Best Gardenia Perfumes in 2020 – Reviews

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

9Tocca 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.

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.

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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.