Rich Girl Scents | My Perfume Guide

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Is that old money (perfume) I smell?

I bet you think that Chanel Number 5 perfume will be on my list, sadly it is not. Chanel Number 5 was created in 1921 and the scent reflects that era. I would describe it as a mix between a flower garden and something my great grandmother wore. On that note, I put together a list of perfumes that are “new” and “now”. These are my favourite fragrances that smell rich. I swear if you spray on one of these you won’t magically have a trust fund, but when others catch a whiff of your scent they will think you do. Smelling rich also (in my opinion) doesn’t have to mean you have a ton of money in the bank. This list is about smelling like the eloquence and class you already possess.



Côte d’Azur  $126 | 50ML

The Oribe Côte d’Azur is the newest scent I have added to my fragrance collection and by far one of my favourites. Oribe is actually a high-end hair care line and the Cote d’Azur scent is the same fragrance used in all of Oribe’s Gold Lust Line products. The scent is said to be crafted by one of the oldest French Fragrance Houses “with notes of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and warm sandalwood”.

Twilly d’Hermès $107 | 50ML

Twilly is an interesting scent, it is for someone looking to smell bold. Although Twilly d’Hermès has floral scents, the spiced notes make it far more complex from the average perfume. I have received plenty of compliments while wearing this. There is a level of sophistication acquired while wearing Twilly d’Hermès.  This is not something I would wear every day but is a go-to for evenings out. One spray is often enough to last the whole night.

Burberry Brit $82 | 50 ML

This is an old favourite and I believe one of the first perfumes my parents bought me as a gift. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of many good memories while wearing this but I always find myself reaching for Burberry Brit. It’s very light and I would have to say the exact opposite of Twilly. A few of my favourite notes such as Italian lime, White Peony, and Mahgony make up Burberry Brit.

 Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium $112 | 50 ML 

Black Opium is my go-to fragrance for everything. Sephora considers Black Opium a warm and spicy scent and it was even given an Allure award for best of beauty.  Black Opium just goes well with absolutely every occasion. I’m so obsessed that I keep the rollerball size in my work back so that I always have it on me. If you haven’t discovered this scent yet you a surely missing out.

Zara Orchid $20 | 100 ML

Zara perfumes are a hack for smelling rich. The pricing cannot be beaten. I haven’t smelled one of their scents I don’t like. Orchid is my favourite but is almost always sold out. I understand that not everyone wants to spend a small fortune of scented water. If that’s the case Zara perfumes are the perfect compromise. You really can’t go wrong with one of these in my opinion. Purchase one of these for yourself and possibly ask for a higher priced perfume of your choice as a gift in the future. The only downside I find is that the perfume doesn’t last as long but I feel that is a small sacrifice.


Some of my Fragrance tips

Rollerball Size

-If you can’t get yourself to purchase the full-size version opt for the roller ball size. This way you can test out the scent and as I had mentioned, it is convenient to take with you anywhere. Sephora has a whole table laid out with rollerball fragrances if you want to take a sniff.

Spritz the Mane

-Spray Perfume in your hair. If you’re as dramatic as me you probably toss around your hair all day and every time you do so the room will fill with your fragrance.

Don’t be Vanilla

-If you don’t get the joke, sorry. But on serious note vanilla is used in so many things as a fragrance and it can often smell cheap. I would be careful with any scent that has overpowering vanilla notes coming through. It can easily come off as a low-priced body spray.

Less if More

-The quickest way to smell cheap is by wearing too much perfume.  Think of how big a turn off it is when a guy walks past you and your suffocating in his cologne. There is actually a whole history lesson from way back in the day of why people, especially women, wore too much perfume. Don’t make that mistake. Two sprays max!


Let me know what you think of this list! Don’t be shy to share some fragrances you think I should check out in the comments section. What are your favourites?



  1. Keeley says:

    I’ve heard good things about the YSL black opium! Definitely going to give it a try thanks for the tips Shan 🙂

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