nicki minaj perfume guide

Nicki Minaj Perfume Guide

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Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, better known as Nicki Minaj, is one of the most prominent names in the rap world and the fragrance industry. She has a total of 6 perfumes, and the first one came out one decade ago. For all you fragrance virgins out there, I am here to provide a full Nicki Minaj Perfume Guide.

I will go through all of her perfumes, state the pros and cons, and discuss their flavors, scent, and design. It might get too personal so get ready!

Let’s dive in!

My Bottom Line Up Front: I personally love the Queen from 2019! The design is gorgeous, the smell is fantastic and long-lasting, plus the mature scent makes you feel like a real queen! However, the tastes are different; therefore, check each Nicki’s perfume thoroughly, and choose the one that first you the best!

Top Pick Section:

  1. Queen – 2019
  2. Trini Girl – 2016
  3. The Pinkprint – 2015

1. Pink Friday – 2012

Nicki Minaj Perfume Guide: pink friday


  • Unusual and unique bottle
  • Long-lasting fragrance
  • Reasonably priced


  • If you spray it a bit more, it can be overpowering

About The Perfume

This perfume has an interesting story behind its name. American rapper launched her first perfume in September 2012. Two years before, she released her first studio album collaborating with the Elizabeth Arden company. The name of the album was Pink Friday, as the fragrance’s name. 

The rapper pulled off a clever marketing move that boosted album sales. All the songs were quite successful, while hits like Super Bas made Nicki a worldwide popular star. Minaj stated that this perfume was a celebration of her life and reflected her as a woman and as a creator. 

The aim was to connect with her fans as much as possible and appreciate each aspect. This includes its name, the scent, the amazing bottle design, and the vibrant colors that are so captivating. She stated that Pink Friday shows off her personality and style, expressing her voice through another dimension.

Perfume Specifications

  • Season Type: Spring or summer
  • Scent Type: Intoxicating floral
  • Head Notes: Star fruit, Italian mandarin, and boysenberry
  • Middle Notes: Lotus flower and jasmine
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, camera lised pear, musks, and woods

Sweet and playful with notes of star fruit, jasmine, vanilla, and pear, this fragrance will deliver an amazing scent! It perfectly matches her bubblegum pink look from 2012 and the pop sound on her Pink Friday album. There was a big buzz about this perfume among the fans. For that reason, Minaj released 2 special editions a year after and before launching Minajesty. 

The bottle of special editions have the same shape but are refreshed with a new color combination. I love the smell of this perfume because I am a huge fan of vanilla and sweet scents in general. So, if you are too a fan of sweet fragrances with a lasting vanilla and pear scent, this perfume is your ally!

My Overall Score: 4/5

2. Minajesty – 2013


  • Great design
  • Beautiful combination of berries and vanilla
  • Powerful smell


  • Last up to three hours only

About The Parfume

The Minajesty is another perfume by Nicki Minaj, released in 2013. This, as the previous one as well, is categorized as a women’s perfume and designer perfume. But most importantly, its concentration is defined as Eau de Parfum. 

As a result, this fragrance contains 15-20% perfume oil, and it is available in four different sizes, including 10 ml, 30 ml, 50 ml, and 100 ml. This perfume has this sexy note and side for all those women who know how to get what they want. 

It represents an upgrade to Pink Friday’s sweet scent with its citrus and magnolia notes which gives the perfume a much more mature scent. It has a fun and flirty scent, and it is best used during the summer days on any occasion.

The only downside is the short longevity, so you might want to carry it away for top-ups. As the Pink Friday, Minajesty was another very successful product; it was very loveable among the Barbz that Nicki released an “Exotic Edition” in 2014. 

Perfume Specifications

  • Season Type: Summer and during the day
  • Scent Type: Fruity and spicy
  • Head Notes: Red berries, lemon blossom, and peach
  • Middle Notes: Magnolia, frangipani, and orchid
  • Base Notes: Tonka bean, white musk, and vanilla 

Red berries and juicy peaches are the delicious opening notes. Its luscious and bright scent is great for adding glitz and glam to your everyday wear. On the other side, magnolia and orchids give this perfume a rich and full aroma.  In the end, a dash of vanilla will turn up the heat and make you truly irresistible. 

Whether you plan to go, work, date, or a casual walk, Minajesty will match the skin tone and leave you with a fresh fragrance everyone will notice.

As not a huge fan of citrus perfumes myself, this one was not as good as Pink Friday. However, it proved to be very popular among fans. And, I have to be honest and agree that Minajesty has a much more mature scent and it kind of makes you feel powerful.

