I wore Britney Spears perfume almost exclusively through junior high until I made the very elevated graduation to Victoria’s Secret body mists freshman year of high school. (Anyone else?) Then, after fruity and saccharine spritzers became passé, I began to venture into the depths of Sephora’s holy-grail treasure trove of designer perfumes.
Tom Ford, Chloé, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, DKNY… I’d head home with a Juicy Couture bag stuffed with testers and a running list in my head of every lacquered bottle I envisioned atop my bedroom vanity. I cultivated the ultimate collection of designer perfumes well into college, but after graduating (and moving to L.A. to become a beauty editor!), my tastes shifted. Or rather, it was subtly insinuated my tastes should shift. Suddenly, ultra-chic indie perfume houses like Byredo, Diptyque, Killian, Le Labo, and many more were the “cool” fragrances to covet, and I started to lose interest in the designer labels I previously gravitated toward.
But as things have come full circle., and as someone who now owns at least one perfume from practically every perfume brand (designer and not), I’ve come to the realization that honestly, I really love my collection of designer perfumes from houses like Chanel and Dior. They’re not predictable or basic—they’re classic. And more often than not, it’s these fragrances that rack in the compliments faster than my olfactory coven of non-designer labels. In fact, I’ve noticed a designer-perfume resurgence of sorts on social media, so here I am calling an official comeback. Keep scrolling for the 10 designers I love most and the top two scents I’d recommend from each.