French style is just so effortless and chic. They're almost always dressed impeccably and sophisticated but look like they barely even tried. When I try to pull that off, I tend to look like either A) I tried too hard, or B) I'm a total poser. I like to think of my style as a mysterious aura, so I have to work my way up to that.
It turns out a lot of us are trying to mimic French-girl style. We've written about how to copy what they wear. We've detailed their makeup and skincare routines. We've looked at how they style and cut their hair. And we've discussed how they decorate their homes. But what about—and this is totally meant in a non-creepy way—how they smell? What are their favorite fragrances and perfumes that they turn to over and over again?
If you don't know the brand already, let me introduce you to Guerlain. It's a legendary and beloved French beauty brand that's been around for centuries—it was founded in 1828 to be exact. Guerlain is well-known for its iconic fragrances that are still popular and total classics, even many decades later. According to its website, it has made over 1100 olfactory creations since it's been in business. And the innovations keep on growing and growing.
The fragrances are classic, unique, and intoxicating. Familiar notes include rose, iris, vanilla, tonka bean, bergamot, and jasmine. These are fragrances that you'll keep on your vanity for a long time—they're not fads at all. And obviously, a lot of French girls are loyal to the brand.
So if you're looking for your next signature scent, why not try a quintessentially French fragrance. Below are some of the best-reviewed and most popular Guerlain perfumes to inspire you.
Created in 1925, Shalimar was inspired by the love story of Emperor Shah Jahan and Princess Mumtaz Mahal. The emperor built the Gardens of Shalimar for her and dedicated the Taj Mahal to her. So, yeah, this perfume has a lot of history. And it's still a classic with notes of bergamot, lemon, jasmine, rose, iris, incense, opopanax, tonka bean, and vanilla.
This perfume is inspired by "a walk through tall grass," and it's both fruity and floral at the same time. It has top notes of violet and watermelon; middle notes of jasmine, wildflower accord, and orange blossom; and base notes of white musk and iris.
Guerlain's L'Heure Bleue is one of its original fragrances, as it was formulated in 1912. The intoxicating fragrance is all at once floral, warm, and spicy. It has top notes of anise and bergamot; middle notes of tuberose, neroli, carnation, and rose; and base notes of iris, violet, vanilla, and tonka bean.
This woody and floral fragrance was inspired by "the treasures of the East." It's definitely a scent that's sophisticated and mysterious, with notes of neroli, jasmine, peach, rose, cinnamon, sandalwood, leather, amber, oud, and amber muscs.
This iconic fragrance is one of Guerlain's oldest and was launched in 1889. When you look at its notes, you'll understand why it's been a classic for over a hundred years. It has top notes of rosemary, bergamot, lemon, and mandarin orange; middle notes of tonka bean, orris root, lavender, basil, and jasmine; and base notes of leather, spices, vanilla, sandalwood, amber, and Brazilian rosewood.
La Petite Robe Noire means "little black dress," so you know it's going to be a scent that's always chic and timeless. Fresh floral and fruit notes of roses, jasmine, orange blossom, cherry, apple, and blackcurrant are paired with white amber, silky musk, and patchouli.
More Beauty Products from Guerlain
This is truly a three-in-one product because it has the power of a serum, oil, and toner. It's formulated with black bee honey that's rich in amino acids and will leave the skin glowy. Your skin will look and feel plumper and smoother.
This lipstick has got saturated color and comes in three different finishes (satin, matte, and sheer shine). All the lipsticks contain hyaluronic acid, while the matte versions have black seed oil, and the sheer shine ones have diamond powder for a fuller effect.
This lotion toner is enriched with microencapsulated royal jelly, which protects against stressors and pollution. The formula will also strengthen and balance the skin.