In the quest to find a signature fragrance, many of us might be turned off by arguably the most popular scent of all: florals. But not all perfumes are rich with rose. In fact, some of our favorite perfumes don't smell like flowers at all.
These scents run the gamut from sexy to sultry. Think clean, woodsy, beachy scents with hints of sage, oud, or driftwood. If you’re anti-floral, prepare to fall in love with these intriguing fragrances.
Below, seven of our favorite non-floral perfumes.
Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne
This is where my love of fragrance started. I was buying a gift for a friend and received a sample of this, and after I inhaled the refreshingly clean yet woodsy scent I was hooked. It’s a permanent part of my fragrance collection and has become my go-to perfume for when I want to feel strong, confident, and alluring.
Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum
I remember sneaking into my mom’s bathroom to steal a few sprays of her perfume when I was growing up. I was always mesmerized by one particular bottle of Tom Ford. Years later, while on a routine trip to Sephora, I started spraying this a beautiful black bottle of Oud Wood and was just as entranced as before. The blend of oud wood, sandalwood, amber, and vetiver combine to create the perfect scent for a night out or a morning at a coffee shop.
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Diptyque Fleur de Peau Eau de Parfum
I know what you’re thinking, “Doesn’t she know that fleur means flower?” Mais, oui. However, this perfume doesn’t smell like florals. It smells like musk and pink peppercorns and amber all joined forces to create the perfect scent. It’s clean and soft like a cotton shirt that’s fresh from the dryer, yet sensual and warm like the perfect summer night.
Kat Von D Beauty Sinner Eau de Parfum
This was actually my favorite scent in middle school. I was drawn to both its woodsy-cinnamon profile and its whimsical baroque bottle. I was actually sad when it suddenly disappeared from Sephora shelves. I’m thrilled that it’s back at the retailer and ready to rejoin my perfume collection. If you’re apprehensive to try this perfume, remember that 10K loves on Sephora don’t lie.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette Spray
I think everyone has smelled Light Blue at least once. It’s an oldie but a goodie in the fragrance world. The mix of citrus, bamboo, amber, and musk will never fail you. It’s great for literally any occasion, and it’s always a crowd-pleaser. The clean and romantic scent will make you feel like a happier, more seductive version of yourself.
Henry Rose Queens & Monsters
Petitgrain (an essential oil extracted from the leaves and green twigs of the bitter orange tree) and sandalwood collide to create a woody fragrance that's plenty sensual. Vanilla and coco musk provide an elegant backdrop and feminine bottom notes.
Phlur Somebody Wood
This perfume with a cult-like following is undeniably sexy. Leathery saffron and watery cyclamen ground the scent, while a bright burst of bergamot and a spike of amber offer something more unexpected.