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One of the best ways to make a great first impression is by smelling amazing. I literally remember certain people by smells and every time I smell that perfume, it reminds me of them. So you want to make sure that the perfume you’re wearing represents you and smells like your absolute best self. Here are my 20 best underrated perfumes so that you smell INCREDIBLE but also different and unique.

This list is my list of some of the most underrated women’s perfumes that are also some of the best perfumes for women in their 20s and 30s (and beyond!). I know you’ll love them just as much as I do.

With these perfumes, everyone will be asking you what you’re wearing!

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1. TRU Fragrance ‘Pine Parfait’

This is a great scent that’s affordable and long lasting.

This Pine Parfait TRU fragrance is warm and woodsy but also sweet and delicious. It’s an amazing evening and night time scent!

You can get these fragrances at so many places: Target, Ulta, TJMaxx, and Urban Outfitters to name a few!

2. Michael Malul ‘Nightfall’

Personally, I love sexy, deep scents that most people would only wear at night, and this one ticks all of my boxes.

Top Notes: bergamot

Middle Notes: jasmine and patchouli

I have yet to smell a Michael Malul fragrance I don’t love, and this perfume is no exception.

3. Nishane ‘Tuberoza’

Nishane is a small luxury fragrance brand and it has some of the best, most underrated perfumes ever!

This Tuberoza perfume smells rich, decadent, and is the perfect mix of florals and earthy scents.

Top Notes: ylang-ylang, artemisia, orange blossom

Middle Notes: tuberose, gardenia, marigold, jasmine

Base Notes: vetiver, musk, sandalwood, amber

This scent is sexy, magical, and everyone will be asking you what you’re wearing!

4. Swiss Arabian ‘ZAHRA’

This is a fragrance oil, which means there’s no alcohol in it and it’s the perfect balance between Arab oud and fruity scents.

This perfume oil is a mix of floral, fruity, and sandalwood and is MOUTHWATERING.

This scent is chic, elegant, and lingers for ages.

LOVE this one!

5. Penhaligon’s ‘Portraits The Coveted Duchess Rose’

This is the ultimate amber floral perfume!

It’s light but elegant and smells INCREDIBLE in the summer (not sure why but I feel like it doesn’t smell as amazing in the Winter time).

Penhaligon’s has some of the most beautiful, sophisticated scents that you need in your perfume collection.

Top Notes: mandarin, rose, musky wood

6. Nishane ‘Zenne’

Another Nishane perfume because I just can’t get enough of them and I know you’ll be obsessed, too!

This scent is definitely sweeter and reminds me of berries and sugary goodness that isn’t overwhelming and childish.

Top Notes: black currant, rhubarb, grapefruit

Middle Notes: Turkish rose, gardenia, sandalwood

Base Notes: vanilla, ambergris, musk

The best way I can describe this perfume is that it’s sweet and fruity but beautifully balanced with spices and a subtle salty scent that cuts the sweetness.

7. Initio ‘Atomic Rose’

This perfume from Initio is definitely a splurge but I can’t believe that more people don’t talk about this perfume considering how luxurious and decadent it smells.

This rose centered scent smells like the most expensive store on the planet that’s filled with beautiful fresh roses.

You only need a tiny, TINY bit because it’s very strong – this bottle will last you a lifetime!

Top Notes: hedione, pink pepper, bergamot

Middle Notes: Bulgarian rose, Turkish rose, Egyptian jasmine

Base Notes: Madagascar vanilla, amber

8. Michael Malul ‘Sparkle’

This scent is super new (launched in 2021) and I bet no one else you know will be wearing this perfume.

It’s a floral woody scent that’s fresh and also a bit spicy – LOVE it!

Top Notes: water lily, Mandarin orange, pink pepper

Middle Notes: orange blossom, jasmine, rose

Base Notes: cedar, musk, patchouli

9. By Kilian ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’

By Kilian’s perfumes are iconic but still so underrated.

Rihanna swears by the brand!

This perfume is feminine, sexy, and lasts for so long that you’ll be able to smell it on your skin even after a shower.

Top Notes: Tunisian orange blossom, Turkish rose, Moroccan rose

Middle Notes: watery notes, Egyptian jasmine, tuberose

Base Notes: musk

This fragrance is definitely floral so if you love your roses, you’ll love this one!

10. Rasai ‘La Yuqawam Orchid Prairie’

If you like scents that are a bit musky but still feminine at the same time, then you will ADORE this perfume.

This perfume is elegant and refined but also sexy and sensual.

