Best perfume for women: NZ buying guide

Let's find you a perfume that smells amazing while telling your story - without saying a word.

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Hunting for a new perfume? It's like swiping right until you find "the one." You want something that clicks — something that feels so you. With that in mind, we’re here to cut through the clutter and guide you straight to the scents that matter. Let's find you a perfume that smells amazing while telling your story — without saying a word.

Top perfume brands for women in NZ

Whether you're after a bold scent or something subtle, we've got you covered. Here are the most popular fragrances for women right now:

1. Miss Dior by Dior

Think of walking through a lush garden — but in heels. Miss Dior is sweet roses, peonies and citrus all wrapped up in elegance. Perfect for feeling fancy without trying too hard.

Find Miss Dior on Trade Me. 

2. Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

This one’s like your favourite late-night coffee spot but with a hint of vanilla. Black Opium is all about being a bit mysterious and totally irresistible. Grab it when you want to add some excitement to your night out.

Shop our Black Opium listings. 

3. Candy by Prada

Sweet but with a kick, Candy is all fun. It’s like that sugary rush from your favourite caramel, but it makes you smell amazing instead of giving you a sugar high. Perfect for days when you need a little boost.

Browse Candy by Prada listings. 

4. Cloud by Ariana Grande

Light, sweet, and a bit sassy, Cloud is like carrying a bit of sky around with you. With aromas of lavender, pear and whipped cream, it’s got this fun, carefree vibe that just makes you feel good.

Find Cloud by Ariana Grande on Trade Me. 

5. Good Girl by Carolina Herrera

Slip into your best outfit and add a spritz of Good Girl. With notes of jasmine, cocoa, tonka bean and almond, it’s bold and confident, with a sweet twist. This one says you’re in charge but you’re here to have fun too.

Shop our listings for Good Girl

6. My Way by Giorgio Armani

With a mix of orange blossom, tuberose, and vanilla, My Way is for the adventurers. It’s like a passport full of stamps, in scent form — a bit exotic, and totally free-spirited. It’s for days you’re feeling wanderlust but really, you’re just walking to work.

See My Way listings on Trade Me. 

7. Alien by Thierry Mugler

Alien is unique and mysterious. It’s a fragrance that stands out, with a rich, deep scent of jasmine, wood and amber. Perfect for when you want to leave a lasting impression.

Find Alien by Thierry Mugler

8. Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf

Imagine diving into a bouquet of the freshest, most vibrant flowers — freesia, rose, orchid and a hint of patchouli. That’s Flowerbomb. It’s loud, proud, and unapologetically floral. Great for making every day feel special.

Shop Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf.

9. Scandal by Jean Paul Gaultier

A bit of honey, gardenia, blood orange and a lot of attitude. Scandal is all about being bold and playful. It’s the scent you wear when you’re out to turn heads and enjoy every moment.

Browse Scandal listings on Trade Me. 

10. Red Door by Elizabeth Arden

Classic and sophisticated, Red Door is like that little black dress that never goes out of style. By mixing freesia, wild violets with a touch of red rose and orchid, it’s floral, warm, and elegant.

Shop for Red Door by Elizabeth Arden

Finding your signature scent

If you're not ready to commit to a full-size bottle, there’s an easy solution: perfume minis and assorted gift sets.

Perfume minis

These little wonders are your best bet to trial and error without the guilt. Dab on a different mini each day and see how it holds up. Do you love how it smells after a few hours? Does it make you feel like a million bucks? If so, that's your cue to buy the fill size. 

Browse women’s perfume minis on Trade Me. 

Perfume gift sets

These are like the chocolate sampler box of the fragrance world – there's something for everyone. From floral to fruity, get a whiff of multiple scents. Who knows? Your new favourite could be hiding in there, ready for workdays or weekend vibes.

Find your ultimate women's perfume gift sets.

Does a higher price tag mean better quality?

Sure, sometimes more bucks mean more luxe, but it's not always the case with perfumes — there are plenty of delicious scents with affordable price tags. However, if the one you love is super expensive, you can always check out pre-loved fragrances on Trade Me. Just make sure to verify their condition and shelf-life because perfume's quality can fade if it’s not kept right.

Shop new and pre-loved women’s perfumes on Trade Me. 

Seize the scent

The world of women's perfumes is a bouquet of endless possibilities. Whether you fancy something bold and vivacious or delicate and demure, it's a personal journey to find the perfect scent for you. So, good luck. We hope we’ve helped cut through the noise to help you find that perfect scent.

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