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In a world full of endless abstract perfumes for women, when was the last time you came across a perfume that smelled like coffee?
Funnily enough, you come across perfumes that smell like coffee every day but can’t tell because of how tricky it is to get a prominent coffee note.
In fact, some of your personal favorite perfumes have hints of coffee, yet you fail to notice them when mixed and intertwined with different fruity or spicy notes.
One coffee perfume that may surprise you on this list is Black Opium, while the majority of coffee fragrances on this list are fairly niche, Black Opium is a coffee perfume that you probably never crossed your mind.
Coffee is a difficult ingredient to work with, and getting the perfect perfume that smells just like your freshly brewed coffee has been a daunting task for many brands trying to create the ideal coffee based eau de parfum.
Taking all that into account, the best coffee scents for her certainly do exist, however, they may not smell like what you’d have in mind when hearing the word coffee.
More like the aura you get when walking into your favorite coffee shop rather than what a pure cup of slightly bitter black coffee smells like.
The best perfumes, are often very niche and created by some of the most underrated, and brands.
- What are the Best Women's Coffee Scented Perfumes?
- How to find the best coffee scented perfumes for women
- How we test the best coffee scented perfumes for women
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What are the Best Women's Coffee Scented Perfumes?
How to find the best coffee scented perfumes for women
After diving into the depths of the fragrance world, and doing our research on the best coffee fragrances. We found that coffee scented perfumes generally come in one or more of these four unique complexions.
Sweet and creamy coffee perfumes
A fragrance along the lines of a cappuccino, or latte, usually balanced with notes of Cocoa, Musk, or dominant nutty essences. Often lightly musky and advertised as a unisex coffee-scented fragrance.
Bold and bitter coffee perfumes
The level of intensity a woody fragrance lover would look for in a fragrance. This type of coffee fragrance is the closest you get to the fresh brewed coffee smell of high-grade beans. Usually accompanying woody masculine notes or smokey hints.
Spicy and light coffee perfumes
The sensual side of coffee aromas, these kinds of coffee perfumes are usually intertwined with other spicy ingredients and blend excellently with the light coffee bitterness. Adding a sophisticated hint to breezy summer and all-season perfumes.
Floral Scented coffee perfumes
The best combination of them all, as nothing accompanies bitter intensity smoother than hints of natural wildflowers. Most commonly, rose or lavender intertwined with sweet or woody essences.
How we test the best coffee scented perfumes for women
Through testing different coffee perfumes, we came to acknowledge that the best coffee-scented perfumes for her are built around coffee as a main ingredient instead of being enhanced by hints or notes of coffee beans.
Although the best coffee-smelling scents are simply based on the rich essences of coffee, some coffee enhanced also made this list.
Not to deny the fact that enhanced scents do indeed have a coffee theme to them, but when testing perfumes, coffee isn’t really the first note that comes to mind.
Today’s market lacks idealistic coffee perfumes, and the natural scent of fresh coffee beans is absolutely unmatched.
Through a list of varied coffee scents of both coffee-centric perfumes, and other coffee-enhanced scents, Scent Selective presents to you a list of the best coffee-scented perfumes for women.
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Black Phantom By Kilian
Black Phantom By Kilian Review
Escaping the mainstream to offer something no other brand could master, something not just to simply smell good, Kilian by Black Phantom is a unisex masterpiece, and by far our No. 1 favorite coffee fragrance.
Rum-spiked Irish coffee is revealed in the opening inspiring a mouthwatering sensation of roasted coffee beans that swirl into caramel and vanilla tones of a strong liquor aroma.
A salted nutty almond chocolate note adds a savory contrast with fascinating elements that are relatively abstract and unusually intertwined in a perfume to create one of the most sophisticated eau de parfums on this list.
The unique notes come together to create a new type of gourmand fragrance, one that is sweet, salty, boozy, bitter, and woody all at once.
