13 Scents We're Loving Right Now, in Honor of National Fragrance Day
Sharon Clott Kanter, Deputy Style Editor: I collect perfume bottles, but ironically I never remember to put on perfume before I leave the house. Though, when I do—and, on average, that's about once or twice a week—this is the one I go to first. I love the mix of woody notes, florals and vanilla (I've always been a sucker for vanilla!). Plus, I definitely fell for all of Gucci's wild claims, particularly that it's for women who, like bamboo, “bend but do not break.” I like to think that when I need some extra mojo, a spritz of this will help. Or, at the very least, whisk my mind away to places that have bamboo located very, very, very far away.
Buy It: Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum, $92; saks.com
Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter: Confession: I lived off about 20 samples of Coco before buying my first bottle. It's been seven years and I've never worn anything else since. It has such a clean, elegant scent that it works for me all year long.
Buy It: Chanel Coco Eau de Parfum Spray, $124; chanel.com
SI EAU DE PARFUM
Sarah Ball, Fashion Market Editor: I’ve always been obsessed with Cate Blanchett’s style and taste, so I thought, Why not trust her with fragrance? I tried Sì (she's the face of it, after all), and fell in love — it quickly became my signature scent.
Buy It! Sì by Giorgio Armani, 3.4oz $120; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com
TOM FORD SOLEIL BLANC
Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor: All winter long I cloaked myself in spicy patchouli-spiked fragrances, but with the sun finally visible outside of work hours, I’ve turned to this lighter, but still sensual scent. In Tom Ford’s newest blend, cardamom, jasmine and pink peppercorn are balanced by citrus and bergamot. Translation: It’s fresh, it’s sexy, and it’s super luxe.
Buy It! Tom Ford Soleil Blanc, $220; tomford.com
JO MALONE 'PEONY & BLUSH SUEDE'
Alex Apatoff, Deputy Style Director: I asked for this fragrance for Christmas based solely on the pretty name. Not my most genius beauty move, but luckily, the scent lives up to my lofty expectations. It's somehow both delicate and luxe and it lasts all day, and I'm going to wear it even more going into spring (how can you not, with a name like that?).
Buy It! Jo Malone “Peony & Blush Suede” fragrance, jomalone.com; $125
DIPTYQUE L'OMBRE DANS L'EAU
Brittany Talarico, Senior Style Editor: If you love the French brand's gorgeous candles, you need to check out the fragrances – stat. I gravitate toward floral scents and this perfume with top notes of blackcurrant leaves and Bulgarian roses is soft and subtle with just the right amount of sweetness. It also lingers for a while, so just a few spritzes lasts all day.
Buy It! Diptyque L'Ombre dans l'Eau fragrance, diptyqueparis.com; $90
LAKE & SKYE 'EPIC LOVE'
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: As a beauty editor, I shop exclusively for fragrances in the People beauty closet, where we keep all of the latest and greatest launches. But last weekend, I walked into Warm, a boho-chic boutique in NYC, and mindlessly took a whiff of this essential oil blend. WHOA. I wasn’t expecting it to be so incredibly intoxicating (it has geranium, jasmine, rose damask, vanilla and patchouli). I applied it on my wrists and shoved them in my boyfriend’s nose. He agreed that it smelled pretty awesome, so for the first time in more than a decade, I bought myself a new perfume.
Buy It! Lake & Skye 'Epic Love,' $48; lakeandskye.com
GORSE BY LABORATORY PERFUMES
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: I wasn't a fragrance girl until I smelled Gorse in candle form at my favorite local boutique Shen Beauty in Brooklyn over a year ago. I've since stocked up on the unbelievably light but still powerful perfume. It's clean and citrusy, but the standout element of the scent is something I've never smelled in real life: The coconutty Gorse flower. It's the closest I'll get to smelling– and smelling like– a summer night on the countryside in Britain.
Buy It! Gorse Eau de Toilette, monologuelondon.com; $86 for 100 ml
MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN'S À LA ROSE
Sarah Kinonen, Style & Beauty Editorial Assistant: My all-time favorite fragrance is one I rarely wear: Maison Francis Kurdjian's À La Rose. The super-luxe scent, which was gifted to me by our beauty editor (thanks, Jackie!), is a beautiful blend of roses from all over the world, plus pear, violet accord and woody cedar, but smells more sophisticated than stuffy. One spritz lasts me all day and garners tons of compliments.
Buy It! Maison Francis Kurkdjian, À la Rose eau de parfum, $245 for 2.4 fl. oz.; neimanmarcus.com
VIKTOR & ROLF FLOWERBOMB
Lindy Segal, Style Social Editor: It was love at first sniff for me and this cult favorite scent. I've tried a million others since that day, but nothing else is that perfect blend of sweet, warm and spring-y.
Buy It! Viktor & Rolf flowerbomb, $85; sephora.com
BOND NO. 9 'NEW YORK OUD'
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: I'll admit it: I like my scents as masculine as possible. So when I'm not sneaking spritzes of my boyfriend's cologne, this is my go-to — and it has been for the past six years. It's deep, musky, and heavy on the oud (the name gives it away), but it also has hints of red rose and orange zest, which add a feminine-yet-not-girly touch.
Buy It! Bond No.9 New York Oud, $270; nordstrom.com
Brian Nichols, Photo Editor: While holiday shopping last year, I impulsively bought a bottle of Versace Eros for myself. Its balance between Italian lemon and cedar moss whisked my nose right off to the Mediterranean! But when the sun's down before five, there's little time to enjoy an evening scent like this. Now that days are longer and I can complete my fantasy with a glass of wine taken al fresco, this fragrance is getting a lot of use.
Buy It: Versace Eros Eau de Toilette, $86; sephora.com
MALIN + GOETZ CANNABIS PERFUME OIL
Emily Kirkpatrick, Associate Style News Editor: Don't let the name of this scent deter you. This is not a perfume oil strictly for 4/20-loving ladies (although those of you out there who fit that description would probably also be very into this scent). The fragrance isn't so much a potent skunk-y smell as it is warm, earthy, and dimensional. The scent changes ever so slightly the longer you leave it on, settling into the skin to create a gently floral, powdery aroma after a few hours. And thanks to the fact it's an oil rather than a spray, the smell will linger on all day and well into the evening, what more could you want? Buy it! Malin + Goetz Cannabis Perfume Oil, $50, malinandgoetz.com