When it comes to fragrance, many of us know what we like and, even more vehemently, what we don't. Within all the perfume categories—woody, fruity, fresh, spicy, floral—the latter might be the most controversial and misunderstood. After all, flashbacks to grandma's lace-trimmed sacks of potpourri or powdery bottles of rose or gardenia are hard to erase from a scarred memory.
However, if done right, nothing is chicer or more sophisticated than a truly exquisite floral fragrance, and certain flowery blends have become top-selling favorites at beloved retailers like Nordstrom and Net-a-Porter. Curious to see what your fellow fragrance enthusiasts are loving within the floral perfume pool? We rounded up 16 of the most covetable bottles you can buy at the aforementioned stores. From classics like Chanel Nº5 to newer debuts from brands like Byredo, this crop of best-of-the-best floral scents is bound to turn you into a blossom lover through and through (if you weren't one already). Keep scrolling!
1. Diptyque Geranium Odorata Eau de Toilette
We don't typically think of floral perfumes as particularly unisex, but this fan-favorite scent from Diptyque is lauded by the brand as the perfect compromise. Geranium is the main power player here (as the name would suggest), but the additions of cardamom, tonka bean, and vetiver keep it down to earth and far from fussy.
2. Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Spray
Fun fact: This classic floral perfume was the first fragrance debuted by the American designer. Unlike so many of its designer counterparts, this scent has withstood the test of time and is still one of the highest-rated bottles among Nordstrom shoppers. The flowery scents of peony and tuberose pair with crisper notes from citrusy grapefruit and neroli plus a hit of vetiver and sandalwood for some earthiness.
3. Giorgio Armani
Described by the brand as "luminous, delicate, and vibrant, this floral fragrance belongs to Armani's newish Privé Collection and is said to be a tribute and celebration of Russian culture. For Vert Malachite, think delicate white lily accord plus accents of sambac jasmine and ylang-ylang.
4. Dior J'Adore in Joy Eau de Parfum
Regardless of whether you're looking for one of the best floral perfumes with the most cult of followings or simply want to embody Charlize Theron 24/7 (the actress has been the face of the scent since its launch in 1999), Dior's classic perfume, J'Adore, fits the bill. In Joy is a slightly more delicate iteration of the original eau de parfum but no less breathtaking and lovely. It's less intense with a base of ylang-ylang sourced from Madagascar and lighter notes of fleur de sel and juicy peach to anchor.
5. Jean Patou Joy by Jean Patou Parfum Deluxe
Yes, this floral fragrance is an investment, but it's also one of the most luxurious of scents that will last throughout the rest of the season and right into spring. Steeped in the stunning scent of jasmine (the fragrance requires over 10,000 flowers!), this beloved scent also features flowery notes from Bulgarian rose (28 dozen buds per ounce is required, by the way!) plus tuberose, ylang-ylang, may rose, civet, and musk.
6. Hermès Jour d'Hermès Eau de Parfum
"I wanted to express the essence of femininity with flowers, nothing but flowers," explains longtime Hermès perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. So which flowers exactly does Jour d'Hermès house? Gardenia, rose, tuberose, and jasmine.
7. Diptyque L'Ombre dans L'Eau Eau de Toilette
If you typically favor fruity scents but are curious to dip your toe into the world of florals, consider this best-selling perfume from Diptyque. It's a daydream-worthy mix of rose, black currant berries, and petitgrain. Put simply, it's pretty but not precious.
8. Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum Spray
Fact: No floral perfume roundup (or any perfume roundup for that matter) would be complete without Chanel Nº5. Even though the covetable scent has been around since 1921, it hasn't lost an ounce of its luster. Since perfumer Jacques Polge revamped Ernest Beaux's blend in 1986, Nº5 blooms with a robust blend of may rose, jasmine, and a touch of bourbon vanilla to keep it from veering overly flowery.
1. Carine Rotfield Parfums Aurélien Eau de Parfum
A floral confection from the hands of renowned French editor and fashion consultant Carine Roitfeld comes this best-selling floral number shoppers on Net-a-Porter seem to hoard. Inspired and named after a fictional lover from Paris, this perfume boasts a sweet yet sophisticated blend of citrus and davana oil offset by the spiciness of myrrh.
2. Byredo Rose of No Man's Land Eau de Parfum
Byredo has yet to debut a fragrance that hasn't become an instant hit. One such scent? This stunning rosy blend called Rose of No Man's Land. Of course, that namesake flower is at the heart of the perfume's olfactory magic, but the name also has another unique meaning. According to the brand, Rose of No Man's Land is the nickname given by soldiers to the nurses who saved thousands of lives during WWI. (Thus, they say the scent is a tribute to selflessness and compassion.)
Alongside the lush smell of Turkish rose petals, you'll also get whiffs of pink pepper, raspberry blossom, papyrus, and white amber. So divine.
3. Christian Louboutin Beauty Bikini Questa Sera Parfum
Evocative of those in-between moments of sunset and evening, Bikini Questa Sera is a rich perfume brimming with notes of luxe tuberose and jasmine. Leave it to Louboutin to give us one of the best perfect floral fragrances we've ever laid nose on.
4. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Silk Mood
How's this for an amazing floral lineup? Bergamot from Italy, blue chamomile from Morocco, rose from Bulgaria, oud from Laos, and papyrus from India. This bottle from Maison Francis Kurkdjian is the perfect compromise between sweet, elegant, and earthy woods.
5. Byredo Flowerhead Eau de Parfum
Remember what we said about Byredo's consistent scent magic? Flowerhead is another no-brainer home run if you love a perfume rich in florals. That said, this isn't your grandma's powdery mix of rose or gardenia. Instead, a spritz of this massive hit invites the scent of Angelica seeds, lingonberry, Sicilian lemon, tuberose, rose petals, wild jasmine sambac, and fresh amber and suede to round out the fuller base.
6. Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne
Jo Malone has a very loyal following, and the brand's roster of scents is impressive. Like Byredo, it's pretty hard to smell a miss within the collection, but in terms of flowery numbers, Peony & Blush Suede is a consistent favorite among the Net-a-Porter shopping set. Obviously, there are peonies involved first and foremost, but this fragrance fills out with additions from juicy red apple, jasmine, rose, and gillyflower. The brand calls it "seductive," but we'll let you decide for yourself!
7. Christian Louboutin Trouble in Heaven Parfum
Yes, apparently Net-a-Porter shoppers really love their Louboutin fragrances, but if you smelled this vixen-y scent, you wouldn't have any trouble understanding why. Enter: the designer's compelling mix of patchouli, tonka absolut, and iris.
8. Comme des Garçons Dot Eau de Parfum
Last but certainly not least comes this chic polka-dot bottle of floral magic from Comme des Garçons. More fresh-cut and green-smelling than any of the above options, this perfume yields notes of leafy greenness, bitter orange, pepper, osmanthus absolute, olibanum, and white amber woods.
This article was published at an earlier date and has been updated.