Your guide to the hottest French perfumes

By Hannah Bentley-Kemenuh

The French are renowned for so many things – cheese, champagne, decadent pastries, haute couture and, of course, their fragrances, which are truly special. They’re versatile, they can be both classic and contemporary, and they’re oh so chic. We’ve managed (with great difficulty) to narrow down a list of the hottest French fragrances you’ll want to get your hands on right now… because, face it, no one creates fragrance better than the French!

YSL-Mon-Paris-50ml-packshotYves Saint Laurent Mon Paris for her

Mon Paris perfectly captures the romance of Paris. It blends pear and red fruits in the top notes, patchouli and white musk in the base, and a unique ingredient of datura orchid in the heart notes. Oozing Parisian sophistication, it’s a French fragrance you’re bound to fall in love with.

11Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her! and This Is Him!

These fragrances are the epitome of French cool and will make you feel effortlessly chic in no time. Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her! combines pink peppercorns, rose, Arabian jasmine and vanilla, while Zadig & Voltaire This Is Him! combines grapefruit, black pepper, sandalwood and vanilla. Despite the minimalistic bottles, a few spritzes of this fragrance duo will have you and your other half standing out from the crowd.

guerlain mon guerlainGuerlain Mon Guerlain for her

A discussion of French fragrances is incomplete without mentioning the renowned Guerlain. This year saw the launch of Guerlain Mon Guerlain, a modern, feminine French perfume inspired by the stunning Angelina Jolie. Main accords of bergamot, lavender, iris and vanilla are combined to create this gorgeous oriental fragrance in an elegant bottle with a four-leaf-clover cap designed to bring you luck. Truly exquisite.

kenzo_flower_eau_de_parfumFlower by Kenzo for her

Launched in 2000, Flower by Kenzo, in its iconic poppy bottle, is another classic French fragrance. Bulgarian rose, bourbon vanilla and white musk are combined to create a powdery and floral scent with an addictive softness recognisable anywhere. Inspired by a tale of a woman with ‘fairy-like femininity’, Flower by Kenzo is one to add to your collection now.

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