Curious to see what sold well last year? Here are the top 20 best selling fragrances in the USA for the past year. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle was the number top seller, but note that the rest of the list is not organized by selling rank. In parentheses, I indicate the year of launch.
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle (2001)
The popularity of Coco Mademoiselle does not surprise me; it is a bold, memorable, distinctive perfume. It is also a high-quality perfume. It has been the number one seller for several years in a row.
Chanel Chance Eau Tendre (2010)
A twist on Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, but with a more sparkling fruit and red berry note. Even though Chance Eau Tendre is not very original, it is nicely done.
Clinique Happy (1997)
A trendsetting fruity-floral. It is a good choice for those who love effervescent citrusy-fruity notes paired with crisp florals and sheer woods.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue (2001)
Green apple and dry amber–a trendsetting fragrance with a great character.
Chanel No 5 (1921)
Iconic perfume! No further comment is needed. I am just glad to see it on the top-seller list.
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist (1994)
Cashmere Mist is an American classic at this point. It blends musks, woods and soft floral notes to achieve its tender, caressing impression.
Burberry Body (2011)
A floral oriental with green accents, Burberry Body is best described as inoffensive.
Estée Lauder Pleasures (1995)
It has been copied to death. Its green floral idea was used in everything, from body care to detergents, and still the original smells great. Next time you smell it, notice its beautiful natural rose note.
Estee Lauder Beautiful (1985)
To me, it smells of the 1980s. And it smells great.
Thierry Mugler Angel (1993)
When Angel was first launched it had more detractors than supporters in the industry. “It is not a real perfume, it is a flavor.” “It smells like caramel.” “It is vulgar.” Consumers also warmed up very slowly to this gourmand perfume. Clarins, the parent of Thierry Mugler Parfums, is certainly glad today that they supported the launch. How I wish that more companies were willing to take such risks today!
Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche (2010)
It plays by the rules, but it is a nice quality perfume.
Fendi Fan Di Fendi (2011)
A sophisticated fruity patchouli perfume a la Coco Mademoiselle.
Chanel Chance (2002)
A softer, fruitier take on Coco Mademoiselle.
Clinique Aromatics Elixir (1971)
A perfume legend! Seeing Aromatics Elixir on this list is such a pleasure.
Ralph Lauren Romance (1998)
A trendsetter for the “sexy clean” florals.
Christian Dior J’Adore (1999)
I love the original J’Adore, but today I just do not recognize it.
Taylor Swift Wonderstruck (2011) / Justin Bieber Someday (2011)
To be fair, Justin Bieber Someday is probably in a tie with Wonderstruck for a top 20 spot. Both fragrances were very successful this year.
Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude (2011)
A musky, soft take on the spicy woods of the original. Nicely crafted!
Estee Lauder Knowing (1988)
Big, bold and beautiful!
Prada Candy (2011)
A sheer, luminous gourmand.
Source: US department stores sales records, compiled from various publications over the course of the year.