The best sunflower perfume guide should show you which current perfumes are still making waves with this beautifully feminine note. It’s about seeing what works for you, what they smell like, how you can choose the best one, and what can deter you from selecting each perfume.
For me, the best sunflower perfumes are about looking for currently available options, scents that last at least six hours and looking at how much approval they receive on the world’s largest marketplace: Amazon. Sunflower perfumes are rare, but they’re as fabulous as any floral note.
They smell feminine and soothing, capable of taking your mind to a wondrous realm. However, you can best match them to the sweetest notes in other perfumes or oils if you want a bit of sunshine in your day. Elizabeth Arden wins my approval for the best sunflower perfume.
Let’s help you find your favorite, and if you don’t, I’ll teach you a few tricks about sunflower oils. Nothing’s impossible when it comes to my eccentric nose and imaginative mind.
Sunflower Perfume: Secrets Revealed
You’re pretty limited with perfumes if you love the smell of sunflowers. Honestly, you don’t smell much from sunflowers, and it’s more of a resin smell than floral, but the note can elevate other ingredients like sweet, fruity, and florals to create an enhanced fragrance.
Sunflowers are a wild hybrid that doesn’t smell good on their own. Blended with the right oils, you have a fragrance that smells fresh, inviting, and all-consuming for the senses. The beauty of sunflowers goes beyond how it makes other notes bolder, fresher, and more balanced.
Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty, vitality, good luck, long life, and optimism. You can’t avoid smiling when those gorgeous flowers stretch over fields to meet your eyes when they follow the rising sun. I think of a sunflower as a sunshine flower.
Perfumes are a beautiful blend of oils extracted from plants, and sunflower oil has benefits beyond the happiness trigger. It’s a non-comedogenic oil, meaning it’s more absorbent than other perfume oils, and that’s how it makes your scents last longer.
Sunflower oil also has linoleic acid, which is a skin-protecting agent that helps your wrists keep moisture for longer, another way to make your perfume more fabulous. The flower might not smell like anything, but enhancing your scent is the pivotal purpose of it.
I’m not sure many perfumers know about the exceptional qualities sunflowers can add to their scents, but some perfumers have used those qualities to create magical fragrances.
What Makes It the Best Sunflower Perfume?
With so few to choose from, I still narrowed my top picks down based on three factors. Firstly, the perfume must have a sunflower note in the first or heart layers, which allows the ingredient to do what it needs to with the other notes.
Secondly, this is a perfume guide, meaning I’m only going to share the best sunflower perfumes with you. I won’t add body mists because they don’t last as long. All my picks are Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum, which last six hours or longer.
Finally, I love reading feedback from consumers when I choose a new perfume. I want to know how much people love it. I won’t be too picky about feedback, but I expect an Amazon approval rating of 65% or more. After all, I think Amazon is becoming our global e-commerce market.
If the perfumes meet all three of my standards, you’ll read about them now.
My Top Pick: Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers EDT
Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers is an ode to the smiling flower, created in 1993; it’s everything you want from a sunflower perfume. It’s also a popular perfume because it’s by the famous Elizabeth Arden. This perfume began a range of sunflower-inspired scents by the brand.
The smell is something otherworldly, starting with fruity twists of melon, peach, and oranges blended into rosewood for a summery freshness like no other. It evolves into a gorgeously floral heart where sunflower notes dance with jasmine and rose before it ends in a sweet finale.
Rising Accords: Fruity, floral, citrus, fresh, aquatic, woody, white floral, powdery, ozonic, and sweet
First Notes: Melon, orange blossom, peach, Mandarin orange, bergamot, Brazilian rosewood, and lemon
Heart Notes: Rose, jasmine, osmanthus, sunflower, cyclamen, and orris root
Ground Notes: Sandalwood, cedarwood, amber, oakmoss, and musk
Intensity: Medium for 6 to 8 hours
Seasons: Summer and spring
Age Range: 20s to 50s (versatile on every level)
Best Personality Matches: New-age feminine, au natural, romantic, refreshing, and happy
Amazon Approval Rating: 100% (20+ reviews)
- I can’t find fault with this perfume unless you consider how the woody notes surface before the floral ones, but it’s beautiful on any women’s skin!
Interesting Fact: This perfume inspired a range that includes Morning Gardens, Sunlight Kiss, Summer Air, Sunrise, and Summer Bloom, but sadly, the inspired range comes and goes because they’re limited edition. I’m only adding perfumes you can still find on Amazon.
