Comforting. Energising. Reliable. When coffee is used in the perfume world, it has as many perks as your favourite caffeine fix. Adding character and depth to a scent, without being too overbearing or rich, fragrances blended with coffee notes are head-turners for good reason. Let’s take a look at our favourite coffee-scented concoctions…
For Her: Coffee perfume with punch
Coffee Break by Maison Margiela
Perfect for anyone that craves the comforting aroma that a trip to a coffee shop brings, this one is for you. With its expertly crafted composition, Coffee Break by Maison Margiela mimics the delectable scent of frothy lattes and sweet pastries. You’ll find the coffee note and milk mousse accord pair beautifully against the soothing lavender heart to create the ultimate cosy scent!
BLACK OPIUM INTENSE by YVES SAINT LAURENT
This scent is a twist on YSL’s 1977 classic ‘Opium’. Famous for its heady, addictive character, this new version adds a double espresso shot to give the bouquet an extra dose of energy, heightened with intoxicating blue absinthe.
THE ONLY ONE by DOLCE & GABBANA
This is a coffee perfume that you can nuzzle into, like wrapping yourself up in your favourite cashmere scarf. Its powdery notes of violet and iris are given added richness with creamy vanilla and earthy patchouli, while the coffee heart note adds an unexpected caffeine buzz.
GOOD GIRL FOR HER by CAROLINA HERRERA
This scent’s cheeky name pays homage to its contradictory character, with cheerful bright notes of jasmine contrasted with the dark richness of coffee, almond and vanilla-like tonka bean.
For Him: Scents brewed with coffee notes
ALIEN MAN FUSION BY MUGLER
The vibrancy and warmth of ginger and cinnamon are brought back down to earth by the slightly bitter coffee notes, with leather and osmanthus adding a dash of come-hither sweetness.
CK FREE BY CALVIN KLEIN
This dynamic fragrance combines energetic, look-at-me notes of absinth, juniper berries and star anise, with the added depth of coffee, suede and oak.
POLO RED by RALPH LAUREN
Described as a ‘fiery blend’ inspired by the designer’s classic car collection, this intense version of the original fragrance goes full throttle on the intense heart notes of red cedarwood, ginger and leather, with the coffee adding some extra horsepower.
A* MEn by MUGLER
One of the original players in the coffee note fragrance game, this scent is as bold and on-point today as it was back in the late nineties. Not a brand to do things by half measures, the coffee bean heart is heightened with potent pops of patchouli and tar, before settling on the side of sweet side with a caramel, vanilla and chocolate base.
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About Elena Chow
Elena is a creative copywriter who’s been around the beauty block for more than a decade, writing for brands and glossy magazines. A self-proclaimed fragrance addict (her ‘open’ collection is at 14 bottles, but who’s counting?), it’s no wonder she loves penning pieces on our newest releases and trending notes. Her signature scent? Elle by Yves Saint Laurent.