The Best Luxury Fragrance Houses In The World Today (2023)

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Discovering that someone else wears the same scent as you is kind of underwhelming. OK, if you like the person it’s bearable, but many iconic fragrances have been killed by bosses from hell, idiot classmates and irritating colleagues. Fragrance is often a very personal, considered choice and we like to pretend we’re the only ones who know about it. Of course, this is pretty unrealistic given that the major brands lurk on every continent, in every duty free, in every department store across the globe. Retaining exclusivity for the major houses comes down to restricting the availability on a single line or special collaboration and customisation services in the form of engraving or ribbons to make your bottle seem unique, while pumping the rest of the product into as many outlets as possible: it’s boring and predictable. Meanwhile, a truly bespoke scent is so expensive it’s reserved for kind of people who snap up a Tom Ford suit on their lunch break.

These days consumers are often missing a sense of discovery and a product that feels personal to them – and this is where the niche, luxury fragrance house comes in. The shopping experience is usually a more rewarding one with well trained, knowledgeable staff able to guide you through the collection. These brands tend to ignore gender marketing, eschew paying dead-eyed celebrities megabucks to front their creations and expect the customer to judge a scent on the quality alone (plus the sexy packaging, naturally). Clearly, you will pay a premium for the privilege of wearing something less people have access to. Still, it’s better than catching Dave from accounts wafting around in your signature scent.

So, if you’re in the market for something both interesting and personal, here’s our rundown of some of the finest – old and new – luxury perfume houses.

Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle

During the 1990s perfumer Frédéric Malle became frustrated with the commercial direction of some of the major perfume houses. To help preserve the creativity in the industry, he established the Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle as a “publishing house for the industry’s very best Perfume Designers”. Over the years the house has given a platform to some of the biggest names in the business including Dominique Ropion, Jean-Claude Ellena and Edmond Roudnitska (the fabled creator of Dior Eau Sauvage) and collaborated with fashion houses such as Dries Van Noten and the former head of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz.

The collection now contains a veritable list of modern classics. If you get the chance, the standalone boutiques are worth a visit too.

Try: Musc Ravageur by Maurice Roucel

The Best Luxury Fragrance Houses In The World Today (2)One of the most well-known scents in the collection, Musc Ravageur is powerful, sweet and sexy; heavy on vanilla, spices and animalic musk.

Buy now at John Lewis

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Clive Christian

Sometimes it feels like Clive Christian perfumes are more well known for diamond studded lids and gold-plated bottles than for the actual juice inside. We’re not always convinced by the old, “it’s so pricey, it must be good” theory. Certain natural ingredients, like orris or jasmine, might cost more than gold but truthfully, beyond a certain point you’re paying for the name and the halo of mystique. Still, the perfume heads approve, so if want to drop £500 on a good scent, Clive Christian won’t disappoint.

It’s a house with a history that stretches back to Queen Victoria’s reign. In 1872 she gave permission for the image of her crown to be replicated on the bottles of The Crown Perfumery. Clive Christian acquired the company and archives in 1999 – and set about making reassuringly expensive scents that often come in pairs. The 30ml bottles are a good entry point for those on a budget – use sparingly.

Try: X Masculine Edition

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From the original collection launched in 1999, X is a woody, spicy vetiver with amazing staying power (due to the high 20% concentration).

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MiN New York

Chad Murawczyk and Mindy Yang launched Scent Stories, a collection of 11 scents, in 2014 that’s now grown to 18. Having curated and sourced unique fragrances for private clients since the late 1990s, Murawuczyk had access to some to the top perfumers in the world.

Known for its innovative, abstract fragrances, it’s the scent destination for customers who want something modern and conceptual. With evocative names like Moon Dust, Long Board and Dahab, each scent is like like a chapter in a bigger story and a long way from stuffy, traditional perfume.

Try: Chef’s Table

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Imagine a chopping board full of fresh herbs and produce and you’ve got this: fresh, green and very edible.

