5 Most Iconic Perfumes of All Time

5 Most Iconic Perfumes of All Time

We all have our favourite fragrances that we may have been wearing for years. Perhaps you have stuck to one scent, or mixed it up depending on your mood or the occasion. There are certainly a few perfumes that have reached iconic status thanks to their instantly recognisable, classic scents that seem to remain relevant throughout the decades.

We can bet you have heard of each of these iconic perfumes, but have you ever worn them?

J’Adore by Dior

Launched in 1999, J’Adore by Dior has continued to be a favourite in many women’s fragrance collections. It continues to smell modern despite the combination of notes being over 20 years old, with a fruity-floral scent that can be worn for almost any occasion.

Using popular notes like bergamot, orchid, jasmine, rose and vanilla, J’Adore is a shimmering, golden fragrance that continues to be a best-seller.

Chanel No.5

You can’t talk about iconic perfumes without mentioning Chanel No.5. It was first released in 1921 and was worn by other icons such as Marilyn Monroe. A powdery, floral fragrance, it is the definition of a timeless perfume.

The perfume got its name from a number of samples presented to Coco Chanel during the creation of the fragrance; she chose sample number 5. Created with jasmine, rose, sandalwood and vanilla, it was something that had never been smelled before.

Guerlain Shalimar 

Around the same time as Chanel No.5, one of the oldest perfume houses in the world was also working on a ground-breaking fragrance. Guerlain released Shalimar in 1921, the first oriental perfume in history.

Guerlain Shalimar was inspired by the love story between an emperor and an Indian princess, with the bottle inspired by the famous Shalimar gardens. With notes of bergamot, iris, jasmine, rose and vanilla, the perfume continues to be effortlessly beautiful and a popular choice.

CK One by Calvin Klein

Launched in 1994, Calvin Klein changed the fragrance world by releasing a unisex fragrance which became an instant hit. CK One defined the decade, with a fresh scent that suited both men and women perfectly.

Released in a frosted bottle with minimalist recycled packaging, it was a revolutionary fragrance for its time. Its scent was created from Mandarin orange, pineapple and lemon before opening up to a heart of jasmine, violet, nutmeg and rose. The base notes were made of woody, earthy notes like sandalwood, cedar and green tea.

With unisex fragrances becoming much more popular, CK One is still hugely relevant even 20 years later.

Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier

You would be mistaken for thinking Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier was a relatively new fragrance; it is still so popular, you would think it had only been out for a few years. The perfume was actually released in 1993, offering a beautiful and unique oriental-floral fragrance.

Housed in an iconic corset bottle design, Classique uses a captivating blend of notes including star anise rose, plum, orchid, amber and cinnamon. With a sweet yet spicy scent, it is a perfect addition to your perfume collection.