India is a land of vivid colours and lush scents. Whether it’s the sweet fragrance of flowers or the heady scents of incense, Indians know the value of good smells. Thankfully for perfume-enthusiasts of the country, there are many homegrown perfumeries that capture this unique scent and bottles it up for you to wear and create unforgettable memories.
From light and refreshing scents that can transport you to another world to nostalgic fragrances that would never fail to evoke fond memories, these Indian perfume brands have something for all kinds of fragrance lovers. So take a look at some of our favourite homegrown perfume brands and find a fragrance that best suits you…
Luxury lifestyle brand Good Earth recently launched its inaugural fragrances, succinctly titled ‘Good Earth Scents’. The two unisex fragrances in the collection are supposedly a blend of scents that are “designed to transport you to imaginary faraway lands”, in founder Anita Lal’s own words. The fragrances are both unique and designed to appeal to people with all kinds of scent preferences.
This homegrown perfume brand was created way back in 1951 and has become a global name. Over the years, it has reinvented itself with the changing times, evolving to become one of the biggest single-brand perfumery houses in the world. The brand prides itself on being one of the few perfumeries that still offer scents with pure oudh, instead of a synthetic concoction that imitates it.
Kanelle by Kanika Jain
Another brand that’s recently made its foray into the world of fragrances is Kanelle by Kanika Jain. ‘Scentsationally You’ is a collection of scents based on the art of perfume layering, which is a Middle Eastern technique of layering a number of scents to derive at a signature one. Each perfume in the collection has been designed in a way that it can be worn individually as well as together.
Maison de Fouzdar
This niche perfumery creates gender-fluid fragrances that draw from emotions and memories. Founder Dimple Fouzdar claims to be a “part-artist, part-scientist, and a full-scale creative perfumer”. The perfumery carefully balances the allures of East and West by mixing scents sourced from the Middle East and France and creating something that’s unforgettable. With scents ranging from sweet and floral to woody and spicy, there’s something for everyone.
Bombay Perfumery by Manan Gandhi is all about capturing India in a bottle, a beautifully designed one at that. The brand blends in local ingredients and bottles up nostalgia in the form of mesmerising fragrances that evoke fond memories every time you smell it. The aesthetically pleasing packaging adds to the unique experience the perfumes offer. Bombay Perfumery also creates candles to make your space smell like a dream just like you do.
This green artisanal perfumery blends a traditional Indian perfumery process with modern techniques to make the process more sustainable and appeal to a wider audience base. Founded by Astha Suri, Naso Profumi uses pure extracts from Indian herbs and spices and blends it with modern oils sourced from Northern Europe, Egypt, and Indonesia.
All Good Scents
Perfumer Rajiv Sheth founded All Good Scents back in 2013 as an answer to the lack of modern Indian perfumes that could give the same olfactory experience as their international counterparts back then. The brand has, since then, created many iconic perfumes that bottle up scents that are universal favourites but with a unique note that is absolutely Indian. Aside from this, Sheth also takes online workshops where he breaks down the various facets of perfumery and helps you find a fragrance that truly matches your personality.