What does Lavender smell like? 

What does Lavender smell like? 

Lavender is certainly a name that just about anyone would know. The flowers of this plant are very recognizable and a sight to behold. And an equally stellar reputation is awarded to the well-known scent of lavender. 

Here we give you an in-depth look at the olfactory profile of this beautiful bloom.

What is Lavender?   

Lavender is an herb plant that is native to Africa and the Mediterranean region. It is a flowering shrub that belongs to the same family as sage and mint. The plant bears beautiful lavender-colored flowers. In fact, the color was named after the hue of the flowers of the plant itself. There are some species that bear blue or violet flowers as well. 

The plant has enjoyed a place of eminence across various cultures, starting from the early decades of its discovery as a perfumed plant. Lavender was used in many important events and occasions to diffuse a calming aura all around the place. Commercially, Lavender holds massive value due to its essential oil. 

What does it smell like?     

The oil has a sweet, flowery tone to it.  Lavender has a presence that is both intoxicating as well as therapeutic. It is a full-bodied oil. The scent is earthy and green, like most herbs, but is also very gentle. It has one of the most relaxing, pleasing scents known to man. The aroma is nothing short of a treat to the senses. It relieves anxiety and is a great help to people who have trouble falling asleep. Interestingly, the scent has been known to have a soothing impact on both humans as well as animals. 

Particularly the English lavender variety is very well-known and in popular use across various industries that are in the business of appealing to the olfactory senses. The oil is extracted from the flowers of the plant through the process of distillation. 

Lavender is often paired with citrusy or woodsy aromas. Its flowery notes create a beautiful symphony with more refreshing notes. It fuses very well with scents like bergamot, clary sage, lemon, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, and vetiver.

Where is it used?     

Lavender is used extensively in aromatherapy and massage oils. It is also largely used in perfumes and deodorants. Various skin care products like lotions, soaps, creams, and other things are also scented with lavender essential oil. It is a popular choice in air fresheners and ambient scenting. Cleaning products are also infused with lavender oil to dispel any unpleasant odor. Sprays, bath bombs, and candles that feature lavender are a common sight in many places. 

Perfumes for Men that contain Lavender   

Many people think of lavender as an ingredient meant primarily for women. But in the modern world of perfumery, it has also been included in men’s fragrances. 

1. Boss Bottled Night by Hugo Boss   

Launched in 2010, this is a scent meant exclusively for men. It has a woody, aromatic scent. The top notes are lavender and birch, the middle note is violet and the base notes are musk and woodsy notes. It is an intense, masculine scent. The effect is smooth and light. The base of the perfume is warm in nature. 

2. Beau De Jour Eau de Parfum by Tom Ford   

This scent was launched as recently as 2020. This is a scent meant for only men. The top notes are lavender and lavender extract, the middle notes contain oakmoss, basil, mint, geranium, and rosemary while the base notes feature amber and patchouli. The scent is refined and manly. It is a versatile scent that is suitable for almost every occasion. 

3. Egoiste Platinum by Chanel  

It is a woody fragrance for men that features floral and musky notes. The scent was launched in 1993. The top notes are lavender along with neroli, rosemary and petitgrain. The middle notes are jasmine, geranium, and Clary sage while the base notes are sandalwood, oakmoss, amber, and cedar. It is a refreshing scent that has an adult feel to them. The aroma is clean and light. 

4. Amber & Lavender by Jo Malone London 

This perfume was created in 1995 and is from the amber profile. The top notes are lavender, mint, and bergamot. The middle notes of cinnamon, clove, and lily-of-the-valley, while the base notes myrrh, patchouli, and amber. The aroma is refreshing and clean. It is a full-bodied, deep fragrance that is long-lasting.  

5. Bois du Portugal by Creed 

It is a woody scent that features amber notes in it and was released in 1987. Lavender is featured in the middle note. The top note contains bergamot and sandalwood, ambergris, vetiver, and cedar make up the base notes. The aroma is warm and rich. It is complex in its execution and powerful in its impact. The combinations are relatively fresh in a modern way. It stays on for a good amount of time and wears well in any weather. 

6.  Sunshine Man by Amouage

This stunning bottle was first marketed in 2015 as a men’s perfume. The notes are aromatic with the combination of lavender, immortelle, orange, and brandy in the top notes. Middle notes are comprised of Clary sage, bergamot, and Juniper berries while the base notes are a result of vanilla, cedar, and Tonka bean. As its name indicates, the spray is warm in feel. The sillage is very good and the vibe is uplifting. It is quite a pleasing scent. 

7. Luna Rossa Carbon by Prada

This perfume was created in 2017 as a men’s fragrance. It is a very aromatic scent. Lavender features in the middle notes along with metallic notes, watery notes, coal, and soil tincture. The top notes are bergamot and pepper, with ambroxan and patchouli as a part of the base notes. It has a citrusy blend that has a very enigmatic feel, which is very accurately reflected in the bottle. It is a very popular perfume. 

the bottom line:

Many big brands have defied the stigma of lavender being suited only for women and in a way that has made it a regular ingredient in many items targeted towards men. Their efforts are definitely worth a try. 

Lavender is a precious ingredient that deserves to be treated as such, so why not buy a sample and feel the magic for yourself?


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Dylan is a Men's fashion and image consultant, He is also the man behind Dapperclan. He is extremely passionate about fashion and wants to help men style and look better.