June 4, 2023

Growing up, my mum had the most enchanting collection of beauty products that took residence in her bathroom. (My dad’s electric shaver, bare bar soap, and a lone bottle of 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner didn’t stand a chance and were banished to a different bathroom downstairs.)

Atop my mum’s porcelain vanity sat her jars of creams and powders, and along the wall, deep drawers were lined with rows of sophisticated lipstick bullets. Atop gleaming glass shelves sat her collection of Chanel perfumes. Even at a super-young age (and knowing nothing of Chanel’s iconic name), I understood with an inherent knowledge there was something supremely special about the gilded bottle stoppers and black lacquer detail. The name “Chanel” was effortlessly etched into my subconscious as the epitome of glamour and covetousness.

Nearly 20 years later (and now me being a beauty editor), that etching hasn’t faded. Of course, Chanel makes loads of holy grail beauty products that anyone with an affinity for nail polish, lustrously glossed lips, or glowing skin would want to hoard, but it’s the brand’s collection of iconic fragrances that will always represent the upper echelon of anything and everything pertaining to beauty.

So because everyone should own at least one Chanel perfume in their life, we’re paying homage to the brand by featuring its five best fragrances ever, followed by additional (similar) perfumes from other brands you definitely need on your shopping radar as well.

Best Chanel Perfumes

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Best Chanel Perfumes: Valentino Voce Viva Eau De Parfum for Women
Voce Viva Eau De Parfum for Women

Fragrance Family: Floral

Key Notes: Bergamot, fresh dew, floral, cassis, vanilla, amber

Best Chanel Perfumes: Kilian Love, Don't Be Shy Eau de Parfum
Love, Don’t Be Shy Eau de Parfum

Fragrance Family: Floral

Key Notes: Orange blossom, vanilla, luscious marshmallow, honeysuckle, amber, neroli

Best Chanel Perfums: Floral Street Neon Rose Eau de Parfum
Floral Street
Neon Rose Eau de Parfum

Fragrance Family: Floral

Key Notes: Bergamot, apple blossom, juniper berry, jasmine, white cedarwood

Up next, 2 perfume-obsessed beauty editors sound off on the best perfumes of all time.