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10 Designer Fragrances to Try in the New Year

The late Christian Dior once said, “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” Was the French designer onto something? From floral, fresh, crisp, to musk and beyond—there are so many scents to choose from. How can you distinctly set one person apart from another just by the fragrance they choose to wear? And am I the only one who has a separate perfume for the day and an entirely different scent for night?

Those are a lot of questions to answer, in the meantime why don’t you check out these 10 designer fragrances. Not only do these designers excel in the fashion department, but they also want to cloak you in their perfume. Why not start off 2014 with the scent of fabulousness?

What’s one of your favorite designer fragrances?

  • Dolce & Gabbana’s Pour Femme 1 of 10
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    Looking to add a little bit of sexiness to the new year? Maybe you should spritz some Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme on your wrists. It claims to embody "the essence of the Dolce & Gabbana woman passionate, sensual and maternal."

    Sign me up! 

     

    Purchase it at Sephora for $82

  • Kate Spade’s Live Colorfully 2 of 10
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    I've always been a fan of Kate Spade. That's why her fragrance Live Colorfully is on my wish list. With top notes of mandarin, pink water lily and star anise—you can't keep me away. I'd buy it for her signature bow bottle alone. 

     

    Purchase it at Kate Spade for $95

  • Lanvin’s ME 3 of 10
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    Are you a self-confident and empowered woman? Then Lanvin's new and completely original fragrance ME, might be calling you out. Is it time to take your sensual side to another level?

     

    Purchase it at Nordstrom for $55-$98 

  • Balenciaga Paris’s Rosabotanica 4 of 10
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    Balenciaga Paris had a tendency to make strikingly beautiful things, like handbags. But, that's not why we're here. Rosabotanica wants to "cloak you in a gorgeous garden of fragrance." I guess that's easy with notes like pink pepper, fig green leaf, grapefruit, rose, cardamom, hyacinth green, white amber, and patchouli.

     

    Purchase it at Nordstrom for $100-$130

  • Tory Burch’s Signature Fragrance 5 of 10
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    Are you as surprised as I was to hear that Tory Burch has her own fragrance? Yes! The classically chic designer describes the self-named fragrance as "feminine and tomboy." You'll find a floral peony and tuberose blend with citrus notes of grapefruit and neroli.

     

    Purchase for $115

  • Elizabeth and James’ Nirvana Black 6 of 10
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    The Olsen sisters, Mary Kate and Ashley, are behind the Elizabeth and James fashion house. They're also behind the alluring fragrance Nirvana Black. With scents like violet, sandalwood, and vanilla the sisters wanted to strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.

     

    Purchase it from Sephora for $75

  • Michael Kors 7 of 10
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    I've always been a fan of Michael Kors and his classic sense of style. I also can't go without his original scent. But, maybe it's time to check out the new Glam Jasmine fragrance. It's described as "overtly feminine and head-turning." Will you try it? 

     

    Purchase it for $75

  • Narciso Rodriguez’s Musc 8 of 10
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    New York fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez brings his style to your senses with Musc Oil for Her. It was previously discontinued, but has been brought back in all it's glory. "A sensual oil built around the heart of musc, enhanced with floral accords and intensified with amberlyn and patchouli." 

     

    Purchase it at Bloomingdale's for $155 

  • Chloe’s Roses 9 of 10
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    Floral scents have never really been a personal favorite of mine. But, that wouldn't stop me from trying Chloe Roses. If you're a lover of all things roses, then this is the one you've been waiting for. It's said to "capture the spirit of women and is an invitation to grace." Well, well.

     

    Purchase it at Nordstrom for $95-$120 

  • Marchesa’s Parfum D’Extase 10 of 10
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    They had me at Marchesa. One of my favorite designers—they bring beautifully divine dresses to the runway. Parfum D'Extase wants to dress your senses in ectasy. Sound alluring enough? You'll find a combination of notes including freesia, young violet leaves, night blooming jasmine, ambrox, and musks.

     

    Purchase it at Sephora's for $85

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