Branded as a gourmand, Black Phantom lives up to the hype by a balanced mix of rum, sugar, coffee, chocolate, and caramel.
Most of the notes blend well a shift in harmony to create an effect that makes it difficult to actually detect any note past coffee notes and carmel.
A level of intensity that matches the cold winter nights and breezy fall evenings, this perfume is one that cannot be worn in muggy humid weather unless you wish to be annoyed.
Top Notes: Dark Chocolate, Rum , Carmel
Middle Notes: Almonds, Coffee, Sugary Vanilla
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Heliotrope
What we liked
- The smooth chocolate vanilla touch
- Intense, sweet, and boldly expressive
- Unisex leaning towards woody masculinity
Montale Ristretto Intense Cafe
Montale Ristretto Intense Cafe Review
The dry down adds a synthetic delicate rose that remains somewhat hidden between notes of Arabian oud and subtle sandalwood.
Montale Ristretto Intense Café is a follow-up fragrance to the original Intense Café from 2013, which people insisted needed more bitterness.
Although more coffee was the whole concept of this perfume, the complexion actually hints at more floral than any other Montale perfume for her.
Overall very close to Mancera Roses Vanille, and Oud Touch by frank Oliver, and certainly one of the best perfumes with its unique invigorating aroma and seductive notes.
The coffee is overpowered by rose in the opening, but comes to life in the middle notes, making slightly misleading upon testing. It is one of those perfumes that need extensive hours to bring out its true characters.
Perfect for the wintertime like any other intensified potent woody perfume, Risterro Intense makes a lovely layering perfume and a standout rose special that can be accompanied with the slightest sweetness of your other favorite perfume.
Long-lasting and boldly bitter, this coffee-scented perfume for her can be sprayed hours before the real coffee mid notes come to life with floral create such a beautiful perfume.
Top Notes: Coffee, Turkey Red Rose
Middle Notes: Roasted Coffee Beans, French Rose, Woody Notes
Base Notes: Vanilla, Caramel, White Musk, Amber
What we liked
- The blend of potent rose
- Beautiful smell of incense
- Perfectly unisex and floral
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Intense
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Intense Review
It surprises us that both this intense flanker and the original Black Opium both have coffee in them as one of the main notes.
Although it is difficult to notice it in the original black opium, we certainly did get a whiff of coffee bitterness between the sweetness of the Black Opium Intense.
Popular amongst all ages, this perfume is suitable for any occasion and performs best in cold windy weather.
An excellent balance of welcoming warmth and sweetness depicts a luxurious fragrance that flawlessly complements any lady with class.
The intensity is our main reason of recommendation, but if you’re after the pure coffee note itself then Black Opium Intense is probably not for you.
In this best coffee-scented eau de parfum, Lancom balances the overwhelming sweetness with a light hint of bitter coffee bean notes giving the fragrance a sense of dark mysterious character.
Top Notes: Absinthe, Boysenberry
Middle Notes: Coffee Jasmine Sambac, Orange Blossom
Base Notes: Vanilla, Licorice, Lavender, Sandalwood
What we liked
- The sweet rich floral accord
- Easy to wear casually
- Subtle balancing coffee notes
Coffee Break Maison Martin Margiela
Coffee Break Maison Martin Margiela Review
In an outstanding creation, Maison Margiela blends a heart of warm cozy essences inspired by the experience of consumption instead of the brew itself.
Notes of milk and vanilla dominate the fragrance through its dry down to smell like a small coffee shop after endless espressos and latte’s throughout the day.
Like any other Margiela fragrance Coffee break by Margiela enjoys a unique abstract complexion differentiating it from any other coffee-scented perfume.
Reminding us somewhat of Maison Margiela replica which we are a huge fan of, this perfume has relatively similar mid notes and the same vanilla touch.
Opening with an exciting spicieness that projects as a unique daring crowd-pleaser, but quickly mellows into an exotically creamy sensation.
