Culture Question:

Which perfume do American people use?

(posted: May 9, 2011)

A simple question. But as I do not tend towards simple answers I am going to make a brief comment on the history of perfume in the West before shuttling you off to websites that tell of the top fragrances.

Perfume use came into prominence among the weathly in Europe to cover up body odors (which resulted from the sanitary practices of the day). It was the Hungarians, in the 14th century, who introduced Europe to what we would today call perfume, but it was Italy where the art was first refined and then France. They became centers of perfume creation. America was much slower both in taking up the use of perfume and the creation of it. It is only in the last 50 years that American brands have reached world-class status.

So here are some websites that talk more about which perfumes have made it to the top of the charts. The nature of popularity is that it changes over time, so this information will only be of passing accuracy:

Famous Perfume Brands in U.S.A. - no date on the article

Top Selling Female Perfumes - from Nov. 16, 2010

Top Perfumes for Women 2010 - no date on article, but it also gives information of selecting a perfume

Top Perfumes for Women 2011 - by the same folks who brought you the Top Perfumes for Women 2010.

Best Selling Fragrances - Top 10 - Oct. 2, 2009. Top selling perfumes in Britain

Top 10 Men's Fragrances - Top Selling Men's Fragrances - no date on article

Global Fragrance Market Blooms - for extra reading on the ins and outs of the ins and outs of fragrance around the world.



  1. Wikipedia, “History of Perfume”, (, 9-May-2011.

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