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If you want endless 'you smell good' compliments, these are the 5 best fragrances to buy

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Spraying your favorite fragrance after getting dressed is the perfect finishing touch that sets the tone for your day. Honestly, think about it — when you know you smell great, your mood instantly changes.

An added bonus, though, is being complimented on your fragrance. If you've wanted to experience this feeling but don't know where to start or just want to build a small but solid fragrances collection, these five long-lasting options are the best ones to buy.

After using these for years (except the KAYALI fragrance that I recently added to my arsenal), what I love most is that these leave a lasting impression when worn alone or layered with another fragrance — especially when layered together.

From the sweet and sultry KAYALI Lovefest Eau de Parfum Intense to the woodsy and dark Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense, these fragrances are sure to get you those “you smell good” compliments over and over again.

Check out the five best long-lasting fragrances I constantly go back to every day below.

1. KAYALI Lovefest Eau de Parfum Intense, $85-$118

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Credit: Sephora

$85-$118 at Sephora

KAYALI and Huda Beauty recently collaborated for the first time to launch its cross-brand LoveFest collection. One of the standout products is its new Burning Cherry fragrance, which has sweet scents of cherry and classic, warm wood gourmand. In addition to being on the sweeter side, this fragrance has slightly spicy notes that make it perfect for layering.

I love wearing this fragrance on its own, but over the past two weeks, I’ve been layering it with the slightly more understated Maison Margiela “REPLICA” Jazz Club for a more complex scent that blends sweet, spicy and smoky. The perfect unisex evening combo!

2. Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense, $145-$205

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Credit: Sephora

$145-$205 at Sephora$145-$205 at Jo Malone London

You’ve likely already heard of this fragrance as it’s one of Jo Malone London’s most popular and highly reviewed to date. The best-selling Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense has notes of rich myrrh, lavender, warm almond, lush vanilla and tonka bean. It’s deep, warm, lingers for days and surely lives up to its name.

This one stands on its own pretty easily, with so many people asking what I’m wearing, but to keep things interesting, I love layering it with the warm and smooth Tom Ford Velvet Orchid. This combo literally smells like a warm hug.

3. Maison Margiela “REPLICA” Jazz Club, $32-$144

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Credit: Sephora

$32-$144 at Sephora

Maison Margiela’s “REPLICA” fragrance series is among the most popular I’ve ever tried and, frankly, has some of the most interesting notes I’ve encountered to date. With each named after a specific moment or space, these fragrances are long-lasting, complex and versatile.

Jazz Club is, hands down, the best-selling and most popular. It’s slightly sweet with a smoky and almost ashy lingering note that smells so much better than it sounds. Because it’s so light, it pairs perfectly with just about any fragrance you choose to layer. This is truly the most versatile of the bunch.

4. Tom Ford Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum, $50-$210

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Credit: Sephora

$50-$210 at Sephora

Tom Ford has some of the most long-lasting fragrances I’ve ever used. I’ve been using Velvet Orchid and Black Orchid for over four years now, and after applying just two light sprays to my entire body (don’t worry — that’s really all you need), the scent lingered on a shirt I wore just once for at least a month.

Duration aside, these fragrances all have a signature warm and floral leading note that works for all sexes. Velvet Orchid especially leans to the sweeter end of the spectrum with key notes of honey, velvet orchid accord and vanilla. I love wearing this one on its own — it’s that intense and memorable.

5. Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, $50-$210

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Credit: Sephora

$50-$210 at Sephora

Unlike Tom Ford Velvet Orchid, Black Orchid has more robust and masculine key notes like black truffle, patchouli and, of course, black orchid. Of the two, this one is a little easier to layer and, in fact, pairs perfectly with Maison Margiela “REPLICA” Jazz Club or Jo Malone London Myrrh & Tonka Cologne Intense. Wear either of these combos, and you’ll have everyone turning heads in the best way possible.

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