Any beauty product bearing a French label already feels impossibly chic, but there’s something particularly special about French perfume. Perhaps it’s because a large ratio of history’s most iconic bottles and scents bear Parisian ancestry. (Hello, Chanel!) Or perhaps French perfumers simply have a knack for creating olfactory magic.
Regardless, we felt it was time to shed light on 16 of the best French perfume brands of all time via the ultimate fragrance capsule. From the aforementioned House of Chanel to additional, less commercialized French perfume labels like Serge Lutens, Frédéric Malle, and Maison Francis Kurkdjian, we’ve curated a feast of French fragrances just waiting to be spritzed, complimented, and placed on top of your vanity. Keep scrolling for 16 of our favorite French perfume brands and the specific bottle we’d recommend from each.
Chanel N°5 Eau de Parfum ($105)
Key notes: aldehydes, jasmine, neroli, sandalwood, bourbon