20 Best Perfumes For Every Occasion: Sexy, Professional, Energizing Scents

New York Smash Magazine  

We use our sense of smell to perceive the world around us and receive information. Scents can have powerful effects on us. For example, a familiar scent can make you feel a range of emotions or bring back memories from the past.

Did you know that scent is used by animals in the wild to communicate important messages? Animals, insects and plants use scents to attract mates, and also, to send warning signals when a threat is nearby. Ants lay down pheromone trails for their nest-mates to follow to food sources, according to BBC.

You, too, can use the power of scent to your advantage. There are specific fragrances that can help exude a vibe or feeling; whether you want to come off as professional for a job interview or sexy for a hot date, the right perfume can help you achieve your goals.

New York Smash asked perfume expert Patti Kapla, vice president of Business Development for, what scents to wear for different reasons and occasions.

With Patti’s help, this guide can help you determine what perfume to wear when you want to feel sophisticated, professional, romantic, sexy, or even happy and energized.


Sophisticated Scents

Grown-up scents move towards woody muskiness – sensual, seductive and with serious attitude. Feminine and vampish, they celebrate the true art and depth of fragrance.  

The best sophisticated scents:

1. Nuit Pour Femme by Hugo Boss

Boss Nuit Pour Femme


$29.99 – $44.99 at


Confident and sophisticated, Boss Nuit Pour Femme perfume will make you feel like Cinderella for the night. Inspired by the little black dress, this feminine nighttime scent is just the thing for special occasions and romantic dinners. Created by Hugo Boss, it combines the floral top notes of white flowers, jasmine, and violet with the musky base notes of crystalline moss and creamy sandalwood. An impressive fragrance that is sure to get you the attention you deserve.

2. Armani Si 

Armani Si


$81.99 at

Armani Si is the very essence of class and beauty, a fragrant scent for women who enjoy showing off their feminine side. This fragrance was introduced by the classic designer Giorgio Armani to complement the refined and sophisticated Armani clothing line. Notes of cassis, freesia and May rose are blended with warm vanilla and musky patchouli to create a fragrance that is sure to leave everyone wanting more from the minute you pass.

3. Lanvin Me Lanvin Me

$57 at

Lanvin Me is an exemplary fragrance for the confidant young woman.  An expert combination of delicate florals with zesty blueberry and liquorice creates a unique, enticing fragrance that’s both feminine and sophisticated. Creatively, this elegant fragrance possesses a moderate composition complete with tuberose, mandarin orange and sandalwood notes. Fitting for daytime and occasional evening use, this refined, long-lasting scent clings to your skin throughout the day and into the night.


Professional and Prepared For Business

Picking an office-friendly fragrance may be difficult, especially if you want a nice pungent scent, but don’t want to scare away and/or offend any of your co-workers. For that crisp, non-overpowering perfume you crave, here are five fab fragrances for your work day!  Citrus notes combined with florals are an excellent choice for the office as they are energetic yet soft and subtle.  

Professional fragrances:

4. Cashmere Mist Perfume by Donna Karan 

Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan

$47.99 at

This gentle scent adds an understated touch of elegance to your daytime activities, whether you’re out and about meeting with clients or working inside. Spray it on before you head out in the morning for a distinctive yet subtle scent that will last the whole day.

5. Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty by Calvin Klein 

Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty by Calvin Klein

$34.99 – $43.99 at

Calvin Klein’s Sheer Beauty combines fruity, white floral, citrus, and fresh notes to create a charming floral-fruity scent. This delicate casual fragrance is perfect for everyday use and exudes femininity. It is subtle and not overpowering, so you can spray it on in the morning before heading to the office and feel instantly refreshed.

6. Intrusion by Oscar De La Renta 

Intrusion Oscar de La Renta

$88 at

Add style to your everyday activities with Intrusion by Oscar de la Renta. This delightful women’s fragrance is like a bouquet of marine florals, creating the perfect mix of sweet, cool scents. Intrusion is a casual scent that will add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your routine. Spritz it onto your skin before you leave the house and enjoy an instant burst of calm energy that will last throughout the day.

7. Intimately Yours Beckham by Beckham

Intimately Yours David Beckham

$17.99 – $21.99 at

Intimately Yours Beckham is a perfectly balanced fragrance that will give you a confident air in the office and at home. With a soft-to-moderate sillage, this alluring eau de parfum pairs sweet top notes of bergamot, pear, and freesia with vetiver, sandalwood, and iris base notes for an enticing aroma that will earn you many compliments.

8. Delices De Cartier by Cartier

Delices De Cartier

$34.99 – $47.99 at

With its mix of frosted cherry, freesia, bergamot, jasmine, amber, Tonka bean, Sana, pink pepper and violet, Delices de Cartier by Cartier is an intriguing fragrance made for the woman who likes to bring out her best during the daytime. This perfume can complement your attire in a number of ways. Whether you choose to wear it for an impromptu lunch with your friends or on a day-to-day basis at your job, Delices de Cartier will never enter the room before you do.


Bring Out Your Romantic Side

Most of us want to give off the look and feel of romance on Valentine’s Day. But it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to look lovely. For a bit of romance on any day of the week, wear your hair in a romantic up-do, throw on a chiffon or silk dress, and spritz on a lovely scent.

Romantic fragrances contain lush flowers; powdery notes and comforting, sweet aromas like vanilla and amber and/or warm balsam elements, which evoke the essence of falling in love.

