10 Perfumes to Boost Confidence & Make You Feel Powerful

Sometimes, when you are feeling low on confidence and self-esteem, nothing can turn your mood around faster like the whiff of a refreshing, lovely fragrance. Not only are certain perfume notes proven to help wearers feel more self-assured, but fragrances that you associate with good memories can replicate a feeling of joy and cheer from scratch.

But there's more: fragrances can positively affect others' perception of you, and thereby boosting your confidence and status. Moreover, with the right fragrance, you can even feel strong and 'powerful'. 

Here are our recommendations.

Acqua di Parma-Bergamotto di Calabria

Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria Eau de Toilette

Fresh, airy, and deliciously light, Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria by Acqua di Parma is a woody-aromatic fragrance that will immediately make you feel ready to take on the world. Capturing the essence of the Calabria region, Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria evokes vibrant colors and coastal scents for an unforgettable sensorial experience. Opening with luminous bergamot and citron notes, the fragrance settles into a heart of soothing cedarwood, woody vetiver, and relaxing red ginger. Benzoin and musk reign over the base and consolidate all the notes. The joyful fragrance, celebrating Calabria’s finest ingredient, is a lesson in self-love.

Nicolai-New York Intense

Nicolai New York Intense

Formulated by none other than Patricia de Nicolai, New York Intense by Nicolai is a woody-aromatic fragrance like no other. With dominant notes of amber, citruses, and spices, the perfume will reinvigorate your senses and help you recover your lost confidence. Patricia was inspired by "the city that never sleeps" to create this alluring fragrance, and you may even feel like walking down Fifth Avenue with a self-assured strut after spraying this on. Bergamot and lemon offer a citrus rush at the top, but the heart boasts warm, enveloping spices like clove and cinnamon alongside soothing lavender and chamomile. The base is lined with patchouli, vanilla, incense, and musk.

BORTNIKOFF Amber Cologne

Amber Cologne

If you are looking for a perfume that will immediately refresh and energize you, look no further than Amber Cologne from Bortnikoff. Warm and rich, the scent is delightfully deceptive and incredibly versatile. Amber Cologne opens with luminous bergamot and fizzy grapefruit that reinvigorate your senses. Gentle neroli takes you directly into a sweet and alluring heart of sensual jasmine sambac, creamy sandalwood, and smooth cedar. The base combines precious ambergris, delicious vanilla, and smoky to create a raw and animalic accord that perfectly contrasts with the top.

Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule Eau de Parfum

Santal Majuscule Eau de Parfum

Sandalwood, being a calm and serene note, will soothe your nerves whenever you need that extra boost of confidence. Creamy and warm sandalwood will help you regain faith in yourself and rejuvenate your senses. Santal Majuscule by Serge Lutens places the ingredient amidst a stunning floral bouquet and allows it to drip into a gourmand chocolate note. As smooth and sweet cocoa reunites with a sensual rose, the milky note of sandalwood acquires a smoky edge. Santal Majuscule is truly a wardrobe staple for every season.


Chanel No 19

Daring and distinctive, N°19 presents accords of green and powdery notes to create the perfect woody-floral. Paying tribute to the day Mademoiselle Coco Chanel was born, August 19, 1883, the fragrance was launched in 1970. Created by Henri Robert, it presents an intricate play on juxtapositions. Vibrant galbanum and watery neroli meld into soft, powdery notes of May rose and iris, while the base is lined with smooth sandalwood and leather. Light-hearted but sophisticated, the fragrance will immediately lift your mood and help you embrace your best self.

Goutal - Eau d'Hardien

Goutal - Eau D'hadrien

Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien is a citrus-aromatic fragrance created by Annick Goutal and Francis Camail after the former read Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian. The fragrance captures the unique landscape under the Tuscan sun. With cypress, sweet berries, and sparkling citrus fruits, Eau d'Hardien is dazzling, fresh, and elegant. It opens with a citrus medley of lemon, citron, grapefruit, and bergamot. At the heart, the fragrance leans towards the saccharine with a blend of green mandarin from Italy and juniper berries. Cypress, ylang-ylang, and musk draw the closing curtain.

Tom Ford - Noir de Noir

Noir de Noir

Noir de Noir, one of the most iconic Tom Ford fragrances to exist, is a warm chypre-floral that will immediately make you feel confident and charming. With its inherent allure and sensuality, it translates as a sensual gourmand that thrives in its contradictions. Noir de Noir features exotic oriental accords that strike an unlikely harmony with intoxicating florals. At the base, earthy oud, smoky patchouli, and black truffle meld into delicious vanilla, rendering the fragrance even more enigmatic. The omnipresent rose comes together with oud to create a smoky and rich accord, but the vanilla swirl sweetens it just enough.

Frederic Malle - Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady Eau de Parfum

Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle is one of the most recognized fragrances in the world. Concocted by Dominique Ropion, the amber-floral fragrance gets its name from Henry James' 1881 novel Portrait of a Lady. Charming, elegant, and graceful, the fragrance sprinkles a variety of oriental spices upon a fresh bouquet of Turkish roses. Portrait of a Lady has the essence of a chypre but is quite intense. The patchouli heart, which adds a touch of mystery to the fragrance, is sweetened by a luscious combination of blackcurrant, raspberry, and creamy sandalwood.

Amouage - Epic Man

Amouage Epic Man Eau de Parfum

Randa Hammami concocted this amber-woody fragrance to celebrate the legends of the ancient Silk Road journey from China to Arabia. Envisioned as a "compass on the Silk Road," Epic Man by Amouage captures the richness of trade items in Asia, like gold, tea, silk, spices, and incense. As an oriental-woody fragrance, it opens with pink pepper, cardamom, saffron, and nutmeg, while the heart boasts geranium and myrrh. The base is fascinating, with exotic oud, earthy patchouli, cold leather, and smoky incense forming an intoxicating accord. The bottle, resembling a Chinese suitcase, appears to be made with royal jade of the Orient.

Roja Dove Danger Pour Homme

Danger Pour Homme Parfum Cologne

Danger from the house of Roja Dove is the perfect ally for your outings. Your self-esteem is bound to shoot through the roof as soon as you spray on this charming amber-fougere fragrance. After a luminous citrus opening, Danger takes a temporary detour, with lavender becoming the dominant note. Soon, an addictive and sensual combination of vanilla and jasmine takes over, which is bound to enthrall everyone around you. At the base, the juxtaposition of sweet florals with spicy citruses and precious ambergris is softened by creamy cedarwood and powdery musk.

Armaf - Club de Nuit Intense Woman Eau de Parfum

Club de Nuit Intense Woman Eau de Parfum

Club de Nuit Intense by Armaf is a dark, smoky, and alluring chypre-floral fragrance. Warm, rich, and enveloping, it contains an exotic blend of spices. Club de Nuit Intense opens with fresh rose, soothing geranium, and sweet saffron. The heart is quite zesty, with nutmeg, pepper, and caraway forming an unlikely union with powdery violet. Magic happens at the base, with amber, oud, vanilla, and patchouli creating a memorable oriental accord. If you need that extra dose of confidence before your evening outing, spray on some Club de Nuit Intense.

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