The Best Fragrances for Him and Her in 2017

Top Three Fragrances For Her

1. Joy by Jean Patou

Joy by Jean Patou

Joy by Jean Patou

Joy was created by Henri Alméras for the Parisian Jean Patou brand in 1929 as a response to the Wall Street Crash. The crash wiped out the fortunes of many of the American clients, and despite the high price tag, and the economic environment, Joy became one of the best selling fragrances. To make just 30 ml of the fragrances takes 10,000 jasmine flowers and 336 roses. It also has ylang ylang, tuberose, and michelia. The scent was designed to be uniquely floral without being tied to any one flower. It is available as Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette, and in 2002, the brand released Enjoy, a more contemporary version designed for younger women.

2. Shalimar by Jacques Guerlain

Shalimar by Jacques Guerlain

Shalimar by Jacques Guerlain

Shalimar was created first in 1921, and re-released in 1925. It was said that Guerlain was inspired by the Garden of Shalimar, the Taj Mahal, and the love that Shah Jahan had for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was also said the Guerlain was examining a sample of vanillin and suddenly decided to add the entire contents to a bottle of Jicky, and the end result was Shalimar. However it was created, it remains one of the most popular fragrances of all time. It falls into the Oriental fragrances and has top notes of bergamot, middle notes of rose and iris, with base notes of vanilla.

3. Diorissimo by Dior

Diorissimo by Dior

Diorissimo by Dior

Diorissimo was developed by master perfumer Edmond Roudnitska for Christian Dior. It was inspired by the lily of the valley flower, and also has ylang ylang, amaryllis, jasmine and boronia. Since its initial conception it has been reformulated to comply with the International Fragrance Association.

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Top Three Fragrances For Him

1. Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

Acqua Di Gio was created in 1996 by perfumer Alberto Morillas for Armani. It was inspired by the island of Pantelleria. It has become one of the most popular scents for men, and has top notes of jasmine and rosemary, with marine and persimmon fruit middle notes, and base notes of rock rose, patchouli, cedar and white musk. It gives a fresh, clean, aquatic scent that has proven popularity over the years.

2. Le Mâle by Jean Paul Gaultier

Le Mâle by Jean Paul Gaultier

Le Mâle by Jean Paul Gaultier

Le Mâle was created in 1995 for Jean Paul Gaultier by perfumer Francis Kurkdijan. It is said that the perfumer asked Gaultier about his memories from childhood. Gaultier remembered visiting markets with his grandmother and the smells there. Kurkdijan developed a scent with top notes of mint, bergamot and cardamon, middle notes of lavender, orange blossom, cumin and cinnamon, and base notes of sandalwood, cedar, amber, vanilla and tonka bean. The end result is a classic oriental fragrance that is one of the most popular scents in the world.

3. 1 Million by Paco Rabanne

1 Million by Paco Rabanne

1 Million by Paco Rabanne

1 Million by Paco Rabanne is the most recent release on this list. It was released in 2008, and was created by three perfumers, Christophe Raynaud, Olivier Pescheux and Michel Girard. It became an instant classic and one of the most popular frangrances for men. It has top notes of grapefruit, mint and blood orange, middle notes of rose, spice, cinnamon and blond leather, with base notes of amber, patchouli and white wood. It is a sweet spicy scent that is classified as a member of the warm spicy perfume family.

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