The Marie Claire Perfume Directory: The Best Perfumes In The World

Do you know your oud’s from your woods? Are you more of a citrus person or do you have a preference for florals? We know the world of fragrance can be notoriously tricky to navigate so that’s why our experts here at Marie Claire HQ have gallantly taken up the challenge to discover the best perfumes in the world. So whether you’re on the hunt for your signature scent, want to find the perfect perfume present for him, or are intrigued by what perfume the royals wear, welcome to the Marie Claire Perfume Directory where we endeavour to fulfill all your fragrant needs.

The best perfumes for women – How to find your signature scent

With millions of perfumes to choose from it can be a daunting, almost impossible, task to find the best perfume for women – let alone ‘the ‘one’ you’ll use as your signature scent’.

You can endlessly spray yourself at perfume counters, but it’’s more likely to leave you with a headache rather than your ultimate scent. So how do you discover the scent that almost seems like its been made for you? Read on for all the best perfumes and how to find your signature scent.

And if you’re short on time, this month we’re loving…Elie Saab, Girl of Now

What is it: Elie Saab, Girl of Now

What’s in it?: Mandarin, Pear, Almond, Patchouli

What does it smell like?: A sexy fragrance packed full of  personality. The creaminess of almonds are given a injection of energy with the addition of orange blossom, which atop a base of patchouli and tonka bean feels fresh. A real game-changer.

How long does it last?: 4/5

How much is it?: 52.50 for 50ml

Shop now: Elie Saab, Girl of Now, £52.50 for 50ml from John Lewis


These are the best winter fragrances ever

Best Winter Perfume

Rich, warming scents always spring to mind when thinking of staple winter fragrances. After the spicy, gingery notes that saw us through autumn, winter’s well underway with lighter, more uplifting notes rounded out with something more full-bodied; think bergamot, neroli and jasmine, linked with dark vanilla, toffee, suede accord, and cocoa. The best winter fragrances of 2017 consist of some classic favourites, with plenty of new and exciting additions.

The best floral fragrances for men, that you’ll love yourself

Mens floral fragrances

The lines between men’s and women’s fragrance are increasingly blurred and while we’re still champions of one-size-fits-all approach, passing back and forth our Comme Des Garcons with our significant other, are there certain ingredients that just don’t belong in fragrances for him?  We’re here to talk about flowers. And, whilst you may think they are reserve for the world of women’s perfume, flowers, in actual fact have played an equally important part in fragrances for him. Scroll through our edit for all the best floral fragrances for men

The best perfumes favoured by Royals around the world

Princess Diana style

Princess Diana and Prince Charles

From Jo Malone to Illuminum, these are the fragrances chosen by Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and The Queen on their special days. We couldn’t forget Meghan! Although nothing’s been confirmed yet, and she isn’t really a royal (yet), we’re eagerly anticipating yet another royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry – with one of her favourite fragrances most likely being her go-to on the big day.

What did Kate wear?

Clarence House confirmed that when Kate said ‘I do’ to Prince William in 2011, she was wearing White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum. The small brand behind the soft, floral scent became a huge name almost overnight with reports that every 50ml bottle sold out within minutes of the announcement that the Duchess had worn it.

It’s still difficult to get hold of, but Illuminum’s Rose Oud eau de parfum is another of the brand’s best sellers.

Kate Middleton Wedding day perfume Illuminium Rose Oud

How to make your fragrance last longer

There’s nothing more annoying than spritzing your signature scent only for it to be but a lingering memory a mere thirty minutes later. Well, we spoke to an expert to find out how you can make your perfume last longer, day or night. So why not give these five simple steps a try to get the most out of your favourite fragrance? Oh and the best bit? It turns out that even though you may not be able to smell your perfume, everyone else probably can! And just wait until you find out why.

These are the best travel fragrance minatures

Never be without your favourite scent with our edit of the best travel mini’s for your bag.

How to pick the perfect wedding scent


Not sure what fragrance to wear on your wedding day and how to pick the perfect wedding day scent? Click through for expert tips on how to pick the perfect scent for your big day, how to layer it, and how to preserve it for your next wedding anniversary.


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