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5 Best Perfumes for Women in their 20s: Sweet Smelling Fragrance Out of the Bunch!

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Written by Lucas M. Hall

To feel great, you have to smell great, which is why wearing the right fragrance is non-negotiable. For women in their 20s, the best perfumes are those that make you feel fresh, youthful, and unashamedly confident.

Finding such perfumes can be really hard, given the huge number of options out there. Luckily for you, we’ve done all the hard work and come up with a list of the best perfumes for women in their 20s.

If you love adventure and want a fragrance that inspires, then these are the perfumes to have in your beauty arsenal. Since the scents are distinct, you can just go with one or have fun layering them. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on a bottle; you won’t find better candidates for a signature scent.

Our Top 5 Best Perfumes for Women in their 20s

Editor’s Choice: Carolina Herrera Good Girl Eau De Parfum Spray

Overview

Starting off, we have the luxurious Good Girl perfume by Carolina Herrera, which happens to be one of the most delicate perfumes from the design house. If you’re 20 and need something to wear to a date, this will make a perfect match. Besides having such a cool packaging, it’s a powerful and sensual fragrance – the perfect weapon of seduction for the woman who loves to showcase her personality.

The main notes include cocoa, tuberose, coffee, jasmine, and tonka bean. It’s available in various bottle sizes, but we recommend starting with the small 1.7-ounce bottle if you’re trying out the fragrance for the first time.

Main Highlights

Stunning packaging: For us, the packaging is everything. The stiletto heel design is simply awesome. It truly captures what GOOD GIRL is all about – a modern woman that is audacious, sexy, elegant, and enigmatic. Some people might still prefer the regular bottle design, but the whole essence of this perfume is to make you stand out!

Long-lasting fragrance: Besides having such a pleasant aroma, the perfume is long-lasting. We would have been surprised if it wasn’t given the small bottle and price. 1.7 ounces seems a bit small for its price, but the longevity of the fragrance makes it a fair deal. You only need to apply a little in the morning, and it stays with you for the whole day.

Soft and sweet: The fragrance starts out a bit intense but dries down to a soft, sweet smell but not too sweet or overpowering. It smells really expensive, which makes it even more attractive. And oh, the packaging is simply amazing.

Youthful and sophisticated: Good Girl makes you look young and sophisticated at the same time. I’m talking about that sweetness that comes with youthfulness and sophisticated musk layering. It keeps you covered whether you wear it as a business suit or casual wear. It also handles sweat very well.

Specifications

Form: Spray

Volume: 1.7 oz.

Scent: Fruity

Concentration: Eau de Parfum

Gender: Feminine

Brand: Carolina Herrera

Longevity: All-day

Sillage: Moderate to Heavy

Pros

  • Delicious fragrance
  • Long-lasting
  • Smells divine and sophisticated
  • Not heavy
  • Nice shaped bottle (great for display)

Cons

  • A bit pricey

2. Best Affordable: Guess Girl Eau de Toilette Spray for Women in their 20s

Overview

$20 sounds like a sweet spot for a good scent on a budget price. If you need such a fragrance, then you won’t go wrong with GUESS Girl. It’s a soft, sweet scent that is unique but wearable – it wraps you up with warmth without being overpowering. While it doesn’t have the longest staying power (which is expected), it fulfills its purpose: a simple sweet scent with a youthful vibe. It is perfect as a romantic wear. For the best results, apply twice in a day.

Key Highlights

Smells very nice: For $20, the perfume is unexpectedly nice. It has a subtle smell that is not overpowering at all. So it goes easy on the nose and doesn’t irritate the skin. But we still advise you to avoid spraying it directly on the skin. Overall, if you need a good cheap fragrance to carry on through your 20s, then you won’t go wrong with GUESS Girl.

Very soft and sweet: If there’s anything GUESS Girl is notorious for, it’s being soft in a subtle way with a bit of sweetness, which is something that is synonymous with a young girl. We are not sure about its floral scent, but we can guarantee its softness.

Cheap: Price is undeniably the major highlight of the perfume. Currently, it costs less than $20 on places like Amazon. However, it won’t last you the whole day if that’s what you expect, except you spray it more than once (i.e., twice in a day). If you want something that would cover you throughout the day, then you’re probably better with Good Girl or something else.

Simple and clean: The perfume smells simple and clean – not soapy clean, but fresh and young. Beware; it’s not an old lady’s fragrance. You have to be in your 20s to relish this. Like we said earlier, it probably will cover you throughout the day, but you can reapply as many times you wish.

Specifications

Form: Body spray

Volume: 3.4 oz.

