When thinking of France and its women, one thing comes to mind - timeless elegance. No one understands the power of a beautiful and signature perfume quite like the French - whose history of signature scenes runs deep. With popular French perfume names like Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent sitting alongside niche French perfume brands like Diptyque and L’Artisan Parfumeur, they have all style personalities covered.
These women's fragrances will have you feeling like a true Parisian in no time. Below, our top picks for the best French perfumes.
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Chloé; Absolu de Parfum
A floral and woody Eau De Parfum by French fashion house Chloé. A floral fragrance that contains rich rose accords any woman can enjoy.
L’Artisan Parfumeur; La Chasse Aux Papillons Eau de Toilette
Known for creating highly original fragrances - the L’Artisan Parfumeur's story begins with a banana scent that has recently been reimagined as Bana Banana - expect the unexpected.
Guerlain; Eau de Toilette Bloom of Rose
Mon Guerlain is a tribute to today's femininity. A strong, free and sensual femininity, inspired by Angelina Jolie.
Christian Dior; JOY by Dior
JOY by Dior was released in August 2018 by the French fashion house and has quickly become a signature scent for French women, as well as women across the world. The fragrance is conceived as a scent of energy, liveliness and softness, of happiness and good mood. The face of the scent is actress Jennifer Lawrence.
Yves Saint Laurent; YSL Opium Eau de Parfum
Scandalous yet seductive, Opium has a long history of being the signature fragrance of choice for women around the world. The YSL EDP scent is dark and moody, with layers of incense, amber, patchouli and myrrh.
Chanel; Coco Mademoiselle
A sexy, fresh Oriental fragrance that recalls the irrepressible spirit of the young Coco Chanel. The classic bottle signifies personal luxury and is a welcome addition to any dressing table.
The iconic Shalimar scent was associated with 1920s flappers and often dubbed the scent of the original 'rebel'. As of 2017, Shalimar was Guerlain's second best selling fragrance, behind La Petite Robe Noire, with approximately 108 bottles being sold every hour. The fragrance contains notes of bergamot, lemon, iris, jasmine, rose, patchouli, vetiver, opopanax, tonka bean, frankincense, sandalwood, musk, civet, ambergris, leather, and vanilla.
Thierry Mugler; Alien Eau Sublime
This new solar revelation, built around an overdose of sunny flowers such as jasmine and Tiare flower, awakens the senses with luminous and rejuvenating freshness.
Cacharel; Amor Amor
This women's fragrance is a floral fruity scent for young women who have an adventurous side. The scent notes pink grapefruit, mandarin, blood orange, lily of the valley and musk.
Estee Lauder; Rose de Grasse
Like an original piece of art, Este Lauder's Rose de Grasse is meticulously crafted with artisanal attention to detail. At its heart is a fusion of roses including the hundred-petaled Rose Centifolia, hand-picked in Grasse, the French capital of perfumery since the 16th century where the history of fragrance is art.
Chanel; Chanel No. 5
Chanel No. 5 was the first perfume launched by French couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel and remains among the French fashion houses best sellers today. Chanel sought a new scent that would celebrate the liberated spirit of the 1920s. The highly complex blend of aldehydes and florals includes rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, lily of the valley and iris layered over a warm, woody base of vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli.
Lancome Paris; Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose
Lancôme tells a new love story with Trésor Midnight Rose, filled with lightness, magic and also sensuality. The caress of jasmine and peony meet fresh blackcurrant bud absolute and intense pink pepper.
Annick Goutal; Rose Pompon
A more sensual rose with still a Parisian twist of cheekiness. In a rose garden, it would be the one that looks the most sensual, the most velvety, the most attractive.
Nina Ricci; Nina
Nina by Nina Ricci is a sweet citrus scent for women. The charming scent is built on an exquisite blend of lime and Amalfi lemon, which melt into a seductive heart of apple, peony and pralines on a base of musk and Virginia cedar wood. This Nina Ricci perfume is a new fragrance, different from the Nina perfume of the same name created in 1987.
Lancome Paris; La vie est belle Eau de Parfum
Universal yet personal, Lancôme’s femininity is a choice embraced by women, not an imposed standard. This fragrance is infused with a floral bouquet of Iris, Jasmine, Orange Blossom and Patchouli scents.