Name your Top 5 Favorite designer perfume brands.
This is tough for me. When the word “favorite” is mentioned, it makes me nervous. I’m too noncommittal for blanket statements like that! So as of today, these are my five favorite designer perfumes. These are the brands that I own the most from and actually wear:
- Prada – I actually own a lot of Prada and I forget this. The original “Prada Amber” is one of my favorites. This may partially be because of memories or the era when I wore it, but even without those memories, it’s a pretty wearable patchouli-amber. Prada perfumes are what I think of as elegant without being fussy. There’s something about their style that I really like. They may not be super exciting but I think they’re great for “day wear”. I love the sweet benzoin/iris Candy in the winter and the powdery iris, Infusion d’Iris in late winter/early spring.
- Bvlgari – Same talking points as above. They’re non-fussy, wearable perfumes. Yes, they have some flops. But, I’ll forgive them even if they make bad choices by discontinuing Omnia and Black. I like their tea scents and even Rose Essentielle. They’re the sort of perfumes that I wear when I don’t want to think about wearing perfume.
- Hermès – I’m one of those Hermès people. Either you are or you aren’t. I totally get how someone isn’t. It’s a whisper-y style. I love the Jardin Collection in the summer. I also like all of the various “colognes” (the soaps in these scents are FABULOUS). I’m very much an Hermèssence person. Which is a weird thing to say because I don’t consider myself delicate and/or inoffensive. I guess I’m drawn to that contrast.
- Mugler – Speaking of delicate and inoffensive…Mugler. Not! Mugler perfumes can be really big so I have to be in the mood for them. But, when I’m in the mood for something like Angel or Alien, nothing else will do. I think Mugler perfumes are really creative and stand-out. It’s one of the few designer perfume brands that truly works with the designer clothing brand. They are truly an extension of the brand.
- Tom Ford – I’d say that the regular Tom Ford lineup (excluding Private Blends) are things to wear when I feel like “standing out”. They’re louder perfumes that project (like the Mugler ones). My favorite one is White Patchouli, which nobody seems to talk about. I also love Orchid Soleil (and nope, I still haven’t bought a full-size bottle!). Black Orchid isn’t the best for me, but I appreciate that something that bombastic exists. Anyway, I actually like the regular Tom Ford lineup over Private Blends because I think those are “edgier” and more interesting.
WAIT. I’m already changing my mind. How can I exclude Chanel?! I mean, half of what I wear is boring ‘ole Chanel like Cristalle and Coco. I can’t believe I’d exclude Chanel… I TOLD YOU I CAN’T HANDLE RESTRICTIVE LISTS.
Anyway, what are your Top 5 Designer Perfume Brands (or even TOP SIX, lol)?
What is a “designer perfume”? I consider these to be those more “mainstream” perfumes that are associated with clothing brand…a designer. These typically have a broader appeal because of their distribution channels and price point. However, these days all of the ones mentioned above have an “exclusive” brand. I call these “boutique designer” or “exclusive designer” or even “designer niche” since they are a designer perfume brand but usually only sold at certain stores/doors/boutiques and usually cost A LOT more. So, that’s like Chanel Les Exclusifs or Mugler Les Exceptions, Hermèssence…you get the picture.
*Erykah Badu for Tom Ford White Patchouli, one of my favorite celeb + designer perfume ads EVER, well, that pic is from styleit.com.