Concentration: Eau de Toilette

Gender: Feminine

Sillage: Light to moderate

Brand: GUESS

Pros

  • Young and fresh
  • Clean fragrance
  • Nice packaging
  • Super soft and a bit sweet
  • Low price

 Cons

  • Doesn’t last long

3. Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Girl Eau de Toilette Spray

Overview

Moving on, we have the Tommy Girl from Tommy Hilfiger, a perfect match for a girl in her 20s who wants a perfume that smells sweet yet mature, beautiful yet youthful. It has an aroma that sticks with you throughout the day, even when you’re all sweaty. The longevity is something that amazes us, given the fact that it’s an Eau de Toilette. It’s something that works for both a high school girl and someone in her 20s.

The fragrance is fresh, and a little bit on the sweet side; it’s is perfect for everyday wear.

Main Highlights

Fresh scent: As we said earlier, the most peculiar aspect of the fragrance is its freshness, which evokes elegance and grace. It’s full of black currant, mandarin orange, apple tree blossom, tons of mint, violet leaves, honeysuckle, rose, lemon, grapefruit, and a bit of jasmine, leather, sandalwood, cedar, and magnolia. It’s an ideal daytime wear and a perfect match for a girl in her 20s.

Long-lasting: Another aspect of the fragrance we love is the strength. You can wear this for a whole day! To be more specific, it will last up to 10 hours or more.

Doesn’t make you feel sick: Some people say it’s too strong, but this has to do with how much you apply or how close to the nose it is (when you apply it to the neck). If you spray only a tiny amount, preferably on the wrist, you probably won’t have this problem. This is just to tell you how potent the perfume is. That said, it won’t give you headaches or make you sick.

Large bottle: The 3.4 oz. bottle is a great deal for the price. Since you only need to apply a little spritz, you can expect the bottle to last. This is a perfect example of what “a little will go a long way” means. We can’t recommend it enough!

Specifications

Form: Body spray

Volume: 3.4 oz.

Concentration: Eau de Toilette

Gender: Feminine

Sillage: Moderate

Brand: Tommy Hilfiger

Pros

  • Nice fragrance
  • Authentic, not a knockoff
  • Big bottle (great value)
  • Long-lasting
  • Reasonably priced (very affordable)
  • Perfect as a casual wear
  • Nice packaging

Cons

  • Might be a bit strong for some people
  • Easy to spill (no pump spray)

4. Azzaro Wanted Girl Eau de Parfum for Women

Overview

If you’re familiar with Azzaro, then you will know they have some of the best female fragrances. The Wanted Girl Eau de Parfum is no different. It has a delicious scent, not too sweet or sensual, yet sophisticated and somewhat arousing. Besides being deliciously fragrant, it also has one of the most beautiful packaging and an amazing price.

Main Highlights

Addictive: This is an addictive scent – radiant, seductive, and irresistible. That is what happens when you have notes of floral, oriental, and gourmand pairing perfectly. It’s not flowery, just playful yet mature. You will definitely feel desired. To give you more idea of what to expect, the main ingredients include Dulce de Leche, ginger blossom, pink pepper, and Haitian vetiver.

Light and soft: The fragrance is also light and soft, making it ideal if you want something that is not overpowering. That said, it will last all day with just a little application. You can get even more hours by spraying on the clothes instead of the skin. A little really goes a long way.

Great price: If you don’t have a lot of money to shell out for an expensive perfume but want something that performs just as well, then you won’t be disappointed with Wanted Girl. Despite having such a nice scent, it sells for such a great price. In fact, you can get a very deal on Amazon. Given the value you get with this, it’s just unbeatable!

Fancy bottle: Besides smelling great, the perfume also comes in a fancy bottle, which is great for display. However, at 1 oz. it’s probably too small. This is okay if you’re trying out the perfume for the first time but once you feel at home with it, definitely go for a bigger bottle.

Specifications

Gender: Feminine

Volume: 1 oz.

Form: Spray

Age: Adult

Brand: Azzaro

Sillage: Light to moderate

Concentration: Eau de Parfum

Pros

  • Great pricing
  • Beautiful bottle (great item for display)
  • Light, soft, and fresh
  • Long-lasting
  • Not overpowering
  • Perfect as a casual wear
  • Great gift idea

Cons

  • Small bottle

5. Carolina Herrera Good Girl Glorious Gold Eau De Parfum

Overview

Last but not least, we have yet another beautiful fragrance from Carolina Herrera – the Good Girl Glorious Gold. As you would guess, this bears a semblance with the original Good Girl perfume with the silhouette style, but the golden appearance gives it away. It is crafted to radiate your heat and beauty, which is exactly what gold does. It is filled with almond, jasmine, tonka bean, and cocoa. It’s also got hints of Azucena, which is amazing. In terms of longevity, it provides all-day protection, which makes it perfect for the ambitious lady. There’s no doubt about it – this is the perfect fragrance for a girl in her 20s.

