You’ve got your hair curled, your makeup on point, and your #ootd cute as can be. But let’s not forget the finishing touch — a spritz of scent that will make you smell just as good as you look! From fresh, fruity scents to warm, mellow perfumes, we’ve rounded up a list of the best women’s perfumes that can last for a long time in our Singapore weather. Check out our selection to find your signature scent to wear out for Valentine’s Day this 2023! Psst, this list also comes in handy for guys out there looking for a V-day gift for their partner!
What does perfume mean as a gift?
Thinking of buying the best ladies perfume for your bb this Valentine’s Day? Here’s why you totally should! Giving someone perfume is known to be a sign of love and affection, as it shows that you’ve put a lot of thought into what the recipient likes. Apart from being a romantic gesture, your recipient would also be reminded of you every time she wears the fragrance out!
How to choose the right perfume?
Not going to lie, choosing the best perfume for women in 2023 can be intimidating especially if you can’t sample it. But fret not, we’ve scoured for a few useful tips that can help you find the best women perfume for you (or anyone else) below!
Pick your notes
Fruity, floral, woody or fresh — the scent of a perfume is described as ‘notes’. They are categorised into three different layers known as the base, middle and top notes. The base notes linger around the longest and can last up to several hours or days, while the middle notes usually stay for about an hour. The top notes are the most volatile as they are the most exposed to our environment and usually last about 15 minutes. When picking a perfume, pay attention to the middle and base notes. If these two layers contain notes that you usually enjoy, chances are that this is a perfume you will appreciate!
Pick the right concentration
Most fragrances come in three levels of concentration which determine the strength of the scent and its longevity. For the best women’s perfume that lasts for up to eight hours, go for parfum which boasts the highest concentration. A more affordable and commonly found alternative is eau de parfum (EDP) which will last you a good six hours. Meanwhile, an eau de toilette (EDT) will only last about five hours and makes for a good light fragrance for the day.
How to apply perfume?
If you’re wondering if perfumes are just spritz and go, here’s a little trick! Where you apply your perfume and how you apply your perfume can affect its strength and longevity. For example, wearing your perfume on your pulse points (inside your wrists, inner elbows and behind your ear lobes) is known to help diffuse a scent better as these areas emit extra body heat. Find out more about how to properly apply your perfume in the video below.
You can also choose to get a roller bottle such as the VeryJow Roller Bottle (available on veryjow.sg) which is a glass bottle that can hold a liquid mix of essential oils or perfumes. This roller bottle allows for easy application and is a convenient way to apply your perfume.
The best women’s perfumes with fruity notes
1. Armaf Club De Nuit Women EDP
It’s hard to find another fragrance that is as lively as the Armaf Club De Nuit Women EDP (available on aurelsingapore). Imagine picnicking in a colourful fruit garden with the warmth of the sun caressing your skin and you’d get the Club De Nuit! With juicy scents of grapefruit, peach and orange balanced out by subtle whiffs of musk and jasmine, this is one of the best women’s perfumes in Singapore!
Top notes: Bergamot, grapefruit, peach, orange
Middle notes: Geranium, jasmine, lychee, rose
Base notes: Musk, patchouli, vanilla, vetiver
2. Burberry Brit Sheer (Woman) EDT
If you enjoy pear in your perfume, the Burberry Brit Sheer (Woman) EDT (available on TINS AND BOTTLES OFFICIAL STORE) is a must-have. This fruity long lasting perfume for women has a clean fragrance and a distinct lingering scent of freshly picked pears. It’s pleasant and suitable for all occasions, especially for a daytime date with your love!
Top notes: Lychee, yuzu, pineapple leaf, mandarin orange
Middle notes: Pink peony, peach blossom, pear
Base notes: White musk, white woods
3. Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture EDP
It’s hard to resist the luxurious gothic aesthetics of the Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture EDP (available on Fragrance Hub). We can’t help but think of Sia and her huge ribbon hairstyle when we see this renowned fragrance. But underneath that strong exterior lies a sweet and warm fruity perfume that many women will appreciate.
If you’ve always found something missing in the original Viva La Juicy EDP (available on TINS AND BOTTLES OFFICIAL STORE), you may be glad to know that the gold version has doubled down on the sweetness which lingers through hours of wear. This is one of the best flirty women’s perfumes in Singapore to wear for your date this Valentine’s Day 2023.
