The best flower fragrances that will leave you smelling fresh, not stuffy

These flower fragrances are beautiful, modern and chic

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Flower fragrances never really go out of style, but as soon as warmer months hit, brighter skies and growing blooms outside tend to ignite that creeping urge to go and splash out on lovely floral perfume.

While most of us have probably got a steady perfume arsenal already, the change in weather, which inevitably always brings a shift of mood and perspective, can leave us craving fresh and upbeat botanical perfumes.

Just like the season switch can change your mindset on the best foundation for your needs or make you rethink skincare ingredients and opt for a  lighter and fresher skincare routine, it also leaves us moving away from deep and heady perfumes and towards lighter flower perfumes.

If you are trawling the web for floral perfume inspiration, it can be tricky to work out how to buy fragrance online without actually smelling it. This isn't helped by the fact that flower fragrances can come with the risk of smelling like you’ve just walked through a field of blooms or had an unfortunate encounter with some stubborn lily pollen. So if you’re after an untraditional flower fragrance, or scents incorporating botanicals that aren't necessarily in-your-face flower explosions,  it’s important to choose your spritz carefully and opt for one with a number of well-blended notes. 

Luckily, whether you’re looking for a signature flower fragrance or are a self-confessed perfume polyamorist (guilty) and want a new addition to your collection, there are plenty of nuanced and delicate floral perfumes to choose from. This is our pick of the most beautiful scents to try, from a seductive niche scent with lush tropical flowers to a classic rose perfume with a sweet modern twist. Truly, there is a beautiful floral fragrance to suit every taste. 

1. Jo Malone London Red Hibiscus Cologne Intense

2. Acqua Di Parma Magnolia Nobile Eau de Parfum

3. Gucci Bloom Profumo di Fiori Eau de Parfum

4. Creed Zeste Mandarine EDP

5. Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum

6. Coach Floral Eau de Parfum

7. Floral Street Wonderland Peony Eau De Parfum

8. Byredo Lil Fleur Eau de Parfum

9. Chloé Signature Eau de Parfum

10. Armani/Privé Cyprès Pantelleria Eau de Parfum

11. Furla Preziosa Eau de Parfum

12. Serge Lutens La Dompteuse Encagée Eau de Parfum

13. Jo Malone London Rose Blush Eau de Cologne

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.

Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a slick of lip balm and a good slathering of SPF, cannot live without an eyelash curler by her side and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).

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