Scents are some of the subtlest elements of Southern style, and true Southern ladies often have a signature fragrance.
These six classic perfumes are tried-and-true fragrances loved by generations of Southern women and, given their staying power, we will be keeping them close for years to come. Enjoy their sweet smells of citrus, of peaches, of pears, and of vanilla—this is just a selection of the wonderful scents that make these amazing perfumes true classics. So delicately touch a little to your wrist, or dab a little behind your ear, and enjoy the wonderful joy of the classic perfumes Southern women have been enjoying for generations. Down South it’s a convention to make everything we do a tradition—and perfume spritzin’ is no exception. These six fragrances have adorned Southern vanities for generations, and we intend to keep the tradition alive. These classic perfumes are the reasons why.
Estee Lauder Pleasures
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Light, sheer, and with subtle floral notes, this scent is as delicate as an Easter lily.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
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Like apple picking in Virginia with fruit and floral floating through cool air, this fragrance refreshes the senses. Notes of crisp granny smith apple and bluebell will make you feel like you’ve been strolling through an orchard all day.
Oscar De La Renta
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Just like Mr. De La Renta’s fashion line, this scent is always appropriate to wear to sophisticated social engagements—from black-tie weddings to candlelit garden parties. And just like the South, part of its charm comes from the scent of peaches and gardenia.
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Bright, sunny and citrusy, it’s like a mimosa brunch served on the front porch. Every day can’t be Saturday in the South, but it sure can smell like it.
Chanel No. 5
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Right up there with her 12-piece place settings and the famous pecan pie recipe is that classic scent her grandmothers passed down.
BUY IT: 1.7oz, $80; sephora.com
With pear, peony, vanilla, and amber, it’s the fragrance equivalent of a monogram—preppy, put-together, and always in style.