Find your Signature scent from these 5 iconic Classic Perfumes

Athira Gopal k
4 min readMay 11, 2022

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People tend to remember memories, places and other people with the scents, it’s a basic human tendency. If you have an excellent signature scent and people are recognising you by it, you have won in life. Don’t worry if haven’t found the one, it is a tedious time taking process and maybe this list of timeless classics might come in handy. One thing I can guarantee is you can’t go wrong with these. To find the signature fragrance that resonated with you read on.

  1. SHALIMAR PERFUME BY GUERLAIN

One of the classic perfumes of all time is based upon a love story we all grew up wishing for. Emperor Shah Jahan fell hopelessly in love with Princess Mumtaz Mahal four centuries ago. He had the enchanting Gardens of Shalimar built for her and dedicated the Taj Mahal to her as well, one of the seven new wonders of the world hence inspiring Guerlain to make the first oriental fragrance in history, in 1925.With notes of bergamot, iris and vanilla beautifully going through the perfume. An unforgettable memory of the love story with a hint of sensuality and forbidden running through.

2.MISS DIOR PERFUME BY CHRISTIAN DIOR

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This legendary perfume has a story connecting it. Maria Grazia Chiuri’s sketch brought life to the passion that Christian Dior has for flowers and that is what inspired this fragrance. Spring-like floral scents with notes of Blood orange, Mandarin with Lily shining through and clear Patchouli accord bring it all together. The Grasse Rose that is the heart of Miss Dior N’Roses is cultivated in the south of France by the executive partners of the House of Dior.

3.JOY PERFUME BY JEAN PATOU

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This great floral Perfume created in 1929 is still produced in France. Jean Patou created this perfume as a tribute to his American clients after the Great Crash of 1929. Patou launched Enjoy, a contemporary take on the original for a younger audience later in 2002. The main notes of the perfume are jasmine and rose with Ylang-ylang, Michela and tuberose adding to its glory.

According to Luca Turin, “the whole point of its formula was to achieve the platonic idea of a flower, not one particular earthly manifestation.”

Joy was voted “Scent of the Century” by the public at the Fragrance Foundation FiFi Awards in 2000, beating its rival “Chanel №5”.

4.NO.5 PERFUME BY CHANEL

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Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s first perfume No 5 launched in 1921. Coco Chanel was the first face of the fragrance and appeared in the advertisement published by Harpers Bazaar. She wanted to change the then perspective that women’s scents fell into two categories, single garden flowers’ essence were reserved for ‘respectable women’ and sexually provocative scents like animal musk, and jasmine was worn by prostitutes or courtesans. She wanted a new scent that celebrated the liberal feminine spirit. The mysterious scent is the world’s first abstract fragrance with the use of aldehydes and multiple layers of complexity.

5.BLACK OPIUM BY YSL

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A seductively intoxicating women’s perfume with warm and spicy notes of coffee, white flowers and vanilla. A young scent inspired by the edgy and bold women, which is embodied by the strong coffee scent. Opium did cause controversy because the brand designer Yves Saint Laurent was promoting the use of the drug usage.

Next time you come across these timeless scents remember the rich history they embody and transfer with every application.

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Athira Gopal k

NIFT Communication student | Eagerly writing about Fashion ,design ,communication that interests me and could help you too one day.