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The 8 Best Perfumes of 2022, Named by Perfume Experts


“The thing about a signature scent is that no one can choose it for you. I can point you in the right direction, but ultimately you have to find something that you respond to. You don’t know until you know, but when you find it, you just know. My job has a lot to do with perfume, so I write and think about perfumes all week, and I can try pretty much anything. I have a flawless top three, but ultimately my signature scent would have to be Cloud by Ariana Grande. No, I’m serious. Let me explain.

“It dropped in 2018 and quickly became a cult favorite and one of beauty’s best-kept secrets. Cloud is a fun, interesting, and completely unique scent that’s as much an experience as it is a scent. I know what everyone says about celebrity perfumes, but listen, some of them are good, and this one is awesome. The cloud opens with lavender, bergamot and pear, giving way to vanilla orchid, praline, coconut and whipped cream, finally settling on wood and musk. It plays with softness in a really interesting way because, yeah, it’s nice and it’s not apologetic, but it’s blurry and almost a bit muted. Pear, coconut and whipped cream blend together for a distinct yet soft sweetness, but are tempered by misty lavender, wood and musk. It is a push and pull, perfectly balanced and pleasant to wear.

‘I always say, which my friends laugh at me for, that Cloud feels loaded. You know how thick and electric the air is before a thunderstorm? Like that. It feels like big, fluffy clouds of whipped cream, like wet concrete, like dewy grass in the morning, and the feel of cotton candy when it melts on your tongue. And don’t get me wrong. This scent isn’t juvenile, it’s actually very adult. I wear it all the time and someone always stops me to ask what I’m wearing. It’s one of my absolute favorites and I come back to it all the time.'”