39 Best New Perfumes, Scents, and Fragrances of 2021

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One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to give an ode to the coolest new fragrance drops that reigned supreme (I am a beauty editor, after all). Like, yes, I have a couple of signature perfumes (love you, Casablanca Lily, and Flowerbomb) that’ll always be staples in my lineup, but I’m personally a fan of testing and trying as many scents as I can get my hands on. I mean, what’s the point of wearing the same boring, blah scent every day when there’s a whole world of new perfumes out there legit waiting for you? And because we’ve got only a little bit of time left in 2021, the best new perfumes of this year need to be recognized because, well, they deserve it.

So if you’re ready to broaden your horizons and spritz on something different, keep scrolling for the 39 best fragrance launches from brands like Dior, Tom Ford, Atelier Cologne, and more.

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a Hair & Body scent

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Cheirosa ’71 Hair & Body Fragrance Mist

Don’t feel like dropping a ton of cash on perfume? This new scent from Sol de Janeiro comes in at a v reasonable $20, but it smells anything but cheap, thanks to warm notes of caramelized vanilla and toasted macadamia nut. Plus, you can use it on your hair to smell like a whole treat.


a gold beauty

Yves Saint Laurent Limited Edition Libre Eau De Parfum

If you’re a fan of YSL’s floral perfume, you need to check out the luxurious limited-edition Libre Eau De Parfum. The perfume is a reinvention of the classic, combining lavender with Moroccan orange blossom to create a beautiful floral scent with a hint of musk accord. Plus, think about how damn luxurious this will look on your vanity.


a scent for any mood

Summer Fridays The Trio Perfume Oils

There’s something so refreshing about a scented perfume oil. This trio by Summer Fridays includes a fresh, woody, and earthy scento go with whatever mood you’re in.


a romantic duo

Ralph Lauren Mini Romance Perfume Set

Sometimes we’re not fully ready to commit to the full-size bottles (I mean, they can cost an arm and leg, after all). This mini perfume set by Ralph Lauren includes two 0.24 oz bottles of Romance Eau de Parfum and Romance Parfum. The soft floral rose scent combines with notes of violet, jasmine, and musk to create a romantic and delicate scent.


a wintery citrus scent

Atelier Cologne Clementine California Perfume

The degrees are droppin’ and this starry night bottle is the perfect ode to those chilly winter nights. If you’re not much of a warm-kind-of-scent person, this refreshing citrus and sweet perfume is reminiscent of the Pacific Coast breeze. 


a comforting perfume

Ellis Brooklyn SUPER AMBER Eau de Parfum

Now, if you ARE a warm scent stan, Super Amber by Ellis Brooklyn has got all those comforting notes you know and love. Amber, cedarwood, and vanilla orchard pair together to create a comforting and alluring perfume.


a $$$ NYC scent

NoMad Bond No.9 New York

This amber floral fragrance is a great scent that launched this year. If you’re an NYC native—or just a lover of the city that never sleeps in general—this brand designs its scents around iconic neighborhoods. This sultry fruity and amber scent pays an ode to the stylish NoMad neighborhood.


a cedar fragrance

Boy Smells Tantrum Genderful Fine Fragrance

The warm scents of peppercorn, cedar, and vetiver work together to create this spicy fragrance by Boy Smells. The alluring scent is suitable for all.


a sweet and warm scent

Jo Malone London Starlit Mandarin & Honey

Who said that you had to choose between sweet and warm when it comes to fragrances? When applied, the sweet notes of mandarin will exhibit a citrus scent, while the coumarin adds a bit of warmth.


an intoxicating floral perfume

Henry Rose Flora Carnivora

I have to say, this is one of my personal faves. Each Henry Rose perfume is crafted with natural and sustainable ingredients, but it doesn’t smell like it’s lacking anything. In fact, I will personally attest that this true floral scent is one of the most intoxicating and beautiful fragrances on the market ATM.


an autumn scent

Huda Beauty Kayali Invite Only Amber

Not only is Huda a queen when it comes to makeup, but she also reigns supreme with fragrances. This layerable warm and spicy scent combines amber and cinnamon to create the perfect fragrance for the colder months.


a honey fragrance

Ellis Brooklyn BEE Eau de Parfum

Another warm scent from Ellis Brooklyn is none other than the BEE Eau de Parfum. The sweet vegan honey is combined with notes of dark rum, vanilla bean, and sandalwood to create a warm and inviting scent.