I won’t be able to share how much people love a perfume if I can’t give you feedback on the approval rating, meaning I’ll have to dismiss the range inspired by Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers. It’s such a pity, but you can’t find them anymore, so I don’t want to get your hopes up for nothing.
Best Sunflower Perfumes: The Seven Alternatives for Smiles and Sunshine
I wish Elizabeth Arden extended her range long-term, but I’ll give you more beautiful sunflower perfumes from which to choose. Each one has a gorgeous blend of notes elevated by the sunflower oil in the first or heart layer. The accords show you how the smell evolves.
I’ve added the intensity for you to understand how strong the fragrance smells, and the personalities are a great way to choose your favorite one. As a bonus, I’ll add two alternatives for each perfume so you can try the other brand or know how the sunflower scent smells.
Bvlgari Petits Et Mamans EDT
Bvlgari Petits Et Mamans is a beautiful 1997 floral fragrance with sunflowers. It has a creamy, powdery start that feels feminine before it dries into a floral and herbal heart where vanilla takes charge of sweetening the intense florals. You also get a whiff of chamomile, soothing to the core.
Rising Accords: Powdery, floral, herbal, vanilla, iris, and sweet
First Notes: Sicilian orange, Brazilian rosewood, and bergamot
Heart Notes: Rose, chamomile, and sunflower
Ground Notes: Iris, vanilla, powdery notes, and white peach
Intensity: Intimate for 6 to 8 hours
Seasons: Summer, fall, spring, and winter
Age Range: mid-20s to mid-40s
Best Personality Matches: Calm, collected, optimistic, feminine, and lady-like
Amazon Approval Rating: 85% (800+ reviews)
- It’s a beautifully feminine fragrance, but not everyone loves such intense florals with powdery accents
Bath & Body Works Golden Sunflower 2020 Limited Edition EDP
Bath & Body Works Golden Sunflower is a limited edition, but it’s still widely available in 2021. It has simple notes that evolve in wondrous ways. It starts with a sweetness from the orange flower while the vanilla base surfaces before you smell the floral love of sunflowers.
Rising Accords: Sweet, vanilla, floral, white floral, herbal, powdery, and citrus
First Notes: African orange flower
Heart Notes: Sunflower
Ground Notes: Vanilla
Intensity: Medium for about 6 hours
Seasons: Summer, spring, and fall
Age Range: 20s to 40s
Best Personality Matches: Radiant, smiling, vibrant, ambitious, and feminine
Amazon Approval Rating: 81% (300+ reviews)
- It barely lasts six hours, and it has a unique evolution some women might find too sweet
Marc Jacobs Rain EDT
Marc Jacobs Rain EDT is a gorgeous sunflower perfume from 2006. It starts with a splash of sweet florals that smell like the sun kissing sunflowers and passionflowers, while the strawberries and soften the woody undertones before getting to a fruity, aromatic, and fresh finale.
Rising Accords: Floral, sweet, woody, fruity, aromatic, citrus, mossy, powdery, musky, and fresh spicy
First Notes: Clementine, cypress, and strawberry
Heart Notes: Orchid, passionflower, and sunflower
Ground Notes: Amber, oakmoss, musk, and teak wood
Intensity: Intimate for about 6 hours
Seasons: Summer and spring
Age Range: 20s to mid-30s
Best Personality Matches: Optimistic, innocent, sweet, romantic, and harmonious
Amazon Approval Rating: 79% (100+ reviews)
- It has a solid youthful feel that isn’t suited to older women
Abercombie & Fitch Fierce for Women EDP
Abercombie & Fitch Fierce for Women is a beautiful sunflower perfume, but it’s a limited edition. It has an unusual start with soft florals elevated by woody undertones and a tropical attitude before you dry down to a feminine but fresh undertone sweetened with spicy and floral notes.
Rising Accords: Floral, woody, coconut, green, powdery, sweet, citrus, warm spicy, aromatic, and white floral
First Notes: Cactus, agave, and sunflower
Heart Notes: Plumeria, coconut, and orange blossom
Ground Notes: Sandalwood, moss, and vetiver
Intensity: Intimate to medium for 6 to 8 hours
Seasons: Fall, spring, and summer
Age Range: 30s to 40s
Best Personality Matches: Confident, unique, calm, alluring, and somewhat mysterious
Amazon Approval Rating: 75% (20+ reviews – not the best feedback, but it’s a fabulous perfume)
- The perfume name doesn’t match the smell (it’s not as fierce as you’d think)
- It’s a limited edition, meaning it might not be available much longer
- It smells a little odd on young ladies
- It doesn’t have many reviews yet (but it’s new and limited, so it’s expected)
Heidi Klum Summer Shine EDT
Heidi Klum Summer Shine is a beautiful perfume that has many of my favorite notes. I love how the sweetness unfolds fresh and feminine notes before fruity and citrus hearts explode. You begin your journey into floral notes in the heart before fresh and woody undertones rise.
