Girl, You Smell Good: The Best Perfume For Women 2020

Girllll, You Smell Good: The Best Perfumes For Women Who Like A Lot (Or A Little) Of A Good Scent

February 18, 2020 Updated February 27, 2020

Best Smelling Perfume Women

Being the busy mom that you are, you rarely have time to do a full face of makeup, let alone test out a bunch of potentially headache-inducing perfumes. But fear not: We got you, boo. Whether you already have a rotation of scents that you like to blend together (a dab here, a spritz there) or are in the market for one new standout scent to rule them all, you’ve come to the right place. 

Floral or fruity, woody or musky—it’s your call. In search of a clean scent? There’s no shortage of hypo-allergenic and natural options to choose from that smell just as ah-mazing (minus all the harsh fumes and toxins, TYVM). Finding your ideal scent is very similar to dating: It may take a few sniffs to find “the one” but when you know, YOU KNOW. Ultimately, whatever new fragrances you choose will be personal and unique to you

Read on for the best perfume for women that will make you look and feel like you’ve got your $h*t together (yes, even on days when you’re covered in baby’s spit-up and/or haven’t showered in god knows how long). You’re welcome.

Kai Rose Perfume Oil

Raise your hand if you love a good roll-on perfume oil that can be tossed into your designated “Mom Bag” alongside approximately 14,934 other things (Benadryl, Bandaids… check and check). This fresh scent, best described as a captivating blend of white gardenia and hints of rose, is guaranteed to transport you to the Pacific Isles.

$50 AT ANTHROPOLOGIE



Armani Si Passione Eau de Parfum Spray

Can’t stop, won’t stop. This best-selling fragrance from Armani goes out to all the Mom CEOs (Chief Everything Officers) who go above and beyond duty to get $h!t done. The fruity-floral scent, containing notes of rose and woody vanilla, will be a match for your passionate and fierce spirit.

$90 AT AMAZON

Catbird Kitten Water Perfume

As it turns out, Catbird doesn’t just excel at designing hauntingly beautiful jewelry—they make a damn good water perfume. Their signature scent “Kitten” evokes “visions of dusty records, lipstick, and feather pillows.” We’ve tested this bad boy out and just one spritz (on the wrist!) will do for all-day wear.

$36 AT CATBIRD

Henry Rose Queens & Monsters

This just in: You don’t have to sacrifice quality for safe beauty standards. Henry Rose’s sixth genderless fragrance, Queens & Monsters, may bring forth a wave of nostalgia. The fresh and sensual woody scent is evocative of the cologne you’d borrow (err, steal) from your pops growing up. The clean fragrance brand founded by Michelle Pfeiffer is free of all endocrine disruptors, parabens, phthalates, and carcinogens.

$120 AT HENRY ROSE



Glossier You

Keep it personal with Glossier You—an addictive musk that’s ripe with notes of earthy iris root and spicy pink pepper. The best part: It’s designed to adapt to your skin’s chemistry for a unique scent that wears evenly. Mamas, don’t for a second think Glossier is only for millennials. Glossiermom (age 50) says “I only know about Glossier because my teenage daughters love it…..and now I do too. This perfume is so light and warm and feminine that it will put you in a good mood.”

$60 AT GLOSSIER

Dirty Lemon Eau de Parfum

As you might have guessed from its name, dirty lemon is a tart scent with notes of cold-pressed lemon, lime, and lemon petitgrain. It’s a bit naughty, so definitely know what you’re signing up for. Credo Beauty buyer Ellyssa S. says, “Dirty Lemon is sexy and sophisticated and I always get compliments on how good I smell when I wear it.” Bonus: It’s primarily plant-derived so it’s even safe to use on sensitive, allergy-prone skin.

$65 AT CREDO BEAUTY

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum

Get ready to fall in la-la-love with this soft and feminine fragrance from Viktor & Rolf containing base notes of patchouli and vanilla. If dousing yourself in an explosion of exotic blooms is your idea of ecstasy, then this scent is for you. The pink grenade-shaped glass bottle will have you feeling red-carpet-ready even when you’re going on third-day hair.

$85 AT ULTA



Queen Bee by Good Chemistry Eau de Parfum Women's Perfume

Ding, ding! Tar-jay for the win. Who knew you’d uncover your signature scent while simultaneously browsing the clearance end-caps and picking up diapers?! Introducing Good Chemistry, a non-toxic perfume line with a slew of fresh scents that won’t break the bank. Queen Bee contains notes of black currant, peony, and amber for a fresh and vibrant fragrance.

$25 AT TARGET

The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods Eau de Parfum

We love a unique scent that lures you in at first sniff. This hypoallergenic fragrance from The 7 Virtues is warm and spicy with notes of pear, rose, and vanilla. One Sephora customer reports back: “It’s the perfect blend of creamy vanilla and some woody notes. Bonus: The fair trade vanilla essential oil is said to alleviate stress. 

$79 AT SEPHORA

Philosophy Pure Grace Spray Fragrance

So fresh, so clean: If that’s the universal scent you’re after then Philosophy’s Pure Grace is for you. This modern scent is a match for the modern woman who craves the simplicity found in a crisp chambray shirt and jeans. Splashes of bergamot and water lily will have you feeling as though you’ve just stepped out of the shower.

$37 AT AMAZON



Ellis Brooklyn West Eau de Parfum

Awaken your senses with this bright, citrus fragrance (top notes include blood orange, clementine, lemon, and basil) from Ellis Brooklyn that will transport you to the West. The inspiration behind the scent stems from chasing dreams and optimism. This non-toxic formula can be spritzed on pulse points or blended with other perfumes for a unique scent.

$105 AT CREDO BEAUTY

Kate Spade In Full Bloom Eau de Parfum

Spring is in the air… usher in a new season with this fresh and floral scent from Kate Spade New York containing notes of lemon, green tea, peach, and lotus flower. It’s simultaneously whimsical and feminine at the same time—but never overpowering. Spritz and go for a memorable entrance. 

$98 AT AMAZON

Pacifica French Lilac Spray Perfume

Ooh la la! Cue the romance (and conjure spring while you’re at it) with Pacifica’s French Lilac spray perfume. Sounds divine, no? It’s vegan and cruelty-free with a blend of lilac and nectarine notes. One Amazon customer says “On my skin, I don’t consciously notice each of the notes listed, but rather just a heavy dose of the luscious violet.” Sign us up.

$22 AT AMAZON



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Kai Rose Perfume Oil
$50
Armani Si Passione Eau de Parfum Spray
$90
Catbird Kitten Water Perfume
$36
Henry Rose Queens & Monsters
$120
Glossier You
$60
Dirty Lemon Eau de Parfum
$65
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum
$85
Queen Bee by Good Chemistry Eau de Parfu...
$25
The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods Eau de Parfu...
$79
Philosophy Pure Grace Spray Fragrance
$37
Ellis Brooklyn West Eau de Parfum
$105
Kate Spade In Full Bloom Eau de Parfum
$98
Pacifica French Lilac Spray Perfume
$22