9 Off-The-Radar Fragrances You Need to Know About

Fragrance is personal—what smells great to you may be totally putrid to the person next to you. But one thing is certain: There’s nothing quite as deflating as finding a to-die-for scent that, all of a sudden, you smell on everyone else. These 8 fragrances fit the bill in the elusive off-the-radar category, but are guaranteed to have people asking, “What are you wearing?” 

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Ambre Pure Essence Oil

This one has been tested at the office and across the globe by several of our editors. (The farthest away spot that’s sparked the what-perfume-are-you-wearing question: New Zealand). Seriously, we challenge you to wear it for more than one week without someone stopping to ask you. You can give them the name and tell them it’s an all-natural oil, but, after all these years of wearing it, founder Ambre Crockett still won’t share what the secret note is that makes it so irresistibly seductive—and that’s kind of what makes it so special. $46, shop.ambreblends.com/ 

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Finn & Co. White Sand

To categorize this as a “beachy” fragrance somehow seems to oversimplify it. The official notes are honeysuckle, mandarin and salt, a basic mix that manages to make a complex warm, sweet and borderline white floral fragrance, all at the same time. $42, thefaceoffinn.com

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Jouer Perfume Oil

The adjective “classic” is thrown around rather freely in the world of fragrance, and any old floral fragrance that “reminds you of something” seems to get pegged with it. But this delicate roll-on oil really does embody it—it’s pretty, soft and clean and has a gardenia-jasmine scent that’s cut with just a bit of sweetness that you can’t imagine ever going out of style. $42, jouercosmetics.com

 

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Le Deuxieme Parfum bycoolife

Sometimes scents that boast a ton of essential oils can start to smell more hippie than haute couture, but this potent floral mix successfully merges seven specific oils—think exotic notes like Peru balsam, bergamot from Calabria, Tunisian orange flower absolute, ylang-ylang from Madagascar—to create a scent that is undeniably sophisticated and incredibly unique. As an added bonus, it also has powerful energy-engaging abilities, which, according to the formulator, can help open the heart chakra. $175, bycoolife.com

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Nomaterra Fragrance Wipes

By default, the incredibly cool and convenient delivery system of these fragrance wipes makes them a travel-friendly option you won’t be able to contain when venturing out in public. (Why use standard alcohol wipes after a long plane ride if you can use these?) All three scents are intoxicatingly likeable; we love the Miami one in particular for its sweet and grown-up take on coconut, melon and orange blossom. $20, sephora.com

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Atelier Cologne Pomelo Paradis

You may have heard of this perfume house already but its latest unisex launch is too good not to include. Playing on the citrus star of sparkling pink pomelo and rounded out with unexpected notes like iris, amber and mint, the actual fragrance is made up of 15-percent pure perfume, so the strong concentration ends up not fading away—while smelling totally fresh and bright—throughout the day. $110, sephora.com

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Milieu Rosa By Odin New York

Rose has a reputation for being a note that people either love or hate, and for those who aren’t fans of it, any fragrance that includes the tiniest trace of it ends up smelling “old-fashioned” most of the time. This feminine floral scent shatters those perceptions (even for the non-believers), with an unquestionably modern mix of spicy Moroccan, delicate Dutch and honey Turkish roses that’s sheer, sweet and just the slightest bit woodsy. $210, barneys.com

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Korres White Tea / Bergamot / Freesia
 
Uplifting, sweet and fresh, this is one of those sprays that just makes you feel better. It’s clean and a bit sparkling and pretty much the perfect daytime fragrance to wear at the office. $36, korres.com
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My Daughter Fragrances Joyful 

Fresh, floral, full of essential oils and with an unexpected spearmint twist, this decidedly feminine fragrance is sensual yet screams of summer. $85, mydaughterfragrance.com