The fragrances your favourite celebrities are spritzing
From Hailey Bieber to Marilyn Monroe herself
By Team BEAUTYcrew
May 31 2022
Maybe yours reminds you of your mum and you want that olfactory memory to stay untarnished, or maybe you just found a killer cologne that smells expensive but actually isn't, and so you want to keep it close to your chest, literally and figuratively.
Well, considering even we regular folk often like to keep our signature scents a secret, it should come as no surprise that the celebrities who have named their own colognes of choice are few and far between. Imagine being a celeb and knowing that everyone on earth is probably going to smell just like you the moment you reveal your fave.
There are, however, a select amount that have been so kind as to do so, and honestly, we appreciate the sacrifice.
Margot Robbie: Gabrielle Chanel Essence
Struggling to find a signature scent that truly fits you? Robbie had the same issue until she found this peach, sandalwood and tuberose delight. “I think you know immediately when a fragrance is ‘you’. There are so many fragrances I distinctly associate with other people, but they’re not necessarily for me," she told Wanted.
"Gabrielle Chanel Essence feels incredibly feminine and powerful. It feels warm. It has a creaminess, radiance and an effortless quality that I associate with Chanel. I especially love tuberose [which is featured heavily]. To me, this is a fragrance with force of character. It feels distinct. It feels vibrant."
$175 at Myer
Simone Ashley: Nakuna Helsinki Ralli EDP
Bridgerton star Simone Ashley has become the object of all our desires since the show's season two premiere (IYKYK), and so we were of course overjoyed when she revealed her signature scent.
She actually loves the fragrance so much that she carries it in her daily handbag. "This is my favourite perfume; it's a Japanese perfume," she revealed via British Vogue's In The Bag series. "If I'm going to be really honest, I'm nervous to share what this is because it's such a special perfume. Everyone always compliments me on it, and no one else has it, but I'm going to show it..."
Suspenseful, right?! "It's Nakuna; it's like a rosy floral perfume and it's fab. Highly recommend."
$206 at Nakuna Helsinki
Lana Condor: GUCCI FLORA Gorgeous Gardenia EDP
As far as we’re concerned, when Lana Condor recommends a beauty product, it’s a certified banger by association. Case and point? Condor’s go-to red carpet base – Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation – is basically a celebrity in its own right.
So when the 24-year-old told Byrdie that she was just as obsessed with the GUCCI FLORA Gorgeous Gardenia EDP, of course, we had to know more.
“It has a white gardenia scent that smells so, so good,” Condor explained to the publication. “It’s so delicious and makes me feel bright and ready for the day!”.
Though she did admit that “the perfume is a little bougie,” it’s A-okay because “it’s really nice [and] I'm like, ‘Wow, Lana! How fancy of you!’".
Hey, if it makes her feel like a million bucks, then we say that’s a necessary splurge.
$213 at MYER
Gigi Hadid: Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia
Hadid may be the face of several fragrances (Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger drops among them), but her personal spritz is actually an Armani delight: "I love Acqua di Gioia," she shared with Refinery29.
What's so fabulous about it, you ask? Its complexity. It's somehow airy, sweet, zesty and warm all at once. If you're after a perfume that's tough to pin down, this is your Hadid-approved winner.
Fragrance notes: Mint, lemon, brown sugar, peony
$119.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Hailey Bieber: R.E.M. by Ariana Grande & Ex Nihilo Amber Sky
Bieber is a girl after our own hearts; she switches between both a splurge and a steal. And while she may not have revealed the exact eaus she spritzes, we have some pretty good guesses based on what she shared...
"There are two fragrances I love. I really like Ariana Grande’s perfumes – that’s not a joke – I think they smell amazing, plus they’re fun and playful," she shared in a since deleted interview. One of Grande's most popular drops? R.E.M., a sweet yet sophisticated blend that smells like heaven.
"I do like to switch up the perfumes I wear on a regular basis though, as I get bored of them quite easily. Another fragrance brand I love is Ex Nihilio – they do some beautiful, unique scents," she spilled of her other go-to brand. FYI, this Amber Sky scent from them is downright divine.
