When we think of fragrance, one of the first things that come to mind are flowers; there are thousands of flowers, and each of them contains its unique aroma. For thousands of years, humans have put this aroma to good use in perfumes and oils, and in modern society, the floral scent remains the most popular.
In this guide, we bring you 20 of our favorite floral fragrances whose range is so varied that there is a scent for every event, season, and personality.
What To Look For In A Floral Perfume
Floral fragrances are the most common in perfume, but this doesn’t mean that any two are the same. With hundreds of floral accords to choose from, perfumers are not limited in their options. How these scents are blended depends highly on what the perfumer wants to create; for a fruity floral blend, he or she would mix with fresh and fragrant mint, lemon, blackcurrant, or peach. In contrast, for a woody, Oriental fragrance, one might mix florals with musk, vanilla, or cedar. This is something to keep in mind when choosing a floral perfume.
In the main, floral fragrances can be fruity, Oriental, soft, or floral, and each one suits varying personalities and occasions. The most commonly used flowers in perfume are rose, jasmine, and orange blossom, and while they are more widely used in women’s fragrances, some flowers are used in men’s perfume. Most commonly, we see floral notes of lavender and rose combined with woody undertones.
The flowers used in perfume are grown worldwide, and the essential oils are extracted using either a steam distillation method or a solvent extraction method. The latter yields a far more aromatic result due to the delicate process making the oils far more expensive.
Floral scents have always been popular in fragrance owing to their diversity. However, many people associate flowers with romance and elegance, and these are both highly desirable traits. In ancient times, only the rich would have been able to afford beautiful floral perfumes, but now, they are accessible to everyone.
20 Best Floral Scented Perfumes
With flowers being one of the most beautiful and widely-used types of scent in the world, it comes as no surprise that there is an incredible number of floral perfumes on the market. However, in our opinion, these are 20 of the most stunning and fragrant floral perfumes available today.
Jimmy Choo Floral
This floral perfume od Jimmy Choo was released in the spring of 2019 and effortlessly combines flowers’ delicate nature with the fun and zesty fragrance of fruits. Jimmy Choo is known for its intense perfumes that are perfect for fun-loving women who want to make an entrance.
For those who want to radiate confidence and beauty, this is the ideal scent, and while closely associated with spring, can be worn all year round. We believe that this perfume is ideal for daytime wear, thanks to the fresh floral scent that stirs up visions of a day in the sun.
The top notes comprise nectarine, bergamot, and tangerine and give an initial fruity aroma; these are closely followed by sweet pea, apricot blossom, and magnolia before giving way to the musky and woody base notes that give this perfume an excellent sillage and long-lasting effect.
Victor & Rolf Flower Bomb
Flowerbomb is potentially one of the most well-loved floral fragrances globally right now and has been since its launch in 2005. This is an Oriental floral fragrance for the daring woman who wants to make a pronounced arrival.
The perfume comes in a striking bottle that could be seen as something of a masterpiece, and this further adds to the mysterious nature of the scent.
With top notes of tea and bergamot and middle notes of orchid, rose, jasmine, and freesia, one could be forgiven for thinking that this was a purely floral offering. Still, as the musky base notes come through, the true luxury of Flowerbomb is revealed. Wear it on a special occasion such as a wedding or a birthday party; one of the most incredible things about this long-lasting fragrance is its diversity.
Coach Floral Perfume
Coach is synonymous with luxury, and this rich and intense woody floral perfume perfectly replicates this. Opening with top notes of pink pepper, orange, and bergamot, you get a fresh and light initial aroma; this is followed by gardenia and rose before drying down to a deep base of patchouli and sandalwood.
This perfume is best worn throughout the day. Still, the woody accords make it ideal for carrying you through to an evening event, and while this 2018 floral offering is intense, it is ideally suited to women who like something a little less dramatic. Yes, the fragrance is rich, but the sillage is gentle and perfect for an intimate event or perhaps a date night.
The pink bottle screams femininity and would make a delightful centerpiece on the vanity unit.
Peony and Blush Suede Jo Malone
Jo Malone never fails to deliver where deeply fragranced perfumes are concerned, and if you are looking for a floral perfume to captivate, this might be your new signature scent.
The combination of notes in this is incredible, perfectly blending floral and fruity in a heady mix that is both romantic and daring. The top note of apple is crisp and clean, but then this is juxtaposed by heart notes of peony, rose, and carnation, all known for their soft, elegant aroma. The suede base note makes for a unique dry down and sets the perfume apart from the rest.
Peony and Blush Suede of Jo Malone is for the woman who wants to stand out from the crowd without being garish, the gentle sillage will create a soft trail wherever you go leaving an unmistakable hint that you were there.
