Heaven Scent

8 Fragrances So Good That Strangers Stop In Their Tracks

Prepare for nonstop compliments.

by NYLON Editors
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When life starts getting hectic and you start losing touch with yourself, what helps you feel like that girl once again? Regardless of your personal definition of “that,” NYLON editors unanimously agree that reaching for their favorite It-girl fragrances from brands like Aesop, Kayali, and Celine does the trick. With just a spritz, these perfumes envelop us in a cloud of florals, citrus, spice, or musk (even all at once) that help us live out our best #Bratgirlsummer. Scent, after all, is more than just some liquid in a fancy flask — one push of the atomizer can instantly empower, ground, and even seduce.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up the exact fragrances we consider to be rizz in a bottle. These are the head-turning scents that strangers on the street stop us to ask what we’re wearing; the ones that consistently rack up compliments and make people think of us whenever they catch a whiff. We also asked our guest judges to share their signature scents so you can soon have one to call your own. Will it be Byredo’s Mixed Emotions? Charlotte Tilbury’s More Sex? Keep scrolling to find out.

The Scent Of Summer

The Slinky Black Dress Scent

The Intriguing Everyday

Mixed Emotions

Byredo Mixed Emotions has a smoky yet fresh vibe that beauty creator Mei Pang can’t get enough of. “It’s a staple in my life,” she tells NYLON. “It is a unisex, woody, aromatic fragrance and is the most complimented scent I’ve ever worn.” It brings a little of everything with juicy blackcurrant, woodsy birch, and a cozy combo of maté and Ceylon teas.

The Idyllic Escape

The Spice Market

The Seducer

More Sex Eau de Parfum
Charlotte Tilbury

British beauty mogul Charlotte Tilbury enlisted master perfumers to concoct perfumes that make you feel things… literally. More Sex, in particular, is intentionally seductive and passionate with notes of leather, sandalwood, musk, and black pepper. “It’s very sensual and smells like an Arabic perfume I’d find back home in Dubai,” shares beauty creator Emira D’Spain.

The Grown-Up Gourmand

ZOUZOU Eau de Parfum

Vanilla perfume goes haute couture with the unapologetically feminine Celine Zouzou. Nostalgically sweet notes link up with musk and patchouli for a scent reminiscent of the crunchy caramelized layer atop a crème brûlée. Although it’s considered a gourmand, Xue says each spritz feels grown up and lavish. “The first time I wore this, my Uber driver asked me what I was wearing so he could buy the fragrance for his girlfriend.”

The Summer Juice