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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.
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.
What are the Best Women's Coffee Scented Perfumes?
How I Tested and Selected The Best Coffee Perfumes
Through testing different coffee perfumes, I came to acknowledge that the best coffee-scented perfumes 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.
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.
Through a list of varied coffee scents of both coffee-centric perfumes and other coffee-enhanced scents, I present to you a list of the best coffee-scented perfumes for women.
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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 my No. 1 favorite coffee fragrance.
The notes include coffee, dark chocolate, rum, caramel, cane sugar, almonds, sandalwood, and heliotrope – a true gourmand delight.
The fragrance opens with a warm and delicious aroma, reminiscent of an Irish coffee. The notes of coffee, dark chocolate, rum, caramel, and almonds come together beautifully. It’s perfect for cooler weather, making it an ideal choice for fall and slightly warmer winter days.
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 caramel.
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
Ristretto opens with a prominent caramel coffee note, reminiscent of a caramel cappuccino. The coffee is unmistakable, and it’s a delightful gourmand experience.
The dry down adds a synthetic delicate rose that remains somewhat hidden between notes of Arabian oud and subtle sandalwood.
The reflective box and lightweight bottle with a purple-to-gold gradient look good, though the bottle is a bit of a fingerprint magnet.
Performance-wise, it’s a Montale, an extract de parfum, and it projects well for over three hours, with longevity easily covering a workday. It’s more suitable for fall and winter, and the shine it leaves on the skin post-application might bother some.
In conclusion, I do like Ristretto Intense Cafe, especially when it behaves and avoids that funky note. The coffee note is more pronounced compared to the original Intense Cafe.
If I had to choose one between the two, it would be Ristretto, but caution is needed with application due to its unpredictable dry down.
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
It surprises me that both this extreme flanker and the original Black Opium have coffee in them as one of the main notes.
Although it is difficult to notice it in the original black opium, I certainly did get a whiff of coffee bitterness between the sweetness of the Black Opium Extreme.
Popular amongst all ages, this perfume is suitable for any occasion and performs best in cold windy weather.
I actually prefer it over the original. It’s less sweet, more coffee-centric, and has this intriguing bitter note that adds a touch of masculinity. While it still leans feminine, the bitterness gives it a unique edge.
Top Notes: Absinthe, Boysenberry
Middle Notes: Coffee Jasmine Sambac, Orange Blossom
Base Notes: Vanilla, Licorice, Lavender, Sandalwood
What we liked
- The sweet rich spicy accord
- Easy to wear casually
- Subtle balancing coffee notes
In an outstanding creation, Maison Margiela blends a heart of warm cozy essences inspired by the experience of consumption instead of the brew itself.
While some might find it top-notch, I’m a bit of a coffee snob. For me, it’s not the freshly ground coffee bean experience I crave; it leans more towards a pre-made lavender latte.
Like any other Margiela fragrance Coffee break by Margiela enjoys a unique abstract complexion differentiating it from any other coffee-scented perfume.
This scent reminds me somewhat of Maison Margiela replica which I am a huge fan of, this perfume has relatively similar mid notes and the same vanilla touch.
Opening with an exciting spiciness that projects as a unique daring crowd-pleaser, but quickly mellows into an exotically creamy sensation.
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
Despite the headiness and unexpected sweet dry-down sweetness of The Only One, the perfume is never oppressively heavy like you’d expect from a Dolce & Gabbana eau de parfum. Instead, it inspires feelings of cozy smokey incense and black coffee.
The scent hits me with a vibe that’s eerily similar to YSL Y Le Parfum Intense, it’s warm, inviting, and just screams sophistication.
Added to the unique complexion are hints of vanilla that make this coffee-scented perfume one of the most unique on my list of the best perfumes that smell like coffee.
In addition, the combination of floral notes, wood, and patchouli among its base notes can transport everyone who uses it to an earthly paradise.
Top Notes: Violet, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Iris, Coffee
Base Notes: Patchouli, Vanilla
What we liked
- Violet notes and sweet aroma
- Light hints of signature vanilla bean
- Good coffee to floral balance
Though it is not an intense double shot of coffee. This Good Girl perfume deserved a spot on our list of coffee perfumes due to its sensual spice with a gentle coffee touch.
I know some folks aren’t fans of the bottle style, but I’m in the minority that loves it. It’s a standout, and honestly, I appreciate its uniqueness.
If you are looking for a perfume that includes coffee without an overwhelming hit, we would definitely recommend this scent for you.
From the highly sought-after Carolina Herrara, this bright and fresh eau de parfum highlights sweet almond with tuberose for a light and refreshing aroma.
Making an outstanding fall and winter perfume with its impressive intense aroma and well-blended fruity essences intertwined with spice and other notes.
Top Notes: Almond, Coffee, Bergamot, Lemon
Middle Notes: Tuberose, Jasmine Sambac, Orange Blossom
Base Notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Sandalwood
What we liked
- A classy simple perfume
- Sensual and soft mid notes
- Perfect coffee touch