a dark and floral fragrance

TOM FORD Ombré Leather

Ombré Leather is a perfume that is both inherently forward and intoxicating. The dark notes of leather work together with the lighter floral additions of violet and jasmine to create a sensual scent.


a fragrance for a night out

KILIAN Paris Apple Brandy Eau de Parfum

This perfume is the definition of yummy considering it looks like the perfect on the rocks drink. The scent mixes notes of apple brandy accord with crisp and fruity notes such as pineapple. Say hello to the perfect scent for a night out on le town.


a spicy scent

Givenchy L’Interdit Rouge Eau De Parfum

If you like a little bit of spicy and a little bit of sultry, this here is your bb. Givenchy makes a totally alluring floral and sensual scent that is sure to make you feel luxurious with its notes of sandalwood, orange blossom, and tuberose. 


a scent with an explosion of florals

Floral Street Sunflower Pop Eau De Parfum

Sure, the weather may be cold, but who says you can’t wear a citrusy scent year-round? Certainly not me, that’s why Sunflower Pop by Floral Street makes the list of this year’s best new perfumes. The bergamot, bellini, and honey accord work together to create a refreshing floral scent.


a fun fragrance

Juliette Has a Gun Lili Fantasy Eau de Parfum

White jasmine floral notes are combined with a v subtle bubblegum accord to create this unique floral scent. Lili Fantasy is sweet but not overpowering. If you’re looking for a fun addition to your fragrance collection, look no further, bb. 


a sensual scent

Guess Seductive Red

Most perfumes run a pretty hefty price, and although this one by Guess is not crazy cheap, it is pretty affordable for the fragrance department. Tonka bean and vanilla pair with red cherry to create this totally intoxicating scent.


an earthy masculine scent

Chris Collins African Rooibos

Created as an ode to the scent of the rooibos leaves and cedar from the South African mountains, this one is a gorgeous earthy masculine scent. Notes of spicy black pepper and warm cardamom pair perfectly with bright bergamot.


a soft scent

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Gentle Fluidity Gold Eau de Parfum

Notes of juniper berries, nutmeg, coriander, musks, ambery woods, and vanilla create this totally luxurious fragrance by Maison Francis Kurkdjian. It’s a soft scent that can be used every day and won’t be overpowering.


a seductive scent

The Elemental Fragrances Fantastic Fucking Rose

If you want a deep, dark, and sensual fragrance that is sure to be alluring, you have got to try out Fantastic Fucking Rose. I mean with a name like that, how could it not be appealing?!


a beachside fragrance

Sigil Aqua Viridi

When it’s cold out, all I can think about is the beach. If you want to pay an ode to the warmth that we all miss, Aqua Viridi by Sigil is a refreshing and clean scent that plays on the ocean’s signature smells of blue cypress and seaweed.


a Fruity-Floral Perfume

Mugler Cologne Angel Nova Eau de Parfum

Sry, but how freaking cool is this star-shaped bottle? Looks aside, this new perfume from Mugler smells real good, thanks to the bright raspberry notes that come through on first spritz. It’s also got a touch of rose and akigalawood to balance some of the fruitiness.


an essential holiday scent

Trish McEvoy Fragrance X Eau de Parfum

The holidays mean loved ones, and loved ones are pretty damn comforting. If you could wrap that feeling into a scent, it would be the Trish McEvoy Fragrance X Eau de Parfum. Lavender and bergamot combine with earthy amber and warming spices to create this fragrance.


a luxurious fragrance

Christian Louboutin Loubiluna Eau de Parfum Intense

Sure, Louboutin is known for BA heels, but did you also know they just released a new fragrance?! Exclusively for Saks, the Loubiluna Eau de Parfum Intense combines notes of fig milk, cedarwood, and papyrus to create a truly luxe fragrance. 


a New Sweet-Floral Perfume

Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy Extreme Eau de Parfum

Heads up: This new perfume is practically made for folks who love sweet scents, thanks to the bright combination of orange blossom and rose. You might be familiar with Kilian’s already-iconic Love Don’t Be Shy, but this upgraded version for 2021 is much more intense (hence the word “extreme” in the name).


a lemony scent

Aesop Hwyl Eau de Parfum

Reminiscent of a hinoki forest, only grown wildly in Japan, the prominent lemony tone of this fragrance shines through when applied, and is complemented with dark green and earthy accords.