Gucci Flora Perfume
Gucci Flora is a unique blend of woody notes and floral scents that effortlessly creates a romantic and seductive fragrance for the modern woman. These accords infuse to make a perfume that expresses youth and vitality and makes a wonderful signature scent for a carefree lady with the world at her feet.
The fragrance is reminiscent of more established floral scents with an up to date twist. The classic bottle with a modern flavor further adds to the idea that this take on a timeless classic has been brought into the 21st century with a bang.
Top and heart notes of peony, mandarin orange, and rose give way to profound base notes comprising sandalwood and patchouli alongside pink pepper for a slightly woody, oriental scent that travels with you wherever you go.
Burberry Brit Rhythm For Her
Rhythm is a musky, aromatic, and powdery scent for women that was released in 2014 alongside a men’s fragrance of the same name. With a deep lavender accord, this is an ideal fragrance for a relaxed afternoon in the sun. But when you consider the versatile range of notes that make up this fragrance, it is not difficult to see why it would also make a wonderful evening fragrance or one for special occasions.
Top and middle notes of lavender, pink pepper, orris, and blackberry leaf are among some that give this an intense fragrance from the first spray. Moving on, we notice base notes of musk, vetiver, and cedar that drift with you throughout the day and long into the evening.
Chanel No. 5
Some might call No. 5 the original perfume, and despite being released almost 100 years ago, this powdery, woody floral Chanel fragrance still adorns the dresser of many prominent women.
It features fresh top and middle notes of lemon, ylang-ylang, neroli, and iris, which are followed by base notes of civet, amber, vetiver, and patchouli, effortlessly bringing together one of the most diverse compositions in the perfume industry.
Chanel No.5 is made for the sophisticated woman with an air of grace and class. She doesn’t take any nonsense, and she knows what she wants. Those who wear this only wear this, making it one of the most popular signature scents in the world.
While this is a classic, the modern woman could also wear it, and the timeless, beautiful bottle is recognized the world over.
Jadore by Dior
Another of the most well-loved and long-standing fragrances in the world is this fruity floral perfume from Dior, which is closely associated with glamor and sophistication. It is opulent, elegant, and powerful; it is the perfect perfume for the woman who wants to get ahead in life.
Wear it at the office or at the most important social event on the calendar; the chances are that you will leave a lasting impression. That is owning just as much to the delicious combination of notes that are used as much as the delicate sillage.
J’adore brings together top notes of pear, melon, and peach with heart notes of lily of the valley, tuberose, and orchid, making this a complex yet easily recognizable scent. Once the base notes come through, you are left with a musky aroma of cedar and vanilla with just a hint of fruit blackberry that gives this perfume its unique scent.
The One by Dolce & Gabbana
The One is an iconic fragrance from Dolce and Gabbana that is fitting with a woman who is spontaneous, full of life, and ready to show the world what she has got. It was developed with the spirit of Naples in mind and is a go-to perfume for anyone who wants a modern take on a timeless scent; this is because, despite being released in 2006, the fragrance was given an overhaul in 2017, bringing it right up to date for the youthful lady. The modern and stylish bottle further adds to this feel.
The top notes of peach and mandarin orange give a fruity start to the fragrance. These are soon followed by fresh lily and broom before the heady base notes of amber and vanilla make their way through, leaving you with a generous sillage and a perfume that will take you through the day without the need to respray.
Euphoria by Calvin Klein
The simplistic style of Calvin Klein is perfectly demonstrated in the bottle that contains one of the world’s most well-loved Oriental floral perfumes. But what is in the bottle is anything but simple; this is an intense combination and woody and flowery notes for the mysterious woman who doesn’t give too much away.
A deep scent that is perfect for an evening out, Euphoria brings together a diverse blend of raspberry, pomegranate, orchid, and lotus in the top and heart notes before exposing you to base notes of mahogany, amber, and vanilla for a truly unique perfume.
Tried and tested since 2005, Euphoria is a scent with incredible longevity and a moderate sillage that will leave people guessing.
Black Orchid by Tom Ford
Tom Ford is a fragrance house that knows what it is doing, and this warm, spicy floral fragrance is both enticing and sensual. Black Orchid is an Oriental chypre scent that is both modern and timeless, ideal for women of all ages and from all walks of life.
Top notes of truffle and ylang-ylang blend effortlessly with heart notes of lotus, orchid. These are followed by base notes of Mexican chocolate, amber, and vanilla to create a scent that is luxurious and sophisticated. Wear this in the evenings to capture everyone’s attention around you with the intense sillage and long-lasting, rich fragrance which will quickly become your signature scent when worn over time.
Carolina Herrera Good Girl
If there is anything that is instantly recognizable about this perfume, it is the iconic shoe-shaped bottle that gives you the initial impression that this is a glamorous and intense fragrance, and you would not be wrong to assume this. Good Girl was marketed as a sexy perfume with the idea that it’s good to be bad. This Oriental floral fragrance is for the woman who is daring and seductive. It is for the modern, powerful woman who knows where she is going in life.
