Best Scents for Work and Play

Whether you are looking for a new scent to start 2012 off right or just looking to expand your knowledge about perfumes, the market researchers at perfume.com have come up with the latest must have list for work and play.

The top fragrances were selected through three different processes of analysis: tracking information requests over a 12-month period, trend scouting by our internal researchers and trend tracking through external databases.

According to our findings these ten scents will pave the way for 2013:

Chanel No 5

Chanel No 5

1. Chanel No. 5

Worldly, sophisticated, sexy…

In 1921, Coco Chanel wanted “a woman’s fragrance that smells like woman.” When perfume designer Ernest Beaux presented her with his fifth composition, the choice seemed simple and obvious: her perfume would be called N°5. It is an aldehydic floral, a bouquet of abstract flowers with an indefinable femininity. N°5 starts with notes of ylang-ylang and neroli, then unfolds with Grasse jasmine and May rose. Sandalwood and vanilla round out the composition with unforgettable woody notes. The first Chanel N°5 perfume was captured in a simple rectangular bottle with the top which resembled Place Vendome in Paris. In 1959, the packaging secured a place for the scent in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Top Note: Aldehydes, Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli
Middle Note: Jasmine, Rose, Lily Of The Valley, Orris
Base Note: Vetiver, Sandal, Vanilla, Amber
Recommended Use: Anytime wear

Gucci by Gucci by Gucci for women

Gucci by Gucci by Gucci for women

2. Gucci by Gucci

The woody floral and musky trail of Gucci by Gucci is unmistakably modern, youthfully alluring, and downright pretty. Smell the fruity accents on top (guava and pear) and you’re transported into a nightclub with music blasting out of the speakers and cocktails being served, the tiare flower evoking lithe bodies swaying to the rhythm of the song. Yet catch a whiff of the unsettling note of honeyed patchouli underneath to see that there is a whole other game too, one which speaks of intimacy and the prelude to something deeper. The hip horse bit buckle is the finishing touch on this characteristically Gucci accessory.

Top Note: Fruity Notes
Middle Note: Lily, Tiare Flower
Base Note: Musk, Patchouli, Honey
Recommended Use: Evening wear

Infusion d'Iris by Prada

Infusion d’Iris by Prada

3. Prada Infusion d’Iris

A modern iris perfume…

Introduced in 2007, Prada Infusion D’Iris by Prada perfume is a contemporary scent that reinforces Prada’s connection with the artisan traditions of classic perfumery. Full of high-quality natural ingredients, Infusion D’Iris is clean, fresh, and light — and at the same time sophisticated and elegant. The name “Infusion D’Iris” is inspired by the ancient and revered six-month-long infusion process used to draw soft, fresh notes from the root of the iris plant. The fragrance opens with notes of mandarin, galbanum, orange and orange blossom, which lead to the heart composed of iris, cedar, and vetiver. It is captured in an elegant glass vessel reminiscent of retro perfume bottles.

Top Note: Galbanum, Mandarin Orange, Orange Blossom, Lentisk
Middle Note: Iris, Cedar, Vetiver
Base Note: Benzoin, Frankincense
Recommended Use: Evening wear

Bill Blass by Bill Blass for women

Bill Blass by Bill Blass for women

4. Bill Blass (new)

Truly feminine…

The 2007 relaunch of Bill Blass’ classic 1978 scent for women is a captivating and feminine white floral fragrance, blending white hyacinth and lily of the valley with green mandarin, neroli, jasmine and musk. A true expression of soft femininity.

Top Note: Neroli, Galbanum, Green Mandarin
Middle Note: White Hyacinth, Lily Of The Valley, Jasmine, Tuberose
Base Note: Musks, Sandalwood
Recommended Use: Daytime wear

5. Dior

Turkish rose, tuberose, and jasmine combine to make a truly pretty floral. Note: This is a highly concentrated formula, so a little goes a long way.

Recommended Use: Weekend wear

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

6. Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Youthful, happy, spontaneous…

One look at the whimsical PVC petals of this adorable daisy flower atop the bottle of Marc Jacob’s Daisy fragrance and you’re smitten. You will want to touch it again and again and will think of ways to take it off and put it around your hair, your neck, on your lapel…It’s that cute! What’s even cuter is the spontaneously fun juice that’s hiding inside this playful packaging. Daisy is a fun affair of wild fruits, fragrant florals you can’t quite pin down, and an abstract, warm woods base which is wearable any time all the time, for work or play. What’s more, it will have everyone complimenting you, as it has done repeatedly to us since its introduction in 2007!

