A ‘holiday in a bottle’, Chanel No.5 and a fragrance that took THREE YEARS to create: these are the 10 most popular perfumes of all time
- Glamor has unveiled the world’s top 10 best-selling fragrances
- List Includes Chanel’s Iconic Number 5, Praised ‘The Most Identifiable Fragrance on Earth’
- Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess – also known as ‘a vacation in a bottle’ – was also featured
- Two Yves Saint Laurent perfumes made the cut: Libre and Black Opium
Chanel’s iconic number 5, a fragrance described as a ‘holiday in a bottle’ and a fragrance that lasted three years, are among the most popular perfumes of all time, Glamor magazine has revealed.
The British publication collected the 10 best-selling fragrances in the world that have reached cult status with their instantly recognizable fragrances, perfectly balanced blends and signature bottles – all of which are available in Australian department stores.
Parisian beauty labels dominated the list, with Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle ($ 134) and No.5 ($ 123), and Yves Saint Laurent’s Libre ($ 109) and Black Opium ($ 101) taking four of the top positions.
Chanel No.5 has an unparalleled 100-year legacy as the world’s most recognizable fragrance, with its elegant blend of jasmine, bergamot, lemon and rose.
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Chanel’s iconic No.5 (left) and Yves Saint Laurent’s edgy Black Opium (right) are among the most popular perfumes in the world, according to Glamor magazine
The iconic fragrance is carried by some of the world’s greatest stars, including Celine Dion and French actress Catherine Deneuve.
Equally popular but clearly sharper is Yves Saint Laurent’s Black Opium, made from a sultry blend of coffee, pink pepper, jasmine and cedar that has also been dubbed the epitome of rock’n’roll.
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is a famous Black Opium fan.
The bronze goddess of Estee Lauder, also known as ‘a holiday in a bottle’
Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle (left) and Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle (right), famously taking three years and over 5,000 versions to perfect
The world’s most popular perfumes
– Chanel No. 5 ($ 123 – $ 240)
– Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium ($ 101 – $ 225)
– Chanel Coco Mademoiselle ($ 134 – $ 240)
– Lancome La Vie Est Belle ($ 108 – $ 150)
– Giorgio Armani Si ($ 100 – $ 245)
– Paco Rabanne Lady Million ($ 99)
– Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir ($ 204)
– Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess ($ 135)
– Yves Saint Laurent Libre ($ 109 – $ 185)
– Dior Miss Dior ($ 99 – $ 169)
– Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb ($ 105 – $ 215)
All available from David Jones, Myer and Chemist Warehouse.
Fellow Parisian cosmetics giant Lancome was also on display, with his flower-based La Vie Est Belle ($ 108), famously taking three years and over 5,000 versions to perfect.
Miss Dior ($ 99) from French fashion house Dior made the cut, with its sensual yet sophisticated blend of Turkish rose, mandarin and amber at an unusually affordable price.
Spanish and Italian brands were recognized for their creations, with Paco Rabanne’s ‘Lady Million’ ($ 99) and Giorgio Armani’s Si ($ 100) among the bestsellers.
Miss Dior of Dior (left) and Lady Million of Paco Rabanne (right)
The only American label to be seen was Estee Lauder, who took top spot with his Bronze Goddess, also known as “vacation in a bottle.”
Also on the list was Jo Malone’s Pomegranate Noir ($ 204), described as a ‘captivating’ blend of lime basil, patchouli and lily, and Dutch brand Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb ($ 105).
The ‘glamorous’ fragrance is fresh and sweet thanks to jasmine, bergamot and green tea, according to a review on the brand’s website.