Top 15 Most Popular Designer Perfumes of All Time. Photo: KnowInsiders
Top 15 Most Popular Designer Perfumes of All Time. Photo: KnowInsiders

Cheaper perfume brands may get the job done, but they won’t excel at it. Instead of settling, look into purchasing designer perfume that wows you and anyone who comes into contact with you!

Some women prefer to have “signature scents,” but we feel it’s best to have scents for every occasion. That way, you’re always mixing it up, and you never get tired of using the same scent for too long. We’ve taken time to find the best women’s perfume made by designer brands that are sure to impress.

The Best Designer Perfumes

1. L’Eau d’Issey EDT by Issey Miyake

2. Gucci Bloom by Gucci

3. Gabrielle by Chanel Eau De Parfum

4. Libre By Yves Saint Laurent Eau De Parfum

5. L’ombre Des Merveilles By Hermes Eau De Parfum

6. Tom Ford Metallique By Tom Ford Eau De Parfum

7. Marc Jacobs Daisy

8. Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

9. Mugler Angel

10. Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

11. Calvin Klein Ck one

12. Ralph Lauren Romance

13. Byredo Mojave Ghost Eau de Parfum

14. SJP Stash

15. Diptyque Do Son Eau de Toilette

What Makes a Good Designer Perfume?

To the untrained nose, designer perfume may just seem like an expensive perfume. However, this isn’t true! There are a lot of factors that make designer perfume the better choice when selecting fragrances for any occasion.

Wear Time

When you put on your perfume in the morning, you want it to last the entire day. Buying anything that does less is not only not worth your time, but not worth your money, either. Designer perfumes are known for having a long wear time because they’re more concentrated. A little designer perfume goes a long way, so you don’t have to worry about using it too quickly.

Scent

This one is probably a no-brainer, but worth mentioning nonetheless. Individual taste will determine whether or not you like a certain fragrance, but that’s beside the point. Perfumes need to smell like what they advertise; otherwise, no one is happy.

Buying “knockoff” scents or ones made with fewer quality ingredients will focus on the top note of the perfume, but fall flat on the underlying ones. You want your perfume to be well-rounded and have depth, making designer perfume and cologne, like Dior for instance, a better investment right off the bat, according to Everfumed.

1. L’Eau d’Issey EDT by Issey Miyake

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Photo: whatlauralovesuk

In 1994, Issey Miyake released a stunning new fragrance for men which was released under the name “L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme.” It was created by the well-known perfumer, Jacques Cavallier, and launched by the design house at Issey Miyake to be “naturally elegant.”

This Issey Miyake perfume is a fantastic choice for women who like light, fresh scents. The perfume has notes of rose water, cyclamen, melon heart, freesia, and lotus. This designer perfume is light and airy, making it perfect for the spring or summer months. It’s also versatile enough to fit in at an office job or lunch date with friends.

2. Gucci Bloom by Gucci

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Photo: lifestyleasia

Like Chanel, Gucci perfume also has a prominent place in designer perfumes. This scent is newer, having only come out in 2017, but its appeal is made to last. This perfume is perfect for women who want to capture the essence of spring and a garden in bloom. It’s made with notes of jasmine, tuberose, and Rangoon creeper.

Gucci Bloom, like many floral Gucci scents, is a versatile option that can easily become your signature scent. It’s not potent enough to disrupt sensitive noses at the offices, and it’s perfect for casual nights with friends. Since it’s a springtime scent, this Gucci perfume pairs well with the spring season or those long, hot summer days.

3. Gabrielle by Chanel Eau De Parfum

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Photo: exclusivebeautydiary

A more recent perfume, Gabrielle by Chanel Eau De Parfum, debuted in 2017. If you’re looking for a scent that’s a little sweeter, you won’t be disappointed with this Chanel perfume. With inspiration that comes from traditional floral notes, the perfume gets its sweetness from fragrance notes such as orange blossom, jasmine, and ylang-ylang.

However, this isn’t a completely floral perfume – citrus notes like black currant, grapefruit, mandarin orange, and even a hint of pink pepper balance it out.

As sweet as it is, Chanel’s Gabrielle perfume is a perfect choice for any woman who’s looking to add a bit more femininity to their signature scent. While it’s a great addition for date night, the scent is still subtle enough to wear at the office or even running errands throughout the day.