Top Note: Violet Leaf, Wild Strawberry, Grapefruit
Middle Note: Violet, Jasmine, Gardenia
Base Note: White Woods, Musk, Infusion Of Vanilla
Recommended Use: Daytime wear

Diesel Fuel for Life Pour Femme Perfume

Diesel Fuel for Life Pour Femme by Diesel

7. Diesel Fuel for Life Pour Femme Perfume

A lighter version of the original scent…

A secret and sexy elixir of sexy blackcurrant, jasmine and antique patchouli. Fuel for Life by Diesel is inspired by the scent of a Venetian liqueur, the blackcurrant and woody harmonies blend perfectly to make a sensual and sexy potion. This scent dries down to a soft, powdery, very feminine fragrance.

Top Note: Cassis, Pink Pepper
Middle Note: Jasmine, Indole
Base Note: Patchouli, Ambry Notes
Recommended Use: Weekend wear

Euphoria by Calvin Klein

Euphoria Perfume for Women by Calvin Klein

8. Euphoria  by Calvin Klein

Provocative, sexy, sophisticated…

Sultry, unblushingly feminine and highly suggestive, this strobe-light of a fruity gourmand (a family that reprises scents evoking culinary delights) packs a punch and creates a memorable impression; an euphoric one, like its name. What Calvin Klein’s Euphoria lacks in restraint however it makes up for in passionate sexiness and self-confidence. The fruity top with succulent pomegranate, persimmon and green touches is but the overture to a heart of narcotic flowers (champaca, lotus blossom, black orchid) which are foiled into notes of nectarous amber, creamy violet sweets, patchouli and woods. Good enough to drink!

Top Note: Pomegranate, Kaki, Green Notes
Middle Note: Lotus Blossom, Champaca, Black Orchid
Base Note: Black Violet, Liquid Amber, Unctuous Notes, Mahogany, Musks
Recommended Use: Anytime wear

Tresor by Lancome

Tresor Perfume for Women by Lancome

9. Tresor by Lancome

Elegant, refined, contemporary…

Unabashedly lush and feminine like its original face, model and actress Isabella Rosellini, Tresor by Lancome has celebrated 20 years on the market already since its introduction in 1990. An exceptionally recognizable and generous fragrance, Tresor melds the most feminine notes in all of perfumery in its memorable wake: the beauty of rose, the clean elegance of muguet (lily of the valley), the tender touch of apricot blossom and peach, all sprinkled with notes of lilac, sandalwood, musk and vanilla accounting for a prolonged, unforgettable experience. Its perfumer, the legendary Sophia Grojsman, described it as a “hug me” fragrance and who could resist its charms under a full moon or worn with a curve-hugging cashmere dress? The striking upside-down pyramid-shaped bottle houses a peachy, amber-colored jus complimented by a square black cap fitting in the cusp of your hand like an extension of your feminine prowess. Like its name suggests, a treasure!

Notes Top Note: Peach, Apricot, Pineapple, Bergamot
Middle Note: Rose, Orris, Heliotrope, Jasmine
Base Note: Sandal, Musk, Vanilla
Recommended Use: Evening wear

Rock 'n Rose by Valentino

Rock ‘n Rose Perfume for Women by Valentino

10. Rock N Rose by Valentino

Luxurious, intense, seductive…

The haute couture edition of Valentino’s 2006 Rock N Rose scent is notably lighter and more fresh than the original, solid musk bases replaced with a good dose of bergamot but obviously, retaining heady amounts of rose.

Both fragrances are meant to inspire women who are “a rose on the outside and a rocker on the inside” although this couture version is a little more rose and a little less rocker, with more romance and less edge.

Top Note: Blackcurrant, Bergamot, Muguet
Middle Note: Rose, Gardenia, Orange Blossom
Base Note: Sandalwood, Orris, Vanilla, Musk, Heliotrope
Recommended Use: Evening wear

This is just a small sample of what 2012 holds in store for us. For more product information or for the best prices online, visit us at perfume.com.

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