How Perfume Has Changed

Ever wondered how perfume has changed over the decades but you didn’t want to have to dig through 140 years of perfume sales data AND the recipes…I have saved you the trouble 😁.

Here you go…perfume ingredients by decade. I looked at the top perfumes for a decade then looked at the notes. This is based on about 70-100 of the top selling fragrances since 1880.

1880s - 1890s:
Top Notes: Citrus Oils (Bergamot, Lemon)
Heart Notes: Florals (Rose, Jasmine)
Base Notes: Musk, Vanillin, Coumarin

1900s - 1910s:
Top Notes: Aldehydes
Heart Notes: Orris Root, Lavender
Base Notes: Civet, Ambergris

1920s - 1930s:
Top Notes: Aldehydes
Heart Notes: Sandalwood, Vetiver
Base Notes: Oakmoss, Patchouli

1940s - 1950s:
Top Notes: Citrus Oils
Heart Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Tonka Bean
Base Notes: Benzoin, Labdanum

1960s - 1970s:
Top Notes: Citrus Oils, Aldehydes
Heart Notes: Woody Notes (Cedarwood, Sandalwood)
Base Notes: Musk, Spices (Clove, Cinnamon)

Top Notes: Fruity Notes
Heart Notes: Synthetic Musks (Galaxolide)
Base Notes: Amber, Aquatic Notes, Green Notes

Top Notes: Aquatic Notes
Heart Notes: Fruity Notes, Transparent Florals (Peony)
Base Notes: Ozonic Notes, Amber, Vanilla

Top Notes: Fruity Florals
Heart Notes: Gourmand Notes (Caramel, Chocolate)
Base Notes: White Musks, Green Notes, Woody Notes

Top Notes: Floral Orientals
Heart Notes: Gourmand Accords
Base Notes: Aquatic and Ozonic Notes, Spicy Notes, Amber, Oud

Top Notes: Clean and Fresh Notes
Heart Notes: Exotic Florals
Base Notes: Sustainable and Natural Ingredients, Complex Woods, Modern Musks
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Written by Darryl Hunter