The Cosmo Fragrance Awards 2019

Excerpts from a fragrance editorial, The Cosmo Fragrance Awards, in Cosmopolitan Magazine November 2019.

Three months, hundreds of scents, and, like, a thousand sniff tests later, these 12 winners are what we're now spraying on repeat.

Aka the "Ooh, what are you wearing?!" awards.

Job Interview fragrances

The ones you'll wear on a job interview.

Gabrielle Chanel Essence

Gabrielle Essence

White floral with notes of tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine, and ylang-ylang.
Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz.
$105 @

"I'm typically not a floral person, but this lighter version of the OG scent converted me. It smells made fresh thanks to its essence of jasmine, ylang-ylang, and orange blossom, and (obvi) it's so chic." -CCV

Acqua di Parma Camelia

Acqua di Parma

Floral Citrus
Delicate floral with notes of bergamot, magnolia, jasmine sambac, and clary sage.
Eau de Parfum 3.4 oz.
$270 @

"Call me bougie, but there's something powerful about spritzing a $270 perfume. Like, it makes me feel rich (I'm not). The jasmine-and-lemon scent doesn't hurt either." -LB

Tom Ford Metallique

Tom Ford

Woody Floral
Powdery floral fragrance blend of heliotrop, pink pepper, balsam, vanilla and sandalwood.
Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz.
$150 @

"This is my secret weapon for feeling confident AF. It's powdery, it's floral, it's spicy - hi, pink peppercorn - and now it's my new signature boss-vibes scent." -RB

Saturday night perfumes

The ones you'll wear on Saturday night with your friends. Text your group chat and start making plans. Any one of these bbs is the sprayable equivalent of your hottest dress-and-heels combo.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl

Carolina Herrera
Good Girl

Sweet floral gourmand of jasmine, tuberose, cocoa, almond, and coffee accord.
Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz.
$94 @

"This spicy floral is called Good Girl, but I def don't feel angelic when I'm putting it on at 10 p.m. It's basically come-hither eyes in a bottle." -CM

Dior Joy Intense

Joy Intense

Intense burst of flowers including neroli, jasmine, rose, vanilla, tonka, and musk.
Eau de Parfum Intense 1.7 oz.
$100 @

"The sweetness of the warm sandalwood and vanilla will have everyone wondering, Who is sheee??? long after you leave the dance floor." -AK

Floral Street Ylang Ylang Espresso

Floral Street
Ylang Ylang Espresso

Floral Gourmand
Creamy perfume blend of tangerine, sichuan pepper, rose, jasmine, and tiramisu accord.
Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz.
$75 / @

"TBH, this perfume is my favorite part of going out. I douse myself in it as a pre-game to the pre-game. The blend of rose, ylang-ylang, and coffee - yup, coffee - makes me stoked for the night." -RB

Date Night scents

The ones you'll wear on a date. Wanna smell sexy / hot / flirty / all of the above? You're in the right place. These three fragrances are intoxicating in the best way possible.

Yves Saint Laurent Libre

Yves Saint Laurent

Feminine fragrance mixes lavender, orange blossom, ambergris, and musk accord.
Eau de Parfum 1.6 oz.
$104 @

"Can floral perfumes be sexy? I didn't used to think so... but this mix of white flowers, orange blossom, and vanilla is straight up addictive." -AK

Bottega Veneta Illusione

Bottega Veneta

Floral Woody
Aromatic notes of bergamot, blackcurrant, orange blossom, olive wood, and tonka bean.
Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz.
$123 @

"I spray this on, and like clockwork, my boyfriend comes sniffing around, saying I look / smell hot. LOL, thank you, woodsy and citrus notes." -LB

Azzaro Wanted Girl

Wanted Girl

Flower-shaped bottle with notes of ginger flower, dulce de leche, and Haitian vetiver.
Eau de Parfum 1.6 oz.
$85 @

"This sugary scent is kind of like a bouquet of fresh flowers and a box of caramels all rolled into one. Which means it's already guaranteed to make you happier than your Tinder date would." -CM

Anytime All the Time fragrances

The ones you're down to smell like 24/7. You could basically wear one of these every single day for the rest of all time - and you still wouldn't get sick of them. Yup, they're that special.

Lancome Idole


Soft Floral
Skin floral with notes of bergamot, pear, rose, jasmine, white musk, and vanilla.
Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz.
$96 @

"Def into how long-lasting this blend of rose water, patchouli, musk, and vanilla is - it literally sticks around all day. Even my morning application gets me, 'Mmmm, what are you wearing?' at night." -CCV

Burberry Her Blossom

Her Blossom

Fruity Floral
Spring inspired notes of plum blossom, mandarin, peony, sandalwood, and musk.
Eau de Toilette 3.4 oz.
$109 @

"I legit feel weird if I don't start most days with a quick spritz of this fresh floral fragrance. It's soft and subtle, and it gets me a million compliments every time I wear it." -RB

Coach Floral Blush

Floral Blush

Fruity Floral
Blooming floral feminine fragrance with goji berries, peony and white woods.
Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz.
$80 @

"As soon as I spray on this warm, fruity perfume, I'm immediately - okay virtually - transported to my happy place: sitting in the sun, drinking rosé, and surrounded by flowers." -AK

AK - Ama Kwarteng, beauty assistant
CCV - Carly Cardellino Vaccaro, beauty director
CM - Chloe Metzger, senior beauty editor
LB - Lauren Balsamo, senior beauty editor
RB - Ruby Buddemeyer, beauty editor

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("Beauty: The Cosmo Fragrance Awards." Cosmopolitan Nov. 2019: 54-57)

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