This page lists perfume houses with names starting with the letter C. Perfume houses are alphabetized by first name, so that “Calvin Klein” is listed under C. Some perfume houses have their own pages — if the name is a link, click on it.
This page was last updated on 25 April 2013.
Fashion design house established by Jean Bousquet in 1962. The perfume line is now a division of L’Oreal.
The brand’s first perfume, Anais Anais, launched in 1978, and “pioneered the concept of a designer fragrance at an affordable price” (Perfume Legends by Michael Edwards, p. 185). Subsequent fragrance releases include Lou Lou (1987), Eden (1994), Noa (1998), Gloria (2002), Amor Amor (2003), Noa Fleur (2004) and Promesse (2005).
Recent releases include Amor Pour Homme (2006), Noa Perle (2006), Liberte (2007), Amor Amor Sunshine & Amor Pour Homme Sunshine (2007), Anais Anais Flower Edition (2007), Promesse Eau Fraiche (2007), Amor Amor Tentation (2008), Amor Amor Sunrise (2009), Noa Dream (2009), Scarlett (2009), Amor Amor Delight (2010), Amor Amor Absolu (2010), Amor Amor Summer (2011), Amor Amor Forbidden Kiss (2011), Amor Amor Summer (2012), Noa Summer (2012), Catch Me (2012), Amor Amor In A Flash (2013).
Where to buy: at major department stores or at the online fragrance discounters.
Chain of resort-wear boutiques owned by Christiane Celle. Celle opened her first store on St. Barthelemy island in 1992; the company now has 20 stores, including a boutique in Paris. The fragrance line was introduced in 1995, and at one time there were 10+ scents available. See reviews of Tangerine (formerly Homme), Chevrefeuille and Gardenia. In 2010, the line was streamlined and repackaged; only 5 of the original fragrances were kept in production.
Line established by Liliane Jossua. Makers of Jala St Barth and cult favorite Lea St Barth. Lea is also available in a concentrated form, Lea Extreme.
Recent releases include Lily (2007).
Website: Calypso St Barth
Spanish fragrance house established in 1981. The original range included Mandarina, Cedro and Rosa; Jazmin & Higo (Fig) were added in 2006.
Recent fragrances include Almendra (2009?).
Website: Campos de Ibiza
Italian menswear firm established in 1934 by the Canali brothers. Fragrances were introduced in 2005 with Canali for men.
Where to buy: in department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Italian ballerina; her line of fragrances is produced under arrangements with Luciano Soprani.
The first scent, Carla Fracci, appeared in 2003, and was followed by Giselle (2004), Medea (2006), Salomé (2007), Odette (2008), Hamlet (2009).
Recent releases include Aurora (2012).
Website: Carla Fracci Parfums
Website: Carlo Corinto
Website: Carlos Santana
Beauty line founded by Lisa Price in Brooklyn in 1993. As of early 2008, the line had nine fragrances: Ocean, Jamaican Punch, Groove, Mango Melange, Almond Cookie, Ecstasy, Big Kahuna, Green Tea and Sandalwood and Vanilla.
Website: Carol’s Daughter
Website: Carrement Belle
French couture house established by Carmen de Tomasso (later known as Madame Carven) in 1945. Her understated designs, influenced by her training in interior design, were popular with petite (she was 5′ 2″) and younger women, as was her use of simple fabrics (she was said to be the first couture designer to use cotton). In 2010, the fashion brand was revamped under creative director Guillaume Henry; that same year the fragrance license passed to Groupe Jacques Bogart.
Fragrances were introduced in 1946 with Ma Griffe. Along with Vetiver (1957), it remains the line’s best known scent.
Perfume house of sportswear & jeans designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, whom Women’s Wear Daily calls “one of France’s most offbeat designers”. Fragrances include Premier de Jean Charles Castelbajac (1982, discontinued) and Castelbajac (2001).
Small niche perfumery established by Malcolm Forbes and named for a castle built by his grandfather in Scotland. Line currently includes 2 feminine and 4 masculine fragrances.
