Best women’s perfumes and fragrances 2021

15/01/2021

You don't have to have the olfactory detectors of a sniffer dog to know what fragrances you don't like the whiff of, but it's hard pinpointing the fragrance you want to splurge on when you're so spoilt for choice. With every high-profile brand and celebrity churning out a new scent every other month we're hard-pushed to pinpoint which ones really stand out, and which just cause a stink.

We've had our work cut out spritzing and sniffing our way through a load of female fragrances this week, but it's our job to fall on that sword for you...

How to buy the best perfume

When on the hunt for the perfect scent, it's hard to judge what will suit just by taking a sniff from the bottle.

A good fragrance should have a balance of complimentary scents, longevity and one that matches your personality. Essential oils deliver more than synthetics in terms of longevity and balance.

If you're not sure what sort of scent you, or the intended recipient of the perfume, likes, scent types or "families" can provide some guidance. With men's as well as women's fragrances, the buzzwords to look out for are floral, fresh, fruity, citrus, oriental, woody and spicy.