We love classic perfumes. We love new scents, too, of course, but there’s just something so nostalgically special about a carefully crafted fragrance that has stood the test of time. What’s even better is when it comes with a little backing from some of the most iconic celebrity women in history.
Marilyn Monroe’s very public confession that all she wore to bed was a few drops of Chanel No. 5 has naturally cemented the scent firmly in the fragrance history books. But what about the gorgeous perfumes worn by our other favorite icons? What did Jackie Kennedy spritz, or which notes did Grace Kelly prefer? And what about modern-day stars like Rihanna or Salma Hayek?
If you’ve ever wondered about the signature scents of your favorite A-list stars, look no further than our roundup below. We’ve done some digging and have discovered the beloved scents of some of the most iconic celebrities to ever grace the red carpet. Our list is perfect if you adore a classic fragrance, and it's even better if you're looking for something new for your collection.
Keep scrolling to discover the beautiful perfumes that some of the most beloved celebrities wear.
Yves Saint Laurent Opium
Since its launch in 1977, Yves Saint Laurent's Opium has been a celebrity mainstay. Nowadays, stars like Salma Hayek, Heidi Klum, Emily Blunt, and Gisele call this their signature. The spicy scent includes notes of cloves, coriander, tangerine, and sandalwood, with a touch of rose and Lily of the Valley.
Miller Harris L'Air de Rien Eau de Parfum
Blended by Miller Harris for Jane Birkin after the actress asked the perfumer to “create a fragrance I can bear to wear,” Birkin’s signature conjures “dusty libraries and old books” through notes of dry vanilla, oakmoss, neroli, patchouli, and bourbon.
Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
Carnal Flower is loved by Mila Kunis, Adrienne Bailon Houghton, and the legendary icon herself, Catherine Deneuve. This sensual yet elegant fragrance's main accord is tuberose absolute (and more of it than any other fragrance, we might add), with jasmine, coconut, and orange blossom to round things out.
Byredo Gypsy Water
Actress Kate Bosworth is loyal to her signature scent, Byredo's Gypsy Water. It's a gorgeous take on woody and aromatic notes, with juniper, lemon, bergamot, and pepper as the top notes, pine needles and incense as middle notes, and a sandalwood and amber base.
Jean Desprez Bal à Versailles
In her later life, Elizabeth Taylor is said to have worn nothing but her own line of fragrances, particularly Violet Eyes. But before that, she loved a suitably rare vintage perfume, crafted from notes of rosemary, orange blossom, jasmine, rose, bergamot, lemon, sandalwood, patchouli, and leather.