When Revlon released their “Charlie” perfume in the 1970’s, it was advertised as “kinda young, kinda now.” But now, now is then, and one can only imagine how Charlie would stack up next to today’s hipper scents. The young literally turn up their millennial noses at the cloying scents of their mothers and grandmothers, and invest hard-earned cash in the most recent product to be featured on the test strip from the latest issue of Vogue. But take heed: before consigning those ancient bottles to the trash, you may want to spritz a bit on your wrist. There are a few classic scents that have held up under the test of time.
Chanel No. 5
It takes a classic to make a classic. Chanel No. 5 was made iconic in the commercial ad featuring Marilyn Monroe who offered the perfume’s name as the answer to the question of what she “wore to bed.” According to Refinery 29, the scent still holds its own. Chanel number 5 is a combination of floral smells, including rose, jasmine, and citrus. It remains a ladylike staple of the perfume industry with hints of sandalwood and vanilla undertones.
The Huffington Post declared this Eau de Toilette spray by Houbigant another timeless fragrance. Known for its reputed luxury and high price, it was released in 1941 as a scent of romance and intrigue. Hints of rose damask and jasmine give this perfume its allure.
This Estee Lauder creation also landed on the list of classics. Created in the 1950’s Estee Lauder described the perfume as sensual and it is reputed to be symbolic of women’s independence from the need for male companionship. The theme is represented through the scents of moss, lavender, and Muguet.
Another perfume staple, Jean Nate by Revlon has endured for decades. Introduced in 1935, the scent of Jean Nate summons feelings of playfulness. Popsugar describes its scent as light and sweet, noting its balance of the floral with the spicy.
Another legendary perfume endorsed by a legend is the elegant White Diamonds, by Elizabeth Taylor. Created in 1991, the perfume is characterized by its citrus blend of neroli, orange, and bergamot, with a hint of lily.
L’Air du Temps
This fragrance, known for its “Something’s In The Air” slogan, was launched in 1948 by Nina Ricci. The release of the perfume was an attempt to capture the return to peace and optimism after World War and was designed to appeal to the femininity of its users. The beautiful bottle with the intertwining doves has been, and will remain, a feature on the vanity tables of elegant women throughout history.
Shalimar is an ancient oriental perfume whose name translates to “temple of love” in Sanskrit. The moniker for the Guerlain fragrance is derived from the Indian Gardens of Shalimar where the Shah Jahan met his muse for the building of the Taj Mahal. Touted by starlets from Rita Hayworth to Kate Moss, this classic fragrance is one for the ages.
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