If You Love KKW Crystal Gardenia, You'll Love These Fragrances

Not your grandma's floral scent.

Updated 12/09/19

Floral fragrances aren't for everyone. With their bold notes and abundant bouquets (no pun intended), they can feel a bit brash or even old-fashioned to some wearers. However, there's one floral scent that exhibits quite different qualities—it's warm, exotic, earthy, and downright intoxicating—gardenia. With its satisfyingly sultry take on florals and its ability to wear well both during the day and night, gardenia has become a mainstay in the world of perfumes. When Kim Kardashian West released her KKW Fragrance in Crystal Gardenia, she created not one but three takes on the light floral. Even Byrdie's editorial director, Faith Xue (who only wears niche fragrances), was so taken with the scent that the crystal-shaped bottle has earned a spot in her perfume collection. If you too are a lover of KKW Crystal Gardenia or you simply want to open your senses to a new summery scent, here are some of our favorite gardenia perfumes to try.

Florence 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Parfum Spray
Tocca Florence Eau de Parfum Spray $72

Gardenia combines with bergamot and blonde wood for an elegant blend that evokes strolling through Paris and enjoying a café au lait on Right Bank.

Eau De Parfum
Chantecaille Eau de Parfum $185

Named after the Tahitian gardenia, tiaré, this energizing scent will transport you right to the tropics with its softly sweet notes of gardenia mixed in with lily of the valley, jasmine, and musky vanilla.

Looking Glass Eau De Parfum
Derek Lam 10 Crosby Looking Glass Eau de Parfum $95

Said to be inspired by the spontaneity of "dancing through life with wild abandon," this warm scent is uplifted by notes of gardenia and blended with Chinese magnolia and tonka bean from Madagascar.

Flora by Gucci - Gorgeous Gardenia Limited Edition 1.6 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Toilette Spray
Gucci Flora by Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia Limited Edition Eau de Toilette $78

Fruity florals bloom in this addictive scent inspired by Gucci's iconic flora pattern. White gardenia finds itself among red berries, frangipani flower, and brown sugar for a sensual fragrance.

Scandal Eau De Parfum
Roja Parfums Scandal Eau de Parfum $325

A luxe bouquet of gardenia, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, orange blossom, and freesia come together with sandalwood and musk for a complex scent with intimate nuances and an elevated warmth.

Amarige 1.6 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
Givenchy Amarige Eau de Toilette $76

For an ethereal take on gardenia that is both warm and radiant, the scent is blended with neroli, tonka bean, and ylang-ylang.

Daisy Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Parfum Spray $90

Indulge in decadence with this fresh, playful, and alluring scent boasting notes of gardenia, strawberry, violet leaves, and ruby red grapefruit.

Crystal Noir 3 oz/ 90 mL Eau de Toilette Spray
Versace Crystal Noir Eau de Toilette Spray $95

In tune with the brand's ethos, this sumptuous fragrance is confident and unapologetic—a floral-oriental scent with notes of gardenia and amber.

Gardenia Rattan 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Parfum Spray
Aerin Gardenia Rattan Eau de Parfum $120

"Gardenia Rattan is the perfect summer day: warm sun, beautiful sea, and fresh flowers," describes Aerin Lauder, the founder and creative director of Aerin. Gardenia, tuberose, Tahitian tiaré, and amber are gently blended to capture the spirit of summer.

La Panthere Eau De Parfum Legere 0.8 oz/ 25 mL Eau de Parfum Legere Spray
Cartier La Panthere Eau de Parfum Legere $70

Gardenia and tiaré flower serve as the main notes in this captivating fragrance grounded by velvety notes of musk.

We still may be in the dead of winter, but with this collection of gardenia perfumes, summer's just a spritz away.

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