Top 10 French Perfume Brands

By | January 8, 2011

France is best known for its for its fashion and beauty industry. French perfumes are also very popular all over the world. Here is a collection of top 10 French fragrance brands ranked by reputation and popularity. Please share your favorite French fragrance with us.

1. Chanel

Chanel S.A., commonly known as “Chanel”, is a Parisian fashion house founded by the late couturier Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, recognized as one of the most established in haute couture, specializing in luxury goods (haute couture, ready-to-wear, handbags, perfumery, and cosmetics among others).

Parfums Chanel was founded in 1924 by Pierre Wertheimer to produce and sell perfumes and beauty products. Chanel offers many different perfumes including No5, Coco, Coco Mademoiselle, Chance, Cristalle, Allure, No19, Chance Eau Fraiche, and Allure Sensuelle.

2. GUERLAIN

Guerlain is among the oldest perfume houses in the world. It has a large and loyal customer following, and is held in high esteem in the perfume industry. Perfumes by Guerlain are often said to be characterized by an accord known as “Guerlinade”. A perfume by the same name was launched by Guerlain in 1921.

Famous perfumes include Jicky, Après L’Ondée, L’Heure Bleue, Mitsouko and Shalimar.

Insolence By Guerlain For Women Eau De Toilette Spray, 3.4-Ounces

3. Christian Dior

Christian Dior S.A. (more commonly known as Dior) is a French company which owns the high-fashion clothing producer and retailer.

From catwalk-inspired cosmetics to cutting-edge skincare and timeless perfumes, Christian Dior has brought us some of the most luxurious, trendsetting, and fashionable beauty products around. It’s this magical mix of couture-meets-cosmetics that not only attracts celebrities, supermodels, and the society set, but also has solidified Dior’s reputation as one of the most unabashedly stylish beauty brands in the world.

The most popular Dior perfumes are Jadore, Addict, Poison, Homme and more.

Christian Dior J’adore Eau de Parfum Spray for Women, Vial, Mini,0.03 Ounce

4. Cartier

Cartier S.A., commonly known as “Cartier”, is a French luxury jeweler and watch manufacturer. The company has a long and distinguished history of serving royalty, as well as stars and celebrities.

Everything also unites the jeweller and the perfumer: the choice of the most precious raw materials, eternal stones or natural essences, and the exacting standards that will give birth to a unique creation, a set of jewels designed to complement the skin, the personality, with expert craftmanship.

Cartier Perfumes include Offers, Declaration, Delices De Cartier, Eau de Cartier, Le Baiser Du Dragon, Must de Cartier, Must de Cartier Pour Homme, Pasha, Roadster, Santos de Cartier and So Pretty.

Cartier Baiser Vole Perfume by Cartier for women Personal Fragrances

5. Lancôme

Lancôme Paris is a luxury beauty brand. Owned by L’Oréal since 1964, Lancôme is part of the Luxury Products division, which offers skin care, perfumes, and makeup at higher-end price points.

Lancome perfumes include Tresor, Tresor In Love, Magnifique, Poeme, Magie Noire, O De Lancome, O Oui and Miracle but perhaps the most popular in their current lineup is the Lancome Hypnose collection.

6. Givenchy

Givenchy is a French brand of clothing, accessories, perfumes and cosmetics with Parfums Givenchy.

Givenchy perfumes include Ysatis, launched in 1984 then Amarige in 1991, and Organza, in 1996.

In 2003 the company launched Very Irrésistible Givenchy, one of Givenchy’s first commissioned scents in the fruity-floral olfactory category.

Beginning with Monsieur de Givenchy in 1959, the men’s perfumes have aimed to express a gentleman’s attitude, for example Givenchy Gentleman in 1975, Xeryus in the ’80s and Pi in the ’90s. More recently, Givenchy pour Homme, Givenchy Blue Label and Very Irrésistible Givenchy for Men have been launched.

Givenchy Very Irresistible 2 Piece Gift Set for Women

7. Balenciaga

Cristobal Balenciaga, the legendary designer hailed as The Couturier of Couturiers and The Master of us all by designer Christian Dior, opened his first haute couture house in San Sabastian, Spain in 1918.

In 1946, the House of Balenciaga launched its first perfume, Le Dix, aptly named after its first atelier, 10, Avenue George V. Le Dix attracted the same acclaim as the famous Balenciaga couture pieces, and the perfume soon even rivalled Coco Chanel’s legendary scents.

Le Dix By Balenciaga For Women. Eau De Toilette Spray 1 Ounces

8. Cacharel

Cacharel is a French brand of ready-to-wear clothing, perfume and accessories. It was created in 1962 by Jean Bousquet, in Nîmes, who founded the company of the same name in 1964.

In 1975 Bousquet commissioned L’Oréal to create a perfume for his brand; the successful Anaïs Anaïs was launched in 1978. It was followed by Cacharel pour l’Homme, Loulou, Eden, Loulou Blue, Eau d’Eden, Noa, Nemo, Gloria, Amor Amor,Amor Amor Eau Fraiche, Noa Fleur, Noa Perle, Promesse and Amor pour homme.

Cacharel – Amor Amor For Women Eau de Toilette Spray

9. Hermes

Hermès is a French company specilize in the designing, manufacturing and sales of luxury products, especially in the fields of leather , the fashion clothing and perfume.

Hermès started its perfume line in 1951. Since then, the company has created several scents for both men and women. Women’s include the recently created Kelly Calèche; others have been Eau des Merveilles, 24, Faubourg, Calèche, Rouge Hermès, Hiris, Parfum d’Hermès and Amazone. Men’s perfumes include Terre D’Hermès, Rocabar, équipage, and Bel Ami. perfumes for both men and women include Eau d’Orange Verte, Un Jardin sur le Nil, Un Jardin en Méditerranée, Eau D’Hermès, and eight scents in the Hermessence series which are exclusive to Hermès stores.

Eau Des Merveilles Perfume by Hermes for women Personal Fragrances

10. Lacoste

Lacoste is a high-end apparel company founded in 1933 that sells high-end clothing, footwear, perfume, leather goods, watches, eyewear, and most famously tennis shirts.

Lacoste perfumes include Challenge, Elegance, Essential, Essential Sport, Inspiration, Joy of Pink, Lacoste Pour Femme, Lacoste Pour Homme, Love of Pink, Red and Touch Of Pink.

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