Ideal as a fragrance for sophisticated evening events but just as fitting in an intimate moment, the top notes of almond and coffee gradually move aside to reveal heart notes of rose, orris and tuberose before finally succumbing to the potent base notes of tonka bean, vanilla, and sandalwood for a heady perfume that stands out from the crowd.
Bloom is presented in a feminine and simple bottle that oozes sophistication and class. There are no gimmicks here, just a beautiful package for a beautiful fragrance.
Gucci has created this blend of jasmine, tuberose, and Rangoon creeper for the modern lady who is courageous and daring. The white floral bouquet perfectly demonstrates a personality that has a zest for life and a youthful vibrancy. Wear this throughout the day for a playful and flirty vibe.
Bloom was initially launched in 2017, where it was lovingly received and remains a staple Gucci perfume to this day. The fragrance suits women who want to feel beautiful, and what better way to do this than through a simple floral perfume that is renowned for its delicate scent.
Diptyque Fleur De Peau
This musky floral perfume is one of the many high-end Diptyque perfumes that are classy and sophisticated, all the while being modern. The perfume is presented in the classic style bottle, which oozes Parisian chic.
Inside, you will find a scent that is light yet musky, delicate yet pronounced. This perfume offers a moderate sillage for anyone who wants to make a gentle statement with their fragrance. It combines a luscious blend of pink pepper and bergamot followed by heart notes of iris and Turkish rose, making this one of the most floral scents out there. The base notes come in after a short dry-down period leaving you with the aroma of carrot, musk, and sandalwood.
While this is marketed as a women’s perfume, many would suggest that it could be used as a unisex fragrance. Diverse enough for any occasion and long-lasting enough to see you through the day.
Released in 2014, Flowerhead is a unique white floral perfume for women that evokes memories of spring and lazy, hazy days spent in the sun. The perfume doesn’t make a fuss with complex floral combinations but rather sticks to some of the more simple scents, including cranberry and lemon at the top and jasmine sambac and rose in the middle before releasing base notes of suede for that unique aroma.
Flowerhead can be worn during the day, every day. It is light enough for a day in the office or a playdate with the children while being fun enough to be worn at exciting social events. Its delicate fragrance will linger slightly even after you have left, and the longevity of this perfume is undoubtedly impressive.
Marc Jacobs Daisy
Daisy is one of the most well-known floral perfumes of the modern era; from its release in 2007 right through to the present day, many people would instantly think of this perfume when choosing a floral fragrance. Of course, the huge daisy lid on the bottle is a key giveaway, which adds to the perfume’s feminine floral nature.
This is an ideal daytime fragrance that is seductive yet sophisticated and would work excellently for an anniversary lunch or special date. For the woman who wants to capture attention and dazzle, Daisy should be a signature scent.
It comprises top notes of violet leaf and strawberry with heart notes of jasmine and gardenia before settling into a musky, white wood base that lasts all day.
Amouage Epic Woman
If you love Oriental floral perfumes, then Epic Women may be for you. This is a fresh and spicy fragrance that is quite unlike anything else, and the unique bottle is fitting with the dark and mysterious theme that the creators are going for here.
This perfume is perfect for the woman who wants to create an air of mystery and magic around herself and is perfect for evening wear. That being said, if you want to create a luxurious mystique during the day, then Epic woman will help you to do that.
It begins with caraway and cinnamon notes, which are followed by a heart of rose and tea. Once the scent has dried down, you are treated to a deep and woody aroma of oud, incense, and musk, which will carry you through the entire day.
Christian Dior Ambre Nuit
Ambre Nuit is much unlike other floral fragrances as it is designed for both men and women. Many florals are exclusively for females, so this is a welcome addition to our list.
This is an Oriental floral perfume that demonstrates strength and power. It is ideally suited to anyone who wants to make a statement with the perfume and can be worn both during the day and at night.
The creators wanted to create something animalistic. This has been effortlessly achieved through a unique blend of aroma, including tuberose and amber notes, for a primitive and sensual finish that is surprisingly soft.
Ambre Nuit comes in a simple yet elegant bottle deserving of pride of place on the dresser.
Tom Ford Noir de Noir
Anyone who has a deep sense of what it takes to create a perfume, someone who considers themselves to be something of a fragrance connoisseur, Noir de Noir is potentially one of the fragrances that must not be ignored. Coming from the Private Blend range, Tom Ford brings you a chypre fragrance that is earthy, floral, and entirely intoxicating. This exclusive range is suited to anyone with a passion for perfume and a passion for life.
The fragrance is sensual and intense and brings together luxurious saffron followed by a heart of truffle and black rose before finally giving way to an intense, rich base of vanilla, patchouli, and oud.
