15 Best Italian Perfume Brands You Need To Own
A perfume is a distinctive sign, the first “dress” in contact with the skin, a choice that determines who we are or who we want to be. In the vast world of fragrances, the frequent request is that of an olfactory note that stands out from the others, of an exclusive essence. What you want is not just any perfume, but “the perfume”, the one that makes us unique, recognizable among all.
The universe of Made In Italy perfumes is very rich and varied and offers a wide choice for men and women. The union with the fashion world turned out to be very fortunate, for which the most famous Italian fashion designers have launched lines of perfumes that have become true icons: from Acqua di Giò by Giorgio Armani to Roma by Laura Biagiotti, passing through Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Moschino and Versace, inevitable in the list of the great Italian perfume brands. Furthermore, as with all Italian excellences, even perfumery is closely linked to the artisan tradition.
Let’s see below some of the best-known Made in Italy perfume brands.
Acqua di Parma
One of the world’s most famous Italian perfume brands that preserve the tradition of craftsmanship. The Acqua di Parma colonies are intense, original, and unique. Bergamot strikes the nose accompanied by shades of leather, amber, ebony, myrrh, and oak. Who says Acqua di Parma says Italian perfumes for men of great class and luxury and therefore also very expensive. Blu Mediterraneo by Acqua di Parma is a collection that depicts the beauty and views of the Italian Mediterranean Sea. Seven fragrances that evoke the energy, the sun and the colors of the most emblematic places of one of the most beautiful seas in the world.
Impossible not to mention Armani, who with its Acqua di Giò became one of the first names to create an iconic fragrance, which has been a success for years now. Soft, delicate, but with a strong personality, there is no person who hasn’t tried it at least once. Giorgio Armani is synonymous with elegance and minimalism, with refined and precious elements. Its philosophy is centered on perfection that does not give up on comfort and beauty: the aesthetics are enhanced by the combination of style and practicality.
The Battistoni Mare fragrance is kept in a precious and elegant bottle, with an essential and contemporary design that underlines its sophistication and its intense and intriguing character. Renato Guttuso designs for Gianni Battistoni the effigy of the god of war “Mars” and with the ingenious technical collaboration of Pierre Dinand, the most famous designer of world perfumery, the bottle of the perfume Mars is born. Sophisticated, yet spontaneous, it becomes a perfume as impossible to forget.
Bottega Veneta presents its feminine and masculine fragrances that capture moments and experiences in a Palladian garden in spring. The result of the collaboration with three perfumers, the fragrances are simply marked with a Roman numeral, to emphasize the classic heritage of the Palladian villas. Michel Almairac has been part of Bottega Veneta’s olfactory history from the very beginning, with the creation of Bottega Veneta’s first iconic debut female fragrance. He continued his relationship with the maison by also developing Eau Legère, Essence Aromatique and Parco Palladiano.
Bulgari, an Italian company founded in 1884 by the Greek goldsmith Sotirio Bulgari, is today a permanent symbol of Italian excellence. It had great success right from the start in the luxury sector: jewelry, watchmaking, perfumery, leather goods and the hotel industry. Evoking the sophisticated elegance of the Bulgari style, the Collection of Perfumes for men and women is an evident attestation of luxury and refinement. Inspired by the force of nature and the charm of the most precious gems, these captivating fragrances are true masterpieces of Made in Italy perfumery.
Dolce & Gabbana
Citrus like the Sicily that they love to represent so much, the notes of the perfumes of Dolce and Gabbana, have as their only common denominator the sour and fresh scents, but above all unmistakable. Like Light Blue, one of the maison’s most iconic perfumes. The Dolce and Gabbana brand loves to represent all the fresh and sour aromas of Sicily in its perfumes. Its perfumes are the best sellers because of the lightness with which they are able to enhance the various fragrances. Its aromas, ideal especially for the summer period, are able to make you feel all the warmth of Southern Italy and the Mediterranean thanks to cedar, apple and bluebell.
Etro is an Italian family company that produces fabrics, furnishings and perfumes. Etro perfumes intertwine words, colors, images and sensations. They recompose fragments of places and memories. In fact, every essence recalls a situation, a space-time. In 1968 Gerolamo “Gimmo” Etro, a great traveler with a background in economics, founded his textile company for haute couture and prêt-a-porter. Maintaining traditional quality, Etro adds a contemporary touch by daring with innovative colors and combinations. At the end of the 1980s, Etro Profumi was born, which expanded its production up to 24 fragrances.
