One cannot think the French when you think of the most iconic perfumes of all time. (And as you know, perfume is such a huge part of French beauty.)
I’m quite the perfume buff, I’ve tested many over the years and at the end of it, I think the French do some of the world’s best perfumes.
Here are my picks of the top 10 best French perfumes for women, in no particular order.
1. Lolita Lempicka Parfum. A very sharp floral, almost spellbinding scent – very unique and quite frankly, super weird (in a good way). Think Tim Burton, but in a slightly more feminine fresh way. So, so good.
2. Dior Poison. Poison is sophisticated, dark, mysterious… and slightly dangerous – what else with a name like Poison? There is something slightly 80’s about this scent (and was released in 1985, before most of us, including myself was born), so there’s a chance it might be too “deep” for you. But it’s definitely one you need to try at least once in your life.
3. Cacharel Anais Anais. This scent perfectly captures the nostalgic of our childhood and being a little girl. They say it’s the French girl’s first perfume, too. If you’re looking for something feminine, fresh and slightly vintage, try this one.
4. Jean Paul Gaultier Classique. I think this is the perfect evening scent for the sophisticated, classy woman – it smells like expensive champagne in perfume form, and for the strong, independent. Enough said!
5. Balenciaga Florabotanica. Florabotanica is definitely one of favorite perfumes of all time – and one of the best modern perfumes on the market right now. It has a mix of rose and mint, it is a green, fresh fragrance with excellent staying power. There is something so feminine and edgy about this scent, and can we please talk about the bottle? Stunning!
6. Balmain Ivoire. Want to smell like expensive soap from the most expensive hotel in the most expensive area of Paris? This is it. Fresh, soapy, light, non-offensive.
7. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire. One of the most popular fragrances (and oldest) in the world, La Petite Robe Noire, which means the little black dress in French, is the ultimate party scent. It is fun, sparkly, flirty and full of life. It’s also quite sweet. (More sweet perfumes here.)
8. Thierry Mugler Angel. A true classic in perfumery, this was the perfume that started “gourmand” (meaning delicious, food-like yummy smelling scents). It’s also one of the best sweet perfumes out there, and is a classic. Many celebrities have said to have worn this in at one point in their lives!
9. Givenchy Very Irresistible. With 5 different types of roses, this scent is the perfect date night scent. It is very feminine, floral and youthful, and I think any women would love this.
10. See by Chloe. I know that Chloe’s main scents – in their iconic, beautiful bottles – are more popular, but See by Chloe, their sister brand, and their debut fragrance of the same name is so much more interesting. This scent is so unique in that it’s a floral, yet there is a bitterness, nutty feel to it that is gorgeous – and gives a little bit of a rebellious feel to it.