The 5 Best Perfume Launches of 2010

Fragrance is one of the most subjective beauty products. For example: A perfume can smell delicious on a friend but like a car air freshener on you. That said, it's nearly impossible to find a universally appealing aroma. So instead, we rounded up the most exciting fragrances of the past year. We guarantee you'll fall in love with at least one of these unique scents. Still stuck? Take our personalized fragrance quiz to find your perfect perfume.

Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods
At first we assumed that this perfume was getting so much buzz because people thought it was associated with the Twilight saga (it's not). But after a few spritzes, we quickly realized that the scent's popularity has nothing to do with vampires or the actors who play them in a movie. It's because the perfume has a unique spicy sweet aroma, (it took four top perfumers to create the exotic blend), that's totally intoxicating. $29.50 at Bath & Body Works stores and bathandbodyworks.com
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Victoria's Secret Bombshell

Wearing this girlie vanilla orchid and purple passion fruit scent is like putting on one of the lingerie brand's sexy push-up bras - it'll get you noticed. In fact, one tester reported that she lost count of how many people (mostly men) told her how yummy she smelled. (Check out these head-turning hairstyles.) Needless to say, she refused to give us back the bottle. $49 at Victoria's Secret stores and victoriassecret.com
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Beyoncé Heat

There was no question that Beyoncé's debut fragrance, Heat, would sell a like crazy (72,000 bottle in one hour at Macy's to be exact) because she's freaking Beyoncé, but our testers truly adored the scent before we revealed the A-list celebrity who created it. Our favorite notes-blush peach, honeysuckle nectar, and almond macaroon-give the perfume an edible quality. $49 at macys.com
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Gucci Guilty

Between the provocative name and the flashy gold bottle, we assumed that Gucci Guilty would be a bold and sexy scent. And we were right. One tester called the combination of mandarin, pink pepper, lilac, and patchouli, "seductive" and another said she'd wear it on a hot date for a major confidence boost. $75 at department stores
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SJP NYC

By now Sarah Jessica Parker is an expert when it comes to fragrance, having launched a slew of successful scents. But she really stepped up her beauty game this year with her sixth perfume, SJP NYC, which was inspired by the star's onscreen alter ego. Our testers went wild for the sweet combo of wild red strawberries, gardenia, and honeysuckle. $35 at department stores nationwide
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Tell us: What's your favorite perfume that you bought within the last year?

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