The word ‘iconic’ is thrown around a lot, but what does it take for a fragrance to earn that incredible accolade? Does it have to be timeless? Should it evoke happiness and fond memories? Is it a scent that can change how you feel? Yes, yes and yes to all of the above! A classic fragrance is a super-special kind of scent. So today, we’re counting down ten iconic fragrances that show no signs of ever going out of fashion that EVERYONE should experience.
1. Angel by MUGLER
With its innovative refillable star-shaped bottle, you’d be forgiven if you thought Angel by MUGLER was released in recent years. However, it was, in fact, MUGLER’s first fragrance release back in 1992! Not only was it way ahead of its time in encouraging a more ethical approach to beauty by enabling people to refill and reuse their empty bottles, but with its notes of chocolate and praline, it is considered one of the fragrance world’s first gourmand fragrances too!
2. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne
As one of the most recognisable male scents (ever), we don’t think 1 Million by Paco Rabanne needs too much of an intro! Since its launch, it has captivated fragrance lovers and first-timers alike with its ultra-masculine aroma of fresh grapefruit, rich rose absolute, cinnamon, and warming leathery base. There’s a reason this is one of the bestselling male scents of all time!
3. Lady Million by Paco Rabanne
Paco Rabanne knew they had struck gold with the success of their male fragrance 1 Million, so it was only a matter of time before they delighted us with Lady Million, the feminine counterpart. Is it flamboyant? A touch! Is it glamorous? It sure is! Is it a fragrance wardrobe must-have with notes of juicy raspberry, floral orange blossom, honey and amber? Absolutely!
4. CK One by Calvin Klein
Still at the top of its game more than 25 years after its original release, CK One is iconic through and through. As one of the first beauty products to be openly marketed as ‘unisex’, it blurred boundaries, broke the rules, and became (and still is) one of the most memorable releases of the 90s with its forever fresh, vibrant and universally appealing aroma.
5. Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier
Super distinctive and appealing in a ‘this-will-never-go-out-of-fashion’ kind of way, Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier is the definition of a top tier perfume. Perfect as a first fragrance or signature scent for men of any age, this classic scent hits all the right notes with cool mint and lavender perfectly balanced with warm spices, woods and vanilla.
6. La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme
Created around a simple vision to inspire joy and happiness, La Vie Este Belle is so famous because it is SO easy to love! It took 5000 versions to reach its final formula, but we’re sure you’ll agree it was all worth it when you smell its elegant blend of fruity pear, blackcurrant, and warm gourmand dry down of praline, Tonka bean and vanilla. It will be love at first spray, trust us!
7. Daisy by Marc Jacobs
When a perfume can transport you to a light and breezy summers day where you can practically feel the sun on your face, you know you’re on to a winner! A firm favourite in the Marc Jacobs lineup, Daisy airs on the mature side of sweet, with notes of wild strawberry, violet petals and a velvety base of vanilla, musk and warming white sandalwood. So if you’re looking for an iconic fragrance that you can wear every day, then Daisy may just be the one for you!
8. Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana
When it comes to creating summer fragrances, Dolce & Gabbana truly understood the assignment with Light Blue. It instantly evokes feelings of having fun in the sun by the sea with its fresh and clean sparkling fruits and floral notes. It’s a holiday staple that goes hand in hand with sipping a cocktail and watching the world go by!
9. Ghost the Fragrance by Ghost
If we were to describe Ghost in one word, it would be GORGEOUS! The classic scent is the perfect sweet, floral all-rounder fragrance which is, we’ll be honest, a little bit addictive! It’s a feel-good, snuggle-down, get cosy type of scent with notes of peach, rose, jasmine, sandalwood and musk. Ghost is a modern-day classic that should be on any fragrance lovers radar.
10. Alien by MUGLER
Well associated with doing things out of the box, MUGLER’s Alien is a scent like no other. Created to challenge the world of perfumery, it’s easy to fall head over heels with this unusual scent. Housed in a beautiful amethyst inspired bottle, experience an out of this world tranquillity with notes of Sambac jasmine, cashmeran wood and white amber.