For the smart, sophisticated lady who wants to make a great impression, the right perfume can be the cherry on top to a winning personality and stylish outfit. Obviously, it’s what you bring to the table that counts, but for a little spritz of something that will turn heads, these powerful scents all tout messages of female strength and independence. Nothing too cloying and sweet, nor too musky and strong, these feminine yet unapologetic fragrances will no doubt match the assertion and confidence you bring to any situation, from the boardroom to a first date.

Jimmy Choo l’Eau

Delicate and defiant are two words used to describe the latest Jimmy Choo summer fragrance. Top notes of citrusey bergamot and hibiscus flower combine with a sweeter heart of nectarine and peony, while cedarwood and musk add needed depth. This is for the woman who wants to smell elegant, yet young and free-spirited — as demonstrated by the slender, pale pink bottle inspired by Venetian Murano glass.

HK$430/40ml; HK$600/50ml; HK$860/90ml from Jimmy Choo Fragrance Counters, B1/F, Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2831 4672

Penhaligon’s Elisabethan Rose

First launched in 1984, Penhaligon’s beloved Elisabethan Rose has recently gotten a complete modernised makeover for 2018, using all-new ingredients. Regal, imposing, yet still feminine and fresh, this is a rose scent that’s unlike others: the “double rose” heart of rose centifolia oil and rose absolute are rounded out with hazelnut leaf, cinnamon, red lily and almond oil, and a touch of darkness thanks to underlying vetiver, wood and musk. It’s a truly enchanting scent fit for a Queen.

HK$1,700/100ml from Penhaligon’s, Shop 3025A, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2359 3001

Prada La Femme Intense

If you adore a perfume that oozes femininity, this one is it. Prada did a deep dive on what makes the ultimate feminine scent in its latest “Intense” duo. For La Femme Intense, they started with the olfactory trope of floral notes, then stripped it down to the headiest and most sultry aspects for an Oriental-style perfume. Featuring tuberose, ylang-ylang and patchouli, the ingredients elevate and enhance each other. The scent is suited up in luxurious Prada Saffiano leather in sexy burgundy and amber glass for the ultimate power statement.

HK$725/35ml; HK$1,000/50ml; HK$1420/100ml from Prada Fragrance Counters, B1/F, Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2831 4672

Montblanc Lady Emblem L’Eau

Lady Emblem L’Eau is fearless, self-assured, tough and beautiful — as you can tell by the diamond-shaped bottle, imprinted with Montblanc’s famous emblem. Revamping the original floral Lady Emblem for a more youthful crowd, the sparkling brightness of mandarin leaf, white peach and lychee are balanced by a heart of magnolia, with base notes of precious musks, blonde cedar and creamy benzoin.

HK$380/30ml; HK$580/50ml; HK$780/75ml from Montblanc Fragrance Counters, B1/F, Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2831 4672

Lanvin Modern Princess

Lanvin Modern Princess is an example of a perfume that’s as fresh and invigorating as it is deep and sensual. The traditionally feminine middle notes of jasmine and freesia play out with a carnal and assertive base of velvety white musk, luxurious blonde woods and vanilla orchid. With a bottle accentuated with bold red lettering, its graceful, gold necklace-adorning exterior holds an irreverent soul.

HK$390/30ml; HK$548/60ml; HK$730/90ml from Lanvin Fragrance Counters, B1/F, Sogo, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.