Website: Castle Forbes
Soap & toiletries company established in the United States in 1752, and one of the early pioneers of the mail order catalog business. In 2007, Caswell Massey was purchased by the investment firm Equitium Group.
Recent launches include Pure Frost (2012).
Website: Caswell Massey
Fashion and leather goods house established in 1946 and now held by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. Their first fragrance, Magic, launched in 1996; recent launches include Celine Fever (2005).
Recent releases include Spring in Paris (2007), Paris Nights (2007), Sensational (2008), Sensational Moment (2008), Chic (2009), Spring in Provence (2009), Simply Chic (2010), Pure Brilliance (2010), Celine Dion Signature (2011).
Website: Celine Dion Beauty
Cereus was established in 2004. The company’s focus is on “concept and brand development” (i.e., they help other brands to launch fragrance lines); their own “house line” of fragrances launched in 2007 with Cereus Pour Homme No. 4, No. 5, No. 7 & No. 11.
Where to buy: at Barneys or luckyscent.
Website: Cereus Development
Cerruti was first established in 1881 as a textile business in Biella, Italy. In the 20th century, Nino Cerruti built the company into a fashion design house. Fragrances were introduced in 1978, and are now produced under Coty, Inc.
Recent fragrance releases include Cerruti 1881 Collection (2005), Cerruti 1881 Blanc (2006), Cerruti 1881 Black for men (2006), Cerruti 1881 Lumieres d’Ete (2007), Cerruti Pour Homme (2007), 1881 En Fleurs (2008), 1881 Intense Pour Homme (2008), L’Essence de Cerruti (2009), 1881 Fairplay (2011), Acqua Forte (2013).
Recent releases include Osez-moi! (2009).
Where to buy: at escentual in the UK; in the US, check the online discounters.
Website: Chantal Thomass
Beauty house launched in 1997 by Sylvie Chantecaille, who had previously worked for several other beauty brands, including Prescriptives. The line debuted with three fragrances: Wisteria, Frangipane and Tiare. Color cosmetics and skincare followed. Later fragrances include Darby Rose (1999), Le Jasmin (2003).
Where to buy: at spacenk or Bergdorf Goodman, selected Neiman Marcus and CO Bigelow stores.
French fashion design house founded in 1952. Former designers include Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo and Hannah MacGibbon; in 2011 MacGibbon was replaced by Clare Waight Keller.
Their first fragrance, Chloe, was introduced in 1975 while Karl Lagerfeld was the house designer. It was followed by Narcisse (1992) and Innocence (1996). The license for the Chloe fragrance business is currently held by Coty.
Recent releases include Chloe Collection 2005 (limited edition), Chloe Eau de Parfum (2008), Chloe Eau de Fleurs Neroli, Lavande and Capucine (2010), Love, Chloe (2010), Love, Chloe Eau Intense (2011), L’Eau de Chloe (2012), Love, Chloe Eau Florale (2012), See by Chloé (2013).
High end jewelry and watchmaker established in 1860. Well known fragrances include Casmir, Wish, Madness and Infiniment.
Recent releases include Wish Pink Diamond (2005), Chopard Pour Homme (2006), Wish Turquoise Diamond (2007), Happy Spirit (2007), Happy Spirit Magical Nights (2008), Wish Magical Nights (2008), Chopard Cascade (2009), Brilliant Wish (2010), Noble Vetiver (2010), Happy Spirit Elixir d’Amour (2011), Noble Cedar (2012), Enchanted (2012), Oud Malaki (2012), Happy Spirit Bouquet d’Amour (2013).
Chopard fragrances are produced under licensing arrangements with Coty.
French fashion house; Christian Lacroix started out at Jean Patou, then opened his own house in 1987. Lacroix was Creative Director at Pucci for several years ending in 2006. His own house is currently owned by The Falic Group, who purchased it from Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.
Website: Christian Lacroix
American pop singer. Two fragrances were introduced in the early 2000s under agreements with New Dana Perfumes (now Dana Classic Fragrances); those perfumes, never widely distributed, are now discontinued. Her debut fragrance under new arrangements with Procter & Gamble, Christina Aguilera, was introduced in 2007.
