Everyone Smells Like These 8 Perfumes
There are certain scents you immediately recognize when you catch a whiff of them on the person standing in front of you in line at Whole Foods, and then are some fragrances you know only by their bottles because they're constantly in your Instagram feed (blame the new algorithm).
These fragrances may not be household names like blockbuster department store scents, but have grown to become status symbols among their devoted cult followings that love them hard — and want all of their followers online to know it.
Here, the eight cult-favorite perfumes that defined the 2010s and beyond.
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Le Labo Santal 33
Along with carrying a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, you didn't work in the fashion industry in the 2010s if you didn't wear Le Labo's Santal 33. Now, the unisex scent is everywhere, from the person sitting next to you on the subway, Soulcycle and Barry's Bootcamp bathrooms, and the barista that makes your oat milk latte. The ubiquitous, soft, smoky, unisex scent is comprised of notes of violet accord, cardamom, iris, ambrox, cedarwood, leather, and sandalwood.
To shop: $280; nordstrom.com
Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace
This woodsy scent is the popular faux rustic aesthetic in a bottle. Margiela's scent story of clove oil and chestnut and vanilla accords instantly makes you feel warm and cozy like sitting by cracking fire in a cabin.
To shop: $135; sephora.com
Chloé Chlo Eau de Parfum
There's absolutely nothing wrong with sticking to classic scents — especially when they smell as good as Chloé's namesake eau de parfum. The powdery flory is a soft, pleasant mix of peony, rose, honey, and cedarwood. And its vintage-inspired bottle looks like it antique flea market find.
To shop: $132; sephora.com
Byredo Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum
Even if you've never smelled Gypsy Water, you're familiar with it. The woody, but fresh scent is Byredo's most famous (and Instagrammed) perfume. While the brand's signature chic, minimalist bottles make their scents covetable on their own, Gypsy Water's uniquely beautiful notes are what make it a best-seller. It includes a blend of bergamot, lemon, pepper, juniper berries, incense, pine needles, amber, vanilla, and sandalwood.
To shop: $190; nordstrom.com
Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum
Tuscan Leather might have a song named after it (thank you Drake), but this Tom Ford scent is equally as popular — take the brand's tagged feed on Instagram as proof. Black Orchid owes its devoted following to a blend of floral and spicy notes, including black truffle, ylang ylang, jasmine, patchouli, vanilla, and of course, orchid.
To shop: $134; nordstrom.com
D.S. & Durga Radio Bombay Eau de Parfum
With fragrances built around the stories of cowboys, Russian novels, and folk songs, D.S. & Durga is the go-to fragrance brand for anyone looking for unique, unorthodox scent stories. The duo of self-taught perfumers behind the brand looked to the image of a transistor radio blasting ragas in the Bandra heat for Radio Bombay, one of its fan-favorite scents. The juice contains notes of radiant wood, copper, and sandalwood with blooms of iris, balsam fir absolute, and coconut musk. It's warm, sweet, and a bit smoky.
To shop: $175; saksfifthavenue.com
DedCool Fragrance Number 01: Taunt
DedCool is breaking the gender constructs in the fragrance industry with its collection of clean gender neutral scents bottled up in minimalist packaging, featuring stamped barcodes. Taunt is DedCool's first and most popular scent. The duality of the sensual and fresh notes have earned it legions of devoted fans, from clean beauty enthusiasts online, to your one friend who's always on to the next cool product before anyone.
To shop: $90; credobeauty.com
Glossier You Eau de Parfum
The your-lips-but-better lipstick of fragrance, Glossier's You, smells mostly, well, like you. The notes of pink pepper, iris, ambrette seeds, and ambrox give the perfume a warm, salty, and fresh scent that smells slightly different on whoever is wearing it. Kind of like custom fragrance — no mixing and matching or layering required. How loyal of a cult-following does you have? "They better NEVER discontinue this as long as I'm alive," reads one of the scent's top reviews.
To shop: $60; glossier.com
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