Floral perfumes can get a bad rap. One whiff of a heady green floral and you’re instantly transported to your grandmother’s vanity, which was brimming with pungent flowery fragrances. Unfortunately, that means florals are not nearly as popular as, say, vanilla perfumes or musk scents. However, we’re here to bring one floral fragrance category that’s anything but old-school to your attention: gardenia.
This light floral scent gained popularity in perfumes in the early 1900s. Unlike many florals you may have tried, gardenia scents are often creamy, breezy, and slightly sweet, making them utterly intoxicating and favored by many. These fragrances typically boast a melange of other florals, as well as citrus, berry, and wood to create a range of scents from fresh to sweet to spicy. If you’re searching for a new floral to add to your fragrance wardrobe, then you’re in luck. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best gardenia fragrances that everyone will enjoy.