France has a long tradition in perfume production and is one of the world leaders in perfume sales. In the Provence region of France, the highest-quality raw materials are grown – lavender, jasmine, myrtle, rose, mimosa and orange blossom. French perfumes belong to the highest-quality and most ideal perfumes in the world.
Here are some most famous French fashion brands:
It was founded in 1904 by François Coty in Paris. Coty is a company with a rich history. It offers luxury and high-quality beauty products making them available to the mass market.
Today, Coty is a global market leader. It is number one concern in the world of brand perfumery and cosmetics with around 50 of the most famous perfumes and cosmetics brands – Adidas, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Davidoff, Marc Jacobs, OPI, Philosophy, Playboy, Rimmel, Sally Hansen and more.
The founder of the brand Coco Chanel is called “The Queen of Fashion”. She conquered the fashion world of Paris with the progressive design of her pants and skirts. In the mid-twentieth century, the brand defined the trends of high fashion, expanding its interest in the field of cosmetics and perfumery.
The first Chanel perfume was launched in 1921, and it is the legendary – Chanel No5 – which is one of the most famous and best-selling fragrances in general.
Most famous for women: Chance, Coco Mademoiselle, Allure Sensuelle, Gabrielle, Coco Noir, Gardenia, Cristalle.
Most famous for men: Bleu de Chanel, Platinium Egoïste, Egoïste, Allure Homme Sport, Pour Monsieur, Antaeus.
3. Christian Dior
The fashion designer Christian Dior, born in France, became famous in the fashion world with his New Look collection, composed of wide dresses that emphasize femininity and curves. It is an extreme move away from the simple economical style during World War II and has made a huge impact on women’s fashion while contributing to the restoration of the image of Paris as the world’s fashion capital.
The Dior brand is famous for its haute couture (French for “high fashion”) collections, luxury accessories, cosmetics and perfumes. In line with the new fashion trend, the company created Parfums Dior, which launched its first perfume in 1947. The fragrance is named Miss Dior after the designer’s sister.
Most famous for women: J’adore, Miss Dior, JOY, Poison, Les Escales de Dior, Dior Addict, Dune, Dolce Vita.
Most famous for men: Sauvage, Dior Homme, Fahrenheit, Eau Sauvage, Higher, Dune pour Homme, Jules.
The French fashion brand Givenchy was founded in 1952 by the Count Hubert de Givenchy. Givenchy’s first fragrance – L’Interdit – was launched in 1957 and was inspired by Audrey Hepburn. In 1987 the brand became part of the international conglomerate LVMH, continuing to increase worldwide success.
Most famous for women: L’Interdit, Live Irresistible, Eau de Givenchy, Very Irresistible, Dahlia Divin, Ange ou Demon, Eau de Moiselle de Givenchy, Hot Couture.
Most famous for men: Gentleman Givenchy, Gentlemen Only.
The French cosmetics brand was founded in 1935 by Armand Petitjean. Lancome is named after an old French castle and the famous symbol of the brand, the rose, represents the roses that surround it.
From the very beginning, Lancome’s vision has been focused on perfumes. In the year of their foundation, they launched 5 perfumes which participated in the famous World’s Fair in Brussels.
Today, Lancome is expanding its product lines in the field of cosmetics and skin products for both men and women. The brand is extremely popular with people who love high-quality cosmetics.
Most famous for women: Idôle Eau De Parfum, La Vie Est Belle, Maison, Trésor, Poême, Magie Noire, Hypnôse, Miracle.
6. Nina Ricci
The French fashion house was founded in 1932. The designer behind this brand is Nina Ricci. She is famous for the stylish and feminine fashion lines that follows.
The first Nina Ricci’s perfume – Coeur Joie – was launched in 1946. Created with the help of Lalique, it marks the beginning of a hugely successful long-standing partnership between the two companies. Two years after the launch of the first fragrance, the brand’s most profitable perfume – L’Air du Temps – went on the market.