My Overall Score: 4/5

3. Onika – 2014


  • Great for all seasons
  • Exotic feminine scent 


  • It might not project too well

About The Parfume

Onika is a unique perfume since the name originated after Minaj’s birth name – Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty. 

The Onika has a very fruity and sweet scent, with a more natural look for the Nicki, accompanied by a bust bottle. To make sure this perfume reaches a wide audience and boosts sales, she used it in her music video, ‘Pills N Potions,’ to promote.

Unlike the previous two of her perfumes, this bottle shows a more natural look of the young rapper with no pink wigs in sight! This time the Barbie-look bottle has black and straight hair with Minaj’s iconic full fringe. 

Without bubblegum pink colors but black tones with a see-through design, we can say that this perfume bottle has a more mature design.

Perfume Specifications

  • Season Type: Perfect for all seasons
  • Scent Type: Sweet and fruity scent
  • Head Notes: Pear, star fruit (Carambola), and mandarin orange
  • Middle Notes: Water lily, orchid, and osmanthus
  • Base Notes: Sugar cane, white musk, and cedar

Taking a step back and comparing the Onika with the Pink Friday, Minaj used star fruit tones in both perfumes for a sweet scent. The mentioned pears can be somewhat overpowering, but thanks to floral notes, heart tones of orchid, osmanthus, and water lily, it settles down. 

The sugar cane content gives the fragrance a sweet tone, so it is suitable for all seasons, especially spring, due to its floral notes. 

Even though this perfume resembles Pink Friday, I was not so blown away by the smell. I can say that it is my least favorite perfume from Minaj. It’s not that it’s awful, and I can’t even bear it, but there’s something in the mix that I do not dig.
Though I love the smell of pear, I think when mixed with orchid and lily is not my kind of tea.

My Overall Score: 3,8/5

4. The Pinkprint – 2015

Nicki Minaj Perfume Guide: the pinkprint


  • Beautiful tropical fragrance
  • Better longevity 


  • Hard to find on the market

About The Parfume

Originally released in 2015, The Pinkprint perfume helped Minaj promote her eagerly anticipated album and world tour. While the bottle has a similar look to Minaj’s first perfume, Pink Friday, the fragrance instead features tropical tones and a more mature design. 

Although it is the fourth perfume on my list, Pinkprint represents the seventh signature fragrance, including Pink Friday, Pink Friday Special Edition, Pink Friday Deluxe Edition, Minajesty, Minajesty Exotic Edition, and Onika. To tie into Minaj’s recent release of The Pinkprint, Minaj’s bust bottle clothing uses the same pink ‘fingerprint’ design as the album cover. 

Unlike the previous one, Nicki returned the pink color on her perfume with a crystal white wig.  

Perfume Specifications

  • Season Type: Spring and summer
  • Scent Type: Floral, fruity, and feminine
  • Head Notes: Passionfruit, bergamot, grapefruit, and nectarine
  • Middle Notes: Frangipani, orange blossom, rose, and heliotrope
  • Base Notes: Coconut, musk, patchouli, and sandalwood

This fragrance stands out with a fruity scent compared to previous pear-scented Onika perfume. 

Thanks to the mixes of fruits and tropical blends, the Pinkprint is suitable for the springtime or hot summer days. With so many tropical tones, you might think that it can be too overpowering. However, thanks to musk and driftwood, settle down well, making the scent just about right.

The design of this bottle links perfectly to Nicki’s third album, named the same as the perfume. The perfume’s longevity is slightly advanced compared to the previous ones, which is a big plus. The only compromise we have to make is that the perfume tones aren’t suitable for winter or cold days in general. 

As mentioned above, the Pinkprint is in my top three pick list. I just love the smell! The powerfulness and the sweet coconut make me want to bathe myself in it! It might be too powerful for someone, but it is just the right blend for me.

But overall, this perfume is great because of its beautiful blend of musky tones and tropical fruits. I would recommend this perfume, especially once winter is over.

My Overall Score: 4.5/5

5. Trini Girl – 2016

Nicki Minaj Perfume Guide: trini girl


  • Very powerful
  • A beautiful mix of spicy coconut notes
  • Long-lasting


  • Be careful not to overspray it

About The Parfume

A year after, Nicki decides to release another great perfume of hers. All of her bottles represent herself with her unique look, name, and scent. Hence, this one, too, has a lot of meaning behind it. Named after young rapper birthplace, Trinidad, Trini Girl resembles the perfume she launched in 2014, Onika, but this one has a sweet blend of coconut and sorbet.

