Chanel No. 5, Diorissimo and Jean Patou Joy are some of the all-time most popular perfumes. Opium by Yves Saint Laurent and Guerlain Shalimar are also classically popular perfumes.
Launched in 1921, Chanel No. 5 is iconic in its popularity. Chanel was one of the first perfumeries to blend several scents into a single fragrance. Chanel No. 5 features notes of ylang-ylang, jasmine, sandalwood, amber and aldehydes.
Diorissimo is a fragrance by Christian Dior. The main fragrance is lily of the valley, though it also features high notes of calyx with a sandalwood base. The makers had to reformulate the perfume to comply with the International Fragrance Association, but it's still very popular.
Jean Patou Joy is a high-end fragrance that contains 10,600 jasmine flowers and 336 roses in a single ounce. Jean Patou released the fragrance to 200 of his most valuable customers during the Great Depression.
Yves Saint Laurent's Opium has become popular partially because of the controversial nature of its name and ad campaigns. The perfume contains top notes of pepper, coriander and mandarin origin with a base of sandalwood and cedarwood.
Guerlain Shalimar contains notes of bergamot, iris and vanilla. Dating back to 1925, Shalimar is the world's first Oriented-scented perfume. The perfume is popular because of the sensuality it evokes, according to Harpaar's Bazaar.