Best Perfumes for Women 2019
By Cartier
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For the Powerful and Elegant Woman

More floral than its ancestors with the same name, this new perfume combines gardenia with green tea, jasmine, lily of the valley, pear, pineapple and rose. Base notes of musk, sandalwood, patchouli, and leather perfectly balance grapefruit and bergamot in the top.

By Ajmal
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For the Confident and Spicy Woman

Saffron top notes magnify the glow of the modern and sophisticated woman, while violet heart notes keep her mysteries and secrets well-hidden. Base notes of wood, amber, patchouli, suede, and cashmeran gift her with an ocean of delight to balance her feminine nature and put an all-day smile on her face.
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For the Melodic and Mysterious Woman

This latest perfume to carry the name Gucci Bloom, Nettare de Fiori is more dreamlike than the other Gucci Bloom perfumes. A complex base of patchouli and musk rounds out a heart of rose and osmanthus flowers. Sure to Wow on any woman, this mysterious fragrance sails away on the night breeze with top notes of ginger.

By Burberry
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For the Carefree and Creative Woman

Top notes recall romantic summer afternoons with raspberries and strawberries that burst red and bright and pucker your mouth. Meanwhile, heart notes of jasmine and violet sing a duet that hits all the right chords. White-woody base notes of vanilla and musk deliver on their promise of wonder and bliss.
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For the Pure and Radiant Soul

Unable to contain its beauty, this Eau de Parfum explodes floral and citrus notes with every drop. Unquestionably one of the best new women’s perfumes for 2019, JOY’s heart notes blossom warm and smooth with wood tones and a flowing base of musk.

Find Your New Go-To Scent For 2019

With so many great new perfumes from top brands, which will match your personality? Read on for our faves and all the info you need to choose.

Women's Perfumes - Mjareb’s Advice

When you start thinking about which perfume to buy, there are a number of steps and considerations you should take into account. The following advice will help you find the best type of perfume for you.

What Your Perfume Says About You?

Consider your personality. You should pick a perfume that helps highlight and enhance your most attractive attributes.
  • Are you gentle and passionate? Go for a perfume that focuses on florals, like Bloom Nettare Di Fiori by Gucci.
  • Are you a hopeless romantic? Try a perfume like Her by Burberry that focuses on fruits, vanilla and other tasty flavors.
  • Are you bubbly and energetic? Consider a citrus-infused scent like JOY by Dior.
  • Are you outgoing and spicy? You’ll prefer a perfume infused with aromatic notes like cinnamon, saffron, sandalwood and oud, like the new Abia Noir by Ajmal.
  • Elegant and sophisticated? A complex scent bringing together fruits and flowers with woods and musks might suit you. We recommend La Panthère Eau De Toilette by Cartier.

Best Women’s Perfumes On Any Budget

Best Women’s Perfumes Under AED 100
  • While in Love Forever by Rasasi, EDP 80ml
  • Maa Arwaak by Rasasi, EDP 50ml
  • Award Winning!: Brit by Burberry, EDP 50ml
  • Weekend by Burberry, EDP 50ml

Best Women’s Perfumes Under AED 300
  • Abia Noir by Ajmal, EDP 75ml
  • La Panthere by Cartier, EDP 75ml
  • Bright Crystal by Versace, EDT 200ml
  • Angel by Victoria’s Secret EDP 50ml
  • La Yukawam Pour Femme by Rasasi EDP 75ml

Best Women’s Perfumes Under AED 500
  • HER by Burberry, EDP Spray 50ml
  • Joy by Dior, EDP 50ml
  • Bloom Nettare Di Fiori by Gucci, EDP Intense 50ml
  • Valentina by Valentino EDP 80ml
  • L’ange Noir by Givenchy EDP 50ml

How Strong Do You Like Your Scent?

Consider the following list of scent concentrations. The stronger the perfume oil content in a fragrance product, the longer you can expect the scent to last. But the stronger the perfume oil content in a product, the more you can also expect the perfume to cost!

Balance both your budget and your expectations of how long your scent must last to select from the following list:
  • Scented lotion (1-3% perfume oil) is the weakest version of a fragrance and can be applied directly to the arms and legs. It will last 1-2 hours and often contains soothing and moisturizing ingredients like shea butter.
  • Eau de Toilette or EDT (4-8% perfume oil), will last 3-4 hours but is too strong to apply directly to sensitive skin like the neck. If you’re leaving work at lunch and want to change your clothes and your vibe, apply eau de toilette to your pulse points in the morning.
  • Eau de Parfum or EDP (15-18% perfume oil) will last you 6-8 hours, so it’s great to put on in the morning to start your day right. But be sure to only apply lightly in a few places, so you succeed in drawing attention, not in clearing the room!
  • Perfume (15-30% perfume oil), is the strongest and also most expensive version of a fragrance and will last you from sunup to sundown, and perhaps far into the night. It has no water at all and is simply perfume oil mixed with alcohol. In this case, a few tiny dabs should more than do the trick.

