Hey everyone, and thanks for visiting and reading my blog. If you don’t know by now, perfumes and fragrances are an essential part of my life, and I love to smell great. The journey started when I was first introduced to my first perfume at around 14 years old. I was introduced to my first set of Givenchy fragrances as a gift by a family friend.
At that age (14), perfume was probably the last thought that came to my mind, and I would only use perfume ever so often. Then I started playing around with fragrances that you could find at the drug store, such as Ici and vanilla fields which were both staples of mine.
Fragrances have always been an essential part of my life, and I have learned many things about perfumes and fragrances.
In this blog post, I will go over the basics of fragrance 101 and cover questions like: What are the different types of perfumes and what are they used for, and how often should you change your scents. However, the primary purpose of this post was to go over my Top Rated Perfumes 2020 .
Many people tell me that I have a great nose, which is why I wanted to share my top 5 with you. I hope you enjoy my selection.
Different types of perfume
Buying perfume may not be the easiest when it comes to deciding what type of perfume to get. You may notice different terms such as “eau de toilette” or “Eau de parfum.” If you don’t know by now, “Eau” is French for water, and most fragrances contain water & alcohol.
There are four main types of perfumes on the market now, and I will list them from strongest to weakest.
First, we have “Parfum” which is the highest concentration of all the perfumes on the market. They usually contain 15% – 40% perfume concentration and can last from 6-8 hours. So if you decide that this is the right perfume for you, you may also end up paying a higher price because of the high concentration and longevity of this type of perfume.
This perfume is also recommended for people with sensitive skin as it contains a lesser amount of alcohol, which can irritate the skin.
Eau De Parfum
The following kind of perfume that is not as strong as “parfum” is the Eau de parfum. I did some research and found that it contains 15-20% of perfume concentration. So you will also find the majority of fragrances are in this formula.
Eau de Parfume can last anywhere from four to six hours. This time frame is so reasonable to know, and as I am posting, I am also learning about the different concentrations in each type of perfume.
Eau de Toilette
This type of fragrance called eau de toilette is another popular type of perfume and contains a minor fragrance concentration. It typically holds around 5-15% of the concentration of fragrance in each bottle. It generally lasts anywhere from two to three hours.
You will also find that women’s eau de toilette perfume is a lot cheaper than most perfume bottles. So if your trying to budget or save money, then this perfume choice may be the right option for you. But you may find that you could be using it more often than the accustomed perfume that we usually buy.
Eau de Cologne
Last but not least, we have the eau de cologne perfume bottles. These types of bottles are generally rare, but I find that they usually come in a rollerball container.
They contain the least amount of fragrance concentration, around 2-4% of the concentration.
Because it has such tiny amounts of fragrance, you can expect it to last around two hours.
Now, here are my top favorite perfumes of 2021:
Top Rated Perfumes 2020
Prada Candy Kiss Perfume
On the top of my list currently is Prada candy fragrances. I love the whole Prada Candy collection, and in general, I would recommend any candy fragrance. But my signature scent at this moment is the Prada Candy Kiss perfume.
The Candy line of fragrance type is Eau De Parfum, which, as I stated in the previous paragraph, is the second most strongest fragrance and can last up to six hours from one application.
I love this particular fragrance because it has that smell that you can get away with for any occasion. If I were to narrow down the affairs to wear this fragrance, I would say that you can wear a casual feminine aroma to work.
The pricing of this perfume runs for about $100 for 50 ml. If you are in the market for this fragrance, you can purchase it through my affiliate link here.
Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet
Next on my favorites list is the Dior Miss Dior blooming bouquet perfume. This type of perfume is the women’s eau de toilette. You can expect this perfume to last two to four hours long.
For me, I am noticing that one application usually lasts throughout the day. It is a floral fragrance that is not too strong or dominating to describe and contains floral notes . I did a blog post about this fragrance when I just started blogging. You can find it here.
This use to be my most favorite fragrance of all until I discovered the Prada Candy Collection. I like that it is marketed towards young and fierce women and would recommend this to a teenager, that is just learning about fragrances and perfumes.
Suppose you are in the market for this particular fragrance. You can find it here for $100 for 50ml.
Third, my list of top fragrances that I love and would buy again would be the Jadore Perfume. Like Miss Dior blooming bouquet, these two fragrances are both created by Christian Dior, a top clothing designer.
This fragrance is a fragrance that you would wear on special occasions and contains notes of jasmine, and orange blossom . I wouldn’t recommend wearing this perfume to work unless you are melodramatic and like to stand out. It is a bit too strong for the work environment, which I am not a fan of.
I also wrote about this fragrance in another blog post, and you can view it here to find out how this fragrance ended up in my fragrance drawer.
If you are a fan of this fragrance and would like to try it, you can purchase it here for $123 for 50ml
My fourth favorite fragrance is from (you’re not going to believe) Avon! Do not sleep on Avon. I recently received a sample of the Artisan Cherry Vetiver and couldn’t believe how wonderful it smelt.
If you love the smell of fruity fragrances and love the scent of cherries, then you will love this fragrance. Unfortunately, most cherry/strawberry-smelling fragrances are hard to find, and you can typically find them as a body wash or as a mist.
The Artisan Cherry Vetiver perfume from Avon is an Eau de parfum fragrance, so you can expect it to last a good four to six hours as it is the second most potent type of fragrance on the market.
If you are interested in sampling or buying this fragrance, you can purchase it here.
Chanel n 5 Eau De Parfum
Last on my list of the top 5 scents for women is Chanel no 5 . Although I haven’t purchased this fragrance yet, it is something that I am considering purchasing when I require more perfume. However, this honestly isn’t going to be for a while because I have many fragrances.
I made a vow to use them all up before purchasing any new fragrances.
Chanel fragrances were introduced in my life when I was much younger (in my teens), but I haven’t always been a fan of the perfume. When I was younger, I always thought that it smelt like cat urine, which you might think is crazy, but I wasn’t always a fan. Now that I think of it, I probably wouldn’t say I liked it because it was a Parfum, which contains the highest perfume percentage.
Now I am finding that the fragrance isn’t as strong as before and is tolerable. And I loved the way that I smelt after sampling some the other day. This perfume is something on my shopping list, and I look forward to purchasing it.
I am most fond of the Chanel no 5 premier collection, and you can purchase a 50 ml bottle here for $108.
As you can see, perfume is an essential part of my life, and I enjoy smelling good. So, I went over some of my favorite perfumes of 2021, hoping to recommend some fragrances that other women may enjoy. I hope you liked it. Like I stated in the post, I don’t know what I would do without the Prada Candy collection.
It hasn’t been around that long, but I am so glad that it is made and available in my country to buy.
If it weren’t for Prada, I would be living in Miss Dior’s blooming bouquet, and I discovered this fragrance about a year before Prada candy. I am also a fan of Dior’s Jadore, and this is the fragrance that set it off and led me to my discovery of blooming bouquet.
I am also a massive fan of Avon fragrances and would advise you to pick up a copy of the latest catalog and buy/sample some of their new fragrances.
Lastly, we have the Chanel no 5 fragrance that I have slept on since I was a little girl. Now that the formula is not as potent as they used to make it, this is a fragrance that I will be purchasing later on down the line.
I hope you enjoyed my recommendations and can purchase any of these products through my affiliate links.