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1. African Leather by MEMO
The essence: smoky, bracing and dense with bergamot, cardamom, geranium, leather and musk ($250 for 2.5 ounces;

2. Gucci Bamboo by Gucci
The essence: warm, light and fruity with sandalwood, Tahitian vanilla, amber, Casa Blanca lily and orange blossom ($115 for 2.5 ounces;

3. Hawaiian Plumeria by Lisa Hoffman
The essence: full-bodied, clean and sweet with Hawaiian plumeria, coconut, green foliage and orchid ($65 for 2 ounces;

4. Alaïa Paris by Azzedine Alaïa
The essence: soft, floral and slightly spicy with pink pepper, freesia, peony and musk ($150 for 3.3 ounces;

5. Liquid Cashmere Black by Donna Karan
The essence: edgy, sweet and floral with rose, black cherry, raspberry, jasmine, heliotrope and praline ($108 for 3.4 ounces;

6. Mimosa & Cardamom by Jo Malone London
The essence: light, watery and green with cardamom, mimosa and tonka bean ($125 for 3.4 ounces;

7. Flower by Kenzo, L'Élixir
The essence: rich, full-bodied and floral with raspberry, Bulgarian rose, praline and Bourbon vanilla ($118 for 3.4 ounces;

8. Decadence by Marc Jacobs
The essence: peppery, mossy and woody with Italian plum, iris, saffron, rose, vetiver and papyrus ($120 for 3.4 ounces;

9. Devastatingly Chic by Diana Vreeland Parfums
The essence: understated and powdery with carnation, rose, mandarin, pink pepper and patchouli ($250 for 3.4 ounces;

The Classics
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If a timeless fragrance is what you're after, try one of these three masterpieces. Photo: The Dogist

1. J'adore by Dior
The essence: feminine, delicate and floral with ylang-ylang, damask rose and jasmine ($155 for 5 ounces;

2. Euphoria by Calvin Klein
The essence: exotic, rich and oriental with pomegranate, persimmon, lotus blossom, black orchid, black violet and mahogany ($89 for 3.4 ounces;

3. La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme
The essence: sophisticated, sweet and floral with iris, jasmine, orange blossom, praline and patchouli ($110 for 3.4 ounces;


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