Top notes: Wild berries
Middle notes: Honeysuckle, jasmine sambac
Base notes: Caramel, vanilla, amber, sandalwood
4. Moschino Toy 2 Bubble Gum EDT
How cute is this perfume bottle? Moschino has outdone themselves again in the packaging department with the endearing Moschino Toy 2 Bubble Gum EDT (available on TINS AND BOTTLES OFFICIAL STORE). As its name suggests, this is a sweet floral fruity fragrance that smells just like bubblegum. With that said, don’t mistake this best women’s perfume for one that’s juvenile. It’s a mood-lifting fragrance that shifts into a romantic soft rose — great for women of all ages.
Top notes: Candied fruits, bitter orange, lemon
Middle notes: Bubblegum, Bulgarian rose, blueberry, peach, cinnamon, peach blossom, ginger
Base notes: Musk, ambroxan, cedar
5. The Body Shop Clementine & Starfruit Fragrance Dome
If you’re a sucker for all things portable and convenient, you’ve got to give solid perfumes a try. They come in compact sizes and cute packaging that are easy to pack for travel, and makes it a breeze to reapply – just one swipe on your neck and wrists and you’re all freshened up!
This The Body Shop Clementine & Starfruit Fragrance Dome (available on The Body Shop Official Store) is one of the best women’s perfumes in Singapore that gives you a fragrance of fresh clementine and starfruit! We love how the fragrance balm is dome-shaped, which makes it effortless to dab on your body for a fragrance boost any time of the day.
Notes: Clementine, starfruit, musk
6. MIZUO Mahjong Solid Perfume
Looking for a quirky mahjong gift for your mahjong lover BFF? They’ll surely be delighted to receive this MIZUO Mahjong Solid Perfume (available on manta.sg), one of the best women’s perfumes in Singapore that resembles their favourite mahjong tiles. We love the cutesy packaging and pastel colours! For a fruity fragrance, go for the West tile with a scent named Pomelo Paradise that bursts of citrus notes and fades to a soft, floral aroma.
Top notes: Grapefruit, orange, blackcurrant
Middle notes: Orange blossom, rose, mint
Base notes: Amber, vetiver, iris
7. Jenny Glow Freesia & Pear Perfume
We love a good dupe when it comes to the best perfumes for women in Singapore this 2023. The Jenny Glow Freesia Pear Perfume (available on Aurel Official Store) is a wallet-friendly version of certain luxury fragrances. But other than that, this Jenny Glow perfume will have you sporting a floral and fresh, fruity scent that’ll rejuvenate your senses. The most outstanding note you’ll pick up is the bright scent of pears. This fragrance note blends together with the florals to give you a lovely combination that’s perfectly balanced. You won’t have a perfume that’s too fruity or too “flowery”.
Top notes: Pear, orange blossom, bergamot
Middle notes: Rhubarb, rose, freesia
Base notes: Amber, musk, patchouli
8. Armaf Club De Nuit Sillage
Look no further for one of the best women’s perfumes in Singapore! The Armaf Club De Nuit Sillage Perfume (available on Aurel Official Store) is a fruity fresh fragrance that’s bound to help kickstart your day with a zing. With citrusy lemon and lime notes that go hand in hand with ginger notes, this Club De Nuit perfume will have you smelling warm and pleasant all day. The best thing about this ladies perfume is how the musky base notes bring everything together. The cedar wood musk balances the floral and fruity notes, making this a well-rounded fragrance like no other.
Top notes: Bergamot, lemon, lime, ginger, blackcurrant, violet leaves
Middle notes: Jasmine, iris, rose
Base notes: Sandalwood, cedar wood musk, ambroxan
The best women’s perfumes with floral notes
9. Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne Spray
Launched in 2013, the Peony & Blush Suede Cologne Spray (available on TINS AND BOTTLES OFFICIAL STORE) still remains one of the most well-known Jo Malone perfumes for women. Compared to other best fragrances for women, the Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede has a less complex scent that doesn’t deviate too much from the initial whiff even after hours have passed. While peony is the dominant scent in the perfume, you’ll also catch hints of cider-ish apple which instantly transform this floral fragrance into one that’s matured yet sophisticated. If you’re looking for a long lasting perfume for women, you’ll not be disappointed with the Jo Malone peony & Blush Suede Cologne’s six-hour longevity. This pleasant scent makes for one of the best women’s perfumes for work or formal occasions in Singapore.
