What Are Some Good French Perfumes?


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French perfumers Chanel, Guerlain, and Dior produce the top perfumes in France. Chanel's best-sellers include Chanel No. 5 and Coco Noir. Guerlain Shalimar and Miss Dior Le Parfum are both quintessentially French perfumes. Givenchy produces the seductive Very Irresistible. Nina Ricci is another top-quality perfumer, as is Cacharel, who produces a scent called Anais Anais. Other bestselling scents include Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme, Lancome La Vie Est Belle, and Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne.

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France is the home of many of the worlds' best perfume brands. Both Vogue and Harper's Bazaar list French-made perfumes, such as Dior's Diorissimo, among the most classic scents for women.

Chanel No. 5 is an iconic and feminine French fragrance that was first produced in 1921; and, it has been worn by famous stars, such as the alluring Marilyn Monroe. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, famously endorsed by the beautiful Keira Knightley, is a newer women's fragrance made to appeal to younger crowds. This fragrance hit the market in 2001.

Guerlain's oldest and best-known fragrance, Shalimar, was first introduced in 1925. Labeled by Vogue as "very, very French," its notes of bergamot, iris, and warm vanilla are well-recognized in France. Guerlain also produces a floral and powdery scent, titled "Apres L'Ondee."

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