best grapefruit perfumes for women

What do grapefruit perfumes smell like? Why are they so popular with women?

Grapefruit is one of the most important ingredients in perfumes and colognes, often used with other citruses like bergamot, lemon and mandarin orange. It adds a slightly tart aroma to fragrances that are overly sweet and pairs well with aromatic, green, floral, minty and fruity notes. Pink Grapefruit smells less bitter and a touch sweeter and juicier.

Best Grapefruit perfumes for women

Studies from the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation show that the scents of grapefruit on women may make them seem younger to men. The research showed that when male volunteers were asked to write down how old the woman with grapefruit perfume was, the age was on average of six years younger. Why settle for a crate from Florida. Choose grapefruit-based scents that are as beautifully bottled (no rinds, no pits) as they are fragrant.

Aqua Allegoria Pampelune grapefruit

1. Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune

Its lovely name actually combines the French words “pamplemousse” (grapefruit) and “lune” (moon) and casts its spell upon first spritz. Wear it on a midsummer day and you’ll be charmed forever. It was the first in Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria line which was meant to showcase easy going colognes and Pamplelune is light and chic. Cool, casual sophistication shines from top to bottom making Pamplelune a real standout. Yellow grapefruit is sprinkled with vanilla and the cocoa-tinged patchouli seems almost edible. Wear it once and you’ll fall in love with it forever. Recommended related fragrances: Guerlain Acqua Allegoria Herba Fresca, Guerlain Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat

2. Laura Biagotti Roma

This is a gorgeous grapefruit-based fragrance with fresh mint and black currant. Roma opens with a bright burst of bergamot and many other cistuses creating a sparkling, prosecco-like effect. Hyacinth and other floral notes give the fragrance a fresh and somewhat green scent. Recommended related fragrances: Boss Orange Sunset, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest

Annick Goutal Eau de Hadrien

3. Annick Goutal Eau de Hadrien

Annick Goutal is credited for being one of the first niche perfume brands, and her first fragrance is the best selling Eau de Hadrien which she composed in 1981. Bright notes of grapefruit and citrus are at the top and the addition of cypress adds a sophisticated green woody facet. There is a hint of floral brought by ylang ylang. It is as refreshing as a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day. So revered, it won a Fragrance Foundation Hall of Fame (FIFI)Award in 2008.Recently the brand’s name has changed to “Goutal Paris” and the bottles are more contemporary with beautiful illustrations on the boxes. Recommended related fragrances: Atelier Des Ors Chouer des Anges, Annick Goutal Bois d’Hadrien

Best grapefruit perfumes Marc Jacob Daisy

4. Marc Jacobs Daisy

Marc Jacobs Daisy is a carefree, unique and sun warmed blend of pink grapefruit, wild strawberry, violet leaves, gardenia, violet, jasmine, musk, and vanilla. The bottle top, with its feminine floral daisy stopper is as iconic as the perfume, which went on win two major Fragrance Foundation awards (the Oscars of the fragrance industry) – “Fragrance Of The Year Women`s Luxe” 2008, and “Best Packaging Women`s Prestige 2008”. Many Marc Jacobs Daisy versions followed but the zest of the grapefruit-centric original is still the most beloved fragrance of the past decade appealing to women of all ages. Recommended related fragrances: Marc Jacobs Daisy Love, Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh, Marc Jacobs Eau So Fresh Daze

Best designer perfumes with grapefruit

5. Boucheron Eau Legere for Her

With its sparkling facets of grapefruit, lemon, orange blossom and neroli, Boucheron Eau Legere for Her is a dazzler. Light, with a hint of mystery, this fragrant twist on lush florals has notes of amber and creamy sandalwood. The modern oval flacon with its silver top and gold/blue color evokes summer sun and starry skies. Recommended related fragrances: Montale Aqua Gold, Karl Lagerfeld Sun Moon Stars

Best Luxury Grapefruit perfumes

6. Hermes Pamplemousse Rose

In 2004 when perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena joined Hermes, he created numerous colognes and 2009’s Pamplemousses Rose is one of the standouts. In French “rose” has two meanings- the flower and the color pink. There is no rose ingredient listed in this long-lasting unisex cologne; it’s composed of grapefruit, orange, lemon, rhubarb and vetiver. The notes mix with the vetiver to leave a rose impression. At the drydown, the scent left behind is that of sheer, transparent woods. Recommended related fragrances: Hermes Jardin Apres Le Mousson, Bvlari Omnia

Armani Acqua di Gioia is a best selling perfume

7. Armani Aqua di Gioia

From the fashion house of Giorgio Armani, Aqua di Gioia is a gorgeous perfume with a natural and fresh scent. This fragrance immediately opens with a natural scent of grapefruit, supported by a hint of mandarin and blackcurrant. Shortly after the opening, some freshness is added in the form of mint, giving the fragrance an aromatic scent. At the dry down, some floral notes can be detected, but this fragrance is all about the fresh grapefruit and citruses. Recommended related fragrances: Clean Cool Cotton Grapefruit, Blu Mediterraneo Cipresso Di Toscana Perfume

Clarins Eau Dynamisite is a fragrance and treatment

8. Clarins Eau Dynamisante

Clarins created Eau Dynamisante in 1987 and this Eau de Cologne changed how fragrance was worn. It was the first fragrance and body treatment, a spa in a bottle with an invigorating aroma that also toned and moisturized. This stimulating cologne for women is composed with citrus notes of grapefruit, orange, coriander, Amalfi lemon and petitgrain; herbal notes of caraway, thyme and rosemary, a hint of carnation and earthy patchouli. Recommended Related Fragrances: Jennifer Anniston, Givenchy Eau Demoiselle Eau Florale

Best niche Grapefruit perfumes for men and women

9. Etat Libre d’Orange You or Someone Like You

Niche house Etat Libre D’Orange is known for their quirky and inventive fragrances. One of the most easy to wear is “You or Someone Like You,” which pairs grapefruit with mint. It opens as a cool, crisp herbal cologne and develops into a veil of sheer tingly grapefruit, translucent white flowers and wet rose leaves. Mint can be a very tricky note, but here, with grapefruit it is exquisite. It dries down to a delicate honeysuckle over a wet, clean, slightly rosy musk. Related Fragrances: Lovely Sarah Jessica Parker, Serge Lutens L’eau D’Armoise

Pink Grapefruit

10. Demeter Pink Grapefruit

From the Demeter perfume library which captures realistic scents and memories, Pink Grapefruit smell like an exotic tropical cocktail, with fruity notes of guava, mango, luscious passionfruit with a dash of orange liqueur. This is a very young and flirty fragrance which just might prove that grapefruit perfume can indeed make you look… and feel younger. Recommended related fragrances: 4711 Pink Pepper and Grapefruit, Demeter Grapefruit Tea

In Conclusion

Grapefruit perfumes are fresh, juicy, zesty and perfect for summer weather or any time you want a pick-me-up. These easy to wear and refreshing fragrances are great for day or office wear. Grapefruit is a key note in many colognes and can be applied liberally, yet will never overwhelm those around you. Buy authentic designer and niche fragrances at