Best romantic scents:

9. Romance by Ralph Lauren

Romance by Ralph Lauren

$38 – $98 at

With a name like Romance, you know this perfume for women by Ralph Lauren will radiate the mystery and intrigue that lends itself to Cupid’s arrow. This sultry and feminine fragrance has a subtle blend of fresh rose, violet, ginger, oakmoss, marigold and musk. Its flowery nature makes it subtly sensuous-perfect for a dinner party, a night at the opera or any other sophisticated evening engagement. Romance will make heads turn no matter where you go.

10. Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez

$67.99 – $95.99 at

Narciso Rodriguez combines notes of lavender, pink pepper, patchouli, amber, violet and woody accord into a spicy yet feminine blend designed to help unleash your romantic side. Spritz this perfume all over your body and let your imagination carry you to a place free of worries and responsibilities. You will not be disappointed by the alluring scent of this unique fragrance.

11. Princess Night by Vera Wang

Princess Night by Vera Wang

$38.99 at

An exotic romantic fragrance aimed for beautiful wannabe-princesses everywhere, Princess Night is a regal blend of fruits and exotic flowers, with woody base notes playing a sensual twilight role. While it’s not an overwhelmingly sweet perfume, subtle notes of crushed sugar and vanilla give Princess Night a more playful and flirty edge. Become the princess that you always knew you could be whenever you wear this scent-just remember to be home by midnight.


Sexy and Flirtatious


Whether you’re trying to attract a special someone or just feeling frisky, certain scents can make you practically irresistible. 

Research suggests that notes of vanilla, jasmine, lavender and sandalwood are aphrodisiac in nature – why not bring the passion into your relationship with scents inspired by these notes.  

Sexiest perfumes:

12. Shalimar by Guerlain

Guerlain Shalimar

$139 at

Shalimar perfume for women by Guerlain has entranced women with its alluring fragrance ever since its introduction. A classic that is enjoyed to this day, Shalimar perfectly combines a feminine, stylish character with exotic florals and vanilla for a romantic, complex fragrance that’s high in character. It’s a warm balance that’s evocative but never overwhelming.

13. See by Chloé

See by Chloe

$78 – $98 at Macy’s.

Distinctive and dramatic, See by Chloé blends bergamot, apple blossom, jasmine and ylang-ylang notes and finishes with a base note of musk, creating a scent that is feminine and powerful yet playful and flirtatious.

14. Joy by Jean Patou 

Joy Jean Patou copy

$190 at

A truly classic fragrance loved by women since 1930, Joy by Jean Patou is a beautiful blend of rare oils and aphrodisiac notes such as jasmine. This effortlessly alluring perfume is perfect for a sexy evening, yet elegant and flexible enough for daily use as well.

15. Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker 


$21.99 – $48.99 at

Lovely is a deeply evocative scent that carefully balances a subtle tone with fruity and musky elements. It’s an attractive bouquet that has a delicate and appealing construction that blends musk apple, lavender and amber in perfect balance. This bright, fresh perfume is great for a night out.

16. Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior

Hypnotic Poison Dior

$59 – $79 at

Show your inner passion with Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior. In this fragrance for women, a strong scent of jasmine mixes perfectly with lower tones of amber, almond and woods. Hypnotic Poison is the ideal way to add a touch of mystery and intrigue to your life. Splash it into the creases of your arms before you head out for an exciting date or a meeting with a new love and enjoy the increased sense of romance it brings.


Energizing, Mood-Boosting Scents

How to be the life of the party, besides your amazing outfit and personality? Leaving a lasting impression with a well chosen perfume! Remember, fragrance is an accessory too, so be sure to match your scent well with the look you plan for the night! Take a look at our top party fragrances to get things going.  Rich with woody, musky and flowery combinations, these fragrancesare classical and elegant yet still fun!  

For an energy and mood boost, spritz on:

17. Gucci Envy by Gucci 

Gucci Envy

$48.99 at

Envy has been the go-to fragrance for women who want a warm, attractive scent that balances elements of fun, energy and romance. Perfect for a first date or simply a night out with friends, Envy combines hyacinth, magnolia, lily of the valley, jasmine, violet, iris and musk. The notes are perfectly balanced in a complex scent that’s right for any occasion. A touch of Envy before you go out will make you the envy of everyone you meet.

18. Versace Crystal Noir by Gianni Versace 

Versace Crystal Noir

$51.99 at

Versace Crystal Noir by Gianni Versace is the right fragrance for the woman looking to impress on her next night out. This perfume features hints of pepper, ginger, gardenia, and amber to create a sensual scent that is sure to bring you the compliments you desire. Whether you choose to wear this perfume out with friends or colleagues, Versace Crystal Noir is sure to add a bit of mystery to your evening.

19. The One by Dolce & Gabbana

The One Dolce and Gabbana

$68 – $108 at

Bring a touch of sweetness to your evening with The One by Dolce & Gabbana. This delightful scent is the perfect blend of plum, vetiver bergamot and fruity florals, mixed with Madonna lily, muguet, lychee, jasmine and vanilla. This beautiful fragrance for women is elegant and classic, evoking the timeless sense of ages past. Apply it to your skin before you leave the house for a formal dinner party or an evening on the town with friends, and enjoy the instant sophistication it brings.

20. Miss Dior Cherie by Christian Dior

Miss Dior Cherie

$88.99 – $122.99 at

If you are looking for a light and airy evening fragrance, you will fall in love with Miss Dior Cherie. This scent is comprised of strawberry leaves, mandarin, violet, and jasmine. The base notes are patchouli and musk. This fragrance is not overwhelming, but it is sure to make heads turn. Women of all ages are raving about Miss Dior Cherie.