I’ve always been someone who loves perfumes and fragrances. Often when people talk about finishing an outfit with a cherry on top, they’re thinking about shoes or a great pair of sunglasses. And while those are important parts of an outfit, the real cherry on top is a great fragrance.
Your scent says just as much about you as your outfit choice. I love fragrance so much that I carry a travel-size perfume in my purse everywhere I go. I’m a firm believer in mixing perfumes too. Certain brands, such as Jo Malone London, have scents designed to be mixed and matched across the entire collection. Personally, I love the combination of Wood Sage & Sea Salt with English Pear & Freesia. But currently, I’m wearing a mix of Rose 31 from Le Labo and Miss Dior’s Absolutely Blooming. They balance each other well because the Le Labo is a little smoky and masculine while the Dior is light and sweet.
Certain fragrances gain the attention of fragrance lovers and become cult favorites. Some that immediately come to my mind are Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Baccarat Rouge or Le Labo’s Santal 33. But whenever I hear about a new fragrance everyone can’t get enough of, I have to wait and judge it for myself. I have high standards for perfume and need to really love a scent to justify spending money on it, especially considering that great fragrances aren’t cheap.
For me to invest in a fragrance, it has to check four boxes. First, it has to last a long time (for me, that’s at least five to six months). Second, it has to be sweet but not overwhelmingly so that you would mistake me for a high-school cheer captain. It has to be a little woodsy or smoky but not so much so you’d mistake me for someone’s grandfather. And finally, it has to have character and personality.
I rounded up the 30 fragrances I believe are worth the hype to be called “cult favorites.” including my current favorites, which sit on my vanity while I write this.
Keep scrolling to see which fragrances made the cut.