Women Across the Globe Adore This Iconic Perfume Brand—Here Are the Favorites


Above any other designer perfume brand, House Dior has always had a special place in my heart. After years of hoarding every kind of cotton-candy- or fake-cucumber-scented body spray atop my junior high dresser, Miss Dior Eau de Toilette was my first-ever “big girl” perfume. It was a Christmas gift from my parents, and I was so besotted with the beautiful glass bottle and sparkling floral scent that I was honestly scared to wear it. Eventually, I started spritzing it on before school every day, and it was like a superpower. I selfishly loved that all the boys in seventh grade told me how good I smelled (what can I say—I was 12), and I loved the way it wore off on my gym clothes every other day and permeated my locker. I even went so far as to create a secret stash of those itsy-bitsy sample tubes in my pencil bag so I could surreptitiously reapply before language arts class with my big crush. Over the top? For sure. But it’s a really special set of memories for me and, not surprisingly, seeded my eventual obsession with perfume years later. (Another fun fact: I still have the now-empty bottle of Miss Dior, and I keep it at my parents’ house for nostalgia’s sake.)

I’m pretty sure lots of people have a vivid memory surrounding their first experience with scent, and I know lots of people I love and talk to have equally fond memories of all things Dior—be it Joy, Poison, J’Adore, or Miss Dior, the French brand is known for having created some of the most notable and well-loved perfumes in history. And while the holy-grail status of those aforementioned OGs remains strong, the brand continues to roll out yummy new launches season after season.

Since everyone across the globe adores Dior, I reached out to Dior HQ to see if I could get a top-secret list of its ranked best-selling fragrances. And luckily, they agreed! Below, we’re sharing the top nine best-selling Dior fragrances that are supremely special and our all-time favorite Dior beauty products. (Can you tell we’re obsessed?) Keep scrolling! 

Key olfactory notes: iris, cypress, juniper berries, myrrh, patchouli, honey, vanilla, amber, musk, leather. In the number nine slot of our best-selling list, we have Bois d’Argent, a unisex “olfactory translation of Dior allure.” Not for the faint of heart, this perfume is powerful and is brilliantly spiked with enchanting and whimsical traces of smoke, iris, and incense for a truly unforgettable scent.  Customer review: “I purchased this fragrance twice and I fell in love more the second times around. It’s amazing, not too strong—just perfect!”

Key olfactory notes: oakmoss, rose, patchouli, bergamot, amber, cedar, sandalwood. According to Dior perfumer creator François Demachy, this earthy, subtly floral scent is representative of what Dior gray would be as a fragrance. “This emphatic gray is not merely a mix of black and white but is the result of a chromatic blend. This profusion of colors inspired a composition that blends jasmine and bergamot with humid notes of undergrowth.”  Customer review: “A unique, and subtle one of a kind scent. Truly elegant and just what a signature scent should be. It’s worth the effort going to the source to get this gem.”

Key olfactory notes: amber, Turkish rose. This best seller from Dior might have a short and sweet composition compared to its sisters, but that doesn’t mean it lacks complexity. In fact, according to Dior’s website, this perfume is all about the dance between two extremes: “the fragrant embodiment of Beauty and the Beast.” A potent dose of amber feels deep and animalistic, while a complementary balance of Turkish rose keeps it light and velvety.  Customer review: “An alluring fragrance in the oriental-spicy-woody genre, which are too few and far between. A subtle soupçon of floral keeps the effect smooth while imparting a mosaic of sophisticated, modern scents.”

Key olfactory notes: labdanum, rose, patchouli, saffron, oud, sandalwood, cedar. If you want to make a statement with your scent (and welcome questions and compliments), you’ll definitely fall for Oud Ispahan. Sharp, woody notes of saffron and cedar are mellowed with creamy additions of patchouli and sandalwood (the unique plot twist being the extra hit of delicate rose!). Customer review: “I’m not a fan of oud/woody scents but this is an exception. It’s softer than other oud [fragrances] and it smells pretty. It also lasts long on me/my skin. Definitely worth getting.”

Key olfactory notes: bergamot, blood orange, jasmine sambac, sandalwood. Considering this take on the classic J’Adore is brand-new and is already the fifth best-selling Dior perfume, it’s bound to be a timeless hit. Called Infinissime for its “infinite trail,” the strategic mix of Centifolia rose, jasmine sambac, ylang-ylang, Grasse tuberose, and sandalwood lingers and lingers and smells increasingly delicious the longer it dances with your skin chemistry. Customer review: “I’m so happy with this fragrance. I love J’adore so much. Every time I wear it I get so many complements. One of my favorite fragrances in my collection.”

Key olfactory notes: Grasse rose absolue, Italian mandarin, white musk accord, geranium, bergamot. I’m biased, but if I could only wear one Dior perfume for the rest of my life, it would be Miss Dior Rose N’Roses. (I’ve been unhealthily obsessed since its launch last spring.) Think of it this way. If you love rose, you’ll love this scent, and even if you think you don’t love rose, you’ll still love this scent. Grasse rose is, obviously, the starring heroine here, but this top seller is also anchored by geranium, bergamot, and white musks to keep it lively and fresh. (In other words, this isn’t your grandma’s powdery rose perfume.) Customer review: “I absolutely love the Dior Miss Dior Rose N’Roses perfume! Oh my gosh, it is so feminine and beautiful. I feel so pretty when I wear it. It’s just strong enough to leave an impression but not overpowering. And it does smell like sweet roses. I just love this gorgeous scent!”

Key olfactory notes: bergamot, Grasse rose, rosewood, damascus rose, pink pepper. Fun fact: Miss Dior was Christian Dior’s first-ever perfume, with the original version making its debut back in 1947, far before other Dior heavy hitters like J’Adore. A little more than 70 years later, it still has legs right at the top of Dior’s best-seller list. In fact, it’s probably one of the most instantly recognizable scents in the world—we blame it on the intoxicating combination of Calabrian bergamot, Grasse rose, and rosewood. Customer review: “This scent was so beautiful and soft, it lasted me hours and constantly got compliments about how good i smelled, i would 100% recommend this to anyone who loves soft but lasting scents.”

Key olfactory notes: bergamot, damascus rose, peony, white musks. Blooming with bright floral notes, this springy nod to Christian Dior’s legendary passion for flowers deservedly earns its runner-up status as a forever fan favorite within the Dior perfume set. Shimmering rose and peony make it undoubtedly floral, but a pop of bergamot and a rich base of gentle white musks keep it grounded. Customer review: “Such a beautiful and unique perfume. They scent lasts forever on me and I’m always getting compliments. This works for all seasons and I like that choice. The bottle is stunning.”

Key olfactory notes: ylang-ylang, damascena rose, jasmine sambac, Grasse jasmine. You’ve finally arrived! It’s not surprising that Dior’s, perhaps, most iconic scent ever (it’s been around since 1999) is also the brand’s best-selling perfume to date. Supremely floral, J’Adore is a winding blend of rose, jasmine, and ylang-ylang perfectly fit for anyone who loves a classic yet slightly mysterious take on a floral signature. Customer review: “This was my very first J’adore Parfume purchase and it is now ‘my scent’ that I wear every single day. The scent is gorgeous, feminine, light and just makes me feel beautiful. I highly recommend this one.”

Key oflactory notes: white flowers, citrus, woods, musk. Customer review: “Classic, timeless, light, fresh & always pulls positive comments while out!”

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