Experts reveal the fragrances men like smelling on a woman

Is YOUR perfume a turn off? Men are most attracted to floral scents while women find ‘woody’ aromas appealing – but you should avoid coconut if you’re trying to bag a date

  • Research shows men think floral fragrances are the sexiest scent for women  
  • Meanwhile women prefer men to wear cologne with a ‘woody’  outdoorsy note
  • Experts also revealed the most popular scents currently on sale in the UK 

Women looking for love should wear floral fragrances to attract a man, while preferring a ‘woody’ scent on potential lovers, according to a new study. 

British-based bathroom supplier Showerstoyou.co.uk teamed up with Fragrantica.com, to explore the most popular scents of the year and the notes they have in common.

Their study of 3,978 men and 3,743 women, revealed that most women have a preference for men wearing a ‘woody’ scent while, 85 per cent of men admit they’re most attracted to women spritzed with a ‘floral’ fragrance. 

Men voted My Way by Giorgio Armani as the most popular perfume of 2020 for women, ranking highly among the scents, with blossoming notes of floral. 

New research reveals My Way by Giorgio Armani (pictured) is the most popular scent of 2020, with men admitting they have a preference for women wearing scents with floral notes 


Survey revealed men also have a fondness for women wearing sweet scents such as La Vie Est Belle Intensément by Lancome (pictured left) and fruity notes found in perfumes like Angel Eau Croisière 2020 by Mugler (pictured right) 

A woman’s most seductive fragrance, as voted for by men

 RANKING 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10 

 NOTES

Floral

Sweetness 

Fruity 

Vanilla 

Citrus 

Rose

Aromatic

Powdery

 White floral

 Coconut

 VOTES FROM MEN

85 per cent 

81 per cent 

78 per cent 

73 per cent 

69 per cent 

63 per cent

58 per cent

52 per cent

46 per cent

41 per cent 

 

Narciso Eau de Parfum by Ambrée Narciso Rodriguez, and La Vie Est Belle Intensément by Lancome were also close contenders. 

Elsewhere, 81 per cent of men voted the delicate scent of sweetness as their favourite smell. 

The most popular sweet aromas ranged from La Vie Est Belle Intensément by Lancome, La Nuit Tresor Nude by Lancome, and Angel Eau Croisière 2020 by Mugler.

The experts were surprised to discover just 78 per cent of men prefer fruity scents such as La Vie Est Belle Intensément by Lancome, Angel Eau Croisière 2020 by Mugler, and Angel Nova by Mugler. 

Researchers discovered women are most attracted to men wearing a fragrance with ‘woody’ notes, as Dior Homme 2020 by Christian Dior (pictured) is revealed as the most popular scent for men

The scent of vanilla came fourth in the list, with 73 per cent of men, claiming the creamy smell was their favourite.

Notes of the scent can be found in La Vie Est Belle Intensément by Lancome, La Nuit Tresor Nude by Lancome, and The Only One Eau de Parfum Intense by Dolce & Gabbana.  

Men voted zesty citrus their least favourite scent, with the aroma  surprisingly found in My Way by Giorgio Armani, Miss Dior Rose N’Roses by Christian Dior, and La Nuit Tresor Nude by Lancome. 

Meanwhile 86 per cent of women said the most sensual scents for men contained the outdoorsy note ‘woody’, voting Dior Homme 2020 by Christian Dior the most popular 2020 fragrance for men. 

The woody fragrance competes with the likes of Beau De Jour Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford, and Acqua di Giò Profondo by Giorgio Armani. 

But 78 per cent of women claimed they are most attracted to men wearing a scent with the sweet-scented ‘aromatic’ note, found in colognes including Dior Homme 2020 by Christian Dior, Beau De Jour Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford, and Acqua di Giò Profondo by Giorgio Armani. 

The sexiest smells for men, as voted for by women  

RANKING 

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3

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5

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9

10 

 NOTES

Woody 

Aromatic 

Warm spice 

Fresh spice 

Citrus 

Amber 

Powdery 

Balsamic 

Leather 

Musky 

 VOTES FROM WOMEN

86 per cent 

78 per cent 

72 per cent

64 per cent 

57 per cent 

51 per cent 

48 per cent 

43 per cent 

38 per cent 

34 per cent 

Warm spice is the third most popular scent, with 72 per cent of women choosing it as their favourite. 

Fragrances with this scent range from Pasha de Cartier Parfum by Cartier at number five, followed by Le Male Le Parfum by Jean Paul Gaultier, and Interlude Black Iris Man by Amouage. 

Others said they preferred the aromas of ‘fresh spice’, with 64 per cent of those surveyed voting for it.   

The most popular fresh spicy perfumes are Beau De Jour Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford, Acqua di Giò Profondo by Giorgio Armani, and Pasha de Cartier Parfum by Cartier. 

Similarly to men,  women also said citrus smells weren’t their preferred smell on a partner, with just 57 per cent of people saying it ‘fruity citrus’ was their favourite.  

The note can be found in Dior Homme 2020 by Christian Dior, Acqua di Giò Profondo by Giorgio Armani, and finally L’Homme Rochas by Rochas.


Women also showed a preference for sweet-scented ‘aromatic’ notes found in Beau De Jour Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford (pictured left) and fresh spicy notes in colognes such as Acqua di Giò Profondo by Giorgio Armani (pictured right)

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