A noteworthy feature of this perfume is the fact that it is made by Elizabeth Arden, a world-known and respected cosmetics company. In this bottle design, Nicki’s hair color has changed once again. The hair now has a black wig and full fringe, and it kind of looks like the Onika perfume released two years before.  

She kept the gold face and pink lips but changed the color of the bottle. Instead of a see-through design, the perfume features bold red and a gold bralette, which helps make this bottle stand out among other products. 

Perfume Specifications

  • Season Type: Great for all seasons
  • Scent Type: Spicy twist with a strong coconut 
  • Head Notes: Litchi, quince, sorbet, and blood orange
  • Middle Notes: Green leaves, floral notes, and apple blossom
  • Base Notes: White musk and coconut

The perfume has a blend of warm, juicy tones with vibrant notes like blood orange and green leaves. Thanks to the blend of these fruits, you will get a sweet yet juicy and sharp kick. As time passes, you can feel the coconut and white musk that provides irresistible tropical undertones. 

The best thing about this perfume is that you can wear it on cold, winter days, and hot summer days; it will still smell great. Thanks to the mix of tropical tones, you can stand out and leaves a lasting impression. Another great perfume for my taste. The coconut and orange make the scent very sweet, which I love! However, I have to be careful not to overspray it because it is too powerful if you overdo it.

My Overall Score: 4.5/5

6. Queen – 2019

Nicki Minaj Perfume Guide: queen perfume


  • Different than other Nicki’s perfumes
  • Beautiful, distinguished design
  • Long-lasting
  • Mature scent 


  • Not so fruity as the previous ones

About The Parfume

Let us get a bit too personal. For us, the Queen perfume by Nicki Minaj is by far the best one she has ever released. It is one of her newest fragrances as well.

The Queen is the limited edition fragrance that Minaj released in 2019. The perfume emits luxury, attitude, and strength, a tribute to Nicki’s bold and unapologetic approach to life. It was the ideal way to honor the “Queen” in all of us.

Less than a year before, she launched her fourth studio album, Queen, in 2018 and then linked her perfume to it. Minaj wanted to celebrate the “Queen in every one of us” with this perfume, which is inherently bold and confident.

Perfume Specifications

  • Season Type: Any season
  • Scent Type: Sweet yet mature scent
  • Head Notes: Pear and bergamot
  • Middle Notes: Heliotrope and floral notes
  • Base Notes: Musk, praline, woody, and tonka bean 

She decides to go back to her favorite tones with this perfume. The scent is very mature and darker but with fruity and floral undertones. Head notes of bergamot and pear make the fragrance very fresh at first yet a little fleeting until the middle notes strike back with heliotrope. The maturity is achieved with the feel of a smooth, musky base and a hint of praline. 

For me, it is, without a doubt, the best fragrance she made! It is equally suitable for date night and day walks, and at the same time, great for all seasons! The smell is beautiful. Of course, it is powerful, just how I like it, with the sweet scent of praline and refreshing musk!

My Overall Score: 5/5


Question: What is Nicki Minaj’s favorite perfume?

Answer: Nicki stated that her favorite perfume is the Pinkprint. And that’s for a reason.
She says that the fragrance matches everyone, whether you are a Barbie or a ghetto girl. It sends men crazy, and it represents a real feminine perfume. 

Question: How many perfumes Does Nicki Minaj Have?

Answer: Nicki has a total of 9 perfumes, including special editions. 
Minaj’s perfumes are:
• Pink Friday (2012)
• Pink Friday Special Edition (2013)
• Minajesty (2013)
• Pink Friday Deluxe Edition (2013)
• Minajesty Exotic (2014)
• Onika (2014)
• The Pinkprint (2015)
• Trini Girl (2016)
• Queen (2019)

Question: How Much Does Nicki Minaj’s Perfume Cost?

Answer: Nicki Minaj’s perfumes cost around $30 more or less. They can be found on her official website or even on Amazon. 
While some of her perfumes are less than mentioned price, some are above. However, the perfumes are very affordable, unlike many celebrity fragrances. 

Nicki Minaj Perfume Guide: Conclusion

There is no doubt that Nicki is not only just a successful rapper, but her career has become even more fruitful thanks to her amazing perfume lines. With her first fragrance launched in 2012, Minaj now counts 9 worldwide known perfumes, with 3 special editions!

I have to say that I am a huge fan of her perfume lines, with Queen from 2019 being my favorite. Besides that, Nicki did a good job in making diverse perfumes for all types of tastes. But one thing I had to notice is that all of them convey the same message. Wearing them will make you feel powerful, strong, and confident. And that’s the one thing that makes all of her diverse perfumes so special!

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