Best of Beauty 2022: perfumes, perfumes and other scents

Scent is an incredibly personal aspect of our respective beauty routines. The intricate symphony of notes one might find in their perfect scent may smell completely wrong to someone else. While some of us prefer to wrap ourselves and (our home décor) in warm musks and fresh florals, others may lay claim to rich woods and sensual spices as our own scents.

That’s why during this year’s nominees test, there was arguably more debate among the Seduce editors than in any other category. With every spray or dab of a new formula in the office, Ohs, ahthe sand shitrang. Simply put, opinions were strong and deliberations lasted for weeks. But in real Seduce Best Beauty Award fashion, we’ve finally identified olfactory delights that more than passed the smell test.

Consider an herbal blend inspired by Summer of Love from 19-69, or Vacation’s all-new candle, which transports you to a hotel lobby before a debauched night out in Miami. Or maybe you prefer a luxe liquid bouquet from Lancôme, which somehow captures the warmth of the sun in its bottle. Whatever your olfactory preferences, our list of 2022 Best Beauty Scent Winners is ready to hit all the notes.

Once you are done, go to our 2022 Best of Beauty Award to meet this year’s other winners.

Best of Beauty Awards 2022: Perfume

Jump to your favorite category or keep reading to see the indulgent fragrances, citrus sprays, and floral hair mists we deemed worthy this year:

Best Floral Scent
Gucci Flora Magnificent Gardenia

Gucci Flora Magnificent Gardenia

Why he won: Go ahead and judge Gucci Flora Magnificent Gardenia by his bottle. Because if you love its bright pink hue and not-so-subtle floral pattern, you’ll love the bouquet of gardenia, jasmine, and pear blossom in it.

Best Herbal Scent
19-69 Invisible Post

Why he won: You don’t have to know how to pronounce “herbaceous” to appreciate the blend of woody (cedar, sandalwood) and green (palm leaf, blackcurrant) notes that make up 19-69 Invisible post.

Best Earthy Scent
Ralph Lauren Polo Earth

Why he won: Ralph Lauren Polo Earth is the olfactory equivalent of glamping. With notes like sage and vetiver, a spritz makes you feel close to nature, but not so close you couldn’t call an Uber home if you were desperate.

Best Gourmet Perfume
Lake & Skye Sandal Gray

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Why he won: You know what they say about assuming… but it’s a safe bet anyone wearing Lake & Skye Sandal Graya creamy blend of sandalwood, violet leaf and cardamom, has an exquisite taste.

Best Citrus Scent
Sacred Water Harmonist

Sacred Water Harmonist

Why he won: “A few spritzes in the morning lasts all day,” says Sarah Kinonen, associate director of digital beauty at Sacred Water Harmonist. And that’s a good thing, because otherwise we’d be going through this mixture of tangerine, orange blossom, and ginger like, well, water.

Best Fruity Scent
Marc Jacobs Daisy still so fresh

Marc Jacobs Daisy still so fresh

Why he won: What is fortified pineapple and mango Marc Jacobs Daisy still so fresh have in common with a glass of champagne? They’re both a little sweet, deliciously effervescent (the perfume metaphorically; the fizzy literally) and make for a fun night out.

Best Sunscreen Scent
Lancome Idôle Aura

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Why he won: With rose, bergamot and salted vanilla, Lancome Idôle Aura feels the way the sun hits your back: warm and enveloping. The ultra-thin bottle fits perfectly in the hand.

Best Hair Mist
Kayali Hair Mist Deja Vu White Flower 57

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Kayali Hair Mist Deja Vu White Flower 57

Why he won: It is true that any perfume can be a hair perfume if you spray it around your head. But Kayali Hair Mist Deja Vu White Flower 57 is formulated with aloe vera, camellia and castor oils to ensure that this along with this white floral blend leaves locks shiny, not straw-like.

Best Fragrance Oil
Nest New York Perfume Oil

Nest New York Perfume Oil

Why he won: Nest New York Perfume Oil is what you would get if you could order your perfume on the rocks. Simple notes like Turkish Rose, Seville Orange and Madagascan Vanilla are blended with Baobab Oil – and only Baobab Oil – to soften and perfume the skin simultaneously.

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Sarah C. Figueiredo