Gardenia is a popular perfume fragrance because the scent of this flowering plant is suggestive of femininity, love, harmony, and even grace. It’s a white flower scent that’s very appealing and is in many ways quite similar to jasmine, except it’s perhaps a bit more subtle in its presentation. It’s also a scent that both men and women seem to enjoy. We love the scent so much, we decided to review the ten best gardenia perfumes, so everyone can discover the joy of wearing this light and airy scent.
Top 2 Best Gardenia Perfumes – Our Recommended Picks
2. Vera Wang Embrace Marigold & Gardenia Body Mist
Anyone who has been searching for a gardenia-based perfume that isn’t overpowering may want to think about trying out this product from Vera Wang. Because it’s a body mist, it goes on light and is very subtle throughout the day. It opens with notes of cardamom, melon, and mango before it moves on to its heart notes of gardenias, orange blossoms, and marigolds. And by the time it dries down, it’s a silky smooth mix of soft white musk, cedarwood, and sandalwood. It’s light, airy, and extremely feminine, making it perfect for a day at the beach or a boardroom meeting.
1. Jungle Gardenia Eau de Parfum
Even though gardenias are front and center in this intoxicating elixir, it’s by far not the only floral scent that can be found in it. It’s a cacophony of floral scents that somehow manages to not become a muddled mess and instead props up the gardenias in its profile so that it’s easily recognizable. This perfume has top notes of heliotrope, bitter orange, and sage, and heart notes that include gardenias, violet, ylang-ylang, and jasmine. And at its base, the wearer will recognize the notes of musk, sandalwood, and oakmoss. All of which makes this fragrance feminine, sensual and earthy.
A Guide To Gardenia Perfumes
Gardenia perfumes have trended in and out of the public’s conscious for as long as it was used in perfumes. Some years, the public can’t seem to get enough gardenia themed fragrances, and other years, consumers want nothing to do with it. This isn’t all that surprising considering that this fragrance has a lot of people who love it and probably an equal amount of people who hate it. Fortunately, we’re able to put ourselves into the former category, and we simply can’t get enough of it.
To show our readers just how much we love gardenia-themed fragrances, we decided to transcend our top list of the ten best gardenia perfumes and go ahead and create a guide dedicated to the subject. Now that we’ve stated our intent, let’s jump right into the subject by starting with the history of gardenia, or at least, when it was discovered.
The History Of Gardenia
Even though gardenia was used since time immemorial in teas and fragrances by people living in Africa, Asia, Madagascar, and the Pacific Islands, it wasn’t until it was named by Carl Linnaeus and John Ellis in the 18th century that it was scientifically recognized. Although many people consider gardenia to be a flower, they are small trees and evergreen shrubs. They do, however, produce big white flowers that are very fragrant, thus their value to the perfume industry. It’s a plant that’s used for not only use in perfumes but also is used for a variety of other purposes including creating dyes, making medicines and other uses.
Random Facts About Gardenias
Before we talk about some of the other gardenia perfumes that we liked but didn’t make it on our top ten list, we thought it might be entertaining for our readers to learn about some fun gardenia facts. Below are some of the little known facts about gardenias and a glimpse into why these evergreen shrubs are so interesting.
- There are over 142 different varieties of gardenias
- Not all gardenia flowers are white; Some of them produce yellow flowers.
- Gardenias belong to the coffee family.
- The fruit from gardenia shrubs is used in Eastern medicine.
Some Of Our Favorite Gardenia Perfumes
Our top ten list covered the gardenia perfumes that we felt are the best, now we’re going to cover the perfumes that didn’t quite make the list, but came pretty close to landing on our list. Take a few moments and check out the following perfumes to see if there might be one that suits your fancy or one that would make a great gift for friends, family members, or lovers.
Yves Rocher For Women Pur Desir de Gardenia
Launched in 2003, this perfume combines the sweet essence of gardenia with fruity notes and spicy notes that round the whole fragrance out. People who wear this perfume can expect to experience top notes of gardenia, heart notes of mixed fruit, and base notes of spice.
Olivine Atelier Unisex Perfume
This perfume was launched in 2015 and is considered to be a unisex fragrance that can be enjoyed by both men and women. It’s a seductive and sweet fragrance that mixed gardenia with the subtle influences of musk. Truly an exceptional scent that has a moderate sillage but plenty of longevity.
Michelle Bergman Black Gardenia
This is a fragrance that some people might consider to be too “loud,” but it’s one that we feel is one of the purest distillations of gardenia that we’ve ever experienced. It’s long-lasting and has a strong sillage, so some people are going to love it and others are going to hate it.
Rococo TRNP Unisex Perfume
This unisex perfume is a fragrance that’s as exquisite as it is luxurious. Although its a fragrance that isn’t very complex and it only consists of three notes, it does place the gardenia at the center of its scent profile. That means that it’s a great fragrance for anyone who loves gardenia. Having said that, the other two notes that can be found in this fragrance include vanilla and tuberose.
White Gardenia The Merchant Of Venice
Although this perfume is named Merchant Of Venice, we’re pretty sure no one is going to have to give up a pound of flesh to enjoy it. What people are going to have to do after they try it, however, is to exhibit some willpower to put it down. It’s an extravagant scent that features top notes of green accord and cassis; heart notes of rose, gardenia, lily, and jasmine; and, base notes of sandalwood, amber, and cedar.