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20 Perfumes Suitable for the New York Subway

Here at Fragrance Familia, we ship thousands of bottles of authentic designer perfumes to New York and New Jersey ever year. We deliver to all five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

One question our Familia shoppers often ask us is, "Which perfumes are appropriate for the subway?" This is absolutely a fair question - subway ridership has been strong on the weekends when New Yorkers and New Jerseyites want to socialize and have fun!

It's important to avoid overpowering perfumes and fragrances that may disrupt others on the subway. These 20 perfumes are light and airy, yet still maintain a distinct and captivating presence. 


    • Byredo Blanche: A clean and sheer floral, with a whisper of rose, musk, and white pepper.
    • Chloe Eau de Parfum: A delicate and feminine fragrance with notes of rose, peony, and lychee.
    • Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Flora Cherrysia: A charming and playful scent with notes of cherry blossom, almond blossom, and musk.
    • Diptyque Eau Rose: A classic rose fragrance with a modern twist, featuring notes of rose centifolia, litchi, and musky woods.


    • Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt: A refreshing and invigorating fragrance with notes of sea salt, sage, and grapefruit.
    • Chanel Eau de Cologne: A timeless and elegant citrus fragrance with notes of lemon, orange, and neroli.
    • Acqua di Parma Colonia: A classic Italian cologne with notes of bergamot, lemon, and rosemary.
    • Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi: A bright and sunny fragrance with notes of mandarin, basil, and cedarwood.
    • Le Labo Bergamote 22: A simple yet sophisticated fragrance with a dominant note of bergamot.


    • Escentric Molecules Molecule 01: A unique fragrance composed of a single molecule, Iso E Super, which smells differently on everyone.
    • Clean Reserve Skin: A musky and clean fragrance with notes of ambrette seed, white musk, and iris.
    • The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance No. 1: A calming and grounding fragrance with notes of sandalwood, amyris, and vetiver.
    • Byredo Bal d'Afrique: A woody and musky fragrance with notes of violet leaves, African marigold, and vetiver.


    • Le Labo Santal 33: A smoky and leathery fragrance with notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, and violet.

      bottle and packaging for le labo's santal 33 perfume
    • Diptyque Tam Dao: A warm and comforting fragrance with notes of sandalwood, cypress, and rose.
    • Comme des Garçons Wonderwood: A unique and intriguing fragrance with notes of cedarwood, vetiver, and ginger.
    • Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540: A luxurious and elegant fragrance with notes of saffron, jasmine, and woody amber.

These are just a few examples of the many elegant and understated perfumes that are perfect for the NYC subway.
Remember, the key is to choose a fragrance that is light and not too overpowering.

Fragrance Familia Pro Tip: Keep a small decant of your favorite, stronger fragrance in your purse. Once you arrive at your destination, you can freshen up your scent without overwhelming your fellow passengers.

Happy perfuming and happy commuting!

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