The 4 Most Popular Perfumes in The World

With many classic fragrances that range from floral to Oriental notes, women can really define their personality by the perfumes they wear. A fragrance can evoke sensuality, exoticism or femininity and many other emotions.

Even though perfumes have been around since ancient periods in Egypt, Persia and the Roman empire, the modern perfume that we know today was launched around the end of the 19th century. Now combining different variety of scents from huge natural sources such as barks, fruits, woods and flowers the entire perfume industry today generates about $40+ billion every year worldwide.

While novel and new perfumes are launched every season, the following four (4) classic scents have really withstood the test of time. These fragrances didn't just revolutionize men's and women's love affair with perfumes, but have deeply ingrained historical significance as well. Between the perfumes subtle but distinctive notes, their uniqueness since launched have no doubt become the world’s best-selling and most popular fragrances.

1. Chanel No. 5 by Chanel
There's no other perfume that has achieved Chanel No. 5's iconic status. Coco Chanel released the perfume in 1921. She really wanted a woman’s perfume to have a woman’s scent and this perfume was a pioneer, with a history that's marked by many firsts in the industry perfume. Click here to learn more about Chanel No. 5

2. Joy by Jean Patou
The perfume was compounded by Henri Almeras, Jean Patou launched Joy at the time the world was facing an economic depression. Patou in 1930, dispatched 250 bottles of Joy to his best clients in the U.S. This perfume would go on to be a strong rival to the best-selling fragrances of all time. Joy has gained recognition as among the most successful and popular fragrances in the world.  Joy is one of the higher priced perfumes on the market with bottles ranging in the muti-hundred dollar range. Joy has the scent of roses and jasmine flowers; its scent is normally described as “an avalanche of flowers”, the House of Patou site claims. The House of Patou has launched many fragrances since Joy, however, Joy has become their signature scent.

3. Shalimar
Shalimar owned Guerlain is history’s number one Oriental-scented perfume. Guerlain launched the fragrance in 1925. Guerlain was influenced by Princess Mumtaz and her husband's romance, Indian Emperor Jahan Shah. Jahan Shah dedicated Shalimar's Garden and even built the Taj Mahal for his wife. The basins of the garden inspired the bottle’s fragrance design. The bottle took first position at the Decorative Arts Exhibition of 1925 in Paris.

4. Opium by Yves Saint Laurent
For about 40 years, Opium by Yves Saint Laurent has also ranked as one of the top selling perfumes. Compounded by Jean-Louis Sieuzac, a perfumer and released in 1977. The perfume's name was controversial and infuriated the population of Chinese in U.S. (Opium was a drug that was made popular by Asian countries, and naming the perfume after the drug stirred up a lot of controversy.) The perfume’s top notes are mandarin orange, pepper and coriander; middle notes that are rose and jasmine; and base notes that are myrrh, sandalwood and cedarwood.

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