The best women’s colognes are those that have a combination of fragrance notes that blend together to make a unique overall aroma. Finding the right scent for your personality may take considerable trial and error, but if you understand the qualities of individual fragrance notes, you will be able to find colognes that suit, more reliably, your personality.
Base notes of jasmine, gardenia, rose, honeysuckle and iris give fragrances an ultra-feminine scent that is often chosen by women who revel in their femininity. If you love dressing up, flirting and indulging in all the traditionally feminine pursuits, try colognes that are strong on floral base notes such as Givenchy Amariage Mariage, DKNY Be Delicious and Chanel Chance.
Amber is created from plant sources and provides a deeper, more intense base note in cologne. More herbal and resinous than other scents, it’s often preferred by women who enjoy outdoor activities and communing with nature. Try Estee Lauder Youth Dew, Guerlain Samsar and Yves Saint Laurent Opium.
Women who choose colognes with fruity base notes are usually light-hearted and optimistic. They spread this upbeat attitude to all around them, and this is often expressed in their fragrance. Good fruity-based colognes include Dior Miss Dior Cherie, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle and Guerlain Mitsouko.
Vanilla base notes provide an honest, straightforward essence that is preferred by no-nonsense women who know what is important and what is not. Vanilla is the scent of comfort, love and security. Some scent experts say that vanilla is the scent that is most attractive to men. Best vanilla-based scents include Thierry Mugler Angel, Hermes’ Vanille Galante and Vanille Absolu by Montale.
Citrus base notes are favored by outgoing, fun-loving women who dislike the intensity of traditional colognes. These women prefer a cleaner, lighter fragrance that never overwhelms the atmosphere around them. Examples of citrus colognes are Calvin Klein CK One, Rochas Eau de Rochas and Lancome Eau de Lancome.
Green base notes are the chosen cologne of women who don’t like traditional colognes because of their flowery or musky overload. These women are practical, interactive and busy. Their cologne must blend into their busy lifestyles seamlessly. Good green-based choices are Estee Lauder Beautiful, Ralph Lauren.
Musk base tones are for women who mean business. This is not a scent for the faint of heart. A confident personality and sexy undercurrent is part of any musk fragrance. If these qualities describe you, consider such musky scents as White Musk from The Body Shop, Kiehl’s Original Musk and Serge Lutens Claire de Musc.