Oriental perfumes are among the most popular fragrance notes loved by people around the world. Made with exotic woody undertones like vanilla, sandalwood and musk, spices like clove, nutmeg and cinnamon, oriental fragrances are known for warmth, sensuality and depth. Though, commonly separated from the floral category, they usually also include luxurious flowers like rose and orchids. So, with those permutations and combinations, we get Woody Oriental (sandalwood + spice), Floral Oriental (flowers + spice), Soft Oriental (amber/musk + spice) and Gourmand (vanilla/chocolate + spice). Oriental fragrances are associated with the rich and the regal. Here are the top oriental fragrances of all time from the latest to the first oriental fragrance in history:
1. Black Orchid by Tom Ford (2006)
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A luxurious and sensual fragrance of rich, dark accords and an alluring potion of black orchids, and spice, Tom Ford’s black orchid is both modern and timeless. Black Orchid is intense, dark, sensuous, seductive, glamorous and dramatic – everything we all want to be! It is a perfect date/night scent. The black bottle is perfect for such a darkly sensual fragrance.
Top Notes: Jasmine, Gardenia, Blackcurrant, Lemon, Bergamot, Mandarin
Heart Notes: Orchid, Spicy notes, Fruity notes, Lotus
Base Notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Incense, Amber, Chocolate, Vanilla
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2. Angel by Thierry Mugler (1992)
If an Angel had a scent, this would be it. A fragrance that is dreamy, airy, sweet, soft, innocent and poignant. The bottle features blue gems and delicately sculpted facets that reflect light and shadows. Even the bottle reminds you of blue skies and cottony white clouds.
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Top Notes: Bergamot, Helional.
Heart Notes: Fruit, Honey
Base Notes: Vanilla, Chocolate, Caramel and Patchouli
3. Opium by Yves Saint Laurent(1977)
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A controversial fragrance at the time of launch. Opium was almost withdrawn because of the name gaining criticism from many groups for condoning the use of drugs. It is one of the spiciest, greatest, boldest and most fearless symbol of perfumes.
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Top Notes: Mandarin orange, Bergamot, Lily of the valley
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Carnation, Myrrh
Base notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Opoponaux, Amber
4. Youth Dew by Estee Lauder (1953)
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This one has the reputation as being one of the sexiest fragrances of all time. Even now it continues to entice with its sensual, yet timeless appeal. It was initially marketed as a perfumed bath oil. It is said that the perfume is wrongly named because it is neither young nor dewy. It is mature and bold.
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Top Notes: Rose, Jonquil, Lavender
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Muguet, Spices
Base Notes: Moss, Vetiver, Patchouli
The first oriental fragrance in history! The love story of Shah Jahan & Mumtaz Mahal. The enchanting Gardens of Shalimar and the Taj Mahal built for her. This incredible tale sparked the imagination of Jacques Guerlain, who created Shalimar, the first oriental fragrance in history. Yes, the 1st oriental fragrance ever is inspired by our own country! *proud moment*.
Guerlain felt that the aroma of vanilla was a powerful aphrodisiac. This perfume has been called the “Reference Oriental”. Its combination of bright citrus based by creamy, yet smoky, vanilla has become the scent of the sensuous women for decades.
Top Notes: Bergamot
Heart Notes: Iris, Jasmine, Rose
Base Notes: Vanilla, Opoponax, Tonka bean
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