The 10 Most Romantic Fragrances of All Time

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There are thousands of fragrances that have come and gone, but only a handful have earned the title of being called the most romantic of all time. These few have become staples in the perfume arsenals of many and have captured the hearts of women across several generations.

According to Olivia Jan, Givaudan senior perfumer, romantic perfumes are typically associated with femininity. But through history, romantic fragrances have evolved from standard florals to more depth and spices, says Jan. "One thing remains constant: romantic fragrances give an impression of lightness, even those with an intense sillage," Jan tells us.

If you're in the market to invest in a charming potion, look no further. We've rounded up the love potions that are guaranteed to be on our list of faves for many more years to come. From intoxicating floral perfumes to passionate spice notes, scroll down to see which aromatic elixirs are here to stay throughout the ages.

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Eternity Eau Fresh by Calvin Klein

Close up image of Eternity by Calvin Klein fragrance bottle

According to Jan, this Calvin Klein fragrance is for the eternal romantic, with notes of jasmine and peony and elements of musk.

"Musks are an important ingredient," says Jan. "They help bring an echo to the floralcy, and add a less innocent dimension."

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For Her Fleur Musc by Narciso Rodriguez

Close up image of Fleur Musc by Narciso Rodriguez

Jan categorizes this Narcisco Rodriguez fragrance as "the beautiful new interpretation of a musky rose peony." The notes of rose and peach pulp start the fragrance off light, while amber and woody give it a spicy finish.

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Flowerbomb by Viktor&Rolf

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

A perfectly balanced myriad of rose, orchid, and freesia flowers are the highlights of this beloved juice that has captured the hearts of thousands.

"Romantic fragrances are often built around a floral bouquet or a single flower like rose," says Jan. "This kind of fragrance tends to connect with your emotions."

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Love Story by Chloé

Image of a bottle of Chloe Love Story fragrance

This new addition by Chloé, which includes jasmine and orange blossom notes, has an undeniable elegance that has solidified it as a must-have fragrance throughout the ages.

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La Vie Este Belle by Lancôme

Close up image of Lancome La Vie Este Belle fragrance bottle

The French expression translates to "Life is Beautiful," and the iris gourmand and striking Patchouli aroma are perfect blends that evoke the happy phrase.

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Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet by Dior

Close up image of Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet fragrance bottle

Here's a floral scent with a seductive twist that we'll never get tired of. The pink peony mixed with white musk blend offers a light, yet sensual touch that will never grow old.

"Romantic fragrances are often built around a floral bouquet or a single flower," Jan says. "Rose is always the queen when it comes to romance, but delicate flowers also have a major role to play: peony, lily of the valley or fresh Jasmin."

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Velvet Orchid by Tom Ford

Close up of Tom Ford Velvet Orchid fragrance bottle

Here's a feminine fragrance that is truly unforgettable. The striking honey, rum, and orchid floral offers a memorable aroma that isn't overbearing and an undeniable classic.

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N°5 by Chanel

A bottle of Chanel No. 5 eau de parfum

If it was possible to bottle up elegance, femininity, and luxury, it would be inside the golden elixir in the timeless Chanel N°5 glass.

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Evening Rose by Aerin

An image of Aerin Evening Rose eau de parfum spray

This one has earned a permanent spot on our vanity with its surprising mix of voluptuous rose centifolia and Bulgarian rose absolute.

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Shalimar by Guerlain

Close up image of Guerlain Shalimar fragrance bottle

Whenever you mention classics, Shalimar is nearly every beauty expert's list. The passionate scent was created by Jacques Guerlain to capture the romance of Shah Jahan and Princess Mumtaz Mahal.

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