People who love floral perfumes will have this one scent – gardenia – in the any variation. This particular accord is a classic, either by itself of mixed in with other perfume profiles.
And it is very strong too – so just a little bit of your favourite gardenia scent should go a long way. In this review, we’ll be looking at some of the Best Gardenia Perfumes out there. What’s hot about them and what’s not, and links to where you can find them.
Best Gardenia Perfume
Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia EDP
Launched in 2003, Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia EDP is feminine, light and airy and is supposed to capture that feel of a sunny, bright morning. So to encapsulate that, you have these sensual notes that have been mingled with floral tones. To add that freshness, the top notes are a composition of sweet, clean green leaves and lily of the valley.
The heart is this intoxicating light peony, gardenia and powdery orchids. The base is a sensual carnation and warmth of musk.
- Classy bottle
- Strong gardenia notes,
- Awesome longevity and sillage
- A fairly strong like for some
One thing that struck us the most was the bright, emerald green bottle and the gardenia cap. This coupled with the scent is just perfect given this price tag. You have that striking note of gardenia throughout wear, and there is great sillage and longevity because of it. It’s somewhat close to the Chanel’s Les Exclusifs series or Gwen Stefani’s L.
It starts out as a strong floral- green composition but soon settles down to a buttery, creamy and thick scent that’s both sensual and dense. This scent is anything but light and airy! But then again, gardenia is one accord that’s on the heavy side. The difference is that the musk green notes prevent it from getting too heavy. To us, it felt like flowers left out in the summer heat.
Tocca Florence EDP
Price: $ 19.95
In the Tocca Florence EDP, gardenia accords have been combined with blonde wood and bergamot. The scent profile is supposed to be light, comfortable and emulates a stroll through Paris streets.
The top notes are apple, pear, bergamot, grapefruit leaf and is very strong. When this dissipates, you find all of the middle notes which are the tuberose, jasmine, gardenia, iris, violet leaf and the base isn’t as dramatic comprising of white woods and musk.
- regular wear
- light scent
- moderate sillage and longevity
- scent could use more performance
The gardenia accord here is clean, simple – a lot like the Michael Kors and Kim Kardashian perfumes. It could’ve used some more play as it does get a bit boring sometimes.
Still we like it because it is meant to be light and that’s why it has mild accords.The white florals are complemented beautifully by the green leaf notes and the juicy, sweet fruits creating this wonderfulbubble-gumtuberose blend.
Really pretty if you like gardenia as this accord stands out the most right throughout, while the other notes mellow down around it.
Versace Crystal Noir EDT
In keeping with Versace’s bold brand persona, Versace’s Crystal Noir EDT is a sumptuous perfume, is unapologetic and confident. It is a floral-oriental scent with prominent notes of amber and gardenia. Crystal Noir is supposed to be this delicate, sensual and rare essence, with a central gardenia note. The use of the gardenia is meant to make Crystal Noir luminous, fresh, sensual while musk and amber give it a darker, mysterious character.
- dark and heady gardenia blend
- cosy for winters
Crystal Noir is everything that Versace says it is –a peppery, flora-oriental fragrance that leans towards the dark, amberish side.
Crystal Noir was loved for the coconutnotes but after being reformulated, it is a whole lot sweeter with less coconut. The new version also has a hint of spice, with a healthy dose of sugar and sweet peony.
The old version has a delicate woody accord that is the sandalwood, and has that spiciness as well. But, at the same time, it has lot of white flower too for that tropical, plush and creamy effect. Then there is the coconut for warmth, dimension and sweetness – so now it’s a gardenia, pepper and coconut blend.
We think both versions are great but people who have used the older version miss it a lot and don’t really take to the new one.
Aerin Gardenia Rattan EDP
Gardenia Rattan from Aerinrepresents the perfect summer day – fresh flowers against the sun with the warm sea behind it. It is a blend of amber, tuberose, gardenia and Tahitian Tiare.
There are 5 in the series – Amber Musk, Gardenia Rattan, Lilac Pink, Ikat Jasmine and Evening Rose. Each bottle has a coloured cap too- green for gardenia, brown for musk, purple for rose, white for jasmine and pink for lilac.
Gardenia Rattan has sparkling marine notes as well, with those whites flowers blended in the special ‘Sayre’ scent profile exclusive to Aerin.
- muted and soft gardenia
- controllable longevity and sillage
- generic profile
Gardenia Rattan opened up on a creamy, lemon gardenia accord but that only lasted for a minute, before it turns into this idyllic tuberose. The gardenia is muted and soft unlike a lot of the other heavyiterations of it, but has had a lot of salt added to it. The musk has this unique character too. So, Gardenia Rattan is an acquired taste and not everyone can spray it on.
The musk and fuzzy watery notes gave it a generic feel though. Sillage and longevity you can control depending on how much you use. If you like it, then use a lot of it. But if you don’t, then just a little. Gardenia Rattan is light, lively, spirited and consistent with the rest of the Aerin perfumes but doesn’t evolve during wear. It is more like a sweet, comforting version of QUAI’s gardenia.
Vera Wang Embrace Marigold & Gardenia EDT
This is one out of a series of perfumes. It is a floral, woodsy, musky EDP. The top notes are mango and melon, and at the heart you have orange blossom, marigold, gardenia and a base that is cardamom, musk, cedar and sandalwood.
- soft to moderate sillage,
- ozonic take on white florals
Users love the fresh, classic feel that the Vera Wang Embrace Marigold & Gardenia EDT has, but wished it was stronger and lasted for a while. This version of Vera Wang Embrace is subtle, sophisticated in it’s own way.
For one, it has marigold and this is a move away from the typical white florals persona associated with gardenia. It is sweet but still ozonic; so that makes it light. Then the peach accord isn’t all too fruity either – so that’s nice, very rounded and not all ‘in your face’ like most gardenia scents can be.Earthy, aquatic, light and cold all at once. It reminds us a lot of Gucci’s Flora Gorgeous Gardenia.
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