I’ve always felt like a great outfit is worth nothing if you don’t have a fabulous perfume to top it off with. It’s your whole personality collected in a single scent that lingers in people’s memory. How do you find the one that embodies your true essence? If you want to smell like a classy woman with refined taste, a goddess-like aura, and a femme fatale demeanor, this old money perfume selection is for you!
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What Does “Old Money” Smell Like?
Perfumes that fall into the “old money” category have a rich and complex composition. Some of the most common notes used in niche luxury perfumes are Oudh Wood, Vetiver, Saffron, Nagarmotha Oil, Frankincense, and Jasmine.
What’s the Best Old Money Perfume for Women?
Old money aesthetic is characterized by luxurious, high-quality items that are accessible only to a specific higher-class demographic. Fragrances are one of those little quiet luxuries that still maintain their status of a high-end purchase while being widely available. Here are some of the most exquisite fragrances on the market that embody the essence of the “old money” lifestyle to a fault!
Notes: Sandalwood, Leather, Papyrus, Virginia cedar, Cardamom, Violet, Iris, Amber
Le Labo’s Santal 33 is poetry in a bottle. An unprecedented classic for the brand, this perfume is a woody and spicy whirlwind of intoxicating aromas. Labelled as a unisex fragrance, it carries the addictive scent of Ambroxan, iris, cardamom and violet with warm musk and leather underlying notes.
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Fresh and Salty Notes
Notes: Sea salt, Sage, Grapefruit, Musk Mallow, Seaweed
If you’re looking for a complex and unique scent that screams “money”, Jo Malone should be your go-to brand. Their staple Wood Sage and Sea Salt cologne was designed to provoke a deep feeling of pleasure and wanderlust. Inspired by the beaches of Britain, its intricate scent is reminiscent of summer sea air, sand and stones combined with the soft and sophisticated smell of driftwood. This perfume is a rebellious escape, an ode to the free spirits, and an elegant and timeless addition to anyone’s fragrance collection!
Notes: Grapefruit, Bergamot, Cassia, Petitgrain, Neroli, Patchouli, Vanilla
Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune is a fresh and citrusy fragrance from the house of Guerlain created all the way back in 1999. This complex and elegant scent is the perfect summer daytime fragrance! It’s created from the light and addictive notes of grapefruit, lemon and bergamot masterfully intertwined with the soft scent of patchouli, vanilla extract and sandalwood. Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune’s aroma is heavily influenced by your unique skin chemistry, so it’s best to try it in person first before making a purchase.
Notes: Cypress leaf, Saffron, Cardamom, Artemisia, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Bulgarian rose, Nutmeg, Jasmine, Oudh, Cedar, Leather, Sandalwood, Amber, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Musk
Halfeti by Penhaligon’s is one of the most memorable spicy fragrances I have ever encountered. The name of the perfume is inspired by a small village in Turkey called Halfeti and the unique black roses native to the coast of the Euphrates River. This is a rich, mysterious scent with intricate woody-floral middle and base notes and sharp spicy top notes. Halfeti’s complexity, depth and long-lasting performance are perfect for the summer/fall transitional weather. It’s suitable for both men and women and is most suitable for nighttime wear.
Notes: Litchi, Pear, Bergamot, Turkish rose, Peony, Watery notes, Floral notes, White musk, Woody notes, Haitian Vetiver
Parfums de Marly’s Delina La Rosee is a sweet floral fragrance ideal for hot summer days! It’s unapologetically soft and feminine, with a dominant peony note and top notes of litchi, pear and bergamot. With its light aquatic middle notes, this perfume is the perfect beach accessory! What makes this scent truly addictive is the finishing woody blend of vetiver and white musk.
Notes: Kashmiri saffron, Passionfruit, Coffee, Olibanum, Moroccan rose, Pink peony, Oudh, Crystal amber, Vanilla bean
Rose Saffron by Whind is an euphoric feast to the senses. Still new to the market, it was released in 2023 and created by the refined palette of Jérôme Epinette. This fragrance has a complex warm, fruity and spicy scent that can seduce even the most stoic of people. An elegant dance between the Morrocan rose and Kashmiri saffron gives this perfume an enticing incense-like aroma. It directly transports you to a hot summer evening in the Arabian desert with its warm, smokey and lived-in mischievous texture.
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