French women know beauty: new French perfume favourites

French fragrances - French women - French perfume - www.MyFrenchLife.orgThere is nothing quite like the allure of an amazing French perfume. It does not only evoke all the senses, but it has the ability to take us on a whimsical journey often filled with nostalgia, flirtation, mystery and romance.

I know there has been more than once when a woman (or man) has passed me by, leaving behind them an intoxicating cloud of deliciousness that has had me swivel in my step, tap them reluctantly on the shoulder and say: ”Excuse me, but what is that perfume you are wearing? I simply must have it!”

French fragrances are among the most incredible and diverse in the world, with the likes of Chanel, Christian Dior and Nina Ricci creating countless bottles of love potion that are adored worldwide.

As I am currently seeking a new perfume for the change of season (any excuse, it would seem), I have taken the liberty of profiling three gorgeous French fragrances, both modern and timeless. So regardless of age, style or occasion, do not fret – I have got you covered, and smelling amazing!

French fun by the seaside (Dior Addict Eau Delice)

French fragrances - French women - French perfume - www.MyFrenchLife.orgThe most recent addition in the line-up of Dior Addict fragrances, ‘Eau Delice’ is truly lovely.

This floral, fruity delight conjures up images of summer days beneath the St Tropez sun, warm, balmy breezes and sweet first love.

Key to the scent are heavy notes of cranberry, along with Ylang Ylang and creamy white musk. It is strong, floral and fruity on first application, but rest assured the die down leaves a warm, creamy intoxicating scent that lingers on.

Perfect for summer and date night.

(For a fresh, flirty and spirited fragrance, try Dior Addict 2. It is my absolute favourite, and the campaign featuring Daphne Groeneveld as Brigitte Bardot is to die for!)


Become a flirtatious French woman (Nina Ricci L’Eau)

A newer twist on the original Nina fragrance released in 2006, L’eau is a sweet, playful scent with notes of apple, grapefruit, mandarin and neroli.

French fragrances - French women - French perfume - - Nina Ricci

The overall perfume is cherry-based, and along with the citrus is a lovely combination that develops into a romantic, mysterious yet subtle fragrance. I found L’Eau to be long lasting, seductive and actually quite intoxicating. In a good way.

Perfect for close encounters.

Classic French chic (Chanel No. 5)

What is a French fragrance review without Chanel No.5? It isn’t one at all.

Marilyn Monroe - French fragrances - French women - French perfume -

There are many opinions on this timeless, classic scent released in 1921. Some say it is too floral, or too powder-like, while others simply rave about the complexity, sophistication and class of Chanel’s best-selling fragrance.

I recall vividly as a teenager stealing this from my mother and spritzing myself liberally day and night, feeling oh so glamorous and grown-up. So I feel sure that half the appeal, for myself, lies in nostalgia.

This fragrance is heavily rose-based and very floral, with underlying notes of musk, ylang ylang, jasmine and iris. It is sophisticated, confident, chic and the epitome of a classy French woman. Perfect for any occasion.

And who can forget Marilyn Monroe’s famous words when asked what she wore to bed?

“Why, Chanel No.5, of course”


There is simply too much deliciousness to list. What is your favourite French perfume? Share your thoughts in the comments box below!

Image credits:
1. Parfum Mini Collection, by Chapss is Love on Flickr.
2. Dior Addict, on The Best by Dianne.
3. Le Secret de Nina Ricci, on Influcencia.
4. Marilyn, on Club Fashionista.

About the Contributor

Pippa Wheatley

Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!

One Comment

  1. Sonya Highland Dec 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM - Reply

    I just love Chanel No. 5! but right now I’m enjoying eau de parfum Coco!

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.