Peach, strawberry, plums, and more juicy delights
If you’re looking for a fresh and energizing scent, fruity ones are often the way to go. While many of the best fruity perfumes have sweet notes, some are tart as well. In most cases fruity perfumes have plenty of floral notes for balance. They’ll also often have a woody backbone, especially the ones designed for year-round wear. (You’ll also find those woody notes in the fruity perfumes that skew unisex.)
Let’s take a look at the top 10 fruity perfumes in history, still available for sale today.
What is a fruity perfume?
A fruity perfume is one of the most versatile fragrances. While most people think of these fruit and berry-based scents as spring and summer options, with the right balancing notes plenty work well in the winter and fall. Given their all-around appeal, fruity scents make excellent gifts too.
Even though citrus is a fruit, fruity perfumes are different from citrus perfumes. While it’s possible to find notes like lemon, grapefruit, orange, and/or lime in a fruity scent, it won’t be the dominant note. Instead you’ll get strong whiffs of fruits like peach, raspberry, pomegranate, apple, mango, black currant, passion fruit, strawberry, and many others.
Because these notes often have an innate sweetness, fruity perfumes make for a great introduction to the perfume space if you’re shopping for a teenager.
For a look at the best fruity perfume options no matter your age, lifestyle, or occasion, see our list of the most delicious fruity women’s perfumes below.
It won’t surprise anyone who knows about the perfume space that Tresor by Lancome is on our list of the best fruity-smelling perfume options. It’s not only one of the best selling fruity fragrances, it’s one of the best selling fragrances, period. And we’re talking about worldwide appeal here.
One spritz and it’s easy to see why women keep coming back to this fragrance. With top notes of fruits like peach and pineapple, but also grounded in florals like rose, lilac, and lily-of-the-valley, this is one of the most beautifully blended scents.
Base notes of peach, apricot, vanilla, musk, sandalwood, and amber create a light and dark duality that makes this scent superb for night or day.
Recommended related fragrances: Stella By Stella McCartney, Madame Rochas By Rochas, Mon Jasmin Noir L’eau Exquise By Bvlgar
If you’re looking for the best fruity perfume option that isn’t run-of-the-mill, try this cult-favorite scent from Jean Paul Gaultier. Launched nearly three decades ago in 1993, the Jean Paul Gaultier bottle — shaped like the bust of a woman — is as iconic as the fragrance itself.
This is a spicy, fruity scent where you’ll find a blend of notes like pear, bergamot, star anise, orange blossom, ginger, vanilla, and plum. This scent works beautifully in colder months or after dark when you’re looking for something deep, rich, and mysterious. Many find that it also holds unisex appeal (though it was not designed that way).
Recommended related fragrances: Hypnotic Poison By Christian Dior, Very Good Girl By Carolina Herrera, Euphoria By Calvin Klein
This fruity scent perfume is the first from the iconic shoes-and-accessories brand, Jimmy Choo. The eponymous scent comes housed in a display-worthy textured glass bottle that was designed by then creative director Tamara Mellon. While immensely popular today, this scent was launched back in 2011.
For women who have a lot on their plate, this is an easy-to-love perfume that you can spray on no matter where you’re headed. It’s not the most bold or unique, but it’s beautifully blended and slightly sweet — a fruity scent enjoyed by almost all who smell it.
Recommended related fragrances: Kenzo Jungle Elephant By Kenzo, Insolence By Guerlain, Lolita Lempicka By Lolita Lempicka
Like the Cheap & Chic Moschino brand itself, this fruity scent perfume is effervescent, fun, bright, optimistic, and bursting with energy. But don’t be fooled by the colorful bottle and lighthearted design. There’s nothing cheap about this luxuriously crafted scent.
It’s sweet and fruity without being cloying or overly sugary, making it one of the best fruity perfumes for a high school setting as an office. And let’s be real, anyone finding themselves in either of those settings needs some optimism and energy!
