense, patchouli combined with warm woody notes and vetiver.
It costs £68.15 for 30ml.
Coco Chanel Eau de Parfum Spray
This fragrance was first available in 1984, proving that the best perfumes will never go out of style.
The fact that it has been loved for so long in so many ways, it’s also a great choice if you’re not sure which perfume to choose for your loved one. This one is a safe yet universal and luxurious choice.
It is a luxuriant oriental symphony which gradually reveals its contrasting notes.
The fragrance opens with a citrusy note of mandarin from Sicily, and reveals a voluptuous heart of jasmine absolute, enhanced with touches of ylang-ylang from the Comoros and orange blossom from Tunisia.
Overall, this creates a beautiful harmony that leaves behind a vibrant combination of Indonesian patchouli, tonka note and benzoin.
Miss DiorEau De Parfum
Dior has been making fragrances that women have fallen in love with for decades, and your significant other will quickly come to love their latest release.
This fragrance is amazing, classy, elegant and timeless – and also comes in the most beautiful bottle, so it’s a great gift to present.
It has fresh, floral notes that compose like a bouquet of countless flowers with endless shimmering colors and a wonderful blend of fragrances.
For an extra £10 you can engrave a special message for your loved one on the bottle.
Carolina Herrera – CH Private EDP
This is an exciting, rich and luxurious woody leather scent. It contains notes of vanilla, leather, patchouli, osmanthus and caviar.
It is an elegant, feminine and chic fragrance. As the dark red bottle suggests, there’s also a certain sexiness and glamorous feel to it, so your other half will feel those things when they wear it.
The bottle is also very striking, so it will look great on her dresser.
Nina By Nina Ricci
This fragrance is charming and feminine. It also comes in an unusual apple-shaped bottle that hints at the beautiful fragrance it contains.
It offers heart notes of sweet red candy apple and vanilla, combined with base notes of white cedar and cotton musk, making it a delightfully floral scent.
Gucci Guilty Intense Eau De Parfum
Beginning with luminous mandora and delicious lychee, this fragrance unfolds into a romantic heart of ylang-ylang and tuberose that is given a mysterious alluring side with plum extract.
Rich, earthy vetiver meets creamy vanilla in an intense base that ignites the senses.
After application it initially seems to be a musky scent, but once it settles it feels lighter and fresher. This makes it the perfect choice for the woman who doesn’t want a floral scent, but doesn’t want anything too heavy either.
It’s also a good option if you’re not sure what type of scent your loved one prefers as a delicate balance between a variety of scents.
Mugler Alien Eau de Parfum Refillable Spray
Thierry Mugler offers us a new vision of luxury that is both audacious and sustainable with the introduction of refillable bottles.
Alien is an iconic Mugler fragrance with woody and floral notes that has been drawing compliments since its launch in 2005. It is a powerful floral scent of jasmine bound with woody and amber notes.
As the bottle is refillable, you will also be able to make significant savings on the price of your perfume in the future while respecting the environment.
Once you have used up all the perfume in this great bottle all you need to do is take it to the larger stores such as Boots or House of Fraser where they can refill this bottle for you.
tom ford rose sting
We admit it, it’s inter-galactic out of our price range. But Tom Ford’s cheeky name and utter excellence in crafting luxury fragrances compelled us to include it. It’s a sexy rose, not a chick-esque rose, bought alive with a lace of graceful notes of Sichuan pepper and tonka bean.