Fragrances are a personal thing, especially when it comes to the floral variety. With their bold notes and abundant bouquets (no pun intended), they can feel a bit brash and 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. We're speaking of 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.
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.
Named after the Tahitian gardenia Tiare, 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.
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.
Fruity florals bloom in this addictive scent inspired by Gucci's iconic floral pattern. White gardenia finds itself among red berries, frangipani flower, and brown sugar for a sensual fragrance.
Neroli is sourced from the flower of the bitter orange tree. It is valued for its calming and relaxing aroma.
For an ethereal take on gardenia that is both warm and radiant, the scent is blended with neroli, tonka bean, and ylang-ylang.
Indulge in decadence with this fresh, playful, and alluring scent that boasts notes of gardenia, strawberry, violet leaves, and ruby red grapefruit.
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 is the perfect summer day: warm sun, beautiful sea, and fresh flowers," describes Aerin Lauder, founder and creative director of Aerin. Gardenia, tuberose, Tahitian Tiare, and amber are gently blended to capture the spirit of summer.
Bright gardenia joins muskier notes to evoke a captivating sensation that's the perfect balance of sensual and delicate.
The smooth, almost citrus-like scent of this fragrance features notes of tea leaves, sweet orange, and jasmine.