Art of Attraction: Perfumes, Colognes, & Scents

What are your favorite perfumes / colognes (or scents)?
We asked, and you answered!

We compiled a list and slightly dissected the results. Some participants gave us multiple answers and some gave us general scents they love (non-perfume’ish)— and we’ve included them all.

Some perfumes were strictly created for women and some colognes were created for men. There are also some designers that create scents for both men and women (#delish)!

Do you have a favorite perfume / cologne / scent? Comment below and let us know!

Photo by Valeria Boltneva

Photo by Valeria Boltneva

THE COMPLETE LIST (A-Z)

Artistry (for men)
Artistry (for women)
Atelier Collection Azur - Figuier Ardent
Atelier Vanille Insensée
Atelier Orange Sanguine Cologne 
Bath & Body Works Merry Cherry Cheer
Boadicea The Victorious Ardent
Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy
Burberry My Burberry Blush
Burberry (no specific scent indicated)
Bvlgari Omnia Coral
Calvin Klein Obsession
Calvin Klein Obsession
Calvin Klein CK One
Cartier La Panthere
Chanel Coco Madamoiselle
Chanel Coco Madamoiselle
Chanel Bleu de Chanel
Chanel Bleu de Chanel
Chanel Bleu de Chanel
Chanel Coco  
Chanel No 5
Chanel Chance eau Tendre
Chanel (no specific scent indicated)
Chloe Nomade
Chopard Casmir
Chopard Casmir
Coach Eau de Perfume
Commodity Gold
Creed Acqua Fiorentina
Creed Aventus
Creed Love in White
Davidoff Cool Water
Dior Miss Dior
Dior Sauvage
Dior Sauvage
Dolce & Gabanna Masculine
Dolce & Gabanna
Dolce & Gabanna 3 L'Imperatice
Donna Karan Cashmere
Elizabeth Arden Red Door
Elizabeth Arden Red Door
Estee Lauder Pleasures
Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise
Georgio Armani Si
Georgio Armani Acqua di Gio 
Georgio Armani Acqua di Gio 
Georgio Armani Acqua di Gio Profumo
Georgio Armani Armani Code
Guerlain Shalimar
Guerlain Shalimar
Guy Laroche Drakkar
Hermes Caleche
Issey Miyake
Jean Paul Gaultier
Jimmy Choo Blue
Jimmy Choo (no specific scent indicated)
Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay, Mixed with Lime, Basil, & Mandarin
Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy
Kenneth Cole Black
Lavanila Pure Vanilla
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Feminin Pluriel
Malin+Goetz Cannabis
Marc Jacobs Daisy
Oscar de la Renta Oscar
Paco Rabanne 1 Million
Paul Sebastian by Paul Sebastian
Pinrose Secret Genius
Pinrose Sun Saint
Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina
Surrati Black Oud
Tom Ford Oud Wood
Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanilla
Tom Ford (no specific scent indicated)
Versace (no specific scent indicated)
Versace Eros
Victoria's Secret (no specific scent indicated)
Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb
Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb
Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb
Yves De Sistelle Thallium
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium


HONORABLE MENTION

(MENTIONED MULTIPLE TIMES)

Artistry (2 times, different fragrances)
Atelier (3 fragrances mentioned, all different)
Calvin Klein Obsession (2 times)
Chanel Coco Madamoiselle (2 times)
Chanel Bleu de Chanel (3 times)
Chanel (4 other fragrances mentioned, all different)
Chloe Nomade
Chopard Casmir (2 times)
Chopard Casmir (2 times)
Creed (3 fragrances mentioned, all different)
Dior Sauvage (2 times)
Dolce & Gabanna (3 fragrances mentioned, all different)
Elizabeth Arden Red Door (2 times)
Georgio Armani Acqua di Gio (2 times)
Georgio Armani Acqua di Gio Profumo (limited version of the above)
Guerlain Shalimar (2 times)
Tom Ford (4 fragrances mentioned, all different)
Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb (3 times)


SCENTS (NOT NECESSARILY PERFUMES)

Bergamot
Egyptian Red Musk
Frankincense
Jasmine
Myrrh
Oud
Palo Santo
Rose
Sandalwood (mentioned twice)
Vanilla (mentioned 5 times!)


aromas scents espressofied

Without naming designers or specific perfumes / colognes, what kinds of scents did people mention?

