When it comes to the best perfumes for women, body sprays are often overlooked. I don't know about you, but until recently, whenever I would think about body sprays, I would be taken back to the Victoria's Secret Bare Vanilla Body Mist that I would layer on as a teenager before heading to school. However, this underrated fragrance category has had a serious upgrade in the past few years, with brands such as Tom Ford and Diptyque creating high-end, luxury body sprays for women that are now front-runners in my perfume collection.
You see, body sprays happen to be a much more affordable way of trying out your favourite brands. For example, a Diptyque perfume may set you back a cool £125, but the brand's body spray retails for £50. Not only that, but they're also a lot easier to throw in your handbag, meaning that you can easily top up your fragrance throughout the day.
In fact, body mists are my secret weapon to smelling good all day long, as I can easily give myself a quick spritz without the scent becoming over-bearing or proving to be a very costly price per pump.
According to Jo Malone CBE, founder of Jo Loves, body mists can be used alone or layered to create a scent that is completely unique to you. "I have always loved body mists and travel everywhere with them," she says. "You can spritz as many times as you like as they aren’t going to overpower you with fragrance. I love the easy way you can refresh your scent throughout the day, wherever you are."
Why Is Body Spray Better Than Perfume?
Body sprays are a great alternative to perfume if you like something a little lighter, but how do they actually differ? "The difference between a body mist and a perfume is the formula of concentrated oil to water and alcohol," explains Malone."Body mists have a lower level of concentrated perfume oil, whilst perfumes will have higher levels and less water."
So, if you're looking for a more subtle, everyday choice, body sprays are the way to go.
Why Use Body Spray Instead of Perfume?
There are many reasons why I love using a body spray instead of perfume. Firstly, as mentioned above, they're a lot lighter, so they're perfect if you find certain perfumes a little too intense. Not only that, but a lot of body sprays come in slimmer packaging, making them easy to travel with or to throw in your handbag when you're heading out the door. Last, and by no means least, these sprays are much more affordable than perfumes, and allow you to try out those luxury brands at a fraction of the cost.
How to Apply Body Spray
Body sprays are designed for both your body and clothing, so you can apply them quite liberally. Malone recommends putting yours in the fridge on a hot summer's day for a quick, cooling burst of fragrance.
If you want to try out this underrated fragrance trend for yourself, then you're in luck, as I've rounded up my favourite body sprays for women below. Keep on scrolling for some of the best scents to shop now.
1. Caudalie Thé des Vignes Fresh Fragrance
As much as I love Caudalie skincare, it's actually the brand's fragrances that I favour the most. Out of all of the body sprays on offer this scent is my favourite, as it reminds me of sunny evenings spent on holiday with friends. Notes of neroli and orange blossom give it a fresh, citrusy kick, whilst white musk and jasmine add a sensual finish.
2. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa 62 Perfume Mist
If you prefer sweeter scents, then this is the body spray for you. Another great option for summer, this Sol De Janeiro fragrance features notes of salted caramel and pistachio. Trust me, it smells almost good enough to eat (but we definitely don't advise that).
3. Diptyque Do Son Body Mist
4. Jo Loves Fig A Fragrance Body Mist
5. & Other Stories Perle de Coco Body Mist
6. Tom Ford Lost Cherry Body Spray
Although this fragrance sounds like it would be overwhelmingly fruity thanks to top notes of cherry, it has a hint of spice to keep things interesting. Think: cedar, cinnamon and sandalwood. It's truly unique, not to mention it looks beautiful on display.
7. The Body Shop Vanilla Fragrance Mist
Another great high-street option. The Body Shop's Vanilla Fragrance Mist smells as delicious as you would expect, but I like the fact that it feels like a grown up version of your classic vanilla body spray thanks to the fact that it's not too overpowering.
8. Dior Miss Dior Scented Body Mist
I love the original Miss Dior perfume, so when I saw that the brand also did a body mist in the scent, I had to try it. It's not as powerful as the perfume itself, but I love how light it is as it means I can layer it with other scents if I fancy something a bit different.
9. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Sheer Moisture Mist
If you've smelt the Chanel Chance Eau Tendre Eau de Toilette, then you'll know how beautifully fresh and floral this fragrance is. It's such a sophisticated everyday scent, and the mist is no exception. The clever thing about this is that the mist also works to moisturise the skin, so you're getting two benefits in one.
10. Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Hair and Body Mist
11. The White Company Seychelles Hair & Body Mist