Gardenia is one of the most popular perfume fragrances, and there’s a very good reason why that’s a fact. It’s 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.
Best Gardenia Perfumes
10Tocca Eau de Parfum Florence
Florence By Tocca is the best gardenia perfume that’s been released to date. This fragrance was initially launched in 2006 and has become one of the more popular white flower fragrances currently available. That’s because it’s a well-orchestrated symphony of notes that entrance and intoxicate the senses of not only the wearer but everyone around them. Its top notes include grapefruit, apples, pears, and bergamot scents. It then it moves onto its heart notes that include the scents of gardenias, jasmine, tuberose, iris, and violet leaves. And when it finishes, it ends with the notes of white woods and musk, which gives it a sensual air to it.
9Garden Botanika Heart Eau De Parfum
Building a gardenia perfume is a careful balancing act that requires passion and precision. Some perfume manufacturers use too many gardenias or other white flowers in their formulas, and that can make them a bit overpowering. Other design houses decide don’t use enough gardenia flowers, so their perfumes end up being too light or fading too quickly. Fortunately, this perfume can strike the perfect balance between these two extremes. It’s a wonderful combination of orange, cedar, gardenias, cardamom, jasmine, roses and with a slight touch of warm musk to bring it all together. That makes it a scent that everyone can fully enjoy.
8KAI Perfume Oil
Kai is a perfume oil that’s designed to be applied gently to the wearer’s wrist, behind their ears or at their pulse points. When it’s applied in this fashion, it wraps the wearer in a beautiful blanket of scents that include the notes of gardenias, jasmine, and other exotic white flowers. It’s able to deliver this intoxicating fragrance because it’s made with essential oils that capture the pure essence of the flowers that are contained within it. And it does so without containing some of the toxic chemicals that can be found in lesser perfumes such as phosphates, sulfates, parabens or phthalates.
7Jovan Island Gardenia For Women
The first thing that should be noted is that Island Gardenia for Women is a cologne spray that’s been around since the early 1980s, and it’s been around it being reformulated. That means that it’s a fragrance that so beloved and timeless, the design house trusts that it will please the nose of anyone who smells it. The reason this perfume is so inspiring and continues to be enjoyed for the past 38+ years is that it’s not a confusing concoction of a lot of different flowers. It only has the scent of gardenias in it.
6Gardenia By Elizabeth Taylor For Women
Launched in 2003 and available in an iconic green bottle, it’s easy to see that this fragrance was made to be both subtle and sophisticated at the same time. This perfume starts with green notes and notes of lily-of-the-valley, and then smoothly moves into its heart notes of gardenias, peonies, and orchids. And all of this is propped up by notes of white musk and carnations. All of these notes work together to create an alluring fragrance that’s anyone can enjoy wearing. And it also makes it a scent that’s affordable but smells as great as some of the designer gardenia perfumes.
5Bodycology Mist Pure White Gardenia
Although this fragrance is a body mist and not a true perfume, the fact of the matter is that it’s one of the purest distillations of gardenias that our noses have ever met. Unlike some of the gardenia perfumes that are currently being sold, this product doesn’t smell like dried or processed gardenias but smells like real gardenia blooms that have just been plucked from their plants. It’s a light scent that’s never overpowering and is suitable for wearing during any occasion. With just a few sprays, this high-quality fragrance is sure to imbue the wearer with the tranquil feeling that only gardenias can provide.
4Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Perfume
When we review a perfume, we usually start by talking about how the various notes of the perfume interconnect, but we feel this fragrance deserves a little bit of a different tact. That’s because this perfume is 100% cruelty-free and is completely vegan. They don’t use any animal products in its formula and have never tested it out on animals. And it’s also free of parabens, phthalates, and other harmful ingredients. What it does have it a beautiful Tahitian gardenia scent that’s mixed with other exotic notes such as tea leaves, jasmine, and sweet orange. That makes it a beautiful smelling, and ethical perfume that many people are going to enjoy wearing.
3Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia for Women
This EDT spray was developed in the spring of 2012 and has ever since been a much-beloved fragrance among fans of gardenias. What’s fascinating about this spray, however, is that it isn’t a complex mix of different floral ingredients. It only has about five notes, with gardenias being one of them. It starts with notes of pears and red berries, moves smoothly on to its heart notes of gardenia and frangipani and finishes with just one note: patchouli. All of these scents work together to make a fragrance that’s light, airy and a bit sensual.
2Vera 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.
1Jungle 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.