It's True: I Always Get Compliments When I Wear One of These Expensive-Smelling Perfumes

Let me paint a picture. It's Tuesday afternoon in the office. Mid-July. No air conditioning, no cracked window and someone is wearing a perfume so overpowering it entered the room before them and will leave long after. Obnoxious, cloying or just plain loud, there's little worse than a fragrance that takes over the wearer. It might be an unpopular opinion, depending on the scents you like, but it's one I'll shout from the rooftops nonetheless. Instead (and especially for enclosed environments), allow me to introduce you to the lighter side of scent. To the types of fragrances that mimic the clean, the soft, the airy and the featherlight. Some are huge successes, others slightly slept-on; once popular but since faded amongst the thousands of new fragrances released over the years.

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Josh Carter, co-founder of the fine fragrance platform Fiole and fragrance expert trained under Roja Dove, says not to rely on a perfume's virality when picking. "Perfume is an art form like any other and virality is not always indicative of long-term success. Many hyped products disappear quickly, proving that even though it's sparked conversation, it hasn't necessarily connected with people." Facts. Here are the light perfumes I would reach for in a heartbeat, all tried and tested by yours truly – a fragrance-obsessed beauty editor.

Shop the Best Light Perfumes, According to a Beauty Editor:

1. Acne Studios by Frédéric Malle Eau De Parfum

2. Ffern Spring 24 Eau De Parfum

3. Maison Francis Kurkdjian 724 Eau De Parfum

4. Byredo Gypsy Water Eau De Parfum

5. Tommy Girl Eau De Toilette

6. Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne

7. Maya Njie Les Fleurs Eau De Parfum

8. Philosophy Amazing Grace Eau De Toilette

9. Maison Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Eau De Toilette

10. Glossier You Eau De Parfum

11. Jones Road Shower


Morgan is a Who What Wear contributor and freelance beauty editor published in Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and more. She is the former beauty editor of Stylist Magazine. When not tapping away at her keyboard, Morgan is usually found interviewing brand founders and celebrities or creating beauty and skincare content for brands or for her own social media channels.