Rising Accords: Sweet, powdery, fruity, citrus, floral, tropical, fresh, iris, musky, and woody
First Notes: Amalfi lemon, bergamot, and orange blossom
Heart Notes: Passionfruit, pear, heliotrope, and sunflower
Ground Notes: Sandalwood, iris, and musk
Intensity: Medium to strong for 6 to 8 hours
Seasons: Summer, spring, and fall
Age Range: 20s to early-40s
Best Personality Matches: Untamed, bold, eclectic, fun-loving, and modern-feminine
Amazon Approval Rating: 100% (it has less than 10 reviews – making this an objective favorite again)
- The personalities don’t match the secrets of sunflowers, but the other notes elevate the vibrancy of the perfume, making it less of a harmonious blend
- It won’t smell good on mature women who want that floral foundation
- It has too few reviews to have an accurate or subjective approval rating
Hanae Mori Collection No. 3 EDT
Hanae Mori Collection No. 3 is an underrated perfume. It’s not well-known, but it has a unique drydown. It begins with fruity and floral notes combining before blending into the base of vanilla. The citrus notes bite your senses before you enter a sweet, woody undertone and end in florals.
Rising Accords: Fruity, floral, vanilla, citrus, sweet, woody, powdery, soft spicy, white floral, and fresh
First Notes: Blackcurrant, bitter orange, and sunflower
Heart Notes: Jasmine, raspberry, and freesia
Ground Notes: Sandalwood, vanilla, and musk
Intensity: Medium to strong for about 6 hours
Seasons: Fall, summer, and spring
Age Range: late teens to 20s
Best Personality Matches: Cheeky, contemporary, vibrant, youthful, and unpredictable
Amazon Approval Rating: 66% (only 10+reviews – making it an objective choice)
- This perfume makes my cut for the approval ratings, but it’s a bit of an acquired taste because the notes unfold in an unusual way (it doesn’t mean it’s not a fabulous sunflower perfume)
- This perfume is also undoubtedly reserved for the younger generation (Gen Z)
Etienne Aigner Debut EDP
Etienne Aigner Debut is a unique fragrance with a spicy attitude. Sunflowers are harmonious, but this isn’t the most delicate perfume. It begins with fresh citrus before entering the heart of florals and drying into a woody accent. It takes on a spicy demeanor before ending fresh and sweet.
Rising Accords: Citrus, white floral, floral, woody, fresh spicy, patchouli, aromatic, fresh, green, and sweet
First Notes: Petitgrain, Mandarin orange, green apple, bergamot, and grapefruit
Heart Notes: Jasmine, sunflower, water lily, and orange blossom
Ground Notes: White musk, oakmoss, vanilla, cedarwood, and patchouli
Intensity: Medium to strong for 8 to 10 hours
Seasons: Summer, fall, and spring
Age Range: 30s to 40s
Best Personality Matches: Passionate, feminine, confident, peace-maker, and desirable
Amazon Approval Rating: 100% (but take note that there’s only 1 review)
- The smell evolutions are stranger than most sunflower perfumes, and it won’t suit young ladies well
- I’ve moved this perfume to the last spot because it can’t have a genuine 100% approval rating with only one review
Choosing Your Sunflower Perfume
The rule of choosing your best sunflower perfume is to pick one with other notes you love. Remember, you can’t smell sunflowers. You’re choosing one based on the ingredients you want sunflowers to enhance. Consider the notes and age range of each perfume first.
Once you have a smell you love, you can pinpoint your signature sunflower fragrance by determining which personalities suit yours. Choose one with a sassy attitude if you feel cheeky, or pick one with a feminine and alluring quality if you want to smell like seduction on the move.
Tips to Make Your Sunshine Last
Enhancing your sunflower enhancer is a next-level pro tactic when it comes to making your perfume last forever. Which woman wouldn’t want her perfume lasting all day long? I have a massive collection, and I use any secrets to make sure every scent is a bold statement.