Florentine company founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci is today one of the most important luxury brands in the world. A few but significant words identify a Gucci product: exclusivity, quality, made in Italy, Italian craftsmanship. Modern and traditional brand at the same time, innovative, artisanal and sophisticated. Elegance is the watchword of this well-known historic Italian maison. Gucci has always created feminine and refined fragrances. This brand has always tried to combine passion and commitment to create the best fragrances especially in the female field. The Bloom fragrance, rich in floral and fruity elements with a hint of vanilla, certainly did not go unnoticed.
The Cavalli brand has made its strong and eccentric style a workhorse, even in the beauty field. Each Roberto Cavalli perfume contains a little of the extraordinary charm of its creator. The first Roberto Cavalli eau de parfum was presented in 2002 and reflects the stylist’s provocative style. He then conquered women all over the world with Just Cavalli eau de toilette, a floral fragrance with a woody base. Today you can discover the Italian luxury and extravagance of the Cavalli brand in 40 different perfumes for women and men, including the classic Roberto Cavalli aftershave lotions. Among the best fragrances is Paradiso, a fragrance that smells of summer.
Roma, Laura Biagiotti’s perfume, evokes the Italian capital. A very Italian brand, which for years has embellished the world of fragrances with intense and warm scents, accompanied by an equally sensual packaging. Laura Biagiotti, queen of cashmere, in her long career in fashion, has also created successful fragrances, earning deep respect even in the world of perfumery. Her perfumes, both for him and for her, embody the classic elegance typical of the brand since “Roma”, the very first creation of the 80s. Fragrances that have always conquered both men and women, giving the skin a refined, romantic character and sensual.
Pantheon Roma represents one of the most exclusive lines in the panorama of European perfumery. A compact line, because it consists of four fragrances, but intense, due to the high concentrations of these Extrait de Parfum. Pantheon is inspired by the most beautiful love story of the Italian Renaissance, that of the painter Raphael and Margherita, a humble baker in the Trastevere district of Rome. This story is so beautiful and strong that it can be told with perfumes, which like few other things can evoke memories and feelings. The fragrances are very special: they describe characters and places of this story and they do it in an unexpected way.
Brand of the high fashion company founded in 1957 by the designer Valentino Garavani, Valentino has always stood out for the exclusivity and excellence of its collections and for that style that is now recognizable all over the world. Like fashion creations, perfumes also dress its refined and unique style and invite you to discover the pleasure of the senses. Valentino perfumes, in all the range, express an imperturbable elegance, a reference to what is a style so elevated as to be timeless. The various fragrances use noble ingredients and wisely calibrated on contrasts and citrus and spicy notes. The packages are designed with a unique design and strictly linked to the emotions that each line of perfumes wants to arouse.
Tradition, innovation and quality are the elements that distinguish this brand. Prada perfumes are divided into 2 major collections: the classics that bring amber as their main theme and the fresher and more intimate Infusion universe that pays homage to traditional perfumery. The history of the brand began in 1913, when Mario Prada, together with his brother Martino, decided to open a shop for leather, bags and travel accessories in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. Prada is synonymous with timeless luxury, which is also reflected in its elegant and refined fragrances: the brand’s perfumes for men and women are precious compositions made with carefully selected ingredients of the highest quality.
Versace is a maison born from the idea of Gianni Versace and Donatella Versace, stylists appreciated and loved all over the world. The brand was born in 1978, but the first Versace perfume dates back to 1981. Versace perfumes are the perfect mix of originality and luxury, appreciated by the female world thanks to the various shades of aromas, but also by the male world. The scents it uses are often intense and seductive, especially the feminine ones. The Versace world in particular imagines the woman with a strong personality but at the same time unique and elegant, who knows how to correctly match and wear a certain clothing together with the right perfume. The fragrances that Versace uses are often fresh rose flowers with aromas of blackcurrant and apples but also oriental smells.
Officina di Santa Maria Novella
The oldest Italian perfume shop was founded in 1221 from the first pharmacy in Europe in the famous Basilica of Florence. Here the men’s perfume is history rather than vintage. The Dominican friars had the intuition to extract the medicines and perfumes from their garden’s aromatic and medicinal herbs. Each recipe was secret and jealously guarded, to the delight of princes and grand dukes who could thus enjoy a personalized product, such as the Acqua della Regina, created specifically for Caterina de ‘Medici. Perfumes based on bergamot and over 40 possible variations, including flowers and fruits, patchouli and tobacco, vanilla and the classic vetiver.