The Best Carolina Herrera Perfumes, According to Experts

Carolina Herrera has been one of the best-selling perfume designers for decades.

She is best known for her fragrances 212 NYC, Good Girl and Carolina Herrera (often abbreviated to just "CH").

But in 2021, which of her perfumes for men & women are considered the best?

Our pick for the best Carolina Herrera perfumes are:

  1. Carolina Herrera 212 NYC
  2. Carolina Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum
  3. Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl
  4. Carolina Herrera Good Girl Legere

Each fragrance from the designer features a floral scent, as has become the hallmark of the perfume house.

Carolina Herrera 212 NYC Eau de Toilette For Men

The best-selling Carolina Herrera perfume 212 New York Eau de Toilette was the first of its kind. Released in 1998, it is a men's fragrance that is widely recognizable worldwide.

It is considered to be one of best-selling men's perfumes in history, according to the's 2011 Best Fragrances of the Year Awards.

Carolina Herrera 212 NYC Eau de Toilette for men features notes of Orange, Bergamot, and Mandarin.

It's the signature top notes of grapefruit and bergamot that give Carolina Herrera 212 NYC its energy. Other ingredients include coriander, tangerine, juniper berries, balsam fir, patchouli, blue sagebrush and ambergris.

Fragrance Breakdown
Top Notes Spicy Notes, Petitgrain, Lavender, Green Notes, Grapefruit, Bergamot
Heart Notes Ginger, Violet, Gardenia
Base Notes Musk, Sandalwood, Incense

Carolina Herrera 212 New York Eau de Toilette has become incredibly popular with men because it combines the best of masculine and feminine fragrances.

This best selling Carolina Herrera fragrance has a clearly spicy masculine character, but also contains floral notes which soften it.

The sillage for 212 NYC Eau de Toilette is around 2 metres, and the fragrance lasts up to 7 hours.

Other variants of Carolina Herrera 212 for men lineup include the 212 VIP edition, and 212 Sexy edition. There is also the 212 VIP Rose fragrance which was released for women.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum

A round-up of the best Carolina Herrera perfumes has to include perhaps the most iconic perfume ever released by the company - the original Good Girl Eau de Parfum.

This famous perfume was launched in 2016 and has been a best-seller ever since.

The top notes of the scent are made up of Warm Coffee, Bergamot, Lemon, Tuberose Petals and Freesia. There's even a bit of Almond in the opening.

The heart is composed of Orange Blossom, Neroli, Rose de Mai and Aldehydes. The base notes include Amber, Vanilla, Tonka Bean and Musk.

Good Girl is best suited for daytime wear but can be used at night as well.

The fragrance truly smells amazing. And lingers beautifully on the skin.

The bottle of Carolina Herrera Good Girl is best-known for the iconic stiletto shape which remains synonymous with the entire Good Girl lineup.

Fragrance Breakdown
Top Notes Almond, Coffee, Lemon, Bergamot, Fresh Citrus
Heart Notes Tuberose, Jasmine, Orange, Blossom, Orris, Bulgarian Rose
Base Notes Tonka Bean, Cocoa, Vanilla, Amber, Musk

Carolina Herrera Good Girl has become incredibly popular with celebrities and fashionistas ever since it hit the shelves back in 2016, and was even inducted into The Fragrance Foundation's Hall of Fame.

It was named by the French magazine "Beaute de France" as being amongst one of the best perfumes in history!

As with most Carolina Herrera fragrances, the sillage is around 2 metres, and the fragrance lasts up to 8 hours.

Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl Eau de Parfum

The next best-selling fragrance for women by Carolina Herrera is Very Good Girl, which was just released in 2021. It is a reinvention of the original Good Girl, which introduces the floral note of Rose.

This new perfume is a sensual, feminine perfume that is perfect for any warm weather or hot day, making it perfect for summer.

The major change in this edition of the scent is the inclusion of Rose, which is the hero note of the fragrance.

Related article: Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl Review: The Best Perfume of 2021?

This summer perfume from the house has the same fresh, floral scent found in Good Girl but features mixed flower notes like white lotus instead. Other notes include blackberry, water lily, magnolia and satin musk.

Fragrance Breakdown
Top Notes Lychee, Redcurrant
Heart Notes Sweet Rose, Tuberose
Base Notes Vanilla, Vetiver, Musk

The bottle of Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl is the same stiletto heel as the original, except this time in a striking red colour.

Very Good Girl performs just as well as the original, if not better, easily lasting all day on the skin.

While it is still a very new fragrance in the market, we have no doubt it will soon become of the the brand's bestselling scents.

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Legere

Last on our list of top Carolina Herrera perfumes is the Legere edition Good Girl fragrance.

This Carolina Herrera perfume is a fresh and lively feminine scent reminiscent of a light, breezy fragrance.

Related article: Carolina Herrera Good Girl Legere Review [Updated for 2022]

The top notes are Plum and Magnolia, followed by Blackberry, Water Lily and Black Currant in the heart. The base notes are Sandalwood, Musk and Ginger.

Fragrance Breakdown
Top Notes Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, Lemon
Heart Notes Jasmine, Sweet Orange Blossom, Bulgarian Rose
Base Notes Tonka Bean, Spicy Pink Pepper, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Amber

Good Legere has become incredibly popular with young women as a result of its popularity with major celebrities.

Legere is best worn in the day, and it's best suited for casual outings at daytime due to its fresh, and lighter notes. Like the other perfumes in the collection, it is best suited for summer seasons.

Final Thoughts

That concludes our round up of the best Carolina Herrera perfumes.

No matter which fragrance from the designer you choose, you can be sure you'll be getting an absolutely fantastic fragrance.

From the 212 NYC collection, all the way through to the high-heel bottles of Good Girl, Carolina Herrera has truly established herself as a maker of elegant, sensual, perfumes.

The fruity, floral nature of her fragrances mean they are usually all best suited for summer. But her collection is also versatile enough to be worn in colder months.

You can be sure that if you select any one of the above fragrances as your new scent, that you will be left smelling chic, sophisticated and beautiful.

You can shop our collection of Carolina Herrera perfume right here.

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