15 Must-Own Perfumes If You Love Spicy Scents, According to Fragrance Snobs

As someone who wears a different fragrance every day, I don't shy away from any specific scent notes. I'll fluctuate between floral fragrances when I'm feeling more delicate and woodsy fragrances when I want something deeper. I always, however, tend to gravitate toward spicier perfumes.

Spicy scents are my favorite because there's no rule as to what scent family can and can't have spicier notes. You can have a floral scent with spicy notes, a fresh scent with spicy notes, an earthy scent with spicy notes… The limit does not exist. In my opinion, spicy notes make any fragrance instantly more interesting and electric. 

If you're wondering what exactly makes a fragrance spicy (since it's not like you can taste it), it's really any note that you might find in a spice drawer. Think cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, and more. These notes help give scents a certain zing that opens them up. Keep reading for the best spicy scents out there. 


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Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.