Citrus, Floral, Musk
Earthy
Earthy & Woody (4 times)
Exotic Floral
Floral (11 times)
Floral Musk
Floral, Spicy, Woody
Fresh & Warm
Fresh & Woody (2 times)
Fresh, Fruity, Florals (2 times)
Fresh, Woody, & Spice (2 times)
Fruit (2 times)
Fruit & Floral (5 times)
Fruit & Spice (2 times)
Fruit, Floral, & Warm (4 times)
Fruity 
Fruity & Spicy
Fruity, Floral, Fresh
Leather
Oriental Vanilla (2 times)
Spice & Fruit (8 times)
Spice & Musk
Spice, Floral, & Warm (2 times)
Vanilla (6 times)
Vanilla & Woody
Vanilla, Fruit, & Warm
Warm & Spicy (7 times)
Warm Florals
Warm Vanilla
Woody 
Woody & Fruity (2 times)
Woody & Spicy


So, the most popular scent categories are…

Earthy & Woody (4 times) - Men’s Colognes
Floral (11 times) - Women’s Perfumes
Fruit & Floral (5 times) - Women’s Perfumes
Fruit, Floral, & Warm (4 times) - Women’s Perfumes
Spice & Fruit (8 times) - ALL
Vanilla (6 times) - ALL
Warm & Spicy (7 times) - ALL


men and women shopping espressofied

Gift-Giving

If you’re going by the results above…

MEN WOULD WANT TO BUY WOMEN

Perfumes that are…
Floral
Fruity & Floral
Fruity, Floral, & Warm
Spice & Fruity
Vanilla
Warm & Spicy

WOMEN WOULD WANT TO BUY MEN
Colognes that are…
Earthy & Woody
Spicy & Fruity
Vanilla-based
Warm & Spicy

BOTH WAYS / ALL
Spicy & Fruity
Vanilla
Warm & Spicy

 

BUT HOW DO I KNOW WHICH ONES ARE SCENTED THESE WAYS?

Breaking it down…

MEN WOULD WANT TO BUY WOMEN
Artistry (for women)
Atelier Collection Azur - Figuier Ardent -Warm Florals
Atelier Vanille Insensée Vanilla -Fruit-based & Warm
Atelier Orange Sanguine Cologne  -Fruity & Spicy
Bath & Body Works Merry Cherry Cheer -Fruity 
Boadicea The Victorious Ardent -Spice, Floral, & Warm
Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy -Fruit, Floral, & Warm
Burberry My Burberry Blush -Floral
Bvlgari Omnia Coral -Floral & Fruity
Calvin Klein Obsession -Floral
Cartier La Panthere -Floral Musk
Chanel Coco Madamoiselle -Spice & Fruit-
Chanel Coco -Spice & Fruit
Chanel No 5 -Floral
Chanel Chance eau Tendre -Fresh, Fruity, Florals
Chloe Nomade -Floral
Chopard Casmir -Oriental Vanilla
Coach Eau de Perfume -Fruit
Creed Acqua Fiorentina -Fruity, Floral, Fresh
Creed Love in White -Fruit, Floral, & Warm
Dior Miss Dior -Floral
Dolce & Gabanna 3 L'Imperatice -Fresh, Fruity, Florals
Donna Karan Cashmere -Spice, Floral, & Warm
Elizabeth Arden Red Door -Floral
Estee Lauder Pleasures -Floral
Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise -Floral
Georgio Armani Armani Code -Fruit, Floral, & Warm
Guerlain Shalimar -Fruit, Floral, & Warm
Hermes Caleche -Woody & Fruity
Jimmy Choo for Women -Fruit
Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay, Mixed with Lime, Basil, & Mandarin
Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy -Fruit & Floral
Lavanila Pure Vanilla -Vanilla
Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka -Exotic Floral
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Feminin Pluriel -Floral
Marc Jacobs Daisy -Fruit & Floral
Oscar de la Renta Oscar -Floral
Pinrose Secret Genius -Warm Vanilla
Pinrose Sun Saint -Warm & Spicy
Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina -Floral & Fruity
Victoria's Secret
Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb -Warm & Spicy
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium -Warm & Spicy

