Louis Vuitton was founded in 1854. Since then, it’s become synonymous with luxury leather products. Whether we’re talking wallets or phone cases, handbags or trunks, Louis Vuitton is a name that carries resonance. But there’s more to this French fashion house than tooled leather and that famous monogram. In recent years, Louis Vuitton has become as famous for its fragrances as it is for its bags, and for very good reason. It first started dabbling in toiletries in 1920. The very first perfume it ever released was “Editions d’Art.” Seven years later, it capitalized on the success of that fragrance with the equally delectable Heures d’Absence, swiftly followed by Je Tu Il in 1928, and then Reminiscences and Eau de Voyage in 1946. But then things went quiet. Years went by without a sniff of any new perfumes. And then along came Jacques Cavallier, a legendary perfumer who’d already enjoyed huge success with the likes of Christian Dior, Parfums Givenchy, Issey Miyake, and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2016, Cavallier created a total of 7 new perfumes for the brand. Among them were modern classics like Apogee and Contre Moi Eau de Parfum. In the four years since, Louis Vuitton’s perfume division has hit its stride. The brand now boasts 25 exquisite perfumes, some for men, some for women, and some for both. But which of those 25 creations hits the right note? Which deserves a place in your collection? Find out as we take a look at the five best Louis Vuitton perfumes for women.
Louis Vuitton Contre Moi Eau de Parfum
As vioralondon.com writes, it took perfumer Jacques Cavallier four years to perfect Contre Moi Eau de Parfum. It was time well spent. The fragrance opens with a crisp, clean blast of citrus. Balancing out the tangy notes of orange and fresh lemon are hints of herbs and bergamot. Once the initial notes have faded, the perfume continues the citrus party with heart notes of orange blossom. A hint of magnolia adds a sweet touch of velvety floral. Subtle pear and rose tones add a feminine sophistication. After dry-down, the fragrance settles into a deep, gourmand delight of Tahitian vanilla and Madagascan vanilla. A touch of cacao and ambrette add an interesting layer. Gentle but enticing, this is a highly feminine fragrance in which oriental florals combine with gourmand notes to create something truly spellbinding. It’s the perfume equivalent of nibbling a Pain au Chocolat while strolling through a Japanese garden. Longevity is a very reasonable 6 hours. Even after that, delicate traces remain thanks to its excellent sillage.
Louis Vuitton Rose des Vents Eau de Parfum
Rose des Vents was one of seven new perfumes released by Louis Vuitton in 2016. As asiaone.com writes, each of the perfumes was made with a concoction of ingredients sourced from around the globe, carefully sourced and balanced to conjure a specific emotion. They were created by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier, who said at the time that he ” wanted to surprise people who smell the perfumes. Create emotion, bring them back to childhood or moments of pleasure.” Whether with Rose des Vents or any of the other 6 perfumes, he achieved his goal wonderfully. To create the delicate beauty of Rose des Vents, a trio of roses – centifolia, Bulgarian and Turkish – have been blended to create a joyous aroma that transports us to a field of roses. The addition of iris and cedar and the slightest hint of leather adds substance to the breathy top notes. A touch of pepper adds warmth. Velvety and delicate, pretty but still mature, the perfume offers 5 hours plus of untamed sensory joy.
Louis Vuitton Apogée Eau de Parfum
Another of the seven fragrances created by Jacques Cavallier Belletrud in 2016, Apogée is a deeply comforting, evocative scent that still manages to be surprising. Cleaning the way for heart notes of lily of the valley is a zesty punch of tangerine and orange. Once the top notes have cleared, the essence of lily of the valley is joined by other floral notes of magnolia, rose, and jasmine. After dry down, a warming trio of white musk, guaiac wood and sandalwood combine to create a sensual base. Sweet yet womanly, bright but deep, Apogée is designed to transport you to a floral field deep in the French countryside. And it does it beautifully. If you’re looking for a signature scent that’s as soft and warm as a summer breeze, Apogée could be your ideal match. Thank its exceptional silage, you can expect the perfume to still be making its presence known 5 hours or more after application.
Louis Vuitton Afternoon Swim Eau de Parfum
Described by perfumehobby.com as delivering ‘an extraordinary sensation of freshness,’ Afternoon Swim is perfect for women looking for a clean, bright fragrance that manages to be bold without overpowering. Dominated by a citrus burst of Sicilian orange top notes, the perfume’s depth and sophistication come by way of heart notes of bergamot and mandarin. Evocative of a summer’s day at the beach, the fragrance oozes sunshine with every drop. To complement the vibrancy of the scent, Californian artist Alex Israel has designed a bottle that perfectly encapsulates the shimmery radiance of the perfume within. His joyful design features pops of color that celebrate summer in all its glory.
Louis Vuitton Heures d’Absence Eau de Parfum
Sweet, bright, and bursting with vitality, Heures d’Absence is a gorgeously exuberant perfume that’s guaranteed to lift your mood. After opening with a bouquet of jasmine sambac and may rose top notes, the fragrance softens to reveal fruity heart notes of mimosa, pittosporum and raspberry. Base notes of musk and vanilla add a comforting, deeply familiar hit of warm sweetness. Velvety, intimate, yet still possessed of a youthful freshness, it’s the ideal complement to a weekend of long strolls in the countryside and picnics in the park. Once applied, the fragrance sticks around: expect around 5 hours plus of longevity with good sillage. Quietly feminine with an understated sophistication that whispers elegance rather than shouts it, Heures d’Absence Eau de Parfum would make an exceptional signature scent for women who prefer their perfumes to be an invitation rather than a demand. Encasing the pale pink scent is a heavy glass decanter bottle with a striking stopper stamped with the iconic LV monogram, lined in gold.