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Long Lasting Perfume – Gardenia Fragrances You Will Love

By Amy Derungs

March 24, 2021


Long Lasting Perfume - Gardenia
Gardenia perfumes are the superior choice for you.
Warm, exotic, earthy, pretty and intoxicating

Mesmerizing and sexy!
If you want to feel deliciously sensual all day long, read on!
Youthful, feminine and fresh, I recommend:

Kai Perfume Oil

There are a huge number of Gardenia fragrances available, but only a few are truly long lasting perfumes for women. Perfumers find it notoriously difficult to get the actual smell of gardenia right, but we bring you a list of long lasting fragrances that smell like authentic gardenia blossoms in full flower.

Rich and unlimitedly female, this gorgeous floral fragrance is perfect for the woman who is confident about her femininity.

Wearing a gardenia fragrance is more about a glimpse into who you are and how you see yourself. Florals are intended to create an atmosphere of creamy sensuality and invoke feelings of romantic walks in abundant gardens bursting with gardenias in flower.

The main seduction is to entice you and the person who is experiencing your scent into an experience that leaves no doubt about your femininity.

Selecting your gardenia scented perfume is an intimate and very personal experience. You want a fragrance that will say who you are and then last over the course of many hours catching the attention of everyone who is lucky enough to smell your special fragrance.

Our List Of The Best Long Lasting Gardenia Perfumes

1. Best Perfume Overall: Kai Perfume Oil

Kai Perfume Oil

Kai is an amazing, cruelty free white floral and feminine fragrance evoking images of tropical gardens in full bloom. The scent is dominated by notes of gardenia and jasmine but with other tropical flowers nearby as well.

It’s lush and creamy fresh floral opening softens with delicious jasmine and a good very bright tuberose. And then the gardenia makes its presence known in the dry down becoming the dominant note but blending beautifully with all the other notes. The gardenia in this perfume is very green, fresh and not overly sweet.

Kai has really great sillage, with a generous projection. With a longevity of eight to ten hours it is one of the best long lasting scent for women. And even after that there’s just a hint of sweet gardenia on the skin. Remember it’s an oil, so a little goes a long way. 

Kai is a simple, easy-to-wear scent. It’s also incredibly feminine and treacherously flirtatious. This gorgeous blend of white flowers is a must for anyone who loves the smell of gardenias.

This scent is youthful, feminine and fresh and can be worn in the evenings, summer or fall. And in cold winter evenings just to liven you up. Expect plenty of compliments when you wear Kai.

Top Notes: Jasmine, tuberose

Middle Notes: Gardenia, Lily

Base Notes:White Flowers

2. Premium Perfume: Versace Crystal Noir Eau De Parfum

Versace Crystal Noir Eau De Parfum

Versace Crystal Noir Eau De Parfum

Versace Crystal Noir Eau De Parfum is one of the sexiest and best gardenia fragrances and a masterpiece of an oriental fragrance that is a true attention grabber.

The opening is a blazing surge of black pepper and cardamom sustained and freshened by lovely notes of ginger. The initial tang of ginger steps aside for the heart notes of cardamom, silky coconut and notes of gardenia blending deliciously with the pepper. I must add here that the coconut is not a strong synthetic suntan lotion type of smell. This is an exceptionally subtle creamy scent that allows the other notes to dominate.

Jasmine comes into the heart notes gradually but as it warms on the skin it strengthens. And giving a complex floral touch to this complexity and middle notes it comes in strong, giving a true floral touch to this masterpiece. Jasmine mixes beautifully with the base notes of sandalwood and musk gives the sweet floral a clean spicy depth and warmth.

Sillage is moderate. It is a long lasting perfume so you will be able to smell all the subtleties of this fragrance after a full day at work. This is a perfect fragrance to wear as winter gives way to spring. It’s not too floral or too rich so it can be worn every day. Crystal Noir is an irresistible fragrance will transfix anyone who smells it on you.

You can find more lovely Versace fragrances to consider in our article about the Best Versace Perfume For Women.

Top Notes: Pepper, Ginger, Cardamom

Middle Notes: Coconut, Gardenia, Orange blossom, Peony

Base Notes:Sandalwood, Musk, Amber

3. Best Value Perfume: Gardenia by Penhaligon’s Eau de Toilette Spray

Gardenia by Penhaligon’s Eau de Toilette Spray

Penhaligon’s Eau de Toilette

Penhaligon’s Eau de Toilette is recommended to white floral lovers only, there is a timeless grace about this fragrance that’s truly charming. The opening is enchanting, starting with hints of greenness, bergamot and beautiful magnolia. Heart notes of gardenia, jasmine and tuberose develop to give a rich and creamy scent. A hint of orange blossom is a perfect foil to the all the floral fragrances.

