Above any other designer perfume brand, House Dior has always had a special place in my heart. After years of hoarding every kind of cotton candy– or fake cucumber–scented body spray atop my junior high dresser, Miss Dior Eau de Toilette was my first-ever "big girl" perfume. It was a Christmas gift from my parents, and I was so besotted with the beautiful glass bottle and sparkling floral scent that I was honestly scared to wear it. Eventually, I started spritzing it on before school every day, and it was like a superpower. I selfishly loved that all the boys in seventh grade told me how good I smelled (what can I say, I was 12), and I loved the way it wore off my gym clothes every other day and permeated my locker. I even went so far as to create a secret stash of those itsy-bitsy sample tubes in my pencil bag so I could surreptitiously reapply before language arts class with my big crush. Over the top? For sure. But it's a really special set of memories for me and, not surprisingly, seeded my eventual obsession with perfume years later. (Another fun fact: I still have the now-empty bottle of Miss Dior, and I keep it at my parents' house for nostalgia's sake.)
I'm pretty sure lots of people have a vivid memory surrounding their first experience with scent, and I know lots of people I love and talk to have equally fond memories of all things Dior—be it Joy, Poison, J'adore, or Miss Dior, the French brand is known for having created some of the most notable and well-loved perfumes in history. And while the holy-grail status of those aforementioned OGs remains strong, the brand continues to roll out yummy new launches season after season.
Since everyone across the globe adores Dior and since we're heading into prime gifting season, I reached out to Dior HQ to see if I could get a top-secret list of its ranked best-selling fragrances. And luckily, they agreed! Below, we're sharing the top 10 best-selling Dior fragrances that are supremely giftable for yourself or a loved one along with some of our other all-time favorite Dior beauty products. (Can you tell we're obsessed?) Keep scrolling!
In the number 10 slot of our best-selling list, we have Bois d'Argent, a unisex "olfactory translation of Dior allure." Not for the faint of heart, this perfume is powerful and is brilliantly spiked with enchanting and whimsical traces of smoke, iris, and incense for a truly unforgettable scent.
According to Dior perfumer creator François Demachy, this earthy, subtly floral scent is representative of what Dior gray would be as a fragrance. "This emphatic gray is not merely a mix of black and white but is the result of a chromatic blend. This profusion of colors inspired a composition that blends jasmine and bergamot with humid notes of undergrowth."
Think of this cult-loved Dior perfume as the ultimate choice for anyone who loves warm, sweet, and complex scents that have a little bit of spice. You wouldn't necessarily think fruits, florals, and dessert-like layers of caramel, vanilla, and cacao would go together so harmoniously, but they do—intricately and beautifully so.
This best seller from Dior might have a short and sweet composition compared to its sisters, but that doesn't mean it lacks complexity. In fact, according to Dior's website, this perfume is all about the dance between two extremes: "the fragrant embodiment of Beauty and the Beast." A potent dose of amber feels deep and animalistic, while a complementary balance of Turkish rose keeps it light and velvety.
Key olfactory notes: labdanum, rose, patchouli, saffron, oud, sandalwood, cedar
If you're someone who wants to make a statement with your scent (and who welcomes questions and compliments), you'll definitely fall for Oud Ispahan. Sharp, woody notes of saffron and cedar are mellowed with creamy additions of patchouli and sandalwood (the unique plot twist being the extra hit of delicate rose!).
Considering this take on the classic J'adore is brand-new and is already the fifth best-selling Dior perfume, it's bound to be a timeless hit. Called "infinissime" for it's "infinite trail," the strategic mix of centifolia rose, jasmine sambac, ylang-ylang, Grasse tuberose, and sandalwood lingers and lingers and smells increasingly delicious the longer it dances with your skin chemistry.
Key olfactory notes: Grasse rose absolue, Italian mandarin, white musk accord, geranium, bergamot
I'm biased, but if I could only wear one Dior perfume for the rest of my life, it would be Miss Dior Rose N'Roses. (I've been unhealthily obsessed since its launch last spring.) Think of it this way. If you love rose, you'll love this scent, and even if you think you don't love rose… You'll still love this scent. Grasse rose is, obviously, the starring heroine here, but this top seller is also anchored by geranium, bergamot, and white musks to keep it lively and fresh. (In other words, this isn't your grandma's powdery rose perfume.)
Fun fact: Miss Dior was Christian Dior's first-ever perfume, with the original version making its debut back in 1947, far before other Dior heavy hitters like J'adore. A little more than 70 years later, it still has legs right at the top of Dior's best seller list. In fact, it's probably one of the most instantly recognizable scents in the world—we blame it on the intoxicating combination of Calabrian bergamot, Grasse rose, and rosewood.
Key olfactory notes: bergamot, damascus rose, peony, white musks
Blooming with bright, floral notes, this spring-y nod to Christian Dior's legendary passion for flowers deservedly earns its runner-up status as a forever fan favorite within the Dior perfume set. Shimmering rose and peony make it undoubtedly floral, but a pop of bergamot and a rich base of gentle white musks keep it grounded.
You've finally arrived! It's not surprising that Dior's, perhaps, most iconic scent ever (it's been around since 1999) is also the brand's best-selling perfume to date. Supremely floral, J'adore is a winding blend of rose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang perfectly fit for anyone who loves a classic yet slightly mysterious take on a floral signature.