Most famous for women: Ricci Ricci, L’Extase Caresse de Roses, Bella, L’Air du Temps, Les Delices de Nina, Luna, Luna Blossom, Premier Jour, Rose Extase, Nina L’eau.
Most famous for men: Ricci, Ricci Club, Memoire D’homme, Signoricci.
7. Paco Rabanne
The fashion house was founded in 1966. The designer behind this brand is Spanish-born Paco Rabanne who grew up in Paris. Although he is an architect by education, he had entered the world of fashion creating jewellery for other fashion houses before he started making clothes.
The first perfume created by Paco Rabanne – Calandre – was launched in 1969. It was incredibly successful and led to the launch of several consecutive perfumes for both men and women. Today, the company successfully manufactures and markets its fashion items and perfumes in collaboration with Puig.
Most famous for women: Olympea, Black XS, Olympea, Lady Million, Pure XS, Ultraviolet.
Most famous for men: 1 Million, Invictus, Ultraviolet, Black XS, Pour Homme, Pure XS.
8. S.T. Dupont
The French company S.T. Dupont was founded in 1872 by Simon Tissot-Dupont. The brand has entered the business area offering luxury items such as leather goods (wallets, suitcases), lighters, watches and perfumes.
Their first scents – Pour Homme and Pour Femme – were launched in 1998. Recently, the brand has earned its place as a high-quality perfume company that works with some world’s top perfumers.
P. S: During World War II, they decided to embark on a new venture — the production of a pocket gas lighter — an item that is a best-seller even today.
Most famous for women: Miss Dupont, Orazuli, Blanc, Intense Pour Femme, Rose, Souvenir de Paris, 58 Avenue Montaigne, Signature, So Dupont.
Most famous for men: Intense Pour Homme, Noir, Be Exceptional, Passenger, Signature, So Dupont.
9. Thierry Mugler
Thierry Mugler opened his fashion house in 1973 in Paris. It has been specializing in women’s fashion and created models that were contrary to the fashion trends of the time. He focused on perfumes in 1992.
Mugler’s first perfume appeared in 1992 and was called Angel. Then he followed up Angel with a male version named Angel Men or A*Men.
Most famous for women: Angel, Aura, Alien, Womanity, Innocent.
Most famous for men: Alien Man, A*Men.
10. Yves Saint Laurent
The French fashion house, also known as YSL, was founded by Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent. His mentor was Christian Dior himself, who gave him invaluable advice for the world of fashion and beauty. When Christian Dior died, Yves Saint Laurent took a serious step and for a short time headed up the Dior Fashion House.
The creator of the first women’s tuxedo was one of the most influential fashion designers in the 1960s and 1970s. The first fragrance of the brand – Y for women – was launched in 1964. Today, YSL offers hundreds of successful perfumes created by the best perfumers in the world.
Most famous for women: Black Opium, Cinema, Mon Paris, Elle, Paris, Parisienne, Yvresse, Libre, Baby Doll, In Love Again, Manifesto, Nu, Young Sexy Lovely.
Most famous for men: Jazz, Kouros, L’Homme, M7, Pour Homme, Y for Men.
And… 3 More Brands
Chloé. It is a French fashion house known for creating light, comfortable, stretchy and luxury garments, which at the time was a revolutionary idea in fashion. Chloé’s first perfume was launched in 1975 and was classically feminine. Chloé Narcisse is a sweeter mixture.
Most famous: Chloe, Eau de Fleurs, Love, Love Story, Narcisse, Nomade.
Guerlain. The French company is one of the oldest perfume houses in the world. The company is known for using rare ingredients in its perfumes, grown in own plantations. But, Guerlain was the first brand in the world that included synthetic ingredients in its products.
Louis Vuitton. It was founded in 1854 by French designer Louis Vuitton. To these days it is a symbol of luxury, class, elegance and quality for which people are willing to pay a high price.
In my next article, I will introduce you to the world of the Italian fashion brands and their fragrances. Stay tuned!