Top notes: Red apples
Middle notes: Peony, rose, jasmine, carnation
Base notes: Suede
10. Davidoff Cool Water Sea Rose EDT
Did you know that there’s DAVIDOFF perfume for women too? The DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sea Rose EDT (available on TINS AND BOTTLES OFFICIAL STORE) is one of 2023’s best perfumes, especially for women who love sweet floral scents! Thanks to the fruity top notes, the pink peony is accentuated to become the highlight. And while the fragrance is amazing, we can’t fail to mention the packaging. The bottle is giving sleek and chic vibes, making this a perfume you’d be proud to display – much less proud to wear.
Top notes: Japanese Nashi pears
Middle notes: Pink peony
Base notes: Musk
11. Shiro White Lily EDP
The Shiro White Lily EDP (available on LEE&W JAPAN), a Japanese perfume for women, is a cult-favourite for those into clean floral scents. Just like its minimalistic packaging, this is one of the best women’s perfumes in Singapore that has a candid fragrance that’s neutral, pleasant and gentle. If you’re not into sweet floral fragrances but want something feminine with a hint of earthiness, this is one of the best ladies perfumes to have in your collection.
Top notes: Bergamot, blackcurrant, green
Middle notes: Lily, jasmine, rose
Base notes: Amber, sandalwood, musk
12. Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina EDP
When it comes to rose-scented fragrances for women, you either get one that smells like a freshly-cut rose bouquet or one with a vintage powdery rose scent. And while both types have their own charm, we can’t help but be attracted by the latter for its womanly blend. The Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina EDP (available on EAU DE SCENTS OFFICIAL) fits right in this category with a passionate burst of musk when the perfume dries down. Together with hints of red currant, pink pepper and a sugar-free panna cotta, you get an opulent long lasting perfume for women that’s sure to stand the test of time.
Top notes: Red currant, pink pepper
Middle notes: Rose, peony, jasmine
Base notes: Pannacotta, musk, patchouli
13. Versace Bright Crystal EDT
Versace perfumes are the way to go for brighter days! With notes of magnolia, peonies and lotus flowers, the Versace Bright Crystal EDT (available on TINS AND BOTTLES OFFICIAL STORE) is a floral fragrance that’ll delight your senses. It’s also one of the best women’s perfumes in Singapore that’s suitable for all types of events. From casual lunches to evening galas, this Versace perfume has a sweet fragrance that’s similar to a garden of blooming peonies.
Top notes: Yuzu, iced accord, pomegranate
Middle notes: Peony, magnolia, lotus flower
Base notes: Acajou, vegetal amber, musk
14. Elizabeth Arden Red Door EDT
The Elizabeth Arden Red Door EDT (available on TINS AND BOTTLES OFFICIAL STORE) may have been created in the last 1980s, but its timeless scent still hits our hearts (and noses) even after nearly 40 years. This is one of the best women’s perfumes in Singapore for those who enjoy a loud medley of floral notes — 12 to be exact. With incredible sillage and projection, the Red Door is a stunner that will surely turn heads.
Pro Tip: If you’ve got a sensitive nose and want to wear a toned-down version of the Red Door, we suggest spraying it in the air and then walking through it for a light coat.
Top notes: Rose, orange blossom, plum, violet, peach, anise
Middle notes: Honey, carnation, rose, tuberose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, lily, freesia, lily of the valley, orchid
Base notes: Sandalwood, amber, benzoin, musk, heliotrope, vetiver, cedar
15. Ariana Grande Cloud Perfume
The Ariana Cloud Perfume (available on Les Parfum) was released in 2018 and is known as an uplifting scent that infuses a caring, artistic expression of positivity and happiness from Ariana Grande to her fans. In fact, many young women adore it for its price, quality and longevity. With a sweet blend of vanilla, coconut and woody undertones, it all comes together to create one of the best ladies perfumes infused with fantasy and fairy tale. This sweet and seductive scent can last for about eight hours on your skin and is ideal for a girls’ night out!
