Even though it’s true that Carolina Herrera hasn’t been making perfumes and colognes for as long as some of the other fragrance houses—with this fashion house only being established in 1980 and them only creating fragrances since 1988—they have quickly established themselves as one of the best up and coming fragrance houses around with 134+ fragrances currently under their label.
And we should know about the quality of this fragrance house because we’ve spent quite some time reviewing their products. This is a fragrance house that makes some truly exceptional fragrances that are created in collaboration with some of the most creative perfumers in the business. All good reasons for us to take some time and review some of the best Carolina Herrera perfumes currently available.
Best Carolina Herrera Perfumes
10Carolina Herrera Good Girl Perfume
Released in 2016, Carolina Herrera Good Girl might not only be one of the newest perfumes released by this fragrance house but also happens to be one of the most iconic. This perfume is encapsulated in a high heel shaped bottle and is an intoxicating blend of Tonka beans and tuberose. It’s no wonder this perfume’s tag-line is “It’s so good to be bad!” At the top of this fragrance, the wearer will notice notes of lemon, bergamot, almond, and coffee. It also has heart notes of jasmine, aforementioned tuberose, orris, Bulgarian roses, and orange blossoms. And holding up this intricate architecture is a base that consists of Tonka bean, praline, musk, cacao, sandalwood, amber, and patchouli.
9Carolina Herrera 212 VIP Rose Perfume
212 VIP Rose is another fragrance from this fragrance house that’s only been around since 2016. However, having said that, it’s quite obvious that this fragrance has managed to make quite an impression on the general public in a relatively short time. This fragrance has top notes of bubbly champagne pitted against sweet notes of fruit; it has heart notes of peaches and peach blossoms; and it is held up by notes of musk, amber, and woodsy notes. It’s a light spring perfume that’s contained in a convenient to carry pill-shaped flacon. It’s not a perfume that stands up on its own, but it is one that’s convenient to carry in a purse.
8Carolina Herrera CH Sublime Perfume
CH Eau de Parfume Sublime is a perfume that was released in 2013. This perfume was designed to be a variation of the original 2007 CH perfume. It’s a scent that’s designed to be feminine, sensual, and assertive. It has top notes that include passion flowers and bergamot; heart notes that include rose and orchid notes; and a base that consists of leather, moss, patchouli, and amber notes. It’s a nice perfume with moderate sillage and longevity and is encapsulated in a bottle that’s stylish and attractive. This is the perfect perfume for both daytime and nighttime wear and is a fragrance that can be easily worn every single day of the year.
7212 Vip by Carolina Herrera EDT Spray for Men
Even though 212 For Men isn’t a perfume but is instead an EDT spray for men, we thought that it was still a fabulous enough of a fragrance to be included on our list. This fragrance was released in 2011 and was meant to complement 212 For Women. This fragrance is a light, fun, and charismatic fragrance with moderate sillage and longevity. At the top of this fragrance can be found notes of passion fruit, pepper, ginger, and lime. It also has heart notes of mint, gin, vodka, and various spices; and it also has base notes of leather and amber. All of which makes it an Oriental/woodsy compilation that’s reminiscent of an evening out with the guys having cocktails.
6Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy Perfume
The name of this perfume says it all: it is a sexy fragrance. This fragrance was released in 2005 and is an intoxicating combination of musk, caramel, and flowers. It’s a perfume that can be worn during the day but is even more effective in the evening hours. It’s a fragrance that is charming, sensual, and completely feminine. This perfume is made with top notes of bergamot, Mandarin orange, and pink pepper. It has a heart that includes notes of rose, gardenia, and cotton candy. And at its base, the wearer will notice what holds up this fragrance: notes that include caramel and vanilla, patchouli and musk, and sandalwood mixed with violets.
5Carolina Herrera EDT For Men
This Eau de Toilette spray for men was released in 1991 and it has been appreciated by men all over the world since then. This fragrance was created by perfumers Carlos Benhaim and Rosendo Mateu and is a rich combination of notes. At its top, this EDT spray has rosemary, lemon, neroli, and lavender notes; and its heart contains notes of geranium and clover. At its base, this fragrance has ambergris, tobacco, and sandalwood notes. This a fragrance that can be worn day or night and throughout the year. And all of those are reasons why this fragrance has made it on our list.
4Carolina Herrera 212 EDT Spray For Women
This fragrance was launched in the late 1990s and has been appreciated by its wearers ever since. This scent has been labeled the scent of young women, and after enjoying its scent combination, we can see how that would be the case. This fragrance has top notes of orange and cacti blossoms, and bergamot with Mandarin orange. Its heart is a giddy selection of notes that include jasmine, freesia, gardenia, white camellia, lily, peony, and rose. And all of this is supported by a base that includes musk and sandalwood notes. It’s no wonder that this fragrance has been loved by the young and the young at heart for the past 23+ years.
3Carolina Herrera Perfume
This perfume was designed by perfumers Rosendo Mateau, Carlos Benaim, and Clement Gavarry and released in 1998. It’s a perfume that was designed to perfectly epitomize the Carolina Herrera style and in that regard, we think that it accomplishes its goal quite well. This fragrance is ideal for both day and nightwear and can be worn through every season. This perfume has top notes that include green notes, rosewood, apricot, orange blossom, and bergamot. It has heart notes that include notes of lilac, jasmine, tuberose, lilac, and white flowers. And at its base can be found notes of cedar, amber, civet, and oakmoss.
