Gardenia is a delicate white flower which is actually part of the coffee plant family. Although Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia is probably the most advertised perfume with Gardenia in its name, I don’t find it to have a particularly noticeable Gardenia note. Gardenia has a slightly green and aquatic floral tone which is sparkling and really pretty. It’s much lighter and fresher than other white floral notes like Jasmine and Tuberose. This article, lists the best Gardenia perfumes (which actually do smell like Gardenia) and links to where to get them.
Table of Contents
- AERIN Gardenia Rattan
- Tocca Florence
- Coach Dreams
- Jo Loves Golden Gardenia
- Van Cleef & Arpels Gardénia Pétale
- Elie Saab Le Parfum Essentiel
- Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia
- Miller Harris Secret Gardenia
AERIN Gardenia Rattan
Coach have a number of pretty, everyday fragrances which can be found at very affordable prices; check out my article on all the Coach perfumes.
Jo Loves Golden Gardenia
It’s a little known fact that Jo Malone sold the Jo Malone London brand to Estée Lauder over ten years ago. She has since released a new brand called Jo Loves.
Jo Loves Golden Gardenia, which comes in a unique golden bottle, is a slightly aromatic, woody Gardenia scent. Cardamon and Suede add a sophisticated, and spa-like feeling to the perfume’s Gardenia making it feel quite relaxing and peaceful.
Van Cleef & Arpels Gardénia Pétale
Van Cleef & Arpels Gardénia Pétale is a crisp Gardenia fragrance which is probably one of the purest Gardenia scents in this list. Green undertones of Lily of the Valley and Jasmine help the perfume have body and lasting power. The Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire is a series of good quality fragrances which I highly recommend.
Elie Saab Le Parfum Essentiel
Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia
The Elizabeth Taylor perfumes are the most successful celebrity fragrance range of all time. The brand continues to release no fragrances, and Gardenia is one of the more modern scents.
I think Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia is the most ‘green’ Gardenia perfume in this list. Lily of the Valley and green leaves create a outdoor feeling to the scent which feels natural; fans of Chanel 19 would like Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia.
Miller Harris Secret Gardenia
Miller Harris is a niche British fragrance brand. Their Secret Gardenia has an aquatic Gardenia note alongside feminine Violet and Ylang-ylang. It’s a refreshing perfume; reminiscent of fresh dew on a delicate Gardenia bud.