Recommended related fragrances: Moschino Cheap and Chic White Clouds, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea and Mimosa, Prada Les Infusions de Mimosa
Cacharel may be a bit past its heyday of cool, but its fruity women’s perfume, Amor Amor, has withstood the test of time. If you’re looking for something more sour than sweet, this fruity scent will hit the spot. It’s also warm in its drydown, which is why women tend to reach for this in the colder months.
The fruity notes of black currant, apricot, Mandarin orange, grapefruit, and bergamot are seamlessly balanced with rose, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, and woodsy notes at the base, so while it starts off as a strong fruity scent, it chills out to a more flirty, vanilla-fruity scent.
Recommended related fragrances: Angel Eau Sucree By Thierry Mugler, Rumeur 2 Rose By Lanvin, Very Irresistible Sensual By Givenchy
There is some debate as to whether Bon Bon — which means “candy” in French — is more of a gourmand fragrance or more of a fruity fragrance. We consider it both because when you first spray this vibrant scent you’re overtaken with juicy peach and orange, which then progresses into a sweet caramel and jasmine before trying down with amber, sandalwood, guaiac wood, and cedar.
Clearly this is not your standard generic fruity fragrance. This selection by Viktor & Rolf is among the best fruity perfumes for someone looking to feel a bit sexy, say for a date night or a fun night out on the town.
Recommended related fragrances: Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna, Not A Perfume Perfume by Juliette Has A Gun, Mancera Cedrat Boise Perfume by Mancera
This fruity fragrance is girly, but not in a juvenile way. Couture Couture is a great scent to give a teenager as it’s wholly appropriate for a young woman and a scent she can easily carry through with her to adulthood as a signature scent. While Juicy Couture is obviously not a couture brand, Couture Couture does smell expensive.
It has a rather sophisticated blend that’s heavy on the plum (which adds an intoxicating tartness). It also leans heavily toward amber and sandalwood, creating a luxurious touch that’s very different from the sugary-sweet you might have expected from a brand like Juicy Couture.
Recommended related fragrances: Pink Sugar Perfume by Aquolina, Burberry Body Perfume by Burberry, Crystal Noir Perfume by Versace
If you want to feel like a walking billboard for Capri, Ibiza, or St. Tropez, spray yourself with Marine Groove by Escada. It’s pure jetsetting glamor with fruity notes like passion fruit that give the scent an ultra-sweet opening. But that opening is quickly grounded with some sexy musk.
While you could, of course, wear this on your next exotic vacation, it’s also one of the best fruity perfumes for weekend brunch, or any time you’re looking for something subtly flirty, or simply need an escape from your daily doldrums.
Recommended related fragrances: Red Door by Elizabeth Arden, Modern Muse Perfume by Estee Lauder, Tocade Perfume by Rochas
Il Bacio, means “the kiss” in Italian and like the crimson red bottle stopper, everything about this scent is deep, rich, and fruity. This Marcella Borghese scent has a woody underbelly of sandalwood, musk, amber, and virgina cedar to make the fruity notes (peach, melon, plum, and passion fruit) sexy and kissable.
This tkkr — launched in 1993 — certainly does not have the profile of a classic fruity scent, but for many women looking for something bold, it’s a go-to. It’s one of the few scents that has a very strong woody backbone, but maintains a lingering fruitiness throughout the drydown. It’s also worth mentioning that Il Bacio has strong projection, great sillage, and is long-lasting.
Recommended related fragrances: Angel Eau Sucree By Thierry Mugler, Hot Couture By Givenchy, Prada Infusion D’iris By Prada
The bottle that houses Incanto Shine screams carefree fun in the sun and that’s just what you’ll get with this warm-weather fruity scent from Salvatore Ferragamo. Notes of fruity accords include pineapple, passionfruit, peach, and bergamot, for a crisp, fresh, juicy, and sweet scent that will refresh you on a hot and humid day.
Many would consider this a “classic” fruity scent, which makes it one of the best fruity perfumes when you need a “safe” bet to give as a gift.
Recommended related fragrances: L’instant Magic By Guerlain, Rumeur 2 Rose By Lanvin,