Although Coffee Break doesn’t have a pure-coffee note, it smells more like a cookie or pastry infused with coffee, a perfect gourmand scent.
In the spicy mix, coffee, the main advertised ingredient, is overpowered by tangy spice with lavender being the most prominent note.
With a very light warm dry down this coffee-smelling perfume is best for warm or breezy seasons but will barely project in average winter weather.
A perfect eau de parfum for people with a picky taste who love coffee, and pink pepper notes, or in other words Coffee break for the youthful and spicy.
Top Notes: Pepper, Orange Blossom, Patchouli
Middle Notes: Lavender, Coffee, Milk, Tonka Bean, Siam Benzoin, Cypriol Oil, Nagarmotha
Base Notes: Vanilla, Vetiver, Cedar
What we liked
- A strictly natural scent
- Light and expressive
- Perfect for layering
Café Rose Tom Ford
Café Rose Tom Ford Review
A subtle easy-to-wear scent, projecting more as a Rose-Patchouli that evokes the right senses and calmly shifts to include unique accords through its dry down.
Despite the headiness and unexpected sweet dry-down sweetness of Café Rose, the perfume is never oppressively heavy like you’d expect from a Tom Ford eau de parfum. Instead, it inspires feelings of cozy smokey incense and black coffee.
Added to the unique complexion are hints of black pepper that make this coffee scented perfume one of the most unique on our list of the best perfumes that smell like coffee.
A mix of roses infuses this masculinely leaning fragrance and brings back the unisex in it, all until a touch of olibanum creeps in, adding to, and enhancing the coffee character.
Rose is heavy from head to heart, Café Rose is warm and spicy in character. It smells like it has oud in it, but its actually incense, patchouli, and sandalwood,
In addition, the combination of floral notes, wood, and patchouli among its base notes can transport everyone who uses it to an earthly paradise.
An eau de parfum that takes you on a truly sensational journey through the shifting of each and every note.
Making an outstanding fall and winter perfume with its impressive intense aroma and well-blended smokey rose essences intertwined with spice and other notes.
Top Notes: May Rose, Saffron, Black Pepper
Middle Notes: Turkish Rose, Bulgarian Rose, Coffee
Base Notes: Patchouli, Incense, Sandalwood, Amber
What we liked
- Floral notes and sweet aroma
- Light hints of signature tonka bean
- Good coffee to rose balance
Cardamom Coffee by Lush
Cardamom Coffee by Lush Review
Its scent is highly distinctive, and its aura is as bitter as real love, this kind of simplistic fragrance is mostly natural scented, leaving out all the overpowering synthetic accords.
Within less than half an hour all the coffee essence is completely gone, and the notes shift to a smokey, slightly cardamon, tonka bean infused incense that projects highly on any gender.
The scent of bitterness may lead you to think it’s better off for men, but the genderless dirty/smokey eau de parfum is nothing of that.
More like what a leather biker’s jacket would smell like after being sprayed with a range of different spicy and woody scents blended, faded, and overpowered by leather notes.
A fall/spring season special, the difficult to balance ingredients make it the perfect mid-year fragrance for those seeking the unique.
Giving us a leathery aroma and rock n roll feelings, this fragrance smells slike a punk shop in Camden town – London. A leathery spicy scent for the bold and different.
One of the very few scents that project notable coffee notes, so if you were able to withstand its bitter opening, and are a coffee lover this fragrance is one of your best choices.
Perfect for sweater weather this leather spice fragrance is for days when you’re feeling like a badass and want to put that out there for the world to enjoy.
If you don’t mind the extra cost this niche fragrance can be your next signature scent bottle that will confuse and enchant everyone with quick sniff.
Top Notes: Coffee, Cardamom, Oud
Middle Notes: Green grassy notes
Base Notes: Musky rose oil
What we liked
- A classy simple perfume
- Sensual and soft mid notes
- Perfect for layering