The 8 Best Perfumes of 2022, Named by Perfume Experts

“The thing about a signature scent is that no one can choose it for you. I can point you in the right direction, but ultimately you have to find something that you respond to. You don’t know until you know, but when you find it, you just know. My job has a lot to do with perfume, so I write and think about perfumes all week, and I can try pretty much anything. I have a flawless top three, but ultimately my signature scent would have to be Cloud by Ariana Grande. No, I’m serious. Let me explain.

“It dropped in 2018 and it’s quickly become a cult favorite and one of beauty’s best-kept secrets. Cloud is a fun, interesting, and completely unique scent that’s as much an experience as it is a scent. I know what everyone says about celebrity perfumes, but listen, some of them are good, and this one is awesome.Cloud opens with lavender, bergamot and pear, giving way to vanilla orchid, with praline, coconut and whipped cream, finally settling on wood and musk. It plays with sweetness in a really interesting way because, yeah, it’s sweet and it doesn’t No apologies, but it’s hazy and almost a bit muted Pear, coconut, whipped cream all blend together for a distinct yet mellow sweetness, but are tempered by misty lavender, woods and musk It is push and pull, perfectly balanced and comfortable to wear.

“I always say – which my friends laugh at me for – that Cloud smells like charged air. You know how thick and electric the air is before a thunderstorm? concrete, like grass covered in dew the morning, and the feeling of cotton candy when it melts on the tongue. And don’t get me wrong. This scent isn’t juvenile, it’s actually very grown-up. I wear it all the time and someone tells me always stops to ask what I’m wearing. It’s one of my absolute favorites and I come back to it all the time.

Sarah C. Figueiredo