Are you feeling alluring? Perhaps a bit eccentric or cheeky and playful? Follow our fragrance guide of fabulous scents to match your perfect mood.
Confident, womanly and alluring
Go timeless: Seek out notes like patchouli and woods, powdery iris and mouth-watering fruits. Mitsouko by Guerlain, R1 399 for 50ml EDP, is the ultimate classic fruity chypre.
Go Modern: Carolina Herrera Good Girl Légère, R1 505 for 50ml, is simply intoxicating with its sensual notes of jasmine sambac, creamy woods and edible dulce de leche; Alaia Nude, R1 320 for 50ml EDP is a luxurious suede-topped scent including notes of casherman woods, orange blossom and vanillary tonka bean; feel adored by the more delicate patchouli base of Modern Muse Le Rouge by Estee Lauder, R995 for 30ml EDP.
Theatrical, eccentric, sensual, mischievous and extroverted
Go timeless: If you’d like to feel more sultry, opt for spices like vanilla and cardamom with amber resins, oud and incense mixed with flowers. Try the ultimate spicy oriental, Gucci Intense Oud, R2 390 for 90ml EDP.
Go modern: A beautiful purple orchid warmed by honey, vanilla and suede in Tom Ford Velvet Orchid, R2 500 for 100ml EDP; rose absolute with rich cognac and incense in Estee Lauder Aerin Evening Rose, R1785 for 50ml EDP; and pure chypre heaven, Giorgio Armani Si Intense, R1 690 for 50ml EDP.
Classic, feminine and harmonious
Go timeless: For a scent that will make you feel thoughtful, romantic and youthful, yet seductive, seek out notes of rose, orange blossom, jasmine and lilac in a posy or bouquet. The ultimate? Chanel No.5, R1 720 for 50ml EDP.
Go modern: Try elegant rose, mandarin and bergamot in Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile, R2 495 for 100ml EDP; the combination of rose, lychee and frankincense in Lancome La Nuit Tresor, R930 for 30ml EDP; or the unusual blend of ginger and tuberose in Twilly d’Hermes by Hermes, R1 620 for 50ml EDP.
Casual, sporty and easy-going
Go timeless: To be more vigorous and dynamic, look for scents with herby notes of lavender, basil and sage, with a citrus edge. Try everyone’s favourite, fruity green scent Calvin Klein CK One, R675 for 50ml EDT.
Go modern: If you’re looking for something crisp and clean, try Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne, R915 for 30ml; the fresh floral Dolce Garden by Dolce & Gabbana, R1 095 for 30ml EDP featuring coconut essence, neroli and frangipani blossoms; or the anytime pomegranate, lemon and juicy apple notes of Burberry My Burberry Blush, R980 for 30ml EDP.
Cheeky, playful, flirtatious and fun
Go timeless: If you love being joyous, laid-back and carefree, seek out tantalising fruits, chocolate, caramel, coffee and candy. We love DKNY Stories, R875 for 30ml EDP, with its notes of guava, pink pepper, white tea and sandalwood.
Go modern: You can almost taste the coffee and vanilla in YSL’s new Black Opium Intense, R1 670 for 50ml EDP; Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey Pure Nectar, R830 for 30ml; or honeyed peach, vanilla and dark cocoa in Hugo Boss The Scent Intense For Her, R1 100 for 50ml EDP.
Compiled by Beauty Editor, Martinique Stevens
A scent obsessed beauty editor with a flair for fashion and an affinity for anything kawaii. When she’s not researching skincare ingredient lists for the latest low-down on what this or that compound or chemical does on the skin, you can expect to find her off-loading stress at the gym, enjoying a salsa dancing social or hunting for the latest fragrance.