Words: Emily Venables
All aboard the Orient Express… we’re going on a trip full of mystery and sensuality! Oriental perfumes stand out for all the right reasons; the complex blends posses warm, spicy notes of rich nutmeg, cloves, orchids and jasmine and offer an intense, long-lasting scent on the skin - no wonder it’s been a firm favourite for centuries! With so many exotic choices to pick from, we’ve expertly chosen 5 of the very best oriental offerings available today.
1. Angel by Mugler
Whether you're a little angelic or a little devilish Angel by Mugler has been created for everyone. Provocative, soft and dare we say it... heavenly (sorry!), it features a beautiful blend of bergamot, pink pepper, red fruits, praline and cedar to create a unique fragrance experience that sits comfortably within the oriental family.
2. Black Orchid by Tom Ford
For Him (But has gained a reputation as Unisex)
Originally marketed for just men, Tom Ford's Black Orchid has also captured the hearts of female fragrance fans - and we're not surprised everyone wants to enjoy this scent! The alluring oriental scent confidently combines a complex blend of patchouli, vanilla and amber with notes of black orchid, dark truffle and smoky incense for what is quite easily one of the dreamiest and most luxurious scents around!
3. Black Opium by YSL
Are you willing to take a walk on the wild side? If so, Black Opium by YSL will be right there with you! The gorgeous glam-rock inspired fragrance is bold, vibrant and full of intense notes but still remains totally beautiful. The captivating perfume featured traditionally oriental orange blossom with coffee, jasmine, sweet vanilla and cedar - delicious!
4. Code by Armani
Code by Armani is the first oriental offering from the Italian perfume house and wow, did they get it right! The sensual scent captivates you with notes of lemon, star anise, leather and Tonka bean carefully combined to create a luxury, yet completely masculine fragrance. This is, and will always be, a firm men's fragrance at The Perfume Shop HQ!
5. Boss the Scent by Hugo Boss
Beginning with the sweet scent of delicious honeyed peaches and seductive freesia, Boss the Scent by Hugo Boss is an instant head-turner! The soft top notes lead into a deeper scent of the Osmanthus plant at the heart and finally, it unleashes base notes of roasted cocoa to arouse the senses further! How’s that for a journey through the Orient?
There we have it, our 5 Oriental fragrance options that’ll transport you to the east with sensual spices and scent of exotic flowers.
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About the author
Emily Venables is a key writer for The Perfume Shop. She has contributed more than 100 articles towards the blog, becoming a 2020 finalist in the 'Rising Star' category at The Fragrance Foundation Jasmine Awards in recognition of her work. A self-confessed perfume lover, her favourite scents include La Belle by Jean Paul Gautier and Good Girl by Carolina Herrera.