It’s often said that people go to D.C. to get into politics, to Los Angeles to get into the movie business, and to NYC to win. With that in mind, NYC perfumes are standouts from the pack and certainly aren’t wallflowers. That doesn’t mean all New York City perfume picks are necessarily from luxury brands. On the contrary, New Yorkers are often scrappy, making lemons out of lemonade. 

Anyone who’s been to New York also knows each area has a distinct personality. So while the vibe tends to be type A, there’s plenty of nuance, and a fragrance to match every life and love. 

Here’s a look at five perfumes that match NYC’s energy. 

What Perfume Matches NYC’s Vibe?

A perfume that matches NYC’s vibe is a “smart” buy for value, longevity, timelessness, or versatility. It will also stand out whether you’re in a boardroom or at a music festival. The Big Apple has energy like no other city, which is why both residents and visitors love New York City perfumes. 

1. Perfume that reminds us of Manhattan

Demeter Cosmopolitan Cocktail Perfume By DEMETER

It has been decades, but Sex and the City is still the poster child for Manhattan vibes, which brings us to Demeter Cosmopolitan Cocktail by Demeter. This scent is simple and timeless, and one of the best bargain NYC perfumes you’ll find.

Demeter Cosmopolitan Cocktail joyously reflects both the famous beverage we all know and crave and the bustling energy you find in Manhattan. This sweet scent blends cranberry, orange, lime, and vodka without being too potent. It’s versatile, just like a Manhattanite.  

Recommended related fragrances: The One by Dolce & Gabbana Cologne, Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani Cologne, Invictus by Paco Rabanne

2. Perfume that reminds us of Brooklyn

Kensie Free Spirit Perfume By KENSIE

Brooklyn scents are a little more bohemian and artsy than Manhattan perfumes, but they’re still every bit as polished. Kensie Free Spirit by Kensie strikes this perfect balance with its floral, fruity, and gourmand notes.

Rose, jasmine, apple, lemon, coconut, sugar, musk, and vanilla come together like a festival in Prospect Park. This is one of those versatile scents you could as easily wear to the office as to a gallery opening or a date night. It’s the perfect Brooklyn perfume from Park Slope all the way to Gravesend.

Recommended related fragrances: Bright Crystal by Versace Perfume, The One by Dolce & Gabbana Perfume, Kenzo Flower by Kenzo Perfume

3. Perfume that reminds us of Bronx


Bronx perfumes have an edge, but still have beautiful and versatile appeal. Like the energy in the Bronx, Pluriel by Maison Francis Kurkdjian has many complex layers. It’s not a straightforward scent but rather one that evolves in the most beautiful ways as it settles on the skin.

The sillage and projection in this NYC perfume are top notch, and this adaptive scent will last year round and from day to night. Plus, because it centers on flexible floral notes, it fits in just about anywhere. 

Recommended related fragrances: L’air Du Temps by Nina Ricci Perfume, Beautiful by Estee Lauder, Escape by Calvin Klein

4. Perfume that reminds us of Staten Island

tom ford tobacco vanille

Staten Islanders often feel overlooked. Their borough tends to get the cold shoulder from other city denizens, which is why a Staten Island perfume has an attitude and spunk. Case in point: Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford. You might want to ignore this scent, but you can’t!

It commands attention just like Staten Island natives. This is far from your typical New York fragrance. It can be polarizing, and it best suits the person who demands attention and wants to make a statement. It’s also on the heavy side, so you’ll want to save it for after-work, weekends, and cooler weather.

Recommended related fragrances: Alien by Thierry Mugler, Narciso Rodriguez by Narciso Rodriguez Perfume, The One by Dolce & Gabbana

5. Perfume that reminds us of Queens

A Queens perfume has “work energy.” The vibes in this cozy borough tend to be street smart and practical, which is why Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana is a perfect Queens fragrance.

This is one of those scents that’s widely loved (making it a great gift), easy to wear, and you can reach for it over and over again. No matter the season, your age, or what’s on your agenda, you’ll never tire of this diverse NYC perfume.

Recommended related fragrances: Jimmy Choo Illicit by Jimmy Choo, Ck One Summer by Calvin Klein, Curve Crush by Liz Claiborne


NYC’s energy is electric, and now it’s easier than ever to soak up all those NYC vibes. NYC residents, visitors, and even wayward dreamers can all get their big-city perfume quickly and affordably with fast shipping and heavy discounts at

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