“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” – John Keats, Endymion
Classic fragrances are eternal. They never lose their power to inspire and attract despite the deluge of new fragrances that come onto the market daily. They linger in the minds of men and women and evoke memories of the past that are as fresh as the scent that wafts through a field of roses and is carried into the ether. In fact, so revered and respected are some of these fragrances that it behooves everyone who calls himself a genuine perfumista to familiarize him/herself with these perfumes and colognes. Here is our pick of fragrances that will linger on.
Bourjois Soir de Paris (Evening in Paris): This enchanting fragrance, which contains top notes of bergamot, apricot and peach, was created back in 1928 by Ernest Beaux. The result is a powdery, floral scent. Unfortunately, the classic version was discontinued in 1969 but a new version was reformulated in 1991.
CK One by Calvin Klein: Pure and sensual this unisex fragrance has notes of bergamot, cardamom, pineapple, papaya, amber, and green tea and was introduced to the market in 1994. It was one of the first major fragrances marketed equally to women and men.
Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger for Women: This fresh, floral fragrance contains notes of camellia and black currant flowers, mandarin, tangerine, Cherokee rose, desert jasmine and butterfly violets. Tommy Girl was released to the public 20 years ago.
Hermes Bel Ami: This enchanting fragrance, which is a bold mix cardamom, amber, patchouli and leather, was created back in 1986 by Jean-Louis Sieuzac. More recently the scent was updated by Jean-Claude Ellena.
Lucien Lelong Indiscret: Launched way back in 1936, this feminine fragrance has top notes of mandarin orange, galbanum and bergamot; middle notes are tuberose, iris, African orange flower, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose and geranium.
Chanel No. 5: Launched in 1921, this cologne was equally famous because of some of the people who wore it. The legendary actress Marilyn Monroe was among the celebrities who wore this timeless perfume.
Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden: Launched in 1936, this perfume has a fresh, floral aroma and contains notes of lavender, jasmine and bergamot. The result is a fragrance reminiscent of a trip to the countryside.
Yes, a classic scent never loses its appeal and while many of these fragrances are still available, others have been reformulated for new generations. However, through their growing interest in retro fashions and styles, many younger people are discovering these vintage fragrances and perhaps even wearing some version of them without even knowing it.