Main Highlights

Perfect gift idea: This easily makes a great gift idea for a girlfriend to celebrate a special occasion like her birthday. Watch her appreciate you even more. Most people who wear this fragrance say they constantly get compliments and inquiries about it. We can attest to this!

Not overpowering: For such pretty perfume, some might expect to find it too strong, but this is not the case. Even though it’s a little strong at first, it settles down nicely to a light to moderate wear depending on your skin. In other words, it’s not overpowering.

Nice bottle design: Another aspect of the fragrance we love is the bottle. The quality is beyond normal, just like the scent, which is great since it’s going to be sitting out. Everything about the perfume points to fantasy and wonder. You will need to smell it to believe! Put the bottle anywhere, and it grabs attention immediately.

Not cheap but gorgeous: In terms of price, the perfume may be considered to be on the higher end, but it’s absolutely gorgeous worth it. If you are the type that can splash over $100 for a good fragrance, then go for it; we can almost guarantee that you will totally love it.

Specifications

Volume: 2.7 oz.

Gender: Feminine

Brand: Carolina Herrera

Concentration: Eau de Parfum

Sillage: Light to moderate

Pros

  • Fancy bottle
  • Not too strong
  • Great gift idea

Cons

  • A bit expensive

Best Perfumes for Women in Their 20s: Buying Guide

All perfumes are not the same – not even when they are designated as “youthful.” Depending on the occasion and your personality, one might work better for you than the other. Follow the tips below to find a distinct signature scent you can call your own.

  • Notes

Knowing the composition of a perfume helps you know what to expect from it. You may be a fan of floral scents, or you may prefer something fruity or spicy. You may also like it when these scents are paired together.

The notes in a perfume determine its final fragrance and direction. These include the top, middle (heart), and base notes. By looking at the composition of the notes, you can tell whether the perfume will match your taste.

The top note is the smell you get when you first spray the perfume. This usually lasts a few minutes, then as it dries down, you begin to perceive the middle and base notes. Of course, your body chemistry can influence how good the perfume smells on you, but it’s still the notes that define the scent.

  • Story

It’s also a good idea to know the story or idea behind the perfume before taking the plunge. This doesn’t sound like a popular notion, but it can prove helpful in helping you find a signature scent.

There’s hardly any fragrance that doesn’t have a story or some kind of belief behind it. Chances are that, if you agree with this story or idea, you will likely find the perfume a great match for your style and personality.

You can find such information on the product label, or you can check the company’s website. Wearing a perfume with a familiar storyline inspires and makes you feel confident.

  • Bottle size and shape

Some people buy perfumes and never take it beyond the wardrobe or shelf. If you’re one of those, then the size and shape of the bottle might not matter so much. However, if you plan to travel with the perfume, you want to go for a travel-friendly bottle.

Come to think of it, women in their 20s are vibrant and typically involved in many tasks while on the move. So, a travel-friendly perfume is definitely a highlight. You can take it anywhere and smell nice all through the day.

It’s also advisable to go for a small travel-friendly bottle when you’re trying out a new scent. Then, you can opt for a larger size if you like the smell.

  • Occasion or purpose

Another thing that can influence your choice of a perfume is the purpose or occasion for which you’re purchasing it.

If you have a fragrance you wear every day, you probably wouldn’t want to wear the same to a date night, though some perfumes are neutral enough to work for all occasions.

In other words, there are feminine perfumes for different occasions – some for romantic dates, some for urban professionals, and some for casual wear. Knowing the occasion or purpose for the perfume will help you choose rightly.

  • Concentration

Colognes come in different concentrations, which determine the longevity and sillage of the fragrance.

Usually, the higher the concentration, the more expensive the cologne is. This is because such cologne usually has a stronger scent and tends to last longer.

There are four levels of fragrance concentrations – perfume, de parfum, eau de toilette, and eau de cologne. Perfume has the highest concentration and will last all day (even with a single application), while eau de cologne has the least concentration and typically lasts for two hours.

Conclusion

There you have it – the best perfumes for women in their 20s.

All the brands above are some of the most popular in the fragrance world, especially when it comes to women scents. And they all have one thing in common – they offer a fragrance collection that appeal to most of us.

Luckily with our review, picking a perfume for your youths shouldn’t be so hard.

So, what do you think? Did we miss your favorite perfume, or have you used any one of these products before?

Please drop a comment in the box below and let us know about your experience.

About the author

Lucas M. Hall

Lucas describes himself as a “certified fragrance expert”, having worked with some of the world’s top perfumeries as a perfume consultant. His love for fragrances has allowed him to help companies create scents that continue to sell out to this day. When he isn’t choosing notes, he helps clients find the perfect fragrance that complements their style and personality. Many high-profile clients have found their signature scent through his advice. During his downtime, Lucas likes to fill his home with the mouth-watering smell of s’mores, scones, and other delectable desserts.

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