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The French fragrance house was established in 1760 and is still run by the Creed family, with Olivier and son, Erwin, currently at the helm. It’s long attracted an exclusive patronage of Royals and celebrities alike and creates scents that the rest of the market scrambles to “emulate” (read: shamelessly copy). Silver Mountain Water, Green Irish Tweed and Millésime Imperial are all solid performers that deserve their spot in any gentleman’s collection.

Try: Creed Aventus

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Accept no substitutions: this fruity, woody scent was launched to celebrate Creed’s 250th birthday, honouring a long tradition of ground-breaking fragrance releases.

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Perfumer Killian Hennessey comes from good stock: he’s part of the famous Cognac family and the “H” in LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey). He swerved joining the family business to concentrate on bringing his own passion project to life in 2007: a luxury fragrance house. His innovative designs have also included scented cuff links and accessories. Behind the scenes, he works with big names like Alberto Morillas. Since the early days his fragrance bottles have been refillable, so you only need one – unless you want to collect them all…

Try: Back to Black, Aphrodisiac

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Honey and tobacco are not the most likely combination but this works like catnip – on some!

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Vilhelm Parfumerie

Before Swedish/American Jan Ahlgren founded New York-based Vilhelm Parfumerie he was working in fashion. Then, in 2015, a collaboration with perfumer Jerome Epinette to create scented leather accessories led to the swift decision to establish his own fragrance label. Packaged in squat bottles with signature orange caps and simple labels, VP is an exercise in minimal luxe.

Try: Morning Chess

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A smoky, leathery patchouli with a dark green undercurrent that’s inspired by Ahlgren’s holidays in Falkenberg, playing chess with his grandfather. Also worth investigating: Basilico & Fellini, Dear Polly and Dirty Velvet.

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Cire Trudon are known for their cult scented candles but the fragrance line still flies a little under the radar. We were surprised when the fragrance collection launched with seven entirely new scents, and not eau de parfum versions of the home fragrance lines (we’d love the chance to wear Ciel, but there you go). Sophisticated in scent and design, there’s a fragrance here to suit even the most discerning of tastes.

Try: Olim

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Clove, benzoin and myrrh are the main components in smoky, spicy Olim.

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The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi

Azzi Glasser is known as the private perfumer to the stars. She’s spent much of her career creating bespoke scents for private clients including Hollywood actors Orlando Bloom, Tom Hardy, Jude Law and Johnny Depp. She’s also created fragrances for Topman, Bella Freud and Agent Provocateur and London hot spot, Chiltern Firehouse. In 2015 she launched her signature collection and has since collaborated with creatives such as Rankin, James Lavelle, Jonas Äkerlund and Kingsman. She matches her scents to characters and style to help customers navigate the collection.

Try: Old Books

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Bookworms who love the nostalgia of vintage paperbacks will appreciate this earthy patchouli accord.

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The British answer to Creed is Floris London. It was founded in 1730 by Juan Famenias Floris, and opened his first store at 89 Jermyn Street, where it still stands today, run by his direct descendants, the Bodenham family. Floris obtained its first Royal warrant in 1820 for a smooth comb made for King George IV. Winston Churchill wore Stephanotis and Special No. 27, whereas Bond author, Ian Fleming, preferred No.89. These are classic perfumes, steeped in heritage.

Try: Santal

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Vanilla and lavender with a fresh bergamot opening and spicy undertones of clove. It’s rich and smooth in equal measure.

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Which is the No 1 perfume brand in the world? ›

The most popular perfume brands include brands like Gucci, Versace, Chanel, and Givenchy. Some of the best perfumes from these brands include Gucci Bloom, Versace Yellow Diamond, Chanel Chance Eau Tendre, and Givenchy Amarige. These fragrances are popular with women all over the world.

What is the most luxurious perfume brand? ›

  • Caron Poivre - USD 1,000 per ounce. ...
  • Hermes 24 Faubourg - USD 1,500 per ounce. ...
  • "Clive Christian No. ...
  • Chanel Grand Extrait - USD 4,200 per ounce. ...
  • Baccarat Les Larmes Sacree de Thebes - USD 6,800 per ounce. ...
  • Clive Christian No. ...
  • DKNY Golden Delicious - USD 1 million. ...
  • Shumukh - USD 1.29 million.

