Fresh: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine-Basilic, $55 at Sephora.com, Marc Jacobs Splash in Grapefruit, $68 at Sephora.com
I'm not big on Fresh perfumes, so I tend to go for the ones that actually smell just like citrus. The Guerlain has the prettiest bottle, and smells just like tangerines. Yummy! The Marc Jacobs comes in the biggest perfume bottle I've ever seen, so it's a really good deal, and smells exactly like a real grapefruit.
Floral: Ralph Lauren Romance, $36-$78 at Sephora.com. I really love this. It's the softest, warmest floral I've ever smelled. It just smells happy and cozy! It may not be that unique, but it just smells really, really pretty. I'm a hardcore oriental-wearing girl, but I want to buy this for my girlier days.
Oriental: Coco Mademoiselle, $80-$115 at Sephora.com. This was the first real perfume I ever bought. It's not the heavy, stereotypical oriental, it's a very floral, soft oriental. I've used it for over a year, and I still love it (and I never like anything for that long!). I've actually gotten a lot of compliments on this. It's very sweet and fun, and the bottle is super cute! And yes, it is expensive, but it's a longlasting perfume, and it's totally worth it.
Woody: Prada by Prada, $56-$115 at Sephora.com. This is my new perfume. I typically hate woody perfumes (who wants to smell like wood?) but this doesn't come off as woody to me at all. If Coco Mademoiselle is a wet, floral oriental, this is a dry, spicy oriental. It lasts forever, but it's not overbearing at all. It's kind of like someone made a perfume out of what the perfect person would smell like. It smells really natural, and I love the supercute atomiser it comes with! So retro chic.
Two places worth mentioning if you don't shop on line. Luckyscent is a great place for slightly lesser known, more niche perfumes. They have a huge selection, and you can buy cheap samples of the perfumes you're interested in so you can decide what works for you without having to make an expensive purchase. Plus, they have an open review section for each perfume so you can see what other people thought about it. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is this really intense underground, kind of goth perfume oil site (they were featured on Daily Candy, so their stuff is wearable). Not only is the site fun to look through, because they give each perfume really entertaining descriptions, but they have an extensive review website where their hardcore fans analyze each different oil. Their stuff smells really good, and since it's perfume oil, it lasts forever.
Marc Jacobs: sephora.com
Ralph Lauren: sephora.comChanel: sephora.com