5 Winning Fragrances You Can't Go Wrong With

Updated 05/01/19
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Welcome to the second annual Byrdie / Curated Beauty Awards. Last year, we brought you our exclusive edit of the very best in skincare, makeup, hair, fragrance, and wellness, and it is our greatest pleasure to introduce you to a completely new curation of winners across every category again for 2018.

We know that you are educated, selective, and constantly on the hunt for the next greatest thing in beauty. That's where we come in. It's always been our goal to shine a light on brands and products that not only look and feel great, but deliver on results, and make you feel good. Because isn't that what beauty is all about? Our very own team of editors, one of our valued readers, and members from the Who What Wear INF / Network have been intensely trialing some of the greatest launches of the last 12 months, because, frankly, you guys deserve to read about only the best.

Just as we did in 2017, this year's winners are again broken into personalized categories, because "one size fits all" is not a thing anymore. So whether you're interested in a foundation for sensitive skin, a serum that will combat oiliness, or a holy grail shampoo for colored hair, this is exactly where you're going to find it (and add it directly to your cart, because we're all about that convenience life). So without wasting any more time, we hope you enjoy all of the winners (!!) below.

Keep scrolling for the full list of Byrdie / Curated winners in fragrance.

Winning fragrances on a multi-tiered shelf
Byrdie / Stephanie Squadrito

Best Floral

Best Floral Fragrance
Penhaligon's Elisabethan Rose $199

Rose scents are traditionally drab, but this sweet-smelling juice is bright, sparkling, and wistful. It's fresh and feminine and speaks to the floral classicist in all of us. Like a rose garden immediately after a summer storm, Penhaligon's Elisabethan Rose is the perfect signature.

Best Oriental

Best Oriental Fragrance
100Bon Elemi & Ambre Noir $78

100Bon is an incredible little French brand that produces completely clean, all-natural fragrances. Elemi and Ambre Noir is a creamy oriental that begs to be worn with a black silk slip in a dimly-lit restaurant. Spiked with notes of patchouli and vanilla, it's a spicy scent perfect for hedonists. Bonus points for the recyclable packaging, too.

Best Woody

Best Woody Fragrance
Venustus Aries $69

Here at Byrdie, we're huge fans of Jeannie Bourke and her incredible salon Venustus. It's a spiritual wonderland, packed with crystals, sage, palo santo, and natural, ethically-sourced beauty products (all concocted by Jeannie herself). Her latest creation is roll-on scents based on star signs, and Aries is a beautiful mix of sandalwood, neroli, and lemon essential oils. It encourages power, cements confidence, and brings you in touch with your higher self. If you're not an Aries, have a peek on Venustus for your very own star scent.

Best Fresh

Best Fresh Fragrance
Commodity Nectar $105 $63

This scent smells like a citrus-soaked Italian summer. Available in-stores at Sephora, it's a vibrant mix of tangerine, neroli, and honeysuckle for a fragrance that's equal parts zesty and fresh. Best worn with air-dried hair and linen.

Best Flanker

Best Fragrance 2018
Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Rouge $116

Bold and seductive, this new scent from the Narciso Rodriguez house is a warm floral on first spritz, before drying down to a soft, woody base. It's animated, sensual, and a sure-fire way to grab compliments. New date night scent, anyone?

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