Words: Emily Venables
Here one day, gone the next. Yes, trends are notorious for being fickle. So, if you’re fed up investing your time and money in fleeting one-hit-wonders, then you need to go down the ‘everlasting’ route. And we have just the thing for you. Discover the classic fragrances that have managed to transcend decades and become an unshakable icon. Here are the ultimate investment-worthy, timeless perfumes…
1. J’adore by Dior
We all know the one. Charlize Theron is walking moodily to the camera, shredding her glamorous accessories, in a filter of golden gorgeousness. Yes, the J’adore advertising campaign is as ingrained in our memory as the intoxicating spritz. A beautiful bouquet of notes – think Damascus rose, ylang-ylang and jasmine – it’s feminine, floral fragrance that often finds its way in the wedding perfume hall of fame. What’s not to love?
2. Eternity by Calvin Klein
As the name would suggest, this Calvin Klein scent is not one of those here-one-day-gone-the-next types. Formulated as a token on pure, eighties love, it’s characterised by a peppery heart that’s softened with a hint of citrus and a dusting of powder. A bestseller for decades, this scent is still as relevant today as it was back in 1988.
3. Le Male by Jean Paul Gautier
As one of the most iconic fragrance bottles to come from the 90s, it's no surprise that Le Male by JLP has found its way onto our timeless fragrance top 5! Top notes of mint and bergamot give it an instant freshness that are complimented by a heart of warm lavender and cinnamon. It's grand finale gives it a more masculine edge with sandalwood, cedar and amber. Yes, sailor!
4. La Vie Est Belle by Lancome
This beautiful scent may not have been around for as long as the others on our list of timeless classics, but we're predicting a lifetime of devoted followers for this one! The uplifting fragrance, which means 'life is beautiful', was revised more than 5,000 times before the final floral-packed fragrance was finally given the seal of approval! Anything that was created so meticulously deserves to be loved for many years to come!
5. Homme by Joop!
There's trendsetting scents and then there's Homme by Joop! The distinctive fragrance has been flying of the shelves since 1989 and the complex, oriental scent shows no signs of giving up its title of the ultimate go-to scent for men just yet! Its distinctive scent is comprised of amber, orange blossom and warming cinnamon.
Start your search for your forever fragrance
At The Perfume Shop today