Choosing the best perfume for you: Australia's most popular scents

Getprice runs down what you need to consider when choosing a perfume, and reveals five of the most searched-for perfumes in the country (and where to buy them).

There are few things more personal than scent, both in what we like to smell, and how we like to smell. If you’re thinking of investing in a new perfume, or wanting to buy something to start your first collection, even just knowing where to begin can be a bit daunting. 

Thankfully, while the perfume market in Australia is quite broad, a little bit of knowledge can go a long way. First of all, you need to ask yourself what you’re looking for – something for a particular event, or an everyday fragrance? Are you looking for something deep and musky, or something lighter, with more floral tones? Once you answer these questions, you’ll have a stronger idea of the kind of scent you’re shopping for. It’s not just a matter of picking Versace of Chanel and hoping for the best!

It also can’t hurt to know what makes a fragrance really tick. Perfumes generally consist of three different layers, or notes. The top note is the first thing you smell, and is usually a little citrus-like; the middle note is effectively the base layer of a perfume, and often fruity or spicy. Finally, the bottom note tends toward musky, wood-like flavours, and it’s these tones that speak to a perfume’s strength and how long it lasts on the skin.

If you’re buying for yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for samples or to test fragrances in a store, while if you’re buying for someone else, the best trick is to learn some of their favourite flowers, and then match the scent you buy to their own personal tastes.

To help get you started, here’s a list of some of the most popular fragrances in Australia right now. You can purchase them in-store or online, and easily use Getprice to compare prices before you start shopping.

Decadence by Marc Jacobs

RRP: $129 | More info: Official Marc Jacobs product page

This sophisticated and slinky scent features strong tones of plum, rose, and amber. The elegant glass bottle represents a stylish handbag complete with chain, and the perfume was designed in collaboration with famed perfumer Annie Buzantian.

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Poison by Christian Dior

Price: $129 | More info: Official Christian Dior product page

First launched in 1985, Christian Dior’s poison has become truly legendary in the world of fragrances. With a deep, musky base note, Poison boasts a rich array of coriander, spices, and rose, while the bottle design has become a style icon in its own right.

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Rihanna Rogue Love

RRP: $69 | More info: Official Rogue Love product page

Rihanna is more than just a musician – her range of fashion and fragrances is just as impactful as her music. Rogue Love is the follow up to Rogue, and its vanilla base notes combine with peaches and jasmine to create a passionate scent.

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Clinique Aromatics Elixir 

RRP: $165 | More info: Official Clinique product page

Since its launch in 1971, Clinque’s Aromatics Elixir has become a true classic. It is a largely floral scent, combining verbena and sage top notes with middle notes of geranium and rose, over a base of patchouli and oak. Aromatics Elixir makes a strong statement for any occasion.

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Chanel Gabrielle

RRP: $189 | More info: Official Chanel product page

The fabled design house of Chanel spent five years designing the bottle of this perfume alone, and the scent contained within matches the four facets of its stylish container. Gabrielle is built around the fragrances of four flowers – jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose, and ylang-ylang – over an exotic base note of sandalwood.

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