The dry down has the subtle hint of light musky notes of sandalwood and the powdery essence vanilla. Plenty of gardenia perfumes go overboard becoming too often overwhelming. This fragrance melts beautifully into your natural chemistry to give off a classy feminine floral spring fragrance.

Sillage is respectable and the fragrance lasts for about four to six hours (which is quite long lasting for an eau de toilette). This is an all year round and any time of the day or night scent. You’ll get lots of compliments when you wear Penhaligon’s Gardenia eau de toilette.

Top Notes: Green notes, Magnolia, Hyacinth, Bergamot, Rhubarb, Violet

Middle Notes: Gardenia, Tuberose, Lily-of-the-valley, Jasmine, Orange blossom, Ylang-ylang, Rose, Cinnamon, Cloves

Base Notes: Musk, Vanilla, Benzoin, Sandalwood

4. Florence by Tocca rollerball Eau de Parfum

Florence by Tocca rollerball Eau de Parfum

Florence is a white floral scent that is a unique archetypal fragrance created to celebrate the essence of old-war Paris. Gardenia fragrances are unpredictable. A lot of perfumers have it wrong, but Florence has cracked the code for the perfect flora gorgeous gardenia fragrance.

The opening is sparkling and flawless with traces of Italian notes of bergamot and the sharp sweetness of grapefruit. The perfume progressively develops into the floral and impressively rich, creamy notes of gardenia, jasmine and tuberose. The floral trinity gives way to the base notes of hardly there yet conspicuous blonde wood and white musk. The dry down is a delicious medley of musky gardenia.

Tocca’s perfumes are usually named after women and they have a wonderful assemblage of exceptionally fine fragrances. The charmingly tantalizing, light and fresh fragrance of Florence is no exception.

Florence sillage is good, and the first application of this long lasting perfume can be as long as eight hours and is often described as an “invigorating” fragrance by the people who use it. This is a daytime summer perfume, you can enjoy wearing to work or relaxing on the beachfront. You can be sure people will stop in their tracks with delight when they get a whiff of you.

Top Notes: Pear, Apple, Bergamot, Grapefruit leaf

Middle Notes:Gardenia, Tuberose, Jasmine, Violet leaf, Iris

Base Notes:Musk, White woods

5. The Gardenia Eau de Parfum By Elizabeth Taylor

The Gardenia Eau de Parfum By Elizabeth Taylor

Gardenia Eau de Parfum By Elizabeth Taylor

Gardenia Eau de Parfum By Elizabeth Taylor subtle and sophisticated fresh scent was explicitly formulated for women.

Opening with green notes of lily-of-the-valley, it smoothly travels into its heart notes of gardenia, peonies, and orchids. Then finally developing into a marvelous combination of slightly peppery white musk and carnations creating an fascinating fragrance.

It starts off as a green and floral scent, but then it becomes thick, creamy, buttery and so very sensual. With the clean musk coming through quite strongly it’s light on the senses, pretty and feminine without being too sweet. Gardenia can be worn in all seasons, day and night.

Sillage is impressive and it lasts all day and well into the evening, although it might be good idea to add a little dab if you’re going out and about. It’s very strong so don’t overdo it. You will love wearing this and people are sure to compliment you all the time.

Top Notes:Green leaves, Lily-of-the-valley

Middle Notes:Gardenia, Peony, Orchid

Base Notes:White Musk, Carnation

6. Douglas Hannant Eau de Parfum for Women by Robert Piguet

Douglas Hannant Eau de Parfum for Women by Robert Piguet

Douglas Hannant Eau de Parfum

Douglas Hannant is a seriously classy fragrance even with the opulent, narcotic effect of the white flowers - which often says sexy rather than classy - but this one is complex and sophisticated.

The orange flower and gardenia fragrance combination is a lovely opening to this scent. By the time the tuberose kicks in the orange flower is quite faint. Then the gardenia makes it presence known and at first, but the tuberose competes fiercely for first place rudely shoving the gardenia into the background

As the fragrance warms on your skin, the floral charisma begins to develop and uncover unmistakable gardenia. The dry down is nice and mellow, the harsh accents vanish, and the floral sweetness is tamed by the musk and sandalwood. 

The fragrance has a lovely delicacy from an accord of incense resins and honey. The gardenia phase is robust, fresh and relaxed. This is very much a fragrance for women and heads do turn when they wear it. This long lasting perfume should be worn in the spring.

Sillage is lush, it really projects on the first application but quickly tones down to a subtle waft of fragrance. This fresh scent is very long lasting - at least 8 hours. After that your skin retains faint whispers of musk and sandalwood.

Top Notes: Gardenia, Pear, African orange flower

Middle Note: Tuberose

Base Notes:  Jasmine, Musk, Sandalwood

7. Michael Kors Gold Luxe Edition Eau de Parfum for Women

Michael Kors Gold Luxe Edition Eau de Parfum for Women

Gold Luxe Edition Eau de Parfum

This charismatic, exciting and sophisticated fragrance is a classic, it will never go out of style because it suits so many different tastes and inclinations.

