6 iconic fragrances of France

illume - The choice of each individual perfume is a very personal thing, but the perfume in a certain sense is also culturally bold with its own story. So, what is the true French perfume among French perfumes?


Chanel No.5 (1921)

This is the perfume that has become the ultimate symbol to express the extreme idea of femininity. You must remember Marilyn Monroe, who “wore nothing when she went to bed but a few drops of Chanel No.5”, and when you put this fragrance on, you suddenly brought on the legacy of the Chanel. You may or may not like Chanel No.5, because it was created almost 100 years ago and it’s special – but give it a try because that’s what you have to do.


The recipe chosen, launched in 1921, is a bouquet consisting of jasmine, royal orchid, rose and sandalwood, along with an ample amount of aldehydes that give the fragrance an exceptionally “clean” scent, Reminiscent of freshly washed clothes.

L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci (1948)

Nina Ricci’s L’Air du Temps was the first fragrance given to girls. After World War II, the world suddenly needed optimism, cheerfulness and reassuring promises, especially women who worked in weapons factories and involved in wartime. They want to regain their former femininity and are looking for ways to regain the romance of life.

At that time, fragrances had a strong, strong scent, becoming too strict and solemn, reflecting the atmosphere of war. The need for lightness, happiness, and hope becomes strong because just like war, all oppression and fear are over. Everyone is allowed to smile and move freely. Sharing these feelings is Robert Ricci, son of Nina Ricci. And so, taking the opportunity to expand his business, he decided to develop a new fragrance to represent the new era. Together with Francis Fabron, L’Air du Temps was born.

Francis Fabron has added a large part of benzyl salicylate to the composition. In large doses, this synthetic molecule enhances the overall splendor of the overall scent – jasmine, rose, acrid and slightly pungent rose – while providing purity and flexibility to the blend.

Guerlain Shalimar (1925)

There is a lot of myth surrounding the creation of Shalimar. Some sources say the fragrance came about by accident, in which perfumer Jacques Guerlain added some ethyl vanillin to the Jicky bottle in a moment of excitement. Others say that the perfume is the perfume maker’s personal gift to his wife. Perhaps we will never know the real story of what happened in 1925 that led to the creation of the “giant Goliath” of this fragrance world, but what we do know is, on that year, Guerlain created a perfume that would be their flagship.

Advertising of Guerlain Shalimar perfume in 1938

Far from the warm aroma of a Parisian jazz bar, Shalimar is inspired by exotic lands on the other side of the world. It is named from the gardens of Lahore, Pakistan and honors a legendary romance. The Shalimar Gardens was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he also built the Taj Mahal at her death.

Yves Saint Laurent Opium (1977)

In 1977, Yves Saint Laurent launched a new fragrance to coincide with the 1977 Fall-Winter collection inspired by China. It’s an unusual blend of patchouli, quince and vanilla. Saint Laurent oversaw the whole creative process, from the selection of scent to the shape of the bottle and the advertising campaign featuring Jerry Hall, photographed by Helmut Newton.

In 1913, Paul Poiret introduced the Nuit de Chine of Parfums de Rosine in a jade bottle reminiscent of a Chinese cigarette case. However, the name chosen by Saint Laurent, which is related to a drug from the East, has caused a scandal, especially in the United States. However, the fragrance has been surprisingly successful. In just one year, sales in Europe reached 30 million USD. Thirty years later, sales have not declined, and Opium remains one of the ten best-selling perfumes in France. Together with Chanel No. 5, it is the only fragrance to achieve this.

Kenzo Parfums Flower by Kenzo (2000)

A thick but not overpowering oriental scent is what it feels like to use this fragrance. A lipstick-like pink fragrance on top notes and something very chalky, almost like the smell of a compressed powder. If you compare the best-selling perfumes in different countries, the lipstick scent is the only fragrance you see that is very popular in France. Flower by Kenzo by Kenzo is a fragrance filled with a floral Far East fragrance for women.

Kenzo Parfums Flower by Kenzo

Flower by Kenzo was launched in 2000. The man behind this fragrance is Alberto Morillas. Top notes are Bulgarian rose, hawthorn, black and sour gooseberry; middle notes are vioet Parma flower, rose, opoponax and jasmine; Base notes are vanilla, white musk and frankincense. Clear and unusual, Flower by Kenzo connects nature with the city, the feeling of the sparkling and bustling street life. This just 21 year old scent also won the Fifi awards in 2001 and 2003.

Caron N’Aimez Que Moi (1916)

N’Aimez Que Moi (Don’t Love Anyone Other Than Me) appeared in 1916 – a secret love letter by Felicia and Ernest, it whispers the love story between Ernest Daltroff, founder of Caron and Felicie Wanpouille, a The tailor, the real “muse” of Ernest, whom he later hired as the company’s art consultant.

Top notes are roses, violets and lilacs; middle notes are sandalwood, iris flower, cedar wood and Vetiver grass; Base notes are amber, oak, musk and vanilla. Inspired by soldiers away from home and the one they love, Caron introduces this fragrance, whose name means “Don’t love anyone but me,” as a reminder not to let lovers forget each other. , gentle but intense.