5 Most Iconic Perfumes of All Time
Everyone has their own favourite fragrance. The ones that hold a permanent spot amongst your collection. You might also have some of the latest creations, luxury bottles for special occasions or ones that arrived as gifts. Then there are the icons of the industry; the bottle, the scent, the brand, the symbolism - the must haves for every cologne connoisseur.
There are certainly a few perfumes that have reached iconic status thanks to their instantly recognisable, classic scents. These rarities seem to remain relevant throughout the decades, the best perfumes of all time.
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. Bursting with a fruity-floral scent that can be worn for almost any occasion.
The scent is created using popular notes like bergamot, orchid, jasmine, rose and vanilla. J’Adore is a shimmering, golden fragrance that continues to be a best-seller.
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.
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. 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. The scent, created from Mandarin orange, pineapple and lemon; 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.
Don’t let the classics capture all your attention. There are myriad of incredible fragrances out there just waiting to whisk you away to a personal paradise. Why not see our extensive range of lady’s perfumes. Can’t decide, why not use our fragrance finder to match a scent to your preferences.