Words: Gabrielle Richens
Join us on an aromatic adventure as we explore enticing scents from around the world. Perfumes have been an integral part of human history, spanning across cultures and continents for millennia. From the bustling souks of Morocco to the lavender fields of Provence, each culture has a distinct fragrance heritage.
Here are our top ten scents from around the world that you can find right here at The Perfume Shop!
Top Ten Scents from Around the World
Quintessential British perfume is a delightful blend of elegance and tradition with just a touch of whimsy! Inspired by idyllic countryside, picturesque gardens, and stately homes, these fragrances capture the essence of British charm. From opening notes of romantic florals and hearts of summer berries to a base of woody-musk. And if you’ve read Our Favourite Herbal Fragrances article, you’ll know that floral elements are often complemented by herbaceous accords like lavender and geranium –two more classically English fragrance notes!
And for the gents? A touch of smoky sophistication can be found in scents inspired by the historic streets of London, with accords of tobacco, leather, spices, and vetiver.
Burberry Her, by BURBERRY
Burberry Her truly captures the essence of British summer and afternoon tea! This bold scent blends crushed berries with violet and jasmine, then perfectly contrasts these pretty, sweet notes with creamy amber and woody musk. By the way, if you’re a Burberry Her fan and you’re not Pampering Yourself with Perfume, you’re missing out big time!
For him: Dunhill Icon, by DUNHILL
Dunhill Icon is a unique blend of rare and exclusive ingredients like neroli absolute and Italian bergamot. This unique fusion includes black pepper, leather, vetiver and Lavender de Provence to add a twist of masculinity.
Next stop on our Scents from Around the World tour is the pinnacle of luxury perfume, France. French perfume embodies the essence of elegance and sophistication. Rooted in centuries of tradition and innovation, French perfumers have mastered the artistic harmony between delicate floral bouquets and complex aromatic symphonies. From the sun-kissed fields of Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, to the grand maisons in Paris, each fragrance house embraces a heritage that celebrates timeless creativity. Typical French perfume notes include jasmine, rose de mai, iris, lily of the valley, and patchouli, plus notes of vanilla and citrus can also be found in French perfume.
You can find many more popular scents from France in Your Guide To French Perfume
For her: Miss Dior, by DIOR
The new and updated version of Miss Dior is still distinctly French. Fresh floral notes of Grasse roses lead into a powdery cascade of iris, lily of the valley and peony. This iconic French perfume is smooth, sensual and like a shimmering burst of a thousand colourful flowers.
For him: Le Beau, by JOHN PAUL GAULTIER
Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Beau, is an aromatic woody scent you can’t get enough of. A spicy, rich blend of coconut wood and green, citrusy bergamot delivered in the signature Gaultier sexy, torso bottle!
South American perfume notes evoke the continent’s captivating spirit and cultural diversity. From the thriving rainforests of the Amazon to the sun-kissed shores of the Caribbean, these scents capture the essence of vibrant landscapes. Bursting with tropical notes like passionfruit, guava, and coconut, while ylang-ylang and Peruvian balsam add a touch of sensual warmth. You’ll also find tobacco, rum, amber, and leather infused with a dash of spice for rich, earthy depth!
For her: Cabochard, by GRES
Elegant and seductive Cabochard, by Gres embodies the essence of South America with every note. From tobacco, leather, amber, and coconut, to its aromatic notes of jasmine and roses. This fragrance is a sultry, sexy rumba in a bottle!
For him: Jazz Club, by MAISON MARGIELA
Maison Margiela’s Jazz Club takes you on a haze-filled sojourn where the rum flows and the band plays. With its rich notes of tobacco leaf, rum absolute and gentle hum of vanilla bean, this scent will transport you to a Cuban taverna with each spritz!
Jazz Club also features in our Best First Date Perfumes guide.
Italy, the birthplace of art and romance has a perfume heritage that is as rich as its culinary cuisine! Italian perfumery captures the essence of La Dolce Vita, whisking us away to sun-kissed Mediterranean landscapes and enchanting historical cities. With Sicilian citrus and Italian bergamot (delicious, sparkling citrus notes), Mediterranean blossoms such as orange blossom and jasmine, Italian perfumes effortlessly transport us to romantic escapades along the Amalfi Coast. You’ll find Tuscan lavender and leather paying homage to Italy’s grand artisanal traditions in more masculine Italian fragrances.
Need perfume inspiration for your trip to the Med? We’ll help with our Best Summer Holiday Perfumes guide!
For her: Light Blue Italian Love, by DOLCE&GABBANA
Get it while you can! The new limited-edition, Light Blue Italian Love is an addictively sensual, unisex fragrance. Although, we think this scent from around the world is fruity, floral, and super feminine! It opens with Light Blue’s iconic top note duo of crisp Granny Smith apple and tangy Calabrian lemon. Add a floral musk note and cedarwood to the mix, and you’re relaxing on a deck chair that adorns the coves of Capri!
For him: Man Glacial Essence, by BVLGARI
When it comes to men’s scents from around the world, BVLGARI’s Man Glacial Essence is the epitome of masculinity. Dedicated to the power of natural elements, it’s a fresh and woody scent combined with the exclusive masculine terrae accord. This is a bold fragrance for the unstoppable man on a constant quest for greatness!
Let’s end our scents-from-around-the-world voyage in Morocco. Where perfume ignites the senses and enriches the soul the second you step foot in this North African wonderland. Drawing inspiration from the bustling souks of Marrakech to the tranquil oases of the Sahara, these fragrances capture the essence of Morocco’s rich culture. The iconic Moroccan rose takes centre stage with its velvety aroma, resinous, woody notes of oud adds depth and intrigue. Amber and musk evoke the warmth of desert sands, while exotic spices like saffron and vanilla bring a touch of smooth, exotic mystery. And finally, if you’ve read our Guide To Citrus Perfumes, you’ll know all about our favourite trending note of citrus! Which you’ll find in the form of orange blossom and bergamot as a nod to Morocco’s lush citrus groves.
For her: Opium, by YVES SAINT LAURENT
Fun fact – Opium by YVES SAINT LAURENT had a rather controversial launch in 1977 and was almost withdrawn because of the name. Yves Saint Laurent was accused of insensitivity and condoning drug use. However, as we all know ‘any publicity is good publicity’ and Opium went on to become a best seller! This warm floral, amber scent hits all the intoxicating notes of Moroccan perfume, from jasmine, citrus, and vanilla to the spicy, floral scent of carnation.
For him: Santal Royal, by GUERLAIN
Now, Santal Royal may be made by the French Perfume House of Guerlain, but this perfume is clearly inspired by the Maghreb! This bewitching fragrance is a woody scent, contrasted by dark notes of leather, oud, and the luminous floral notes of jasmine and rose. But it’s the addition of sandalwood –one of the rarest and most precious ingredients in the perfume world, that gives our final scent from around the world, its mysterious and intoxicating aroma.
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About Gabrielle Richens
Gabrielle is a skincare pro turned beauty copywriter. Her love for skincare runs deep and she is an avid fan of Mielle Organics and Pacifica Beauty. She’s been writing and creating beauty content for over five years but has been in and around the world of beauty for most of her life. When she’s not researching the latest skincare ingredients you’ll find her dishing out beauty tips on Instagram.