The fragrance of a woman speaks just as much about her personality as fashion. Unlike the popular belief, perfume is an important part of a woman’s vanity and hence, worth a good investment. Read on to know about the top 5 iconic luxury perfumes, and the interesting stories of their discoveries!
Chanel No. 5:
One cannot think perfumes and not mention Chanel No. 5. Coco Chanel in 1921 asked the famous perfumer, Ernest Beaux, to come up with a smell “that smells like a woman and not a flower bed”. After presenting her with 10 samples (numbered 5-10 and 20-24), Beaux’s number 5 was picked by Chanel. Ironically, this particular fragrance was an accident involving an unadvisable large quantity of Aldehyde, at the time. One century later, the perfume is still a favourite of many. Try for yourselves!
A competitor of Chanel at the time, and even now, Miss Dior was too an instant favourite of actresses like Grace Kelly. Monsieur Dior wanted a perfume that would smell like love in times of war (post World War 2). His sister Miss Catherine Dior, spent a year at the concentration camp as French Resistance, also was of the same opinion – "explore love in times of peril". Therefore, it was only befitting that Christian named the perfume after “Miss Dior”. True to its intention, it did smell like love, but also of the garden that he grew up in.
Joy by Jean Patou:
This masterpiece that emerged out of the Great Depression of America is the costliest perfume to be ever made. It’s not the most expensive but the costliest – a marketing technique that led to its success. Henri Almeras had unbelievably made a scent which fit 1000 flowers in a bottle and a lot of precious oils. Because of this, the perfume was the costliest ever; Almeras thought it could never be used commercially. Jean’s confidant Elsa Maxwell saw in this an opportunity to market it uniquely. It was distributed for free to the high-society women at the time of depression saying – “if you cannot afford our couture, we know you will still want something desirable”. The brand and the designer are long gone, the perfumes still lives on and with even more number of followers in the bottle.