Which country is best for fragrance? ›

France is renowned for its perfume industry and is home to some of the world's most famous perfumeries, such as the Maison Guerlain.

What is the most famous fragrance in the world? ›

Here, the 10 greatest fragrances of all time, as voted on by the beauty industry.
  • Chanel No. Launched: 1921. ...
  • Le Labo Santal 33. Launched: 2011. ...
  • Thierry Mugler Angel. Launched: 1992. ...
  • Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. Launched: 2001. ...
  • Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue. ...
  • Dior Eau Sauvage. ...
  • Tom Ford Black Orchid. ...
  • Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò
25 Feb 2022

What is the highest quality perfume? ›

Find out more about how we test.
  1. Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum. ...
  2. Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette. Best perfume for spring. ...
  3. Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum. ...
  4. Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Cologne. ...
  5. Dior J'adore Eau de Parfum. ...
  6. YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum. ...
  7. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum. ...
  8. Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Toilette.

What is the number 1 best smelling perfume? ›

  • Best Overall: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum. ...
  • Best Value: Sol Janeiro Cheriosa '62 Brazilian Crush Hair & Body Fragrance Mist. ...
  • Best Luxury: Tom Ford Lost Cherry Eau de Parfum. ...
  • Best Floral: Carolina Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum. ...
  • Best Woody: Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace Eau de Parfum.
28 Jun 2022

What are the top 5 most sold perfumes? ›

Here are the most popular perfumes of the moment
  • Aventus by Creed. ...
  • Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurant. ...
  • Shalimar by Guerlain. (c) Guerlain.
  • Acqua de Gio by Giorgio Armani. (c) Giorgio Armani.
  • Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf.
  • CK One by Calvin Klein. (c) Calvin Klein.
  • Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel. (c) Chanel.
  • Guilty by Gucci. (c) Gucci.
26 Oct 2022

Which perfume is the best perfume in the world? ›

  • Frédéric Malle Portrait of a Lady. ...
  • Chanel N°5 Eau de Parfum. ...
  • Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club. ...
  • Gucci A Chant for the Nymph. ...
  • Chloe Vanilla Planifolia. ...
  • Tom Ford Soleil Brûlant. ...
  • Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris Femme. ...
  • Parfums de Marly Safanad.
24 Oct 2022

What is the fragrance capital of the world? ›

GRASSE, France — The town of Grasse sits in the hills above the more famous French Riviera city of Cannes, and it doesn't have the Mediterranean Sea at its doorstep. What it does have is fields of flowers — jasmine, May rose, tuberose, lavender. It is known as the perfume capital of the world.

Which city is famous for scent? ›

Kannauj perfume has a long historical background and Kannauj had perfume trading for thousands of years. Due to the key role of perfume production in Kannauj, the city is known as "the perfume capital of India" and "Kannauj is to India what Grasse is to France".

What is the #1 fragrance in America? ›

1. Tom Ford. Ever-glamorous Tom Ford is one of the best American perfume brands for stylish women.

What are the top 5 best smells? ›

Everyone has a scent that makes their tastebuds tingle.
  • 1 Fresh Air. Clean air coms up to ant-ordors I like: cold, Snow, Ice, Spruce, Brich, and other kinds of Trees, Glaciers, Clean Land. ...
  • 2 Vanilla. It's comforting and just reminds me of my childhood. ...
  • 3 Coffee. ...
  • 4 Barbecue. ...
  • 5 Rain. ...
  • 6 Bacon. ...
  • 7 Campfires. ...
  • 8 Melted Chocolate.

What perfume does Meghan Markle use? ›

Prince Harry's wife announced that her favourites are Oribe Côte d'Azur Eau de Parfum and Jo Malone's Wild Bluebell and Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne. All excellent choices, we think you'll agree.