Top notes: Bergamot orange, rich lavender, and juicy pear
Middle notes: Whipped creme de coconut, sweet praline, and vanilla orchid
Base notes: Cashmere, musk, and wood
16. Chloe Signature EDP
The Chloe Signature EDP (available on TINS AND BOTTLES OFFICIAL STORE) is sure to ring a bell for many perfume lovers. Many women started their fragrance journey with this iconic scent, and it’s no surprise that this Chloe perfume remains one of the best ladies perfumes for women in 2023. Perfect as a signature scent for day or night, this Chloe perfume boasts a feminine rose fragrance with a subtly soapy scent — almost like fresh laundry swaying in a rose farm! It has excellent scent projection and is one of the most long lasting perfumes for women.
Top notes: Peony, lychee, freesia
Middle notes: Rose, lily of the valley, magnolia
Base notes: Virginia cedar, amber
17. COACH The Fragrance EDT
If you’re looking for the best women’s perfume in Singapore as a gift in 2023, the COACH The Fragrance EDT (available on TINS AND BOTTLES OFFICIAL STORE) is probably the safest choice to get. With its well-balanced fragrance, this is one of the best ladies perfume that smells like a wonderful spring day filled with plenty of sunshine. The bright rose scent is what this COACH perfume is known for. And it goes along with the citrusy mandarin oil and pink grapefruit notes to make one of the best floral fragrances in Singapore.
Top notes: Pear, mandarin oil, pink grapefruit
Middle notes: White rose, Bulgarian rose, Sambac jasmine
Base notes: White cedar, musk, sandalwood, oakmoss
The best women’s perfumes with woody notes
18. Nefertum Fragrances Sandal & Cedar Extrait De Parfum Perfume
Beauty lies in simplicity — and this is demonstrated perfectly in single-note perfumes. Single-note perfumes feature only one scent. While they are great worn on their own, they can also be used to layer with other perfumes to create your own signature scent. The Nefertum Fragrances Sandal & Cedar Extrait De Parfum Perfume (available on M.L.S Official Store) is one of the best single-note perfumes for women in Singapore with its rich and warm woody scent that exudes natural sensuality. Designed to be two to three times stronger than usual EDPs, it’s no wonder this is one of the most long lasting perfumes for women with a longevity of about 48 hours.
Top notes: Sandalwood
Middle notes: Cedar, cardamom
Base notes: Violet, leather
19. Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne Spray
Created as a unisex fragrance, the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne Spray (available on TINS AND BOTTLES OFFICIAL STORE) is probably the closest we can get to a beach during these rainy days. The Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne features a blend of salty seawater and earthy driftwood which will instantly evoke a sense of freedom and nature. This is a calm, skin scent with a herbal veil that’s both invigorating and inspiring. Spray it on and let the fragrance melt your stress away.
Top notes: Ambrette seeds
Middle notes: Sea salt
Base notes: Sage
20. Lush Breath Of God Perfume
Despite its glorious name, the Lush Breath Of God Perfume (available on Lush Singapore Official Store) may take you by surprise at the start with its leathery masculine scent. However, give this unisex perfume some time to settle on your skin and you’ll be blown away by its prominent incense and cedar notes that are dry yet incredibly aromatic. It’s the best fragrance for women who don’t mind something unusual, woody and spicy. Great for a girls’ night out or a chill pub crawl, but we wouldn’t recommend wearing this to the office as the scent can be quite subjective.
Top notes: Cucumber, melon, grapefruit
Base notes: Smoke, sandalwood, cedarwood
21. Narciso Rodriguez Pure Musc EDP
This is one of the best perfumes for women in Singapore that you “musk” not miss out! The Narciso Rodriguez Pure Musc For Her EDP (available on TINS AND BOTTLES OFFICIAL STORE) features a musky note that isn’t too overpowering. According to reviews, this Narciso Rodriguez perfume has a light scent that’s reminiscent of clean laundry. But the musk note immediately follows up, giving you a powdery-like floral fragrance you can wear anywhere!
Top notes: Musk
Middle notes: Floral
Base notes: Cashmeran
Charm your Valentine’s Day date with the best women’s perfumes in Singapore this 2023
From sugary sweet scents to strong earthy ones, we hope our guide to the best women’s perfume in Singapore has helped you find your very own signature scent, or a scent for someone special! Ladies, want your man to smell just as fresh? Check out these best men’s perfumes that will make great intimate gifts for Valentine’s Day. Need some date ideas? Get a workout in at these best pilates studios or simply chill at some of these quiet places in Singapore.
This article was updated on 10 January 2023. Additional research done by Caryn Tan.