Over the years, perfumes have advanced from being not just about the smell or scent to holding more sentimental meanings like; being a part of our memories, a form of comfort/high and even a form of self-expression. It is also responsible for many mental voyages we might have been on and here are my five favorite perfumes of all time.
COCO MADEMOISELLE BY CHANEL
This award winning Oriental Floral fragrance was launched in 2001 and created by Jacques Polge. The base notes are Patchouli, White Musk, Vanilla, Vetiver, Tonka Bean and Opoponax; middle notes are Turkish Rose, Jasmine, Mimosa and Ylang-Ylang; top notes are Bergamot, Orange Blossom, Orange and Mandarin Orange. While I am familiar with some of the components of this perfume, I cannot honestly say I even know what some of those are, but what I do know is that the mixture of it all is irresistibly breath taking for me.
MISS DIOR ROSE N’ROSES BY DIOR
This floral fragrance is a new addition to the miss Dior line, which was launched in 2020 and created by Francois Demachy. The top notes for this amazing scent are Geranium, Bergamot and Italian Mandarin which refines the composition and brightens the middle notes; Grass Rose and Damask Rose while the base note: White Musk intensifies the composition. I personally find the floral scent of this perfume very attractive.
MIRACLE BY LANCOME
If you’ve ever heard the saying “two heads are better than one”, it is entirely the truth in the case of this floral fragrance created by Alberto Morillas and Harry Fremont. Hollywood celebrity, Uma Thurman has been the face of the perfume since 2000 when it was launched. The perfume’s base notes are Jasmine, Musk, and Amber, middle notes are Magnolia, Ginger, Pepper, Jasmine and Mandarin Orange and the top notes are Litchi and Freesia. For me, this perfume is utterly and outrageously sexy.
HOT COUTURE BY GIVENCHY
At this point, it is safe to say that Alberto Morillas is a collaborative genius and that two or more heads are definitely better than one as he and Jacques Cavallier are the genius creators of Hot Couture, while the bottle was designed by Serge Mansau. Its top notes are Orange, Raspberry and Bergamot, middle notes are Magnolia, Pepper and Vetiver and its base notes are Amber, Musk and Sandalwood. The combination of all of these gives it a provocative, spicy and fizzy smell without it being unnecessarily overwhelming but instead, screams elegance and class which is why I absolutely love it!
JOUR D’HERMES BY HERMES
The perfumer of this floral fragrance is Jean-Claude Ellena, who said: “I wanted to express the essence of femininity with flowers, nothing but flowers”. So, the top notes are Grapefruit, Lemon and Watery notes, the middle notes are Gardenia, White Flowers, Green Notes and Sweet Pea and the base notes are Woody and Musk Notes. It was launched in 2013 and is available in 30, 50, 85ml Eau de Parfum and even 125ml refill. It also has shower gel, body lotion and deodorant. Its floral, dazzling and sensual fragrance are my most treasured things about it.
If you ever want to change your fragrance and cannot decide on what to choose, I strongly recommend any of these five you haven’t tried. Come on this mental voyage I’ve been on and the experience would be unregretful.