10 Heavenly Scents


Just as a picture can say a thousand words, one whiff of a woman’s fragrance can tell you everything about her style. Here are our staff’s favorite olfactory statements.


“How something can smell fresh and bright yet cozy and lush, I don’t know, but this exquisite fig, citrus, and amber blend does exactly that.” –Katie Becker, Beauty Editor

Armani/Prive Figuier Eden, $160;


“The fact that the main notes—sandalwood, cedar and fig—are ones I claim not to like just proves how magical a creation this is. But even Le Labo knows it’s about the sum of the parts: the online descriptions are ‘an open fire’ and ‘the soft drift of smoke.’ THAT’s what I’m talking about.” –Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director

Le Labo Santal 33, $160;


“With notes of lily, ginger and sea water, the scent is bright and invigorating, but also quite subtle and elegant on the skin. Though I love its marine quality in the summer, it makes for the perfect burst of lily when the weather turns cold!” –Giovanna Campagna, Assistant to the Editor in Chief

Frederic Malle Lys Mediterranée, $170;


“This fragrance was a gift from my mom, who carried a bouquet of daisies when she married my dad 29 years ago. To me, this fresh, enchanting fragrance conveys young romance and the endless possibilities that come with falling in love.” –Natasha Clark, Fashion Credits Editor

Marc Jacobs Fragrance Daisy Eau So Fresh, $70;


“I never stray from this scent—it’s timeless and effortlessly seductive.” –Sam Walker, Accessories Assistant

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum, $85;


“II have been wearing this fragrance every day for at least ten years. I love the fresh aquatic notes and light bergamot and freesia. I never feel like my perfume comes into the room before I do and my husband has to get pretty close to me to appreciate it.” –Kirsten Schmitt, Research Chief

Kenzo L’Eau Par Kenzo Femme, $77;


“I’m not big on florals. I like fresh, clean, almost masculine, scents. For evening, though, I like to mix this one—much to Ben Gorham’s dismay—with pure amber oil. It makes it a bit sexier.” –Karin Nelson, Features Editor

Byredo Palermo Eau de Parfum, $145;


“I’ve worn this eau de parfum since college, when on a trip to Paris I was lucky enough to discover it at Frederic Malle’s first boutique. The iris makes it a very classic fragrance, while the musk, vanilla, sandalwood and vetiver give it complexity. I love that it is feminine without being saccharine: it’s a scent made for a young woman, not a girl.” –Vanessa Lawrence, Features Writer

Frederic Malle Iris Poudre eau de parfum, $190;


“I’m a bookish type and this is light, slightly sophisticated scent makes me think of piles of beautiful books, which makes me happy beyond measure.” –Regan Solmo, Managing Editor

Demeter Fragrance Library Paperback, $20;


“My sister, Angelica, is a fragrance pro—she’s always trying something new. But when it came to this creamy vanilla scent with hints of woodiness, we were on the same note. We both think it’s perfect for the cold weather.” –Ashley Consiglio, Associate Bookings Editor

Bond No. 9 Nuits de Noho, $170;