How To Choose The Best Perfume For Your Man

If you’re already shopping for perfume, don’t forget your man!
But what will he like? first of all, find out what types of fragrances interest your man the most. Does he like woody floral? Spicy ambery? Perhaps citrusy and watery fresh? Different scents suit different personalities, and it’s best to find a fit between the perfume and the man.

Use our quick gift-giving guide for men’s perfumes:
  • Is your man sweet yet captivating? Go for Uomo Intense by Valentino.
  • Is your man masculine yet sensitive? He won’t be able to resist Gucci’s Guilty Eau Pour Homme.
  • Is your man sporty and unpretentious? Try Mr. Burberry Indigo.
  • Is your man mysterious and original? He’ll love Gentleman Givenchy by Givenchy.
  • Is your man modern yet traditional? Get him Qafiya No.4 by Ajmal.

How To Choose Your Perfect Scent

Although the best deals are available online, there is a popular and time-honored ritual in visiting a shop to try different perfumes.

Preparing To Pick Your Scent

  • Go to the shop with a clear idea of what scent families you like – best arrive with a short list of perfumes you have read up on and are seriously interested in
  • Don’t plan to pick the perfect scent on the spot.
  • It’s usually best not to wear any kind of scented lotion, shampoo, or even deodorant when you go perfume shopping. That said, if there’s something you always use, maybe it’s best to continue – that way you get a perfume that goes together with your daily scent foundation
  • Plan to sniff only six perfumes in one day. Any more will confuse your nose!
  • Don’t apply more than two perfumes to yourself in one visit – one per wrist or arm

Choosing The Right Scent For You

First, sniff the bottle of the perfumes you’re interested in. If you don’t like it from the first sniff, no need to go further.
You can apply the perfumes that interest you to a cotton ball or a paper card and slip them in a sealed plastic bag. (Better bring a few “kits” like this) This way, you can try them later in your home environment at your convenience.

Once home, sparingly dab a scent you are seriously interested in on your pulse points and behind the ears. Wait 5 minutes. This is what you should expect to smell like all day.
Do not rub your wrists together as it can disturb the molecular composition of the scent.
When you find what you really like, go on or to get the best prices anywhere!

Women's Perfumes - FAQ's

Which Is The Best Women’s Perfume For Me?

As you are thinking about which perfume to buy, consider which types of scents attract you the most. Do you like floral? Fruity? Sensuous and spicy? Complex and elegant? Start by imagining your perfect fragrance.

You can ask friends and coworkers what they use so you can get a chance to smell what kind of scents you like and don’t like. Don’t be shy! You might even find your new favorite perfume on a stranger shopping next to you in the market.

What Are The Types Of Fragrances?

While each fragrance is unique and layered in different ways, there are several main words used to talk about women’s perfume. The best perfumes for women are described as gourmand, chypre, aromatic, floral, fruity, citrus, spicy, ambery, and woody-musk. The best perfume brands usually combine more than one of these types of scents.
  • Gourmand scents are those based on delicious flavors such as praline, chocolate, vanilla, honey, apple, pear, and berries in such a way as to tease the noses of dessert lovers of all ages.
  • Chypre scents are amongst the most popular classic French perfumes – although they first originated in Ancient Greek times in the Isle of Cypress. They are warm and dry, and bring fruity, leathery notes together with bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli and rockrose.
  • Aromatic refers to a scent enhanced by herbs such as thyme, rosemary, tarragon or mint. Often combined with a citrus base.
  • Floral refers to the scent of flowers and might include rose, lavender, carnation, or orange blossom. Primarily floral scents are often more suited for women, but these days, some sophisticated men pull off scents like Tom Ford’s Black Orchid with class and style.
  • Fruity refers to scents such as raspberry, strawberry, peach, apple, apricot, guava or even pineapple. Many of the best women’s perfumes include such flavors
  • Citrus such as the ever-popular grapefruit, orange, and lime are common in both women’s and the best men’s perfumes.
  • Spicy refers to a broad range of flavors such as you might find in a spice market. These can include ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, star anise, nutmeg, clove, mace and even chocolate.
  • Ambery scents are unique because of their warmth and sensuality. They use rare and precious resins and woods like jasmine, galbanum, f
  • Woody-Musk perfumes for women are always based on a floral center, but the addition of the low notes gives a more complex and modern effect.

