Plot Twist: This "Grandma" Scent Is Gaining Momentum—Here's Your Starter Pack

When you think of "grandma" perfumes, what do you think of? Maybe something that's super floral, maybe a scent that's super rich and potent, or maybe it includes timeless scents like rose and jasmine. It's classic, grown-up, and sophisticated—something your beloved grandmother would wear.

Let me be clear here: I don't think there's anything wrong with a "grandma" scent, even though it might have a weird connotation with some people. Who doesn't want to smell timeless and elegant? But I think the thing is, since most people associate certain scents with their grandmothers, maybe they don't want to smell like their nana, no matter how much they love them. You'd rather be your own person and have your own signature scent that's probably a little bit trendier and more modern.


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Well, I'm here to tell you that maybe you should rethink that notion because there are a lot of so-called "grandma" fragrances out there that are worth spritzing on. And if everyone is gravitating toward the trendy fragrances that are woodsy, fresh florals, or bright citrus, don't you want to stand out with another type of perfume?

One scent that I don't think you should write off just yet is a powdery one. I know, the term "powdery" might make you think of something that's musty or too stale, but trust me. There are a lot of great-smelling options that don't feel dated and actually feel so modern and of the moment. These are light and delicate. They're fragrances that people will compliment you on and then beg you, "Tell me what you wearing!" Take a look at some options below.

1. Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum

2. Kilian Paris Love, Don't Be Shy

3. The 7 Virtues Vanilla Woods Eau de Parfum

4. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Fragrance Spray

5. Byredo Mojave Ghost


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6. Le Labo Labdanum Labdanum 18 Eau de Parfum

7. Prada Les Infusions Iris Eau de Parfum

8. Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

9. Maison Margiela Replica Bubble Bath

10. Chloé Eau de Parfum Spray

11. Ellis Brooklyn Myth Eau de Parfum

12. Gucci Guilty Pour Femme


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13. Frédéric Malle Iris Poudre Parfum Spray

14. Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum

15. Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne

16. Philosophy Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette

17. Chanel No.5 Eau de Parfum Spray

18. Parfums de Marly Sedbury Eau de Parfum

19. Bulgari Petits et Mamans Eau de Toilette

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated. Next: I Asked 17 NYC and L.A. Women What Perfume They Wear the Most

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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.

In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).

She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.