Words: Emily Venables
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of great fragrances out there to choose from, but only a select few can really stand the test of time and continue to delight new fragrance fans years, if not decades, after its release. Our top 5 vintage perfumes have gone through long-forgotten periods of fashion fads and come out the other side stronger, more popular and just as sensational as the day they were created. If you’re looking for a classic scent to add to your repertoire, have a nose at these…
1. CK One by Calvin Klein
We’re starting our trip on memory lane with a scent that will evoke memories of the 90s for many fragrance lovers. With its cool, refreshing and universally flattering notes of citrus, papaya and jasmine CK One belongs on both the male and female side of the bathroom shelf as one of the first unisex fragrances to gain popularity. Many years after its 1994 release, it’s still as relevant today as it was back then.
2. No. 5 by Chanel
Would it be a top 10 vintage perfume round up if we didn’t include Chanel No. 5? The legendary scent changed the course of perfumery forever when it was released in 1921 by being so uncharacteristically different to what was on offer at the time. The very essence of femininity, it features notes of vanilla, jasmine, citrus and rose. Hey, if it was good enough for Marilyn Monroe to wear to bed, it’s good enough for us!
3. Opium by YSL
If there was ever a perfume that was known for being scandalous, then Opium by YSL it is! Released in 1977, the perfume set tongues wagging and jaws dropping due to its controversial name. It came under such scrutiny that some countries even banned it! Luckily for us, YSL didn’t take too much notice and it remains a bestselling perfume today and they've even released a second version - Black Opium.
4. Joop! Homme
Just like a fine wine, this classic scent only gets better when you give it a little time! The initial scent is not for the faint hearted but be patient and you’ll truly benefit from the dry down. The complex blend of orange blossom, amber and cinnamon reveals a warm, deep and sensual fragrance that was way ahead of its time! It took everyone by surprise when it was released in the late 80s and it continues to glean attention today, too!
5. Cool Water by Davidoff
Guys, do you remember sneaking a spray or two of your dad’s fragrance when you were a kid? If so, there’s a strong chance you were experiencing Cool Water for the first time! For over 25 years, Cool Water has been helping men discover the power of cool with its intense, yet charming, blend of peppermint, geranium, oakwood and musk. It’s masculine, it extrudes freshness and it is showing now signs of giving up its place as a true classic amongst male fragrances.
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