It comes in a striking black and gold bottle that is symbolic of the luxury and sophistication of the brand and, when placed with other scents from the range, makes an incredible centerpiece.
Fragrance Du Bois Oud Rose Intense
This fragrance house uses 100% organic ingredients in all of its perfumes and targets a niche market, bringing luxury and class in fragrances that are long-lasting and powerful. This incredible scent is a fruity floral offering that comprises top notes of fruits and bergamot with middle notes of rose, geranium, and sandalwood before opening up to a heady base of oud, which has impressive longevity.
The techniques used in the creation of this sensual scent date back to the 17th century, bringing together modern fragrance with timeless tradition. It comes in a gorgeous bottle that oozes class and regality, an ideal gift for anyone with a taste for the finer things in life.
The fragrance is unisex and gives off an intoxicating aroma that is perfect for a special occasion.
How To Choose Your Floral Perfume
One of the first things that you should think about when choosing a floral perfume is how the scent makes you feel. It has been recognized that people are naturally drawn to a particular scent family over others. If you are a fan of heavy floral perfumes, you might go for one that combines many floral scents. In contrast, you may be someone that prefers something a little more subtle, and there are plenty of perfumes out there that offer a delicate hint of floral under a more woody or fruity accord.
You should also think about when and where you wish to use the perfume. Many floral fragrance lovers are women who are carefree, relaxed, and in touch with nature; these people would tend to go for something light and soft. Conversely, if you are the type of person who loves to grab people’s attention, a more powdery and intense floral scent might work for you.
Frequently Asked Questions On Floral Perfume
What is a floral fragrance?
The floral fragrance is a scent derived from various parts of a flower; often, the petals or buds. This aroma is extracted using either a steam distillation method or through solvent extraction.
How to describe the floral scent?
Floral scents are often feminine and soft and are reminiscent of nature.
How to identify a floral scent?
It is essential to spend some time researching floral scents and smelling different aromas. As your nose becomes more educated, you will be more easily able to pick out the different delicate fragrances of various flowers.
What does floral fragrance smell like?
Floral fragrances can have a wide range of scents; some are deep and rich, whereas others are light and fresh. The combination of floral scents and what they are blended with will determine the perfume’s overall smell.
What is the best floral perfume?
Everyone has a different favorite floral perfume, but the most iconic is Chanel No.5
What is the most floral perfume?
Several perfumes are tantalizingly floral, but Daisy, by Marc Jacobs, is considered one of the most floral.
Full Guide On Floral Scented Perfume
Flowers have been used for their beautiful fragrance for many thousands of years; we can look back as far as the ancient Roman times to see an example of this. Back then, some flowers were seen to be more prestigious than others, the rose being the most highly-prized of all. In fact, Romans would fill a water fountain with rose water and use this to perform a daily cleansing ritual.
Moving on through time, we see that the importance of the flower never wanes, more than anything, the scent from these natural blooms grow in significance over time. During the 16th century, there was an abundance of floral displays used to adorn areas making them more opulent and elegant. In these times, it was seen that the more flowers, the more fragrance and, therefore, the more beautiful. One of the most famous kings to have ever lived, Louis XIV gained notoriety as the ‘perfumed king’ since his court was so heavily adorned with a variety of flower species. The two that stood out the most were the carnation and neroli, both of which have long been associated with him.
Moving forward to Victorian times, women would often use flowers as a way to woo gentlemen. In those days, flirtatious behavior was considered to be sinful, so ladies would use the scent of flowers to attract men, most commonly honeysuckle.
By the time the roaring 20s came around, it was clear that the floral scent was going nowhere. It was at this time that Coco Chanel brought us her world-famous Chanel No.5. This was potentially one of the most widely recognized floral scents ever made, and despite its age, it remains one of the go-to floral perfumes for women everywhere.
One of the most wonderful things about floral scents is that they can be used with almost anything. The ‘Floriental’ fragrance family is a combination of floral and woody notes that combine the Oriental family perfectly with the floral, bringing a new take on the classics. A perfect example of this is Flower by Kenzo, which combines a bouquet of fresh floral aromas with the Oriental vanilla to create a unique and powdery scent unlike any other.
The floral fragrance has always remained popular due to its diversity and with fragrances for every occasion and every taste, it is almost certain that its popularity will never waiver.
Final Thoughts On Floral Perfume
The intoxicating aroma of flowers has long been used to make perfumes and as far back as the Romans, people were lavishing in the scent of romantic roses and luxurious lilies.
In modern fragrance-making, floral scents are one of the most popular and are blended with a whole range of other scents making them versatile and beautiful.
There is no denying that there is an overwhelming number of floral perfumes out there, each with its own individual accord; where floral fragrance is concerned, there is truly something for everyone.