5 Vintage Perfumes That Bring Back Old School Elegance and Class

5 Vintage Perfumes That Bring Back Old School Elegance and Class

Vintage perfumes remain popular among fragrance lovers for their classic quality. A recent Bloomberg article even uncovered how these great scents are having a heyday with Gen Zers and Millennials. Discover five of the best timeless perfumes you need for your own collection.

1. L'Air Du Temps

Fashion maven Nina Ricci released L'Air Du Temps through her design house in 1948. A floral-spicy note of carnation sits at the center of this scent, and the product includes exhilarating aldehydes and sensual accords of musk and amber in the base.

This vintage perfume became the brand’s most popular and remains a fan favorite to this day. In fact, the company calculated that at one point someone in the world was buying a bottle every 15 seconds!

2. Guerlain Shalimar

Shalimar bears the distinction of being the first commercially sold oriental fragrance, entering it as a must-have among vintage perfumes. This ode to sensuality took inspiration from the passionate tale of an emperor and an Indian princess.

Shalimar bathes you like royalty in accords of:

  • Citrus
  • Amber
  • Wood
  • Leather
  • Vanilla

Shalimar means “temple of love,” and wearers are sure to seduce any would-be paramours with this aroma. No wonder it has remained desirable since 1925.

3. L'Interdit

Givenchy designed L'Interdit for world-famous starlet Audrey Hepburn in 1957. She even wore it for a year before its release, and legend has it that she implored the design house not to offer it to the public. How fitting since the name of this scent means “forbidden!”

The modern interpretation of L’Interdit combines a white floral bouquet with luminous dark notes that carry an air of sophistication and mystique. You’ll find notes of pear, bergamot, tuberose, orange blossom, Ambroxan, and vetiver.

4. Anais Anais

Like other vintage perfumes, Anais Anais is refreshingly floral. This aroma made its debut in 1978 and is unmistakably feminine in its presence.

Four perfumers from the French luxury brand Cacharel put their heads (and noses) together to design this lovely concoction. They pulled out all the stops here, as Anais Anais was Cacharel's first fragrance.

Watch for the following notes:

  • Top: White lily, hyacinth, honeysuckle, galbanum, orange blossom, lavender, bergamot, black currant, and lemon
  • Heart: Lily, lily-of-the-valley, Moroccan jasmine, carnation, honeysuckle, tuberose, ylang-ylang, iris, rose, and orris root
  • Base: Oakmoss, incense, musk, leather, sandalwood, vetiver, cedar, patchouli, and amber.

This robust blend is the ideal aroma for any night out on the town.

5. White Diamonds

Few movie stars can match the long-lasting appeal and acclaim of Elizabeth Taylor. She brought that same charm and dedication to the world of fragrance to become a pioneering celebrity perfumer. Four years after her first scent, Passion, she created the signature of her line and one of the most recognizable vintage perfumes, White Diamonds.

White Diamonds is fittingly full of white floral notes and harmonizes with fresh, spicy, and powdery tones. She spun the aroma off into other variations, but the original remains a classic.

Find the Top Vintage Perfumes To Add to Your Collection

You can’t go wrong with any of these vintage perfumes that stand the test of time. If you want to find these and other top fragrances from yesterday and today, check out the selection at LaBelle Perfumes, the best choice for the finest fragrances.


  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-09-19/why-the-resale-market-for-old-cheap-perfume-is-skyrocketing 
  • https://www.fragrantica.com/news/L-Air-du-Temps-65th-Anniversary-4636.html


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