a New Layerable Perfume

Bulgari Dolce Estasi Eau de Parfum

The coolest thing about Bulgari’s new collection of fragrances, Allegra, is that they’re totally customizable. Start with your base scent (like Dolce Estasi, pictured here, which is a powdery, citrus perfume) and then layer it with one of the brand’s super-concentrated “magnifying” scents (think: patchouli or musk) to really make it your own.


a deliciously yummy scent

Dior Vanilla Diorama Fragrance

If you’re as unfamiliar as I was, a Diorama Gourmand is a luxurious pastry made with ingredients such as vanilla ice cream, bittersweet chocolate, orange juice, lemon juice, and sugar. Oh, and it also happens to be Christian Dior’s favorite treat. So, obviously, the man had to design a perfume after it.


a scent unique to the wearer

Fenty Eau de Parfum

Queen Rih Rih has expanded her beauty collection to include a signature fragrance as well. Notes of magnolia and musk combine with tangerine, blueberry, and subtle hints of Bulgarian rose absolute, geranium, and patchouli to create a scent that is personal to each wearer. Though it does sell out incredibly fast, check back often for the restock and snag it if it’s there because trust me—it’ll go. 


a luxurious floral fragrance

Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum

If you stan floral scents, hi, hello, it me! Welcome to the club. Allow me to introduce you to a new favorite of mine that just joined the fragrance community: The Flora Gorgeous Gardenia by Gucci. Pear, white gardenia, and brown sugar are at the center of this beautiful floral perfume.


a perfume oil

Uma Oils Pure Love Perfume Oil

If you’re a perfume connoisseur and want to branch out from the traditional sprays, you have gotta try the perfumed Uma Oils. Made with notes of sandalwood and jasmine, this oil feels luxurious with each and every application. 


a Musky-Floral Perfume

Tom Ford Tubéreuse Nue

This new scent from Tom Ford is made with the perfect combination of floral (jasmine and tuberose), spicy (pepper), and musky notes. Spritz it on the inside of your wrists in the morning and you’ll notice it gets deeper and richer throughout the day. (Also, can we take a sec to admire the packaging? Thanks.)


a Sweet-Floral Perfume

Eau de Juice 100% Chilled Eau de Parfum

K, excuse the humble brag, but Cosmo’s own perfume, Eau de Juice, also deserves a spot in your fragrance lineup. This sweet-floral scent is spiked with red berries, bergamot, and a touch of sandalwood and coconut water. Spritz it on your pulse points and it’ll leave behind a warm and sweet vibe that lasts throughout the day.


a Sweet and Fruity Perfume

Louis Vuitton Étoile Filante

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this new perfume is described as “sweet and fruity”—notes like strawberry, jasmine, magnolia, and musk make it super modern and wearable. Hot tip: This one comes with custom bottle engraving, so it’s kinda a genius gift (for a loved one or for yourself, obvs).


a Rose Perfume

Parfums de Marly Delina La Rosée Fragrance

Don’t write this new scent off as just another rose perfume—it’s legit so much more than that. Inside the pink bottle is a super delicate blend of lychee, pear, peony, and soft wood, all of which are nicely rounded out by Turkish rose. A couple spritzes will leave you with a fresh scent that lasts for hours.


a new Citrus Perfume

Atelier Cologne Lemon Island Cologne Absolue

Perfect for pretending you’re on a tropical vacation and not sitting on your couch in yesterday’s pajamas, this new fragrance from Atelier Cologne features a cocktail of citrus and floral notes (think: jasmine and lemon). A little goes a long way with this bb—one or two spritzes is all you need to feel straight-up transported.


a Deep-Floral Perfume

Sisley Paris Izia La Nuit Eau de Parfum

This new fragrance from Sisley smells a bit more ~mysterious~ than your average floral perfume, courtesy of the deeper, richer notes swimming around in the juice (hi, black currant, and patchouli). Consider this one your new going-out scent.


a Warm Floral Perfume

Marc Jacobs Fragrances Daisy Spring Eau de Toilette

Though we are entering the colder months, there is no rule against wearing those brighter scents. This new limited-edition perfume is a brighter, fresher take on Marc Jacob’s cult-favorite Daisy. You’ll find everything from green cardamon to pink rosebuds and rosewood in this one, along with Marc Jacob’s signature packaging.

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