What Are The Top Notes, Heart Notes, And Base Notes Of A Fragrance?

The top notes of a fragrance create the first impression you receive when encountering a perfume. They often fade within a half hour of application, mellowing as the heart notes begin to bloom. Popular top notes for women’s perfumes are citrus, herbs and berries.

Creating the core experience of a scent, the heart notes are the most dominant in a fragrance. Usually pleasing and well-rounded, they set the tone for the base notes to come. Common heart notes fuse floral with spicy elements and include geranium, jasmine, coriander and nutmeg.

The base notes of a fragrance do boost and mingle with the top and heart notes, but their most important job is to create the memory of a scent and linger long past when the top notes and heart notes have died down. Some of the best women’s perfumes have base notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli, oakmoss and amber.

Do Perfumes Expire?

Yes, perfumes do go bad over time. The compounds break down and oxidize, eventually darkening in color and fading or souring in fragrance. Because perfumes and fragrances are based on oil, they can go bad as with any oil-based product.

Be sure to keep your perfumes in a dark colored bottle away from light, heat and humidity (no bathrooms, please!) to prolong their life. And in any case, change them completely over every 2-3 years as per the manufacturer’s recommendation printed on the bottle.

How To Make Perfumes?

Perfumes are a mix of a scentless carrier oil like jojoba or almond, flowers and herbs, essential oils, alcohol and sometimes distilled water.

If you want to try it at home:
  • Find a small, dark-colored glass bottle.
  • Add two tablespoons of your carrier oil.
  • Then add 6 drops of essential oils you’ve picked as your base notes.
  • Add 15 drops of the oils you want for your heart notes.
  • Add 9 drops of the flavors you’d like to use for your top notes.
  • Then add 2 tablespoons of pure alcohol or high proof vodka.
  • Let the mixture sit between 48 hours and six weeks.
  • When you feel it’s ready, you can add two tablespoons of distilled water and shake up the bottle.
  • Immediately transfer the mixture into a different bottle and store in a cool, dry place.
  • Be sure to label your creation with what you put in it and the date it was made.

What Are The Leading Women’s Perfume Brands?