4. Libre By Yves Saint Laurent Eau De Parfum

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Photo: thehappysloths

Designed by Carlos Benaim and Anne Flipo in 2019, Libre by Yves Saint Laurent Eau De Parfum is another feminine scent that blends floral and citrus notes together. Some of the strongest notes in this perfume include lavender, mandarin orange, petitgrain, and black currant.

The balanced fragrance notes give this perfume a clean, fresh scent that makes it ideal for professional settings. Businesswomen may particularly like this designer perfume as it’s subtle enough to wear in the office around co-workers and won’t feel too overpowering.

5. L’ombre Des Merveilles By Hermes Eau De Parfum

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Photo: fragroom

Although this unisex scent works great for both men and women, this classic perfume is especially popular with the ladies. If you’re looking for something simple, L’ombre Des Merveilles is all about being straightforward – like our favorite Hermes perfumes.

With fragrance notes of black tea, incense, and bold tonka bean, this scent is both peaceful and inviting. Compared to some of the fruitier designer perfumes on this list, L’ombre is a lot more versatile.

Many women appreciate that works just as well for a day at the office as it does for a night on the town. L’ombre is an everyday scent, but there’s nothing ordinary about this memorable fragrance.

6. Tom Ford Metallique By Tom Ford Eau De Parfum

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Photo: brownthomas

Launched in 2019, Tom Ford Metallique is a relatively new fragrance for women, but it’s already showing plenty of potential. This perfume is definitely more complex, and its long list of fragrance notes reflects that. The Metallique perfume includes notes of pink pepper, aldehydes, bergamot, heliotrope, hawthorn, lily-of-the-valley, vanilla, ambrette, sandalwood, and even Peru balsam.

The result is a soft floral scent with plenty of vanilla and a metallic edge. Although some women may prefer a simpler, fruitier fragrance, many people find the Tom Ford Metallique perfume to be a comforting, warm scent.

This feminine scent may be overpowering in some professional settings, but it’s perfect for casual nights and outings.

7. Marc Jacobs Daisy

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Photo: ladywritesblog

Get lost in #DAISYTIME with a women's perfume that makes you dream of blue skies and sunshine.

This beautiful, floral fragrance captures the essence of the Daisy girl, who radiates positive energy and a young-at-heart attitude.

You'll fall for the playful perfume bottle. It combines sophistication with a vintage, whimsical vibe, showing off a scattering of blooming white and gold daisies.

Though the name of this scent makes it sound like it was made for the younger crowd, inside this quirky bottle is an artistic feat. The blend of wild strawberry, violet, gardenia, and jasmine somehow always feels light and airy — even after multiple spritzes. A decade on, perfumers are still scratching their heads, Allure cited.

8. Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

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Photo: fragrancedirect

Like an indulgent French dessert, Mon Paris has just the right amount of sweet. Red berries and pear intermingle with lush, rich ingredients like white musk, patchouli, and — how fabulous does this sound? — crystal moss. The result: a luminous, sexy scent.

Capturing the spirit of an intense love affair ,YSL Beauté introduces Mon Paris perfume - a new expression of love today, inspired by the city of lovers, Paris. Mon Paris is a fragrance which urges you to seize the moment; transcend the present; and prepare to fall head over heels into the arms of a passionate love. A subversive reinvention of the traditional chypre, the new floral perfume turns the traditional model upside down, by introducing a brave, bold narcotic white chypre fit for love today.

Spell-binding, head-spinning, Mon Paris perfume captivates from the very first time it is worn thanks to its ultra-pure radiance, which binds patchouli to luminous, white notes, and balances it with the sensuality of musk, Boots noted.

9. Mugler Angel

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Photo: ladywritesblog

There are two camps in this world: those who favor Mugler's warm and floral icon Alien ($85) and those who prefer Angel—a softer, cotton candy concoction that's the ultimate guilty pleasure among fragrance lovers everywhere. Oh, and you (or perhaps your mom or sister) likely owned a bottle all through the '90s. (It was created by Monsieur Mugler in 1992.)

According to the brand's website, Angel was the first gourmand fragrance in the history of perfumery, with an iconic blend of patchouli, praline, red berries, and vanilla encapsulating the following three facets: "celestial, delicious, and voluptuous."

10. Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

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Photo: therange

Dior houses many very iconic and popular perfumes, but Miss Dior is by far one of the O.G. favorites in the game. It's delicately light and floral with vibrant bursts of bergamot, Grasse rose, rosewood, and pink pepper.

Feel lovestruck with Miss Dior. Seductive and sensual this intoxicating fragrance is the refinement of a fresh and sensual rose woven with mandarin orange, patchouli, amber and vanilla.

"It had to burst like that feeling of falling head over heels. A declaration of love, to loves," the scent's perfumer François Demachy said of the fragrance, Whowhatwear reported.

11. Calvin Klein Ck One

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Photo: perfumista

Chances are you've smelled this popular perfume from American designer Calvin Klein about a bazillion times in your life. It's just that prevalent and is just what the doctor ordered for those who crave a crisp and clean fragrance. The fruitiness of pineapple and papaya are anchored with the sharper edge of notes like nutmeg, cardamom, and green tea.

12. Ralph Lauren Romance

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Photo: thetezzyfiles

A freshly picked bouquet of flowers from the garden, a summer’s walk down a sandy beach, fresh white laundry blowing in the wind. A whiff of Ralph Lauren Romance is subtle, clean and feminine.

Aptly named, this signature perfume from designer Ralph Lauren is, indeed, romantic. An effervescent capsule of all things fantasy and fairytale, this fragrance manages to combine velvety woods, extravagant florals, and seductive musk in its sleek, trademark square bottle. As for the notes, the credits lay as follows: rose, marigold, ginger, chamomile, freesia, violet, lotus, day lily, patchouli, and a little bit of oakmoss and musk for good earthen measure.

13. Byredo Mojave Ghost Eau de Parfum

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Photo: donnaheartsbeauty

Founded in Stockholm back in 2006, Byredo could be considered one of the newer kids on the fragrance block. That said, the brand has risen with fast and furious pandemonium, and it could be said that each of Byredo's perfumes has a strong destined to be iconic following.

'Mojave Ghost' is one of Byredo’s newer fragrances that they launched in 2014 & classified as oriental. It has unbelievable staying power & my morning spritz can last me up to 8 hours straight.

On application the main notes to hit my senses are sandalwood, violet & magnolia making it an uniquely sweet yet musky type of floral aroma which blends seamlessly producing a very delicate & refreshing scent.

Mojave Ghost is a standout and a best seller across countless retailers we cross-checked. Fans are uninhibited about their love of the eclectic composition of ambrette, magnolia, sandalwood, violet, musk, and cedarwood, Yahoo wrote.

14. SJP Stash

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Photo: mikhila

Before she created her first two fragrances, Lovely and Covet, Sarah Jessica Parker famously cocktailed her own earthy, animalic fragrance blends using perfume oils in her own home, which she referred to as her “stash.” It's an homage to those early iterations, and smells more closely to the original scents she mixed, citing her inspirations as body odor and church. The blend of woods, pistachio, and vetiver (many even swear they get a trace of mint,) Stash definitely has its own point of view that sets itself apart from many other celebrity fragrances.

15. Diptyque Do Son Eau de Toilette

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Photo: silverkis

FYI: This best-selling perfume is so popular, it's often sold out on Diptyque's website. Lucky for you, dear Nordstrom shopper, the slightly more subtle eau de toilette version is available to snap up at the department store instead. Featuring fluttering hints of Turkish rose, musk, iris, pink peppercorn, orange blossom, tuberose, and jasmine sambac, Do Son was inspired by the childhood memories of one of Diptyque's three founders, Yves Coueslant.

Do Son is inspired by Yves Coueslant’s (one of the founders of Diptyque) childhood in Vietnam, a little seaside town where his father had built a pagoda where he could go to enjoy the sea breeze. Tuberose predominates in this fragrance, recalling Yves Coueslant’s mother’s favorite flower. It is a happy coincidence that Tuberose is my prevailing scent of choice, a heady white bouquet with a unique creamy musk, that makes me feel fresh and sensual at the same time.

What Are the Benefits of Buying Designer Perfume?

Though the perfume can be more expensive, designer and luxury perfume will always outperform cheaper versions. They could smell the same upon the first spritz, but designer perfume will have notes that come through once it’s dried. Cheaper perfumes don’t have that depth and complexity.

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