We love classic perfumes. We love new scents, too, of course, but there’s just something so nostalgically special about a carefully crafted fragrance that has stood the test of time. What’s even better is when it comes with a little backing from some of the most iconic women in history.
Marilyn Monroe’s very public confession that all she wore to bed was a few drops of Chanel No. 5 has naturally cemented the scent firmly in the fragrance history books. But what about the gorgeous perfumes worn by our other favorite icons? What did Jackie Kennedy spritz, or which notes did Grace Kelly prefer?
If you’ve ever wondered about the signature scents of your favorite A-list stars, look no further than our roundup below. We’ve done some digging and have discovered the beloved scents of some of the most iconic celebrities to ever grace the red carpet. Our list is perfect if you adore a classic fragrance, and it’s even better if you’re still trying to think of Christmas present ideas.
Keep scrolling to discover the beautiful perfumes some of the most beloved celebrities really wore—that you can still buy today!
Diana, Princess of Wales
Worn by Diana on her wedding day, this beautiful blend of white flowers, iris, vanilla, sandalwood, and amber could be your new spritz. Perfect if you like light and fresh florals with a woody heart.
Always classy, Grace Kelly had her signature scent crafted especially for her ahead of her wedding day. If you love sumptuous florals, this blend of rose, violet, bergamot, and Florentine iris could be right up your street.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Also said to be a favorite of Marilyn Monroe’s (when she wasn’t wearing No. 5, of course), Jackie’s signature scent is a timeless cocktail of rare flowers, jasmine and rose, first released in 1929.
Katharine Hepburn’s fragrance, crafted in 1970 by Yves Saint Laurent, was inspired by the bohemian spirit of Paris’s “left of the river Seine” community. Fresh and woody, this is one for the city lover.
In her later life, Elizabeth Taylor is said to have worn nothing but her own line of fragrances, particularly Violet Eyes. But before that, she loved a suitably rare vintage perfume, crafted from notes of rosemary, orange blossom, jasmine, rose, bergamot, lemon, sandalwood, patchouli, and leather.
Blended by Miller Harris for Jane Birkin after the actress asked the perfumer to “create a fragrance I can bear to wear,” Birkin’s signature conjures “dusty libraries and old books” through notes of dry vanilla, oakmoss, neroli, patchouli, and bourbon.
Hard to pin down to only one category of fragrance, Lauren Bacall’s signature scent combines florals and citrus notes with a woody base for an alluringly complex perfume.
An ode to the idea of women as goddesses, Sophia Loren’s seductive signature scent has rose and iris at its heart, tempered by earthier notes of vanilla and sandalwood.
An inimitable scent for an inimitable icon. Monroe became the unofficial face of Chanel’s classic fragrance after confessing her bedtime rituals during a Marie Claire interview.