There are also many classic fragrances on the market that have been left completely unchanged since they were launched, so we can use the same fragrances that some of the biggest style icons have used. Here we’ve picked out celebrity favourites from both the present and last century.
Famous perfume houses and their customers
Several of the most classic perfume houses, such as Floris London, Creed, Truefitt & Hill and Penhaligon’s, have long had a well-documented list of customers, listing who has used their perfumes over the years.
These are also some of the brands that have a history stretching back hundreds of years and many of the perfumes are still made today according to the original recipes.
The fact that brands like Creed have retained their special status even among many of today’s celebrities is demonstrated by several of the lists documenting their favourite perfumes.
Celebrities’ favourite perfumes
Here we’ve compiled a list of perfumes used by some of history’s top male style icons during their lifetime. This feels far more genuine than many of today’s celebrities.
After all, there’s now no shortage of people promoting different brands. This is without actually knowing what the people in question really think of the brand they represent. Most of the time, it’s the money that rules.
We’ve picked out 10 timeless classic perfumes and the male style icons who actually chose to use said perfumes themselves, without being the face of any advertising campaign. Here are celebrities’ favourite perfumes.
With users like Ricky Martin, David Bowie, Jamie Foxx and Oliver Creed, there must be something special about the scent. Silver Mountain Water is a fresh and masculine fragrance that lasts. While Silver Mountain Water is well-represented among celebrities’ favourite perfumes, it is Aventus EdP that has achieved by far the greatest commercial impact at the Creed perfume house.
Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet was created back in 1902 and the name refers to the home of one of England’s most illustrious families, the Marlboroughs.
Blenheim Palace was also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill is also said to have been a regular user of Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet.
Alongside all the classics, Penhaligon’s has also launched some of the most interesting perfume collections in recent years when the Portraits collection came out a few years ago.
3. Brut Original EdT
It has been confirmed by one of Elvis Presley’s friends that he used Brut, but even in Creed’s records Elvis Presley is listed as a customer. Jon Bon Jovi is also said to have Brut Original as his favourite perfume. An iconic and well-known fragrance, especially for those who grew up in the 1960-70s.
4. Geo F. Trumper Extract of Limes Cologne
Geo F. Trumper Extract of Limes Cologne has a subtle, yet fresh scent of lemon. Perfect for the warm days of spring and summer. This perfume is included as one of the classic men’s fragrances in the style bible Gentleman.
Simon Cowell is one of the people who regularly uses this classic cologne.
When it comes to London-based Geo F. Trumper, Eucris EdT is still the most appreciated and well-known on the market, not least thanks to the fact that this fragrance is mentioned in one of the books about James Bond. Here we have an article about Classic British Perfume Brands.
Bois Du Portugal is an oriental, warm and spicy fragrance inspired by fragrant trees from Portugal. The fact that one of the greatest male style icons of the 20th century Paul Newman used this perfume says a lot about the fact that there must be something special about the fragrance. Contemporary users include actor Kevin Costner.
Creed was founded in London in 1760 and the perfume house has a long history with famous wearers. Creed was relocated to Paris in 1854 at the request of Empress Eugenie of France and still has its headquarters in the City.
Green Irish Tweed was launched 1985 and is one of the signature scents of the house of Creed and a favorite among many celebrities. Richard Gere, George Clooney, Robbie Williams, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford are only a few of the celebrities that have expressed their appreciation for the scent.
Green Irish Tweed is a classic Fougère fragrance that is really strong, like all of the fragrances from Creed. The concentration of perfume oil is between 15-20 % in all of the fragrances, making them long-lasting and highly fragrant. The most popular among all of the fragrances from Creed is, however, Creed Aventus.
London-based perfumery house Floris has been in operation since 1730 and is one of the oldest perfume makers in the world. Floris received a Royal Warrant in 1820 and lots of historical figures and celebrities have been customers of Floris. Famous wearers of Floris includes Florence Nightingale, Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe.
Floris No. 89 was launched in 1951 and was a personal favorite of James Bond-author Ian Fleming. Floris is mentioned by Fleming in the Bond-novels Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever and Dr. No. The fragrance No. 89 took its name from the number of the Floris shop on Jermyn Street.
No. 89 is a woody aromatic fragrance for men, with top notes of bergamot, orange, lavender, neroli, nutmeg and petitgrain. Base notes are virginia cedar, oak moss, sandalwood, vetiver and musk. A classic scent that reminds us of London more than any of the other perfumes on the market.
Guerlain is well known for its wide array of timeless, classic perfumes, above all for women. Iconic actors like Roger Moore and Sean Connery used its unisex fragrance Jicky. It wasn’t until 1959 the iconic perfume house launched it’s first fragrance exclusively for men. A woody green aroma, together with smoky sweetness of tobacco makes it irresistible for both men and women.
Among the famous people, who’s worn Guerlain’s Vetiver are Harrison Ford, Paul McCartney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Caine and Peter Sellers.
Style icon Peter Sellers was a regular wearer of Guerlain’s Vetiver.
As we mentioned in an earlier article, style icons like Cary Grant, Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn were among the passionate admirers of Colonia. Other famous wearers of Acqua di Parma’s timeless, classic perfumes are/were Isabella Rossellini, David Niven, Ava Gardner, Sandra Bullock, Kate Moss, Sharon Stone, Woody Allen and Jude Law.
10. Truefitt & Hill 1805 Cologne
1805 Cologne is the most popular fragrance in the Truefitt and Hill range. The name 1805 refers to the year in which Truefitt & Hill started its business.
Truefitt & Hill’s customers have ranged from royalty to the famous author Charles Dickens. This is a very strong fragrance that stays on the skin for an extremely long time despite belonging to the Cologne group, which should be a step lighter than Eau de Toilette. In this case, that doesn’t quite match the reality.
Summary – Celebrities’ favourite perfumes
If you are searching among the favourite perfumes that celebrities have had over the years, there are some excellent examples above. These timeless classic perfumes represent genuine examples of perfumes that celebrities have used without having been involved in marketing or developing them themselves.
As with any product, we are most interested in the genuine user experience rather than those who have been paid the most to participate in a campaign. Something that is all too common in today’s world.
These celebrities have never been involved in promotions to promote the products and are therefore selected because they genuinely like/liked them.