These French-Crafted Perfumes Are Like Guided Meditation in a Bottle

These French-Crafted Perfumes Are Like Guided Meditation in a Bottle

I have a rule about expensive perfume : It's better to have a good reason why it's worth it. As someone who views perfume as an art form, I think really good perfumes should be priced accordingly (because they are worth it!), But I think well that sometimes, that's not what happens.

So I like The Harmonist. The brand perfumes are not just fragrant. They elevate the wearer by giving them balance and, as the name implies, harmony. Every Harmonist fragrance I’ve tried is a unique, sensual experience that really gets the equilibrium in a bottle. They are also made with ethical source ingredients, which is something that many perfume houses cannot say. Below, I’ve compiled 10 Harmonist fragrances that I think will add a particular je ne sais quoi to your perfume collection — and I’ve saved my favorites until the very end.

Key notes: watermelon, aquatic notes, ozonic accord, lotus flower, jasmine, cyclamen, lys flower, pink peppercorn, white musk. This scent is like a morning hike in a bottle. It smelled like dawn on a summer day — flowery, fresh, and dewy, with a slight hint of watermelon floating.

Key notes: watermelon, ylang ylang, frangipani

Key notes: green mandarin, bergamot, osmanthus, mimosa, daffodil, iris, cedar, sandalwood, gaiac. If you want a scent that feels like everything is yours, choose this dynamic fragrance — how often do you see the daffodil as a scent note? A spritz of it takes you to a lush, secret flowering garden.

Key notes: mimosa, violet leaf, vanilla, cassis

Key notes: Hawaiian jasmine, queen of the night flower, passionflower , lychee, honey, ylang-ylang, amber musk. Somehow, this perfume strikes the perfect balance between complex and subtle. Imagine a warm, sticky twilight in a tropical oasis — that’s the smell of this floral-centric scent.

Main notes: mandarin orange, blood orange, gardenia, orange blossom, peach, jasmine, honey, patchouli, beeswax, caramel, licorice

Main notes: rosoxydes, aldehydes, orange blossom, Rose of May, Bulgarian rose ylang-ylang, patchouli, white musk. A modern, steely take on the rose, this fragrance combines the Bulgarian rose essence, the rare Rose of May, and something called rosoxyde, which brings a sharp and prickly quality to the perfume. It's like a rose made of metal — and it's intoxicating.

Key notes: rose, bergamot, pink pepper

Key notes: elemi, cade, immortal flower, red cedar, myrrh, tolu balsam, vetiver, iris, vanilla. This fragrance is meant to bring stability to anyone who wears it. The spicy and woody note adds intrigue and sophistication.

Key notes: rose, shiso accord, woods, smoke

Key notes: orchid, mandarin, Bulgarian rose, almond milk, ylang-ylang, iris, white musk, sandalwood, benzoin. In feng shui, the energy of yin is slow, smooth, wet, and dark, while the energy of yang is lively, bright, and strong. Smooth, milky, and aquatic, this scent is perfectly contained in the energy of yin.

Key notes: citrus, jasmine, gardenia, hot woods

Key notes: citron, mandarin, fresh ginger, magnolia, orange blossom, laminaria blossom, amyris, gray amber, cedar. Travel to the beach with a spritz of this fragrance, which instantly envelops you in a mineral, invigorating scent reminiscent of crashing waves and saltwater.

Key notes: ambrette seeds, sea salt, sage

Key notes: bergamot mandarin, bitter orange, beeswax, pear granita, guaiac wood, oak, tonka bean, cabreuva. Perfect for anyone who wants to have confidence and inner strength from their signature scent, this woody fragrance smells like the most luxurious fireplace.

Key notes: davana, tonka beans, coffee, labdanum, agarwood, sandalwood

Key notes: metallic notes, cadamom, nutmeg, white tea, cyclamen, vetiver, sequoia, sandalwood, white musk. This scent is unlike anything you've ever smelled before — it's creamy, metallic, and spicy but not too strong. It’s hard to describe the scent, but it probably contains the act of chopping spices with a new gill knife.

Key notes: incense, resin, rich juice

Key notes: Cypress, clary sage, myrtle, neroli, saffron, tobacco, cistus, tonka bean, oud. Of all the Harmonist scents I’ve tried, this is the one I always get the most compliments on. My favorite compliment? "Mahal ang amoy mo," which is A) true and B) the mark of a scent worth its money. I would personally describe this perfume as an enthusiastic hug in a bottle, if you can imagine that.

Key notes: vetiver, cedar, benzoin, pine, patchouli, bergamot. Next, Scandinavian Beauty is Take Off — 6 Brands To Know Before Everyone Else

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