9 Fragrances That Earn Us Compliments Every Single Time
For some, today marks National Fragrance Day. For us, it's just Tuesday—because as far as Team Byrdie is concerned, a spritz of perfume is as crucial to our daily routine as moisturizer. It's the pièce de résistance, the final step of our morning regimen that makes us feel pulled together, no matter how little sleep we got the night before. It's a subtle and undeniably intimate ritual.
But that doesn't mean we don't appreciate it when other people notice. Some perfumes are personal favourites, while others are crowd-pleasers. (If you're lucky, you'll get a fragrance that can do both.) And we'll definitely admit to reaching for a scent in the latter category when we're in need of a little confidence boost.
Count that as yet another perk of the beauty editor gig: Once you've cycled through more than your fair share of fragrance testers, you start to get a pretty clear idea of which scents earn the most compliments. Keep scrolling to see the perfume that won the popular vote, according to Byrdie editors.
Frederic Malle Carnal Flower ($265)
"Every time I wear this thing, people don't just compliment me—they gush. I once sat in a 30-minute-long Uber ride where the (lady) driver talked about nothing but the perfume. Somehow, the floral, almost beach-like tuberose scent pleases every nose. If it weren't so heart-stoppingly expensive, I'd bathe in it."
Byredo Reine de Nuit ($550)
"First of all, I have to agree wholeheartedly with Amanda that nothing draws compliments like Carnal Flower. It's like moths to a flame—I've literally had to put headphones in just to indicate that I'm busy at work in order to avoid being interrupted.
"That being said, I still have a handful of others I swear by for public validation. This one is my go-to date-night perfume—it is mind-blowingly sexy, down to the black glass stopper you use to apply it. It has a very juicy feel to it thanks to a black currant top note, but the incense-y base of amber and patchouli keep it grounded and musky. It's the kind of fragrance that makes people lean closer.
"The price tag is steep, that's for sure, but I have no doubt that my little bottle will last me for years—you really only need a drop to last you all night long."
Maison Martin Margiela Replica Lazy Sunday Morning ($126)
"On the flip side, this daytime fragrance has a very different feel. It's so comforting—I actually first fell in love with it because it reminded me of my mom's signature perfume, and wearing it feels like giving her a warm hug. The lily of the valley note is pervasive but never in a cloying way. While Carnal Flower is a compliment machine, people always want to know where they can buy Lazy Sunday Morning. It's sophisticated, casual, and completely approachable all at once. (I have it in candle form too.)"
Odin New York Milieu Rosa Eau de Parfum ($210)
"Women love it; men love it; I love it. Just a couple weeks ago, I gave my guy friend a hug, and he immediately asked, 'What are you wearing?' Insisting he liked how it was 'spicy but not too spicy—just the right amount of spice.' For the record, this fragrance is hardly spicy (ah, the male nose), but to my friend's point, for a rose fragrance, it's not overly floral, not 'girly' at all. It's clean, simple, and leaves everyone intrigued and wanting more."
"There are only two fragrances I've ever worn that guarantee compliments every time. In college, it was Thierry Mugler's Alien, a woody-floral-amber hybrid that is truly unlike anything you've ever smelled and forever cemented its place in my heart when my crush complimented me on it one fateful night."
"These days, I gravitate toward scents that are little more subtle, and there's only one of the bunch that gets consistent praise: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black. It's a creamy blend of violet, sandalwood, and vanilla that's totally intoxicating but manages to not be too in-your-face. It's actually ridiculous how many compliments I get when I wear it; I've developed a sort of vain Pavlovian response so that whenever I spritz it before going out, I expect someone to ask, 'What perfume are you wearing? It's AMAZING.' So far, I've yet to be proven otherwise."
Chloé Eau de Parfum ($105)
"I'm not much of a floral perfume kind of girl (I love musky, spicy blends), but after spritzing Chloé's Eu de Parfum, I've gotten a ton of compliments. It's rosy, but it has notes of lychee and amber to counteract what could be an overpowering, old-lady aura (when I think of rose, my nose immediately goes to grandma). It's light; it's fresh—I love it."
Goest Dauphine ($34)
"My go-to fragrance is Goest Perfumes Dauphine, a mixture of rose, almond, and clean musk scents. Since it's a very delicate fragrance, almost like my skin but better, I tend to get compliments when someone is sitting close or comes in for a hug. While most people can't determine exactly what my scent is, I have been told that I smell like a French bakery on multiple occasions."
Which fragrance gets you compliments every time you wear it? Tell us in the comments below.