The iconic fashion brand Louis Vuitton first began in 1920, and designer Marc Jacobs stood as creative director of the brand in 1997. Producing luxurious fragrances often encased in crystal bottles called “Editions d’Art,” Louis Vuitton soon became recognized as one of the most glamorous and sought-after fragrance brands.
The first known scent by Louis Vuitton is Heures d’Absence, which was launched to high acclaim in 1927. Today Jacques Cavallier Belletrud works at the helm as the expert in-house perfumer. Incredibly, there are over 41 different perfumes in this successful brand; the most recent perfume was created in 2022. This article will explore 13 of the best and most popular Louis Vuitton fragrances in detail.
Best Louis Vuitton Perfumes:
1. Ombre Nomade
Launched in 2018, Ombre Nomade is an earthy, woody scent created for both men and women by in-house designer Jacques Cavallier. The versatility of this scent makes it ideal for any occasion, day or night. The keynotes in this exquisite scent are raspberry, incense, oud wood, and benzoin tears. Intoxicating and smoky, this scent is symbolic of the mystery and landscape of the desert.
Created exclusively for women, this floral scent was launched in 2018 to rave reviews. The name of this scent translates to mean ‘Dream Catcher,’ and the design of this fragrance was inspired by the magical moment of experiencing a meteor shower. Described by designer Jacques Cavallier as “explosive, lively and surprising,” this scent is simultaneously bold and whimsical.
The intense base notes are patchouli essence, while aromatic blends of ginger, bergamot, and litchi form the top notes. At the heart of this scent are floral chords of peony, cacao, and Turkish rose. Adding to the unique and unforgettable qualities of this scent, the perfume can be stored in a leather box marked with the initials of the wearer’s choice.
3. Afternoon Swim
The quirky name Afternoon Swim reflects the fun, energetic mood of this citrus fragrance, designed for both women and men and launched in 2019. Designer Alex Israel fashioned the striking blue packaging of this scent.
Inspired by the healing properties of Vitamin C, this scent includes harmonizing key notes of orange, ginger, ambergris, mandarin, and bergamot. A perfect scent to wear in the summer months, this fragrance is guaranteed to lift the mood of the wear and instill a sense of energy.,
4. Contre Moi
Launched in 2016, Contre Moi is a floral scent designed exclusively for women by top perfumer Jacques Cavallier. This oriental scent is symbolic of self-revelation and aims to induce emotion from the wearer. The face of the advertising campaign for this scent is the beautiful actress Lea Seydoux.
The striking perfume bottle design is fashioned from heavy glass and represents the style and look of an apothecary vial. Heady base notes of cacao, ambrette, Tahitian vanilla, and Madagascar vanilla dominate the foundations of this scent, while herbal blends of lemon and bergamot form a striking contrast. A floral bouquet of magnolia, orange blossom, rose, and pear fills the heart of this scent.
5. Nouveau Monde
Designed exclusively for men in 2018, this amber fragrance is strong and powerful. Key flavor notes in this scent include a distinctive blend of saffron, incense, cocoa, blackcurrant note, patchouli, and agarwood.
This sentimental scent was created to honor the memory of explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, one of Louis Vuitton’s first clients who traveled all around Africa. A complex mix of spiced and gentle aromas, this scent is perfect for the modern, elegant man.
6. Rose des Vents
Launched in 2016, Rose des Vents is a floral scent crafted to be worn by women. The most distinctive flavors in this scent are, without doubt, the varieties of Rose running through the layers of perfume, making this the ideal perfume to wear in the spring months.
The fruity top notes of this scent are peach, blackcurrant, and green notes, which harmonize beautifully with chords of iris, Turkish rose, rose, and May rose at its heart. Sensual base notes of pepper, orris root, violet leaf, cedar, and white musk add depth and character.
Designed exclusively for men by Louis Vuitton, L’Immensite is a spiced, amber scent first launched in 2018. This aromatic fragrance is ideal for a formal occasion in the colder seasons of autumn and winter.
The seductive base chords are ambroxan, amber, and labdanum which contrast beautifully with ginger, bergamot, and grapefruit. The complex and intricate aromas at the heart of this scent are sage, rosemary, geranium, and subtle water notes.
8. Matiere Noire
A perfume of many contrasts, Matiere Noire, is a woody fragrance designed exclusively for women in 2016. The beautiful face of the promotional campaign for this scent was French actress Lea Seydoux. The mysterious base notes include incense, benzoin, patchouli, and oud to bring longevity and depth to this scent.
At the heart of this scent is a floral bouquet of Arabian jasmine, narcissus, cyclamen, and rose, while unexpected, distinct notes of blackcurrant syrup punctuate the top notes.
9. Les Sables Roses
Launched in 2019, Les Sables Roses by Louis Vuitton is a memorable floral scent designed to be worn by both women and men. This exotic scent is inspired by the deserts of the Middle East. Designer Jacques Cavallier believed that the desert held captivating magic within the landscape of dunes.
This scent is a contrast of warm and cooler tones, with keynotes of rose and oud. Deep woody notes contrast beautifully with the sweet freshness of the rose.
10. California Dream
California Dream is a classic citrus fragrance by Louis Vuitton, designed to be worn and enjoyed by both men and women. This is a relatively new fragrance, just recently launched in 2020. The inspiration for this scent is a mood of freedom and the sky above the city of LA; California Dream has been described as “sunset in a bottle.”
With an oriental contrast of warm, soft scents and cooler notes, this scent is fresh and vibrant in tone. The packaging for this scent was designed by LA artist Alex Israel. The key chords of flavor in this fragrance are musk, pear, mandarin, benzoin, and ambrette seed.
11. Nuit de Feu
Launched in 2020, Nuit de Feu is a relatively new scent from the extensive Louis Vuitton range of perfumes and was created by top perfumer Jacques Cavallier to be worn by both men and women.
Inspired by the dark depths of desert scenery at twilight, this fragrance is complex and formed in layers of heady aroma. The keynotes in this scent include natural leather, white incense, black incense, and earthy blends of oud wood.
12. Mille Feux
Mille Feux is a feminine, floral fragrance for women designed to bring out the emotions of the wearer. Launched in 2016, this fragrance was designed by Jacques Cavallier, having taken four long years to perfect. The face of the advertising campaign for this fragrance was French actress Lea Seydoux and the minimalist glass bottle was designed by Marc Newson.
The predominant note in this fragrance is leather, which forms the base notes with orris root, moss, patchouli, and sandalwood. At the heart of this scent blooms jasmine, iris, rose, saffron, and osmanthus. The top notes are fruity hints of raspberry and bergamot.
13. Cactus Garden
Launched in 2019, Cactus Gardens is an aromatic, citrus fragrance designed for both women and men by an in-house expert perfumer Jacques Cavallier. The attractive cactus drawings and green design of the packaging designed by Cavallier are evocative of the wonders of nature.
This fresh fragrance aims to mirror the dry and wet textures of a cactus plant, using keynotes of lemongrass, matte tea, and bergamot. Subtle and gentle, this scent is ideal for relaxed daytime wear.