WOMEN WOULD WANT TO BUY MEN
Artistry (for men)
Calvin Klein CKOne -Fruity & Spicy
Calvin Klein Obsession -Warm & Spicy
Chanel Bleu de Chanel -Earthy & Woody
Chanel Bleu de Chanel -Earthy & Woody
Creed Aventus -Spice & Fruit
Davidoff Cool Water -Fresh, Woody, & Spice
Dior Sauvage -Spice & Fruit
Dolce & Gabanna Masculine -Fruit & Spice
Georgio Armani Acqua di Gio  -Fresh & Woody
Georgio Armani Acqua di Gio Profumo (Limited Edition)
Georgio Armani Si -Woody & Fruity
Guy Laroche Drakkar -EarthyJimmy Choo Blue -Earthy & Woody
Kenneth Cole Black -Spice & Fruit
Malin+Goetz Cannabis -Floral, Spicy, Woody
Paco Rabanne 1 Million -Spice & Fruit
Paul Sebastian Paul Sebastian -Citrus, Florals, Musk
Surrati Black Oud -Spice & Musk
Tom Ford Oud Wood -Woody & Spicy
Versace Eros -Fresh & Warm
Yves De Sistelle Thallium -Woody 

BOTH WAYS / ALL
Commodity Gold - Warm & Spicy
Tom Ford Tuscan Leather - Leather
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanilla - Vanilla & Woody
Tom Ford (all)

 

Personally, I’m a big fan of Creed ($$$), Commodity Gold ($$$), Pinrose ($$), and warm vanilla.

As I sit in my chair typing this to you, I’m wearing deodorant (Secret Clinical-Strength Stress Response), DryBar’s Triple Sec (3-in-1 hair spray), and vanilla lip butter on my lips. Put these together with the fragrance of my clothing (dryer sheets), and I don’t think I could really use perfume right now. I’m all about subtle fragrances that work for my skin’s chemistry otherwise!

As a few Facebook friends put it:
”I always try a new scent out on myself first before I buy. Some smells are good alone, but when it’s on ya it smells awful. Also, I hate when folks drench themselves with a scent and it ends up stinking the whole place up. It’s all about subtlety. Just a tiny spray goes a long way. Ya wanna make yourself smell a little better, not the whole entire building.”

”People need to learn what goes with their chemistry. Perfume or cologne should not stink up a room, an elevator . Do not marinate in the damn stuff be considerate to people with allergies. If it stinks up a room means it is not for you. Find one that enhances your chemistry. And for god’s sake, don't put on so much before a flight!”

”Just because it smells good in a bottle, doesn’t mean it will smell good on you.”


…and I mostly agree.
I’m that “Ah, let them do whatever they want to do” kind of person.
Until you put me in an elevator with someone who’s bathed in 3 bottles of whatever they’re wearing, and the elevator suddenly gets stuck. IMO, scents should be subtle. Some people get used to the scents they wear, cannot tell how much they’re wearing over time, and go crazy during the application process.

It also depends how strong the perfume is, too. Is it an eau de parfum (concentrated), eau de toilette (less concentrated), solid perfume, or body oil (usually subtle)? This matters.

Complement yourself with what works for you!


So… what do you have on today?
What do you prefer to smell on other people?
And in your own home?
Comment below!

Liz StromComment