2Chic By Carolina Herrera Perfume
Chic is a fragrance that was designed by Jacques Cavallier and Alberto Morillas, two perfumers who are are known for creating some of the most exciting perfumes in the industry. This perfume is a fragrance that’s been labeled simple and complicated at the same time. It’s a perfume that has top notes of rose and tuberose, heart notes of orange blossoms and freesia, and base notes that include notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and musk. This elixir is then placed in a simple but aesthetically pleasing bottle that looks good on any nightstand. This is a perfume that can be worn all year long and has moderate sillage and longevity.
1Carolina Herrera CH For Women EDT Spray
This Eau de Toilette spray not only has a unique looking bottle but it’s a unique fragrance. This fragrance was released in 2007 and was designed by not only renowned perfumer Rosendo Mateu, but also the daughter of the founder of this fragrance company: Carolina Adriana Herrera. It’s a fragrance with top notes that include bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, and tropical fruits. It has heart notes that include sandalwood, Bulgarian roses, orange flower, jasmine, and praline. And finally, it has base notes that include cedar, amber, musk, and patchouli. It’s a fragrance that comes out with a floral/fruity start and ends with an aromatic base.
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A Guide To Carolina Herrera Fragrances
With over 134+ perfumes and colognes in their collection, this fragrance house has begun to make an impression on the entire industry. That’s why we’ve decided to not only review the best Carolina Herrera perfumes but also to take a closer look at the company itself, as well as some of the fragrances that didn’t make our list. Let’s begin, shall we?
The History Of Carolina Herrera
Before we can take a closer look at this company, we first have to take a quick look at the woman behind it all. Carolina Herrera was born on January 8, 1939 in Caracas, Venezuela, and was introduced to the world of fashion by her grandmother. During the 1960s, she would use the information she obtained from her grandmother and from working at a boutique in Caracas as she moved to New York.
In New York, she became known for her style, and she started her company in 1980. Some of the clients she had in the early days of her business include Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Duchess of Cadaval, and Renee Zellweger—which says a thing or two about her style.
It wasn’t until the late 1980s, however, that fragrances would be in this company’s repertoire. This was first done in collaboration with Puig—a Spanish fragrance company. Over the years, the company would produce a wide range of different fragrances that are sold all over the world.
The Best Carolina Herrera Collections
Now that we’ve discussed the best Carolina Herrera perfumes and have delved into the company’s history a little bit—we thought that it would be apt if we took a few moments to talk about some of this company’s fragrance collections. Let’s take a quick look at some of these lines and see what makes them noteworthy.
The 212 Collection
The Carolina Herrera 212 collection is one that was initially released in 1997 and has over 40 fragrances in its arsenal. Many of the fragrances in this collection are based upon notes of sweet and fruity notes such as wild berries, bergamot, grapefruit, mixed with floral heart notes, and supported by base notes that are woodsy or aromatic. Some of the perfumes in this collection include:
- 212 A Summer On Ice
- 212 Glam
- 212 H2O
- 212 Ice
- 212 Men Pop!
- 212 Men Splash
- 212 Silver
- 212 Summer
- 212 Summer Cocktail
212 New York Pills
The perfumes in this collection were first released in 2016 and can easily be identified by their pill-shaped bottles. These bottles are small and convenient enough to be tossed into a handbag or overnight bag, but they’re not bottles that will stand upright on a table. These perfumes are known by their notes of floral and spicy notes. Some of the perfumes and colognes in this collection include:
- 212 NYC Pills
- 212 Sexy Men Pills
- 212 VIP Pills
- 212 VIP Rose Pills
Carolina Herrera CH Collection
This perfume collection is easily identified by their squat yet stylish bottles. Inside of these bottles, the wearer will notice a diverse collection of notes. Notes that may include tropical or citrus top notes that are combined with floral heart notes and earthy base notes. Some of the fragrances in this collection include:
- CH Africa
- CH Central Park
- CH Eau de Parfum Sublime
- CH Grand Tour
- CH Insignia
- CH Garden Party
- CH Kings
- CH Marine
- CH Queens
- CH Red & Gold
Carolina Herrera Good Girl Collection
This collection is one of the newest ones released by this company. The first one Good Girl was released in 2016, and has achieved the number one position on our list. The newest perfume, as of the writing of this guide, is Good Girl Fantastic Pink—which was released in 2020. That perfume is a collection of notes that include top notes of bergamot, lemon, almond, and coffee; heart notes that include orris, jasmine, orange blossom, Bulgarian roses, and tuberose. And finally, at its base can be found notes that include praline, amber, patchouli, cedar, Tonka bean, sandalwood, cinnamon, and cocoa. Other fragrances found in this collection include:
- Good Girl Dot Drama
- Good Girl Glitter Collector
- Good Girl Glorious Gold Collector’s Edition
- Good Girl Hair Mist
- Good Girl Swarovski Collector
- Good Girl Velvet Fatale
Other Notable Fragrances By Carolina Herrera
Before we conclude this guide, we’d like to discuss some of the other fragrances that we might have missed but that we feel are great perfumes or colognes. Any of the following Carolina Herrera fragrances are worthy of being worn and we would recommend them highly.
- Amber Desire
- Burning Rose
- Emerald Musk
- Neroli Boheme
- Oud Couture