Saffron is not just for cooking anymore…it makes for a delightfully exotic fragrance, too! Once you catch a whiff of its striking aroma, you might even consider adopting it as your new signature scent. While saffron fragrances have recently grown in popularity, brands big and small have been creating saffron-forward perfumes and colognes for years — and for good reason! The perennial herb’s addictive scent, paired with its calming qualities, results in an opulent fragrance designed to make you feel great inside and out.
How Does Saffron Smell In Perfumes?
We love saffron for its deeply unique and multi-faceted scent. From hot and spicy, rich and herbaceous, woodsy and earthy, to subtle hints of sweetness — saffron has got it all. The unmistakable scent is known to stimulate the senses and command the attention of everyone in the room. While the spice can be intense on its own, saffron perfumes are balanced out nicely when combined with aromas like amber, cherry, cedar, jasmine, rose, vanilla, and sandalwood.
The Healing Power of Saffron
Not only does saffron produce a complex and inviting aroma, but did you know that it also provides relaxation and antidepressant benefits? According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, saffron “was found to be effective as similar to [common antidepressants] in the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression”. Research shows that saffron can help balance chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine to fight depression and anxiety disorders. When used in fragrances, saffron essential oils can provide a calming effect to help you feel relaxed and confident — all while smelling amazing!
Top 10 Best Saffron Perfumes
Want to try out a saffron fragrance and see for yourself? We’ve put together a list of the top 10 best saffron perfumes out there!
1. Dossier - Ambery Saffron
“With the scorching heat of saffron, Ambery Saffron (inspired by MFK's Baccarat Rouge 540) opens up with a bang. Often avoided in perfumery because of its intensity, the warm temper of saffron is balanced with sizzling cedarwood and sultry amber.”
2. Imaginary Authors - Slow Explosions
“With pops of rose and hits of saffron, this scent explodes on the skin and awakens the senses.” Slow Explosions also features notes of leather, cashmeran, apple, benzoin, and Arpora night market.
3. Byredo - Black Saffron
Black Saffron marries saffron with scents like juniper berries, black violet, and pomelo to create a fragrance inspired by unity and inclusion.
4. Jo Malone - Saffron Cologne Intense
A unique fragrance for men, Saffron Cologne Intense is “Fresh, spicy, powdery, warm & enchanting…Top notes of incense, pink pepper & bergamot…base notes of guaiac wood, blond wood, white musk & amber.”
5. Maison Francis Kurkdjia - Baccarat Rouge 540
“The woody scent releases a poetic alchemy, a highly condensed and graphic olfactory signature. Breezy jasmine facets, radiant saffron boost the ambergris mineral notes and the woody tones of freshly-cut cedar. Bright and sleek, Baccarat Rouge 540 eau de parfum caresses the skin like an amber and woody floral whisper.”
6. L’OCCITANE - Rose Saffron Eau de Parfum
“Born from a blend of flavors fit for a Levantine palace, Rose Saffron Eau de Parfum reveals powerful and captivating notes. It is inspired by Saffron, a rare and precious spice, which immediately mingles with mesmerizing notes of Rose Centifolia from Grasse, full of depth and strength, underlined by a dash of freshness.”
7. Al Haramain - Amber Oud Rouge
Amber Oud Rouge is an “Amber Floral fragrance for women and men. Top note is Saffron; middle note is Jasmine; base notes are Ambergris, Musk and White Cedar Extract.”
8. ZARA - Magnificently Dubai
“Eau de parfum. ‘From sunrise to sunset, bathed in adventure.’ Jo Malone CBE, founder of Jo Loves. Magnificently Dubai reveals notes of saffron, nutmeg, and leather accords.”
9. L’Artisan Parfumeur - Safran Troublant
Safran Troublant is “Beautiful and a little dangerous to wear…The sensuality is heightened with the addition of sandalwood and spicy ginger notes. This makes for a seductive and unexpected fragrance, where the saffron serves to highlight the sheer opulence of the rose.”
10. Tabbeau Place - Cherry Saffron
And last but not least, our very own saffron perfume is an icon in the Tabbeau Collection catalogue. Cherry Saffron explores the smell of ripened cherries combined with almond notes. It takes you between floral and fruity, warm and sweet gourmands, leaving men and women feeling exotic while allowing the rose, cherry, and jasmine sambac to infiltrate the senses.
When you think of saffron, you may think of it as rare, exclusive, and wildly expensive. But it doesn’t have to be! That’s our little secret at Tabbeau Place: intoxicating fragrances with lavish scents that are accessible to everyone. Our Cherry Saffron perfume is a high-quality alternative to mass-produced perfumes. Each bottle is handcrafted with clean and natural ingredients that are long-lasting, 100% vegan, and cruelty-free.
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