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.
Tocca Florence Eau de Parfum Spray
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. It's light enough to wear daily in the office or for a fun night out with friends.
Chantecaille Parfums Pour Femme Tiare Eau de Parfum
Named after the Tahitian gardenia Tiare, this energizing scent will transport you right to the tropics. It has 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. It's the perfect romantic scent for a date night.
Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Toilette Spray
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.
Givenchy Amarige Eau de Toilette Spray
For an ethereal take on gardenia that is both warm and radiant, the scent is blended with neroli, tonka bean, and ylang-ylang. If you love florals, but you're looking for a bit more depth, this is the scent for you.
Neroli is sourced from the flower of the bitter orange tree. It is valued for its calming and relaxing aroma.
Byredo Casablanca Lily Night Veils Perfume Extract
This absolutely mesmerizing scent is inspired by the lush shores of Casablanca. Indulge in decadence with this alluring scent that boasts notes of gardenia, plum, and Indian tuberose.
Versace Crystal Noir Eau de Toilette Spray
If you're looking for something on the spicy side, this is the option for you. In tune with the brand's ethos, this sumptuous fragrance is confident and unapologetic—a floral-spicy scent with notes of gardenia, amber, pepper, ginger, and cardamom.
Aerin Gardenia Rattan Eau de Parfum Spray
"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.
Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum Spray
Bright gardenia joins fruity notes to evoke a captivating sensation that's the perfect balance of sensual and delicate. Those fruity notes, which include dried fruits, strawberry, and bergamot, are rounded out with florals like rose and orange blossom.
Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia
This clean, budget-friendly fragrance is made with essential oils and is 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. The smooth, almost citrus-like scent of this fragrance features notes of tea leaves, sweet orange, and jasmine.