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Top 10 Best Perfumes for Women to Buy Online in the UK 2020

A beautiful fragrance stirs the senses like nothing else. Whether you favour a quick spritz of something sweet with fruit or vanilla or a dab of musky vetivert on your décolletage, discovering a perfume that compliments your style and personality can be a wonderful mood-boost or a sensual final touch to your favourite outfit. 


Choosing a perfume can be hard, and while classic brands like Chanel, YSL and Elizabeth Arden all offer gorgeous scents, you may appreciate hearing about some more unique perfume options, or perhaps some cheaper or more affordable ones. Here at mybest we have brought together a useful buying guide to help you decide on the perfect fragrance, and we've even selected ten of our favourites from Amazon, eBay and John Lewis for your perusal. 

  • Last updated: 13-02-2020
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How to Choose a Perfume for Women in the UK - Buying Guide

So, let's get thinking about what factors to keep in mind while choosing your perfect perfume. There are a few important elements to think about while choosing a scent that will suit you, and here in our buying guide we'll talk you through them.

Cologne, Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette: What's the Difference? It's a Question of Longevity

Cologne, Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette: What's the Difference? It's a Question of Longevity

Three of the key types of fragrance are cologne, eau de parfum and eau de toilette. But what are the important differences and which will suit you best? Let's start with cologne, which contains between 2 and 5 % essential oils and can stay on skin for around 2 hours. 


Colognes may be cheaper in general, but they do not last as long as other perfumes; think of them as the head-turning guest at the party who turns up, takes a twirl on the dancefloor, makes everyone laugh and leaves in a cloud of delicious perfume. A short, strong flash of fragrance rather than a long-lasting scent. You may also hear it referred to as an eau de cologne

Cologne, Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette: What's the Difference? It's a Question of Longevity

Eau de toilettes contain closer to 10 % essential oils, so can last more like 4 hours on your person. Keep a little bottle in your bag to top up after a long day or as you party on til sunrise.


Eau de parfum lasts longer still, with around 15 or 20% essential oil content that'll smell rich for as long as 5 or 6 hours. These will be the most expensive of the three, but many see them as a more economical buy over time, plus you won't use as much for each application. 

Makes Perfect Scents; Think About Which Fragrance Notes Suit Your Style

Makes Perfect Scents; Think About Which Fragrance Notes Suit Your Style

Do you want a deep, musky fragrance that is bold and striking, or a fresh, fruity scent with lighter notes? It really depends on a few key details, alongside your personal preferences. On the whole, evening wear, especially during winter, suits a deeper musk for a more glamorous, festive scent; perhaps something like coffee, patchouli or amber. 


Citrus notes are often associated with, and are usually better suited to, the spring and summer months, or holidaying – for example perfumes containing grapefruit or orange. Rose, peach, fruit blossoms and vanilla boost the mood and are also suited to the warmer months, and are popular everyday scents for many.

Consider Intensity: Strong Perfumes Are Striking, Lighter Perfumes Are Subtle but May Need to Be Reapplied

Consider Intensity: Strong Perfumes Are Striking, Lighter Perfumes Are Subtle but May Need to Be Reapplied

While the type of fragrance will give you a good idea of the scent's longevity, it can also be worthwhile to double-check the intensity of the perfume according to the eCommerce site you're shopping on. Perfumes with an intensity described as 'strong' will contain higher percentages of essential oils, and usually involve richer fragrance notes that can be more noticeable like bark, chocolate and coffee. 


If it is listed as 'moderate', it may have lower levels of essential oils and the central fragrance notes may be gentler scents like blossoms, flowers and spices. It will not knock the socks of passers-by but should still give you a noticeable aura of fragrance. 


'Light' or 'soft' intensity perfumes tend to contain citrus and fruits and will be extra subtle.

Top 10 Best Perfumes for Women to Buy Online in the UK

Now that you have an idea of how to select a fragrance you'll love, we can introduce you to our personal favourite scents. We'll also give you an idea of the different elements of each so you can compare and contrast, ultimately choosing a perfume that will become a firm favourite for parties, celebrations or every day wear.

