In 1947, couturier Christian Dior requested his in-house nose to Paul Vacher to “Make me a fragrance that smells like love,” and the result was an impertinent green chypre floral composition – Miss Dior. Some scents, more than others, have the power to imprint a moment forever in our mind. If you’re looking for a sort of love potion, there are a few notes your bottle must have: Floral, spicy, oriental, and oudh.

Florals can be fresh as newly-cut flowers or intense when mixed with spices, or mischievous with fruity accords. While rose evokes joy and romance, white flowers like jasmine, magnolia, gardenia, and tuberose enhance sensations of pleasure. Also, just a touch of oudh can ignite the sensual side. Here are a few of our fall-in-love favourites:

Guerlain Shalimar

Guerlain Shalimar

You can’t get more romantic than this opulent scent which smells of rose, vanilla, and jasmine. Shalimar was created by mistake when Jacques Guerlain poured a bottle of ethyl vanillin into a bottle of Jicky, a fragrance created by Guerlain in 1889. It is a true ode to love, inspired by the passionate love story between between Emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.

Miss Dior Eau De Parfum

Miss Dior Eau De Parfum

The new Miss Dior Eau de Parfum reveals a modern sensual update on the chypre-floral classic. Imagine the scent of delicate Grasse rose and voluptuous Damascus rose, wrapped in fresh notes of Calabrian bergamot. This handcrafted creation is woven with rosewood from French Guiana and pink pepper from Reunion Island for heightened character.

Chloe Roses de Chloé

Chloe Roses de Chloé

If you love florals but don’t want to drown in their sweetness, pick this. It’s green, whimsical, and incredibly modern. The touch of magnolia with rose and bergamot gives this romantic composition a light, breezy character. Then, on the skin, appears the trail of white musk and amber, signature of the House of Chloé.

Ajmal Perfumes Oudesire Ajmal

Ajmal Perfumes Oudesire Ajmal

In Oudesire, oudh is a hero note that is offset by the lightness of orange flower, rose, jasmine, and bergamot, and the sweet tartness of ginger, raspberry, and cassis. The quintessentially oriental notes of amber, sandalwood, and musk in the base make for a captivating scent.

Narciso Rodriguez EDP For Her

For the first time there was musk in the heart of the fragrance, making it raw, earthy, and ethereally sensual. The rose with sandalwood and patchouli lends a rich, mysterious trail.

Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne

With Peony & Blush Suede, Jo Malone London has created a modern classic that’s soft, powdery, but with a fresh update to traditional floral scents. Peony, with its accents of rose and honey, is perfectly balanced by base notes of suede.

Chanel 1957

Chanel 1957

The latest offering, Chanel 1957 beats on the millennial pulse, capturing the best of both the worlds. It is incredibly clean and irresistibly sensual with white musk, floral notes of bergamot, iris and neroli, woody notes of cedar, and a hint of honey.

Aparrna Gupta

Gupta is a beauty enthusiast, and draws from her decade-long experience as a beauty editor at The Times of India and Verve magazine. Consulting with brands on content and product development, her blog immerses readers into the luxurious universe of fragrances, wellness, and skincare. Her articles have been featured in Vogue India, Harper’s Bazaar India, Femina, and L’Officiel India.

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