Iconic Perfume Brands of the Last Century

Icons are known around the world, even by those who don’t directly worship them. This is true for everything, including perfume. Those who don’t wear perfume regularly are still likely very familiar with the top brands, even know the perfumes by name. This is because of those perfume brands’ popularity in the media, and their truly incredible marketing campaigns that have lasted decades. 

Iconic perfumes aren’t just a marketing success; they are some of the most popular scents today. While yes, there is a greater push towards niche brands and limited edition runs so that people can enjoy more affordable luxury scents that are far more unique, that doesn’t mean that these top perfume brands have lost their top spot. 

Chanel No. 5 

One of the most iconic perfumes of the last century by far is Chanel No. 5. This classic scent has been used by women of all stations, including the Hollywood elite. It’s blend of rose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang has made it into something delectable, delicate, and soft on the nose. Not only is this combination rich and enticing, but it’s also an absolute classic. It’s been in rotation since 1921, and you can still get that classic scent in its original format today. 

There’s a reason why businesses buying from wholesalers like Direct Fragrances are still opting for this as one of the biggest best sellers, and that’s because it is still a huge hit and a fan favorite.

Dior’s J’Adore 

Dior J’Adore is another hugely popular fragrance that has only been around since 1999. This refreshing scent is lighter on the pallet and more feminine, with a blend of jasmine, orange blossom, and tuberose taking center stage. The bottle is also more whimsical, which has appealed to the younger generations as opposed to the classic rectangular shape of Chanel No. 5. 

Yves Saint Laurent Opium 

This classic scent has been a fan favorite singe since the 1970s, and it embodies everything we love about that decade. The scent profile includes a delicious blend of jasmine, rose, and patchouli. It’s a delightful option in a truly stunning and iconic bottle. 

Guerlain Shalimar 

This beautiful perfume is another hit from the 1920s. The scent is a combination of, once again, jasmine, but this time with a sublime blend of vanilla and bergamot. The scent is elevated, and unique, and it comes in a truly spectacular bottle that flares out and embodies many motifs from the East. 

Kenzo Flower 

For those who want brighter, happier floral scents, look no further than Kenzo Flower. This iconic scent is a mix of peony, Lilly of the valley, and rose. The long, off-kilter bottle makes a statement, especially with the flower encased in the lid. This scent has been around since 1990, and has been a top choice for those who want a fun, fruity, and floral scent. 

Tom Ford Black Orchid 

This stunning perfume comes in a bottle of bright gold, and has been around since 2006. It’s a blend of black orchid (hence its name), patchouli and vanilla. The effect is dark, and mysterious – making it perfect for date nights.