Looking for the perfect scent can be a nightmare. There are so many options to choose from that sometimes it can be quite overwhelming. Having a perfect scent can become a part of you, an extension of yourself. So, whether you’re looking for a budget buy or are prepared to splurge, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite fragrances to help you find your perfect scent.
Top tip: Avoid rubbing your wrists together after applying perfume. The extra friction can alter how it smells and how long it lasts on the skin.
Green, zesty and fresh, Jo Malone London’s signature scent opens with citrusy top notes, peppery basil and thyme at the core, with a lasting woody base. Avon’s perfume seems to stick around just as long on your skin, and is a pleasant, budget-friendly option. With a sharp, zingy pomelo top note and a sultry amber base, Avon is the more masculine of the two.
✱ SAVE Avon Luck Luck For Her, R250 for 50ml EDP
✱ SPLURGE Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne, R1 995 for 100ml
Decadent and daring
Pure XS For Her is one of the sexiest scents out now, and Her Secret Desire is the affordable buy. The similarity between the two is evident from the first sniff, where bergamot mirrors radiant ylang-ylang amid smoky popcorn. By the time Her Secret Desire has settled, you’ll be enchanted by the likeness in drydown, as vanilla and musky notes tie them together.
✱ SAVE Antonio Banderas Her Secret Desire, R515 for 50ml EDT
✱ SPLURGE Paco Rabanne Pure XS For Her, R1 350 for 50ml EDP
Soft & summery
If, like us, you’re a devoted fan of Marc Jacobs’s iconic daisy-topped perfume, then you’ll enjoy the similarities found in Babe Power. Both are fresh and easy to wear and are exactly the kind of fragrances you’d want to spritz on all season-long. Babe Power leads with flirty, fruity notes like grapefruit and apple, while Daisy is more complex with berries and jasmine. Overall, the crisp aroma has a comparable uplifting effect to Daisy.
✱ SAVE Missguided Babe Power, R655 for 80ml EDP
✱ SPLURGE Marc Jacobs Daisy, R1 750 for 100ml EDT
Elegant and quintessentially French, these two fragrances smell strikingly alike. Initially, Orissima bursts with fruity-smelling peach and a touch of citrus, followed by the same iris and orange blossom heart notes of La Vie Est Belle. And then, as the scent dries, comforting base notes of sticky caramel and musk mingle to match the vanilla aroma of tonka bean in its pricier rival.
✱ SAVE Ted Lapidus Orissima, R695 for 50ml EDP
✱ SPLURGE Lancôme La Vie Est Belle, R1 710 for 75ml EDP
What makes Royal Radiance stand out from other body sprays is its fabulous Black Opium hallmarks, including heady white florals like orange blossom, but with a touch of honey – it’s a great everyday option. YSL has much more of a punch and lasts longer on the skin with distinctive notes of vanilla, cedar and patchouli.
✱ SAVE Oh So Heavenly Fine Fragrance Collection Royal Radiance Perfumed Body Spray, R32,99 for 90ml
✱ SPLURGE YSL Black Opium, R1 520 for 50ml EDP