The simplest trick to elevate your sunflower note is to add a second one using the same structure. If your perfume choice was sweet, use a lotion on your skin with the same sunflower and sweet dance. If your perfume is fruity with sunflowers, look for a similar lotion.
These products work with most sunflower perfumes:
- Bath & Body Works Golden Sunflower moisturizing lotion
- Andalou Naturals body lotion with sunflower and citrus notes
- Mustela Hydrating body lotion with sunflower, aloe vera, and olive oil (versatile enough for all sunflower perfumes)
Putting lotion on your skin first is how you help perfume absorb better into your pores, which is already happening with any sunflower product, but more can be better in some cases. Should you still want the perfume to last longer, you can also try spraying it into your hair.
Making Your Own Sunshine
As promised, I’ll teach you to add sunflower perfume oil to any scent for lasting benefits. Before you do anything, get a premium sunflower fragrance oil and do a patch test on your skin. Dab some onto your wrist and leave it for 48 hours to ensure you do not react.
Do a patch test for any perfume oil you intend to use because they’re raw, organic, and a lot stronger than what you find in regular perfumes. Once you finish your patch tests on different parts of your body, you can get these ingredients to add to your sunflower perfume oil:
- One woody perfume oil (sandalwood, cedarwood, or cashmere wood)
- One musky perfume oil
- Two floral perfume oils (rose, lilies, jasmine, or iris)
- Three sweet perfume oils (orange blossom, blackcurrant, vanilla, tropical notes, or any sweet ingredients you love, even candy floss)
- Vodka with a high concentration of alcohol (40% or more)
- Distilled water
- A pretty bottle to store your perfume
- A piece of aluminum foil
Follow these steps to make a perfume at home. Remember that you may change your perfume oils to suit your tastes, but I’d write down any recipe as I go along to make sure I have it handy when I realize how gorgeous it smells. The steps are:
- Sterilize your perfume bottle and make sure it has a cap that seals.
- Pour a quarter cup of vodka into the perfume bottle.
- Divide your chosen essential oils into a glass mixing bowl. They should total about 25 drops among them all. You might want to use more sweet oils drops if your perfume should smell sweet. Don’t use more than three drops of sunflower or woody oils.
- Mix the oils gently with a wooden spoon. Don’t overmix them. You should always be gentle with perfume oils because harsh handling can change how they smell.
- Use a funnel to pour the oil mixture into your bottled vodka and store it between 48 hours and a month to mature. The longer it develops, the stronger it will smell.
- You need to dilute the mature fragrance now with two tablespoons of distilled water, and you can add another tablespoon if you want to use a spray bottle.
- Add five tablespoons of glycerine to your perfume to preserve the ingredients.
- Finally, wrap your bottle in aluminum foil to prevent it from going bad. Light and temperature changes can make it hard for glycerine to do its job.
Don’t forget to write your recipe down, even if it comes out bad. You don’t want to make the same mistake twice anyway, and you want to remember the perfect perfume you made last time.
Question: Are Sunflower Perfumes a Rare Gem?
Answer: There aren’t many sunflower perfumes on the market, which alone makes them rare gems. The sunflower perfume oil has no smell, and that’s why so few perfumers use it. Still, the ingredient has positive effects on other fragrance notes, including being a non-comedogenic oil.
Question: Which is the Most Popular Sunflower Perfume?
Answer: There aren’t many sunflower perfumes available, but I use Amazon for reliable feedback from people who use the scents daily. Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers is the favorite on Amazon because it maintains an 84% approval rating after nearly 400 reviews.
Question: Where Can I Find Sunflower Perfumes?
Answer: Thanks to the criteria I used to choose the best sunflower perfumes, I’d say Amazon is the first choice for sourcing all your sunflower needs. However, you can also purchase some perfumes at Walmart, Target, Fragrance X, and Fragrance Net, especially Elizabeth Arden’s scent.
Recommended Alternatives for Sunflower Perfumes
The rarity of sunflower perfumes is unfortunate, but there are other ingredients perfumers love using if the recommended alternatives under each fragrance aren’t grabbing your attention. Maybe you love floral notes. If so, these two common perfume ingredients will do the trick:
- Jasmine is a versatile floral note with unisex possibilities
- Lavender is an iconic floral note with unisex opportunities
If you’re looking for something less floral but sweet, try vanilla as a foundational ingredient. If you’re brave enough to traverse the woody undertones, you can even look into another iconic note, sandalwood. Strong woody base notes are more masculine, but they’re sometimes gentle.