10

Atelier ColognePomélo Paradis

£55.00

Volume30 ml
Fragrance TypeCologne
ScentCitrus
IntensitySoft
9

The Body ShopBritish Rose Eau de Toilette

£22.00

Volume100 ml
Fragrance TypeEau de Toilette
Scent NotesHand-picked roses
IntensityMedium
8

Giorgio ArmaniPrivé Orangerie Venise Eau de Toilette

£80.75

Volume50 ml
Fragrance TypeEau de Toilette
ScentCitrus
IntensityStrong
7
Volume50 ml
Fragrance TypeEau de Toilette
ScentFig
IntensityMedium
6
Volume30 ml
Fragrance TypeEau de Parfum
ScentCoffee, pink pepper, orange blossom, pear, jasmine, ceda, patchouli, vanilla
IntensityMedium
5

Elizabeth ArdenGreen Tea Scent Spray

£16.95

Volume100 ml
Fragrance TypeEau de Toilette
ScentGreen tea
IntensityLight
4

ChanelNo. 5 Eau de Parfum Spray

£75.95

Volume50 ml
Fragrance TypeEau de Parfum
ScentMay rose, jasmine, citrus, vanilla
IntensityStrong
3
Volume100 ml
Fragrance TypeEau de Parfum
ScentPeach, fresia blossom, osmanthus, cocoa & vanilla
IntensityStrong
2
Volume50 ml
Fragrance TypeEau de Parfum
ScentFloral & woody
IntensityMedium
1
Volume100 ml
Fragrance TypeEau de Toilette
ScentChypre
IntensityMedium

Compare the Best Perfumes for Women

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1
Diptyque Philosykos Eau de Toilette 1

Diptyque

2
Narciso Rodriguez Pure Musc 1

Narciso Rodriguez

3
Hugo Boss The Scent For Her 1

Hugo Boss

4
Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum Spray 1

Chanel

5
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Scent Spray 1

Elizabeth Arden

6
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium 1

Yves Saint Laurent

7
Laura Mercier Fresh Fig Eau de Toilette 1

Laura Mercier

8
Giorgio Armani Privé Orangerie Venise Eau de Toilette 1

Giorgio Armani

9
The Body Shop British Rose Eau de Toilette 1

The Body Shop

10
Atelier Cologne Pomélo Paradis 1

Atelier Cologne

Name

Philosykos Eau de Toilette

Pure Musc

The Scent For Her

No. 5 Eau de Parfum Spray

Green Tea Scent Spray

Black Opium

Fresh Fig Eau de Toilette

Privé Orangerie Venise Eau de Toilette

British Rose Eau de Toilette

Pomélo Paradis

FeaturesAn Unforgettable, Head-Turn...Floral, Warm & PureExquisite Blossom BurstUtterly Unique and Classic Uplifting and Fresh, and Ve...Total Rock & Roll GlamourFig FreshnessStroll Through a Venetian O...Scent of an English RoseZesty & Bright
Price£98.00£55.24£59.62£75.95£16.95£45.90£42.50£80.75£22.00£55.00
Volume100 ml50 ml100 ml50 ml100 ml30 ml50 ml50 ml100 ml30 ml
Fragrance TypeEau de ToiletteEau de ParfumEau de ParfumEau de ParfumEau de ToiletteEau de ParfumEau de ToiletteEau de ToiletteEau de ToiletteCologne
ScentChypreFloral & woodyPeach, fresia blossom, osmanthus, cocoa & vanillaMay rose, jasmine, citrus, vanillaGreen teaCoffee, pink pepper, orange blossom, pear, jasmine, ceda, patchouli, vanillaFigCitrusHand-picked rosesCitrus
IntensityMediumMediumStrongStrongLightMedium MediumStrongMediumSoft
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Where Should You Apply Your Perfume? A Guide to Smelling Gorgeous

Where Should You Apply Your Perfume? A Guide to Smelling Gorgeous

Always spray your perfume from a distance of around 30 cm, as this helps you avoid dryness which could be caused by the alcohol content in many perfumes. The neck and collarbone are the classic spots to spray perfume, as this is a central focal point which will allow your scent to drift out to others as you move. 


Scent is believed to last longer when sprayed behind the ears as your blood is warmer in these parts of the body, preserving the fragrance. You can also apply perfume to your hair (though again, be aware of the drying quality of its alcohol content) as well as the wrists, back of the neck, ankles and feet to give a more rounded boost of scent. 


And on a final note, rubbing the wrists together after applying, which many of us believe we should do, can actually disrupt the scent's chemistry, so just spray and enjoy! 

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Summary

Well, there you have it. A straightforward guide to selecting the ideal perfume for you tastes. We hope you've got an idea now of the types of fragrances available, and can spy something among our top ten favourites which will perk up your senses and become your signature scent. 

Author: Annie Hopkins

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