What is the longest lasting perfume brand? ›

Top 20 Long Lasting Perfumes for Women
  • Lancome Oui La Vie Est Belle Eau De Parfum. ...
  • Escentric Molecule Molecule 01. ...
  • Chloé Nomade Edp Naturelle. ...
  • Creed Wind Flowers. ...
  • Hugo Boss Boss The Scent Le Parfum For Her. ...
  • Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau De Parfum. ...
  • Chanel Chance Eau De Parfum. ...
  • Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily Cologne Intense.
1 Sept 2022

What is the best smelling scent in the world? ›

The sweet and nutty scent of vanillin, the main component in vanilla extract, appears to be the world's favorite scent, according to a new study published this week in Current Biology.

What perfume smell lasts the longest? ›

Oakmoss and Vetiver are one of the most long-lasting base notes. These fragrances slowly evaporate in comparison to others. So you will smell them even many hours after the fading of heart and top notes.

What is the rarest scent? ›

Between frankincense, saffron and oud, these are the rarest fragrances and ingredients you'll need to elevate your perfume wardrobe – talk about heaven scent.

Which city is called city of perfumes in world? ›

A French art of perfuming

And for good reason, certain cities in our country have played a major role in its history over the years. This is of course the case of Grasse, still considered today as the world capital of perfume.

Which is the No 1 perfume in India? ›

Top 10 Perfumes
Hugo Boss Number One EDT - 125 ml (For Men)Rs.4,400
Tom Ford Perfumes Tobacco Vanille. Mini Spray Vial 3.5ml. Unisex.Rs.5,485
Hugo BOSSNo 6 Edt. 200 ml.Rs.7,150
Police Wings Homme Edt for Men, Black, 50mlRs.1,600
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What is the most popular perfume brand? ›

Keep scrolling for 20 of the best perfume brands and the specific bottle we'd recommend from each.
  • Clean Reserve. Clean Reserve. ...
  • Sol de Janeiro. Sol de Janeiro. ...
  • Frédéric Malle. Frédéric Malle. ...
  • Yves Saint Laurent. Yves Saint Laurent. ...
  • Dior. Dior. ...
  • Chanel. Chanel. ...
  • Atelier Cologne. Atelier Cologne. ...
  • Parfums De Marly. Parfums De Marly.
17 Jun 2022

What is the number 1 perfume for men? ›

1. Acqua di Parma Colonia: Best fresh and citrusy scent for men.

What is the oldest perfume still being made? ›

Acqua di Colonia Santa Maria Novella

The oldest of their perfumes still in production is their Acqua di Colognia which was first bottled in 1533 by the Dominican friars that ran the apothecary. This perfume was created for Catherine de' Medici and the main notes are rose and citrus.

What is the best selling perfume in history? ›

There is no doubt that Chanel N°5 is the most iconic fragrance of all time, however, its sibling Coco Mademoiselle has also made a name for itself. The Eau de Parfum is an oriental fragrance, a spirited and voluptuous scent – loved by so many women around the world.

Which perfume is best and long lasting? ›

Below, our favorite long-lasting scents.
  • Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue Pure Perfume. ...
  • Chanel Chance Eau de Parfum Spray. ...
  • Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel, Paris-Edimbourg. ...
  • Christian Dior Oud Rosewood Eau de Parfum. ...
  • Gamine Eau de Parfum. ...
  • Giorgio Armani Si Passione Eau de Parfum.
29 Sept 2022

What is a man's favorite perfume on a woman? ›

The Type of Perfumes Guys Like Best

What is this? Since sweet, delicious scents bring pleasant memories, vanilla and cinnamon attract men. Light florals such as jasmine and lavender and fresh, citrusy fragrances also are fragrances that turn guys on. Sandalwood and musk as base notes are also seductive.

What is a man's favorite scent? ›

1. Vanilla. It's long been believed that vanilla is a natural aphrodisiac: as early as the 1700s, physicians recommended it to male patients to ensure potency. And the sweet, welcoming odor has a euphoric effect that sets the sensual mood.


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