Each year the fragrance industry gathers to nominate legendary perfumes and colognes to induct into a Hall of Fame. With thousands of perfumes throughout the years, their criteria takes in consideration overall composition, popularity and standing the test of time. In 2021, a renowned panel of experts cast their votes for five legendary fragrances. You can buy them at a fraction of department store prices at fragrancex.com
Calvin Klein Euphoria in its space age bottle doesn’t hint at the sexy floral oriental housed inside. Composed by Carlos Benaim, Dominque Ropion and Loc Dong in 2005, the trio crafted a beautiful balance of ripe purple summer fruits and lush green accords. Pomegranate and persimmons meld into a creamy base of amber and sandalwood as the last gasp off spring meets summer.
Diptyque Do Son, a niche perfume was created by Fabrice Pellegrin in 2005. It is one of the most legendary modern tuberose perfumes that was born from the owner of Diptyqye’s childhood journey to Vietnam. Do Son opens with fresh tuberose flower so alive and fresh that it makes you swoon. The steamy scent of jasmine tea, green crisp and floral tones down the headiness.
A classic crowd pleaser since 1995, Estee Lauder Pleasures is a garden after a light rain brought into your home. With notes of white florals- lily, peony and jasmine, this luminous perfume also includes kara-kourande blossoms, an exotic flower from Africa that smells like gardenias. This top five legendary perfume was composed by Annie Buzantian and Alberto Morillas.
Created by Master perfumer Sophia Grosjman in 1990, and housed in a custom designed flacon, the story of Lancôme Tresor is as legendary as the perfume. Lancôme had been known for its beauty and cosmetics, and the house’s devotees included Ingrid Bergman and her daughter Isabella Rossellini, who became the muse and face for Tresor (treasure in French). There’s a nod to beauty with its powdery notes of heliotrope and iris surrounding its heart of golden rose. The jus itself looks like a golden rose at sunset, with creamy sandalwood at the base this top five legendary perfume is joyful yet sensual.
Narcisco Rodriguez for Her was created in 2003 by two of the greatest noses of the 21st century, the now in-house perfumer of Hermes, Christine Nagel and the famous Francis Kurkdjian. It is a honeyed floral with a dual nature, feminine and modern. The softness of peachy osmanthus and orange blossom gets an elegant touch of musk, vetiver, and woody notes. Minimalist without being simple, a perfect “me -but- better scent.”