Short-Lived Perfume Is the Worst, so I Found 18 That Will Last All Day

Anticipating the turn of the season always sparks a bit of fragrance restlessness for us beauty editors. Perhaps it's because we're constantly taking mental notes of the scents our favourite fashion girls are wearing, or perhaps it's just that our gigantic fragrance collections have us on an endless rotation through the chic tonics on our vanities.

Whatever the case may be, long-lasting perfumes that can keep up with our busy schedules are of the utmost importance. With days that sometimes start with breakfast meetings, get punctuated with Zoom calls, and end with happy hour, we need fragrances that will still be going strong for our that second glass of pinot grigio.

Luckily, long-lasting fragrances abound! From pretty florals to enveloping musks and earthy scents that conjure images of nature's most divine creations, there are tons of elixirs to keep our olfactory interest piqued from morning to night. Ahead, check out the 18 best long-lasting perfumes we love most.

For everyday wear, try…

Fragrance Family: Floral, woody

Key Notes: Musk, ambrette, ambrox, iris root, pink pepper 

This unique scent was formulated to adjust to its wearer to complement their individual body chemistry. Its warm base notes pack a fragrant punch that wears evenly, meaning the scent won't change over the course of the day—nor will its potency. What you spritz is what you get.

Fragrance Family: Foral

Key Notes: Rose absolute, cumin, vetiver, musks

This soft floral composition smells exactly how you want a rose fragrance to smell: smooth, creamy, and organic. It's lovely from the moment you put it on until you wash it away.

Fragrance Family: Woody

Key Notes: Bergamot, Brazilian orange, black plum, chocolate, vetiver, vanilla musk

Do you like compliments? Then you'll love this sensual scent. It's complex and fun but not too much for daily wear.

Fragrance Family: Floral

Key Notes: Rangoon creeper, tuberose, jasmine bud

As you might have imagined while reading the ultra-floral notes present in this bottle, this fashion girl–approved scent is like a bouquet of fresh flowers for your skin. The name really says it all.

Fragrance Family: Warm, spicy

Key Notes: Clove Oil, chestnut accord, vanilla accord

This warm scent really does smell like you've perched by a fire. It's smoky and sweet at the same time, making it a complex selection fit for fragrance aficionados who can appreciate a bold statement.

Fragrance Family: Citrus

Key Notes: Pink pomelo, mandarin, blackcurrant bud, Moroccan orange blossom, Bulgarian rose essence, mint 

You'll need more than a modest spritz or two to give this tangy, fruit-forward scent the boost it needs to stick around all day, but once you're adequately doused, you'll be a walking orchard. Don't hold back for fear of going overboard.

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For special occasions, try…

Fragrance Family: Earthy & Woody

Key Notes: Bergamot, amber, vanilla

If you were a fan of Dior's previous iteration of Sauvage, you can expect a similar scent that's even more concentrated and even longer-lasting. Expect a zesty, leathery, sandalwood-infused experience.

Fragrance Family: Floral

Key Notes: Jasmine, orange blossom, grasse tuberose, ylang-ylang

This fragrance is like date night in a bottle. It's bold and romantic, and while you could easily spritz it every day, we think it's best reserved for those moments when you want to elevate your entire vibe.

Fragrance Family: Warm & Spicy

Key Notes: Citrus, Violet, Coffee

Lively, fresh, and juicy are all accurate descriptors for this scent. It's sophisticated, like a tweed suit, but also charming and sensual. It really does deserve a small group setting to get its fair share of attention.

Fragrance Family: Floral

Key Notes: Tuberose, bergamot, melon, eucalyptus, ylang ylang, jasmine, orange blossom, coconut, white musks

Imagine your most put-together friend. Now, imagine their cool older sister. That's the scent vibe we're talking about here. And it is divine, all day and all night.

Fragrance Family: Fresh

Key Notes: Tunisian neroli, Italian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, winter yellow mandarin, lavender

Neroli lovers, rejoice. This vacation-worthy fragrance is the only bottle you'll need to pack for that tip to the Italian Riviera. (Even if you're only going there in your imagination.)

Fragrance Family: Chypre

Key Notes: Rose, bergamot, patchouli

This classic chypre presents a citrusy, floral, and woody blend that's at once sophisticated and really cool. It's the ultimate chic Parisian aroma that moves through the day without burning off into oblivion. And if this editor can interject with a personal thought: I want my whole entire life to smell like this.

Best Long-Lasting Perfumes



For lasting impressions, try…

Fragrance Family: Floral

Key Notes: Orange blossom, vanilla, luscious marshmallow

This scent seriously smells like candy. How that's possible, I'm not so sure, but just know that Kilian is the Willy Wonka of the perfume game. This is Rihanna's known favourite scent, and we all know our favourite bad gyal would not waste her time re-applying a short-lived scent.

Fragrance Family: Woody

Key Notes: Chantilly musk, crisp amber, cedarwood, violet, sandalwood, magnolia, ambrette, Jamaican nesberry

You don't need to have spent time exploring the Mojave Desert to appreciate the sweet and woody aromatic throw of this scent. It's not an overpowering fragrance, but it will live on the skin for hours.

Fragrance Family: Floral

Key Notes: Jasmine, tuberose, orange blossom

Florals can read "grandma", and although we're big fans of matriarchs, we're not so into the powdery, potpourri vibe in our fragrance. This flower-forward scent from Heretic just smells rich. Oh, and the name is really good.

Fragrance Family: Floral

Key Notes: Bergamot, petals, lemon oil, linden, rose accord, dune grass, muscone, saltwater, white moss

This zesty floral is so much more than your typical rose scent. It's clean, spicy, and salty, too. It'll absolutely leave an indelible impression on anyone who gets a whiff. 

Fragrance Family: Floral

Key Notes: Rhubarb, lychee, Turkish rose, vanilla, cashmere wood, musk

The only thing better than a bouquet of Turkish rose, lily of the valley and peony is a fragrance that encompasses all of those vibrant florals. Then consider the tangy fruit notes, woods and frankincense and you've got yourself a full-bodied, all day kind of fragrance.

Fragrance Family: Aromatic

Key Notes: Juniper berries, nutmeg, coriander, musks, ambery woods, vanilla

This musky, vanilla accord-based scent is the kind of fragrance that completely envelops the senses and leaves everyone wondering about the woman wearing that gorgeous perfume. Be prepared for endless compliments.

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