Fragrance notes: Sandalwood and tonka bean (as well as a sweet gourmand ingredient each; caramel in R.E.M.'s case, and vanilla in Tonka Sky's).
R.E.M., $39.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Amber Sky, $401 at Beauty The Shop
Emma Stone: GARDÉNIA by Chanel Les Exclusifs
Like Marilyn Monroe, Emma Stone has said she sprays a Chanel fragrance every night before bed to relax her senses.
For Stone, however, it's the 'GARDÉNIA' scent from the brand's Les Exclusifs line, which features subtle, elegant notes of orange blossom, jasmine and greens.
Fragrance notes: Gardenia, tuberose, orange blossom, jasmine
$495 at Chanel
Adele: Dior Hypnotic Poison
In a 2012 interview with the U.S. version of 60 Minutes, Adele said she'd never accept an offer to endorse a fragrance or beauty product, saying: "I wouldn't wear my own perfume. That's not me being in touch with my fans. I'll always wear the same perfume I've always worn since I was 15."
The "same perfume" she's talking about? Dior's Hypnotic Poison. Housed in a poison apple-reminiscent red bottle, the fragrance smells strongly of vanilla, caramel and fruits, and is downright delicious.
Fragrance notes: Vanilla, caramel, plum, roses
$137 at Myer
Meghan Markle: Jo Malone London Wild Bluebell Cologne
In an interview with The Daily Express in 2015, Markle revealed she's a fan of the Wild Bluebell Cologne fragrance by iconic British perfumer Jo Malone. She also said: "Fragrance is my favourite thing, so much so, that if I leave the house and don't put any on, I'll turn around and go back home." Yep, that's commitment to cologne.
The Duchess is also a fan of Jo Malone's 'Wood Sage & Sea Salt' fragrance, but has said she enjoys 'Wild Bluebell Cologne' for use during the day.
Fragrance notes: Lily of the valley, jasmine, amber, musk
$145 at Jo Malone
Rihanna: Kilian Love, Don't Be Shy
Though not actually confirmed, Rihanna is speculated to be an avid wearer of the Love, Don't Be Shy fragrance by exclusive boutique perfume brand Kilian.
Despite never announcing her love for the fragrance, many stars have commented on the Fenty Beauty founder's luscious, mysterious scent in the past, with beauty YouTuber Jackie Aina finally nailing the traits of the fragrance after she met Rihanna face-to-face. Therefore, we consider this one almost certainly confirmed.
Fragrance notes: Neroli, bergamot, iris, jasmine, sugar
$350 at Black Swallow
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Byredo Gypsy Water
One look at Huntington-Whiteley's Instagram will reveal she's a fragrance obsessive, and rotates between multiple different perfumes.
However, she counts Byredo's Gypsy Water, a peppery yet refreshing eau, as her all-time favourite.
Fragrance notes: Sandalwood, lemon, bergamot, vanilla
$217 at MECCA
Sophie Turner: Le Labo Santal 33
Turner is a fan of the cult scent Santal 33 by New York-based fragrance brand Le Labo, and has admitted that she and her husband, Joe Jonas, share a love for the exclusive scent.
In a 2019 interview with ELLE, the Game of Thrones actress explained: "I love Le Labo Santal 33. My fiancé and I can both use it. The musky smell is a little more manly, but I like men's cologne. We also have it in candles all over our house."
Fragrance notes: Sandalwood, leather, papyrus, cedar, iris, violet
$279 at MECCA
Marilyn Monroe: Chanel No. 5
Monroe helped catapult Chanel No. 5 to global fame when she famously revealed she wears the fragrance (and "nothing else") to bed every night. An actual icon.
In an interview back in the '60s, the actress divulged: 'They ask me questions. Just an example: "What do you wear to bed? A pyjama top? The bottoms of the pyjamas? A nightgown?' So I said, 'Chanel No. 5,' because it's the truth… And yet, I don't want to say 'nude.' But it's the truth!" It's little wonder that Chanel ended up using that famous soundbite to promote No. 5 in commercials.
Fragrance notes: Bergamot, neroli, vetiver, musk
$170 at Myer