Sunday, May 27, 2012

Top 5 Best Rated Perfumes for Women in 2012

Top notes, heart notes and base notes are the three most basic stages of fragrance. Take a walk with me and learn about fragrance with special reviews for five of the top rated perfumes in the world.

Top notes represent the first stage of fragrance and can be smelled the moment you apply the fragrance to your skin. These first notes will fade after 5 to 15 minutes making way for the next stage of fragrance.

Usually lasting over an hour, middle notes or heart notes ignite the second stage of fragrance and appear just before the top notes dissipate.

The last and final stage of fragrance is the strongest and longest, the base note. Base notes can last for several hours and they transpire according to your body's chemistry.

1st Place - Juicy Couture Original by Juicy Couture$19.00 to $95.00 per bottle

Juicy Couture's Original perfume is known for being long lasting, fruity and flowery. Not everyone likes fruity and floral scents but a ton of people have been charmed by an encounter with Juicy Couture's perfume and many more have received compliments for wearing it. Use this perfume on a warm and sunny day when you are ready for something tropical.

Top Notes: 
Watermelon, Mandarin, Passion Fruit, Marigold, Green Apple, Splash of Water Hyacinth and Crushed Leaves.

Middle & Heart Notes:
Wild Rose, Princess Lily and Creamy Tuberose Undertones.

Base notes: 

Caramel Créme Brulée, Vanilla Meld, Elegant Precious Woods and Patchouli to Create a Delicious Linge.

2nd Place - No. 5 by Chanel$25.00 to $125.00 per bottle

Officially launched by Coco Chanel in May of 1921, No. 5 by Chanel has easily become one of the world's most legendary and historic perfumes of all time. With a rich history of creating memories from generation to generation, No. 5 is a favorite among mature women and sophisticated young adults. Wear this in the late afternoon and into the evening for a night of iconic elegance.

Top Notes:
Aldehydes, Bergamot, Lemon and Neroli.

Middle & Heart Notes:

Jasmine, Lily of the valley, Irris and Rose.

Base Notes:

Amber, Vetiver, Sandalwood and Vanilla.

3rd Place - Tiffany Parfum by Tiffany & Co.: 
$75.00 to $140.00 per bottle

Tiffany Parfum is a classic 1980's floral perfume recommended for day to evening wear. It can sometimes be a bit strong so use it sparingly (bottles last for a long time). This perfume fits nicely with Spring.

Top Notes:
Mandarin Orange and Black Currant.

Middle & Heart Notes:

Violet Leaf, Taif Rose, Ylang Ylang, Lily of the Valley, Orange Blossom, Orris and Indian Jasmine.

Base Note:

Vanilla, Sandalwood, Amber and Vetiver.

4th Place - Gucci Eau de Parfum II by Gucci
$60.00 to $85.00

Fruity-floral, fresh and clean, this perfume represents femininity. It's more safe than other fragrances and can be worn at office jobs or in schools if you teach a class. This soft sweetness is pleasant without overdoing it.

Top Notes: Bitter Orange, Black Currant, Mandarin and Cassia.

Middle & Heart Notes: 

Violet, Blackberry, Peony, Jasmine and Lily of the Valley.

Base Notes: 

Jasmine, Heliotrope, Cedar wood and Musks.

5th Place - Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana
$48.00 to $87.00

Light Blue is a non-offensive, non-intrusive, light and happy scent recommended for day-time use. It's fruity top notes can be sensed in the beginning, followed by some flowery notes, with woodsy, musky notes following thereafter. You can wear this on a regular basis so long as you know that the ending base notes are unisex.

Top Notes: 
Granny Smith Apple, Sicilian Cedar and Bluebells.

Middle & Heart Notes:

Jasmine, White Rose and Bamboo.

Base Notes: 

Cedarwood, Amber and Musks.

Here is a list of other popular fragrances and perfume brands that could have easily made it into the top 5 best rated:

Other Fragrances by Juicy Couture:
Couture Couture - $19.00 to $95.00
Viva la Juicy - $19.00 to $89.00
Peace Love & Juicy Couture - $49.00 to $69.00

Other Fragrances by Chanel:
Les Exclusifs De Chanel: $110.00 to $175.00
No.19 by Chanel: $50.00 to $115
Coco: $50.00 to $110.00
Allure Sensuelle: $50.00 to $105.00
Chance: $50.00 to $105.00
Allure: $25.00 to $105.00
Coco Mademoiselle: $25.00 to $105.00
Allure: $25.00 to $105.00
Chance Eau Fraiche: $50.00 to $90.00
Cristalle: $75.00 to $85.00
No. 19 Poudre: $50.00 to $85.00
Chance Eau Tendre: $45.00 to $72.00

Other Fragrances by Tiffany Co.:

Pure Tiffany: $100.00 to $130.00

Other fragrances by Gucci:

Guilty Intense: $61.00 to $102.00
Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum: $60.00 to $100.00
Guilty: $55.00 to $95.00
Envy Me: $52.00 to $90.00
Flora by Gucci Eau de Toilette: $52.00 to $90.00
Flora by Gucci Eau Fraiche: $49.00 to $85.00
Flora by Gucci Garden - Tuberose: $70.00
Flora by Gucci - Glamorous Magnolia: $70.00
Flora By Gucci - Gorgeous: $70.00
Rush: $52.00 to $70.00

Other fragrances by Dolce & Gabbana:
Rose The One: $66.00 to $98.00
The One: $66.00 to $98.00
Light Blue Dreaming In Portofino: $50.00 to $89.00
L'Eau The One: $68.00 to $87.00

* Dior *
J'adore Eau de Parfum: $62.00 to $102.00 per bottle
Miss Dior Eau de Parfum: $62.00 - $102.00 per bottle
J'adore Eau de Toilette: $66.00 to $90.00 per bottle
Miss Dior Eau de Toilette: $66.00 to $87.00 per bottle
Pure Poison: $62.00 to $102.00 per bottle
Hypnotic Poison: $53.00 to $69.00 per bottle
Dior Addict 2: $40.00 to $90.00 per bottle
J'adore L'eau: $95.00 per bottle
Dior Addict To Life: $40.00 to $90.00 per bottle
Miss Dior Eau Fralche: $70.00 to $90.00 per bottle

* Katy Perry *
Meow! by Katy Perry Eau de Parfum: $45.00 to $65.00 per bottle
Purr by Katy Perry Eau de Parfum: $45.00 to $65.00 per bottle

* Jay Lo *
Jennifer Lopez Glowing by JLo Eau de Parfum Fragrance Collection: $39.00 - 65.00 per bottle
Jennifer Lopez Glowing by JLo Body Lotion: $27.50 per bottle

* Ralph Lauren *
Big Pony: $19.00 to $70.00 per bottle
Romance: $72.00 per bottle
Safari: $60.00 per bottle
Love: $50.00 to $600.00 per bottle

* DKNY *
pureDKNY: $40.00 to $85.00 per bottle
Be Delicious: $38.00 to $80.00 per bottle
Golden Delicious: $75.00 per bottle
DKNY Women Original: $34.00 to $62.00 per bottle

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