Just like the LBD is to fashion and MAC’s Ruby Woo lipstick is to makeup, there are many icons in the perfumes segment too. Over time, they’ve been elevated to ‘classic’ status and some have been bestsellers for more than 50 years even. They owe their cult following to a variety of things—their makers, A-list endorsements, their source of inspiration, unique packaging, and of course, for containing scented notes that are too memorable to forget. Well, if you’re looking for a perfume worthy of forever being on your dresser, there’s nothing better than these five:
Guerlain Shalimar Eau De Parfum, £51 (30ml)
Created by Jacques Guerlain in 1925, this fragrance is inspired by emperor Shahjahan’s love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. With an incredible backstory, a unique oriental fragrance, and a gorgeous glass flacon, Guerlain Shalimar is called ‘The Perfume Of Desire’.
Paco Rabanne Lady Million
Paco Rabanne Lady Million Eau De Parfum Spray, £41.95 (50ml)
Want to feel like a million bucks? This indulgent perfume and packaging should do the trick. A fairly new entrant, Lady Million was launched in 2010. But, decked in gold on a bottle shaped like a diamond, it quickly became a red carpet favourite and was on the dressers of many A-listers. Also, the floral fragrance is a real charmer.
Chanel N°5 Parfum Bottle, £131 (15ml)
The Now and Forever Fragrance (yes, that’s how it’s known) was first introduced to the world back in 1921. From then until now, everyone from Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe, to Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss have kept it in the news as patrons and fans. Also, the ad campaigns really stick with you—who can forget Nicole Kidman and Gisele Bundchen as the faces of Chanel N°5?
Dior J’Adore L’Absolu Eau De Parfum, £94 (75ml)
“After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.”—Christian Dior. It’s this love for flowers that gave rise to the original J’Adore parfum, which has been reinvented many times over the last 15 years. The Absolu, which was unveiled with Charlize Theron as the face of the campaign, is the latest rendition that people can’t get enough of. With this Dior perfume, it’s really all about the scents and sensibilities.
Yves Saint Laurent Opium
Yves Saint Laurent Opium Eau De Parfum, £42.07 (30ml)
Off the beaten path, YSL’s Opium is a spicy take on an oriental fragrance that revels in strength and sensuality. The 1970’s icon was a breath of fresh air because it was different, and women instantly took to its bewitching scent and unconventional, no-frills packaging. It is 2017, and this one’s still flying off the shelves.