The following is a list of leading women’s perfume brands, along with their most beloved and best-selling fragrances of all time.
  • Gucci Guccio Gucci originally started the company as a leather luggage company, and since the 1990s, the chic handbag maker is releasing a varied line of products including jewelry, accessories and perfumes. Gucci’s most popular fragrances for women include Gucci by Gucci for women , as well as its Gucci Bamboo and the Gucci Bloom line
  • Ajmal Founded by Haji Ajmal Ali on the knowledge that a fragrance is all it takes to travel through time, the Ajmal line of perfumes has garnered international acclaim for its modern classic middle eastern scents such as Aurum and Abia Noir. It is also deeply beloved for its french perfumes like Raindrops, Sacrifice, and Viola.
  • Bvlgari Bvlgari was started in 1884 by a Grecian in Rome, and for more than a century has been leading in luxurious jewelry and fashion design. Bvlgari also is well known for its Omnia line and Goldea lines for women as well as Rose Essentielle, Jasmin Noir Splendida, Aqua Divina and of course, Pour Femme.
  • Mont Blanc Initially known as the leader in top-of-the-line pens and writing implements, Mont Blanc expanded into a line of elegant luxury lifestyle products including signature fragrances such as the Lady Emblem line for women, as well as Femme Individuelle, Legend for women, and the self-titled Mont Blanc, to name just a few.
  • Hermès Originally started in 1837 as a harness maker for horses, the French family released their first classic fragrance in 1961, still sold as Kelly Calèche. This was followed by other greats such as Eau and Lambre Des Merveilles, 24 Faubourg and Twilly D’Hermes for women.
  • Givenchy Started in the 1950s, Hubert De Givenchy designed most of his 40-year collection with Audrey Hepburn in mind, including his first fragrance, L’Interdit . Other film stars have since represented the line, such as Liv Tyler with Live Irresistible . Givenchy’s most famous modern perfumes include Dahlia Divin and L’ange Noir.
  • Dior Christian Dior started doing fashion sketches in 1938, and today is widely regarded as the most recognized name in fashion. He invented the concept of couture fragrance with his Miss Dior in 1947, a perfume which maintains its following till today. Other more recent popular releases include the J’adore and Poison lines for women, Addict , Dolce Vita , and the just-released JOY..
  • Chanel Born in 1883, Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel started off with a hat boutique but soon became one of the leading French fashion houses offering clothing, accessories, makeup, skincare and fragrances. Many classic Chanel perfumes for women are still popular today, such as Chanel N°5 Cristalle, Coco and Coco Mademoiselle, as well as Allure , Gabrielle , and our all-time favorite, Chance.
  • Huda Kattan Huda Kattan, an Arabic-American fashion blogger, moved to Dubai in 2006 and later started her world-famous fashion blog Huda Beauty in 2010. Her makeup line, also called Huda Beauty is wildly popular, and this year it will release a sub-brand of women’s perfumes called KAYALI – or “My imagination” in Arabic. These fragrances will take their inspiration from the rich history, color, and sophisticated culture of the middle east
  • Valentino Founded in 1959 by Valentino Garavani, the Italian fashion house is known in over 70 countries for its opulent and flamboyant fragrances like Valentino New, Valentino Gold, and Vendetta and Valentino V. The Modern Valentino fragrance line for women is extensive and includes various scents suitable for all tastes like its Donna line and its Valentina line , with Valentina Blush, Valentina Rosa , Valentina Poudre , and our favorite, Valentina Myrrh.
  • Cartier Referred to by some as the “Jeweler of Kings,” the French house of Cartier is well known for its intricate and detailed jewelry. Cartier was commissioned to make tiaras for coronations and other ornate custom jewelry and timepieces, and their perfumes often took their names from these jewelry collections. Popular Cartier perfumes for women include Must de Cartier, Eau de Cartier, Baiser Vole, De Lune, Carat, Le Baiser du Dragon, and La Panthere .
  • Burberry Founded in 1856, Burberry’s sturdy trench coats, tartans and accessories have long been a classic and high-quality mainstay of British luxury fashion. In 2004, the Burberry perfume line gained an international following when Burberry Brit for Women (featured in AskMjareb’s best women’s perfumes for under Dh100 above) won a FiFi Award from the Fragrance Foundation. Since then, Burberry perfumes for women like the self-titled Burberry, London, Body , My Burberry, The Beat , Brit Rhythm , Weekend , Sport and of course, our new favorite, Her have become a must-have for every girl and woman across the globe.
  • Versace Relatively young compared to many of the classic perfume brands, Versace is an Italian fashion house established by Gianni Versace in 1978. Drawing both from classic Greek and Roman influences as well as modern art, film, and street life, Versace perfumes have always been intertwined with celebrity and supermodel culture. Many of Versace’s most famous fragrances for women are very accessible, including Bright Crystal , Yellow Crystal , and Crystal Noir (featured in our best perfumes list for under Dh300 above), Eros Pour Femme , Vanitas , Women , Red Jeans , Dylan Blue Pour Femme , to name just a few.
  • Giorgio Armani Named by Forbes Magazine as the globes’ most successful designer, Giorgio Armani entered the women’s perfume industry in the early ’80s with the introduction of the self-titled Armani for Women, the first ever Armani perfume. He has since produced many beloved scents for women such as Code Luna , Code Femme Cashmere , Acqua Di Gioia , Sun Di Gioia , Onde Extases , Onde Vertige , Rose Alexandrie , Diamonds , Vetiver Babylone , Prive Oud Royale , and the extensive Si line of perfumes for women.
  • Rasasi Rasasi perfumes is a visionary Dubai perfume house founded in 1979 by Abdul Razzak Kalsekar. His six sons have continued his vision, each bringing their own unique flavor and talent to the line. Today, Rasasi is renowned for its popular Oriental style fragrances for women, like Amber Ood , Sonia, Dirham , Attar Al Mohabba Por Femme, Shuhrah Pour Femme , Rumz Al Rasasi , Aqua Kausar , Safina, Oud Al Misk , Maa Arwaak , and La Yukawam for Femme (featured in our Best Perfumes for Any Budget guide above.)
    Rasasi also excels in the art of occidental perfumes for women, with acclaimed fragrances such as Emotion , Blue Lady , Chastity , Hope , Feelings, Secret, Innocence, Relation Pour Femme, and While in Love Forever (also featured in our Best Perfumes for Any Budget guide above.)
Now we’ve shared with you not only our favorite new scents for 2019, but all you’ll need to know to pick just the right fragrance for yourself or as a gift. One thing to remember – picking perfume should be fun, but acquiring the skill can take some time. If you don’t buy the perfect scent the first time, don’t give up. You’re sure to get better and better as time goes on…