Top Notes: neroli, bergamot, saffron

Middle Notes: cashmeran, coumarine

Base Notes: vanilla, musk, amber, pure Indian oud

Obsessed with this scent!

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11. Ralph Lauren ‘2’

This Ralph Lauren perfume has been around a long time, but is still such a fresh smelling classic, I find myself always going back to it.

This perfume is fresh, light, and reminds me of the most elegant tea party!

Perfect for the Spring and Summer, you can’t go wrong with this classic scent that not enough people appreciate.

It has notes of cranberry and tonka bean.

12. Guerlain ‘La Petite Robe Noire’

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This Guerlain perfume is so sexy and seductive, it’s perfect for date night!
It has a strong cherry note that sinks into the skin so beautifully and leaves a delicious, subtle vanilla scent in its absence.

I know you will love this scent as much as I do.

Top Notes: sour cherry, almond, red berries, bergamot

Middle Notes: licorice, rose, tea, Taif rose

Base Notes: vanilla, anise, tonka bean, patchouli, iris

13. Frederic Malle ‘Portrait of a Lady’

This amber floral fragrance is a show stopper.

It’s definitely not your usual floral or musky scent, but in the best way possible.

This scent is warm and spicy but also fruity and rosy.

This perfume is mysterious and sexy and will leave people wondering what you’re wearing because they can’t stop thinking about it and how delicious it smelled.

Top Notes: rose, black currant, raspberry, cloves, cinnamon

Middle Notes: patchouli, incense, sandalwood

Base Notes: benzoin, musk, amber

14. Hermes ‘Un Jardin Sur La Lagune’

This scent is very elegant and very Hermes lol!

It’s floral, beachy, and woody and has a great balance of sweetness.

This is a great everyday classic that people don’t talk about enough.

This perfume has notes of the sea, magnolia, wood, lily, pitosporum

15. Paloma Picasso ‘Paloma Picasso’

I can’t believe this perfume is under $50 because of how great it is.

This perfume has been around for a long time, but no on ever seems to talk about it which is a shame because it’s incredible.

This perfume is classy, feminine, and very French and lasts VERY long.

If you haven’t tried this perfume yet, you need to.

Top Notes: carnation, coriander, rose, angelica, neroli, bergamot, Amalfi lemon

Middle Notes: patchouli, hyacinth, jasmine, ylang-ylang, mimosa

Base Notes: oak moss, civetta, castoreum, vetiver, sandalwood, amber, musk

This is one of the best underrated perfumes!

16. Zadig & Voltaire ‘This is Her’

This amber vanilla scented perfume is casual, cool, and very underrated.

This would make a beautiful everyday pefume that won’t ever go out of style.

Top Notes: pink pepper, silkwood blossom, jasmine sambac

Middle Notes: whipped cream, vanilla, chestnut

Base Notes: sandalwood, cashmere wood

17. Dior ‘Hypnotic Passion’

I have been in love with this perfume for YEARS.

Hypnotic Poison by Dior is the ultimate sexy, mysterious perfume that is perfect for any night time event.

This is one of the best underrated perfumes that every girl needs in her collection.

Top Notes: coconut, plum, apricot

Middle Notes: Brazilian rosewood, jasmine, caraway, tuberose, rose, lily of the valley

Base Notes: vanilla, almond, sandalwood, musk

18. Al Haramain ‘L’aventure Femme’

This is one of the best underrated perfumes EVER.

It’s a beautiful floral and fruity scent that also is earthy and warm.

One of the most impressive things about this perfume is that it lasts SO long, all you need is one spritz in the morning and it will last you the whole day.

You NEED to try this perfume.

Top Notes: pineapple, black currant, wild berries, bergamot

Middle Notes: cedar, freesia, rose

Base Notes: musk, amber, sandalwood, vanilla

19. By Kilian ‘Black Phantom’

Another By Kilian perfume because they’re elegant, beautiful, and not talked about enough.

This Black Phantom perfume is sweet and spicy and every time I smell it, I just imagine a powerful woman.

This scent is timeless and transitions so well from day to night.

It has notes of dark chocolate, rum, caramel, coffee, sugar cane, almond, sandalwood, and heliotrope.

20. Yves Saint Laurent ‘Manifesto’

I LOVE this vanilla and woody scent from YSL.

It’s warm and spicy and the perfect date night scent.

Top notes: black currant, bergamot

Middle notes: jasmine sambac, lily of the valley

Base notes: vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood, cedar

These are some of my favorite best underrated perfumes for women and I hope they help you in picking your next fragrance.

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