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The 20 Most Popular Fragrances Of All Time

Subtle and understated or bold and fearless, there’s no limit when it comes to delighting the senses with alluring fragrances. In honour of all the beloved perfume elixirs out there, we’ve compiled a list of bottled florals, citrus, musks, and gourmands perfumes with sweet notes like vanilla, honey, and chocolate sure to satisfy the cultiest of perfume cravings.

1. Chanel No.5

You had to know this was coming. Chanel N°5 is, without a doubt, the most iconic fragrance of all time. It’s been a staple within many a glamorous woman’s fragrance wardrobes since its creation back in 1921. At the perfume’s centre is a floral bouquet of rose and jasmine with a touch of vanilla to deepen. 

2. Chanel Mademoiselle

There is no doubt that Chanel N°5 is the most iconic fragrance of all time, however, its sibling Coco Mademoiselle has also made a name for itself. The Eau de Parfum is an oriental fragrance, a spirited and voluptuous scent – loved by so many women around the world. Known for its fresh and vibrant undertone of orange, this scent leaves a wonderful trail of transparent accords of jasmine and rose. The trail unfurls the pure accents of patchouli and vetiver that emphasise the slender structure of the composition.

3. Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet

This floral bouquet pays homage to Christian Dior’s legendary passion for flowers. At its heart lies the tenderness of a peony and Damascus rose accord honed by a radiant Calabrian bergamot. Its poetic trail is adorned with a lacework of white musks. A springtime floral signature for a playful and charming Miss Dior.

4. Flower Bomb Perfume

An explosion of flowers, followed by the hints of deep amber and woody notes of patchouli. A well balanced scent for a truly addictive fragrance. Flowerbomb ensures you’ll leave a trail of allure wherever you go. 

5. YSL Black Opium

Black Opium is a seductively intoxicating fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. The opening notes of adrenaline-rich coffee and the sweet sensuality of vanilla recline into the softness of white flowers for a modern, young addictive fragrance. A fragrance that has over the years become a favourite among women that enjoy a deep, floral scent with an oriental undertone.

6. Si Perfume

Blackcurrant nectar, modern chypre, and blond wood musk with touches of freesia and May rose scent. This perfume was created for the modern woman. This fragrance is Armani’s tribute to modern femininity. At once chic, sultry, intense, and soft at the same time, Si Eau De Parfum lingers on the skin and enchants the senses. 

7. Estee Lauder Pleasures

Created in 1995, Estée Lauder Pleasures set the trend for uplifting, airy fragrances and introduced the Sheer Floral fragrance type.
Described as a “scent which captures the clarity of flowers just after a spring rain,” – this perfume is a light and airy scent which has been a best seller for many years.

8. Gucci Bloom

Notes of natural tuberose and Jasmine leave an unexpectedly rich white floral scent on the skin. Rangoon Creeper, a plant that changes colour when it blooms, infuses a powdery, floral edge. The campaign portrays Blooms ability to transport the wearer to the verdant garden it was inspired by and features actress Dakota Johnson, model and actress Hari Nef and artist Petra Collins.

9. Baccarat Rouge 540

Created as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of French crystal house Baccarat, this fragrance was inspired by the signature ruby crystal used in their iconic chandeliers. With romantic notes of jasmine and saffron, this oriental scent is also soft with a woodier blend of amber accord and cedar. The fragrance is longwearing and has strong sillage. 

10. Byredo

Founded in Stockholm back in 2006, Byredo could be considered one of the newer kids on the fragrance block. That said, the brand has risen with fast and furious pandemonium, and it could be said that each of Byredo’s perfumes has a strong destined to be iconic following.

Mojave Ghost is a standout and a best seller across countless retailers we cross-checked. Fans are uninhibited about their love of the eclectic composition of ambrette, magnolia, sandalwood, violet, musk, and cedarwood. 

11. Diptyque Do Son

This best-selling perfume is so popular, it’s often sold out on Diptyque’s website. Featuring fluttering hints of Turkish rose, musk, iris, pink peppercorn, orange blossom, tuberose, and jasmine sambac, Do Son was inspired by the childhood memories of one of Diptyque’s three founders, Yves Coueslant. 

12. Le Labo Santal 33

Without question, Santal 33 is the most popular perfume from the niche fragrance designer. According to the brand, the perfume’s ambition is to capture the great American myth in an olfactory way. It’s a uni-sex and crackling mix of herbs and florals like cardamom, iris, and violet paired with smokier notes of Australian sandalwood, papyrus, and cedarwood. 

A$426.00 | 100ml

13. Chloe Fleur de Parfum

Imagine sitting under a cherry blossom tree while its delicate pink petals rain down on you. This Chloé spritz is the bottled version of that experience with the added bonus of roses, too. 

14. Elizabeth Arden White Tea

Released in 2017, the White Tea fragrance by Elizabeth Arden has sensual notes of crisp Italian Mandarin complimented by sensual notes of Sea Breeze Accord. With white tea extract and Turkish rose extract, this fragrance will transport you to a place of luxurious indulgence. Undertone notes of Madras Wood, Ambrette seed absolute and a trio of tranquillity musks lead to a harmonious finale. Inhale.

15. Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue

This fragrance is a tribute to the scorching sun, sea and sensuality of the Mediterranean. Invigorating Sicilian cedar melds with the crisp vibrancy of apple, the bamboo nestles amid a gloriously feminine bouquet of Jasmine and white rose, and the redolent citron wood is entwined with amber and musk.

16. Mediterranean Honeysuckle

Imagine smelling the sweet nectar of honeysuckle as you enjoy your morning grapefruit on a balcony overlooking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. If you could capture that scene in a scent, this beautiful Aerin mist would be it.

17. Marc Jacobs Daisy

Whimsical white daisies abloom on its cap give the iconic Daisy bottle a retro-cool twist. Infused with white violet, jasmine, sandalwood and wild berries – this fragrance has a light, floral-fresh scent and has been a favourite for years now. The perfect to wear during the summer months.

18. Donna Karen Cashmere Mist

Kind of like a warm and cozy hug in a bottle, no popular designer perfume roundup would ever be complete without the satiny scent that’s been loved and worn by so many women. This fragrance is a creamy, sheer layering of exotic Moroccan jasmine, lily of the valley, bergamot, and grounding hints of sandalwood, amber, and musk. 

19. La Vie Est Belle

“La vie est belle”, is a French expression meaning “Life is beautiful”; the manifesto of a new era. With top notes of pear, blackberry and heart notes of orange blossom, this is the perfect scent for any occasion and has been a favourite by women around the world since its launch in 2012.

20. Narciso Rodriguez For Her

Like Narciso Rodriguez’s little black dresses, his iconic fragrance is synonymous with chic simplicity. The spritz is centred on musk, enriched with amber, woods, and vanilla. A fabulous scent to wear for a evening dinner or during the winter months.

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