The velvety woody musk floral opens with a thrilling crispy surge of hyacinth, orange flower and mandarin. These die down slowly letting the heart of the fragrance rise up and intoxicate with an iconic tuberose and blend of gardenia. The grand finale is rich, warm and complex with sandalwood and sensual musk turning the scent into a velvety floral signature fragrance that charms the senses.

Sillage is very good and the fragrance lasts of the skin for at least 10 to 12 hours. Michael Kors Gold Luxe is the unique personification of indulgence, conjuring the appeal of molten gold and the lushness of softest suede. Any woman wearing it will enjoy feeling sexy and confidant, and her appeal to others will be magnified.

Top Notes: Hyacinth, Orange flower, Violet leaves, Water lily, Mandarin

Middle Notes:Jasmine sambac, Tuberose, Gardenia, Day lily, Plumeria

Base Notes:Sandalwood, Patchouli, Oakmoss, Musks, Cashmere woods

8. Divine Decadence Eau de Parfum by Marc Jacobs

Divine Decadence Eau de Parfum by Marc Jacobs

Divine Decadence Eau de Parfum

Marc Jacobs launched Decadence as his first "mature" fragrance that embodies sex appeal and sophistication. The new, lighter version of this perfume came out a year later as Divine Decadence.

The opening is a glowing explosion of creamy orange blossom, bergamot, and a new facet of ultra-glamor - champagne extract!

At the heart, rich floral eruptions of notes of gardenia, hydrangea and honeysuckle develop into feminine abundance. And finally the sexy notes of amber, saffron and vanilla add a fabulous radiant touch.

The sillage is impressive and this long lasting scent will stay with you the whole day into the evening. Divine Decadence perfume is an amazing younger, lighter scent that's heady and distinctive. It can be worn by women of any age and any time of the day or night. It’s probably best to wear it in autumn, winter or spring. Be prepared for praises when you wear this.

Marc Jacobs brings unique designs to his fragrance bottles. Divine Decadence has a lovely little purse shaped bottle complete with a gold chain and tassels. The faux-python covered cap fastens firmly and you can even carry the bottle around just like a purse.

Top Notes: Champagne extract, Orange blossom, Bergamot

Middle Notes:Gardenia, Hydrangea, Honeysuckle

Base Notes:Saffron, Vanilla, Liquid amber

9. Isabey Gardenia Eau de Parfum

Isabey Gardenia Eau de Parfum

Isabey Gardenia Eau de Parfum

Isabey is a classic French perfume company and their Gardenia fragrance is so quintessentially French, wearing it makes you feel classy and wickedly sexy.

This multi-layered feminine white powdery-floral scent opens with a warm rush of creamy so-very soft ylang-ylang, partnered beautifully with tangy tangerine and orange flowers. As your skin warms the fragrance, soft petals of gardenia, Bulgarian rose and jasmine envelop the senses with musky sandalwood gently making every nuance of this lovely fusion unforgettable.

Isabey’s Gardenia is a distinctly floral fragrance, full bodied, faintly sweetened and luscious. 

Sillage is soft but quite strong, there’ll be a definite cloud around you so use this as gently as the perfume itself. If you are looking for performance, this is one of the best long lasting fragrances around. It lasts for hours – over 12 at least. People will come up to you and gush about your delicious smell, so be warned!

The fragrance is particularly good for autumn or winter evenings and it’s a scent for the femme-fatale who has passed her teenage years and is coming into her own as a woman.

Top Notes: Tangerine, Ylang-ylang, Orange flowers

Middle Notes: Gardenia, Bulgarian roses, Jasmine, Iris

Base Notes:Musk, Grey amber, Sandalwood

Closing Thoughts On The Best Long Lasting Gardenia Perfumes

Gardenia fragrances were all the rage in Paris in the 1920’s and 30’s, it was a time of joyous celebration after the terrible ravages of the First World War. Women were more independent and finally free to really express who they were. And the best gardenia perfumes said it all.

Then from the 1960’s onwards gardenia was out of favor, women turned to heavier, smokier more oriental scents and perfumers started making unisex fragrances. As the decades moved into the new millennium, being uber feminine was definitely not the thing to be.

Then all of a sudden, gardenia was back! Rich and unlimitedly feminine this gorgeous fragrance has taken the world by storm…again. For any woman who wants to feel sexy and feminine, gardenia perfumes will be an essential part of her collection.

The added bonus with the top perfumes for women that we have listed here is that they are all long lasting fragrances so you do not have to worry about touching up during the course of the day. 

For even more gardenia perfumes, have a look at this article: 11 Best Gardenia Perfumes of 2021 For Every Day.

And another option for long lasting perfumes is our article on the Best Michael Kors perfumes - do have a look at this fabulous range!