Website: Christina Aguilera
Fashion model whose fragrances are produced under arrangements with Wella. Her first fragrance, Cindy Crawford, launched in 2003; her latest release was Summer Day (2006).
Website: Cindy Crawford (site no longer live as of early 2008)
French spa line established by Jean-Louis Poiroux in 2000. Fragrance products include Eau Egyptienne.
Where to buy: online at beautyhabit.
Website: Cinq Mondes
Fragrances under the Clarins brand name include Eau Dynamisante, Elysium and Eau Ressourcante. See review for “Relax” Bath & Shower Concentrate and Body Balm.
French fashion designer who established her own line in 1984. Her first fragrance, Mon Premier, launched in 1999.
Recent releases include Eau de Claudie, Eau de Cloco and Eau de Pierlot (2007).
Website: Claudie Pierlot
Claus Porto was founded in 1887 in the city of Porto, Portugal, by two German chemists: Ferdinand Claus and Georges Schwedder. The founders were forced to leave Portugal during WWI and sold the company to Achilles de Brito, who renamed the firm “Ach. Brito Cosmética.” Under de Brito’s leadership, the company prospered and became known for its luxurious soaps. Today, Claus Porto sells bar and liquid soap, bath foams and salts, body lotions, candles, and a men’s fragrance and grooming line under the name Musgo Real (see Agua de Colonia no 1, no 2 & no. 3). In 2012, two new fragrances, Lavender and Lime Basil, were added to the Musgo Real range.
Website: Claus Porto
Fragrance line founded in 2003 by Randi Shinder, who wanted to create “a fragrance that was reminiscent of pure soap, that universal fresh out of the shower scent”. Fragrances include Clean, Clean Men, Clean Fresh Laundry and Clean Sweet Layer.
Recent releases include Clean Warm Cotton, Lather & Shower Fresh (2007), Wellness by Clean Harmony & Purity (2008), Shower Fresh for Men (2008), Clean Winter (2008), Simply Soap (2009), Clean Summer Eau Fraiche (2009), Outdoor Shower Fresh (2010), Clean Summer Linen (2010), Cotton T-Shirt (2011), Clean Summer Escape (2011), Clean Skin (2011), Clean Rain (2012), First Blush (2013).
Line established by Melissa Flagg with the launch of Clementine (2007?).
Where to buy: beautyhabit.
Website: Clementine Perfume
Launched by Estee Lauder in 1968 and initially famous for the “3 step skincare system”. Fragrances include Aromatics Elixir (1971), Wrappings (1990) and Simply (2003). Chemistry for men was introduced in 1994.
Happy was launched in 1997 and became a big seller for the brand. Clinique followed with Happy for men (1999), Happy Heart (2003), Happy to Be (2004) and Happy in Bloom (2006).
Where to buy: Clinique counters at major department stores, and online fragrance discounters.
Clive Christian’s firm creates luxury custom kitchens and interiors as well as freestanding furniture, tableware, and other high end goods.
Christian purchased the historic Crown Perfumery in 1999. One of their vintage scents inspired his first fragrance release under his own name, 1872 (named for the year Crown was established), which launched in 2001. In 2002, he discontinued the Crown line, but has continued to release new fragrances under the Clive Christian label, including No. 1 (advertised as “the world’s most expensive perfume”) and X.
Website: Clive Christian
American leather goods brand established in New York City in 1941. Coach was acquired by Sara Lee in 1985, then spun off into a separate company again in 2000.
Recent releases include Body Splashes: Iris, Peony, Freesia (2009), Coach for Men (2009), Coach Poppy (2010), Coach Summer Edition (2011), Poppy Flower (2011), Coach Summer Edition (2012), Poppy Blossom (2012), Coach Signature Rose d’Or (2012), Coach Love (2012), Coach Signature Summer Legacy (2013).
Where to buy: at Coach boutiques or at department stores.
CO Bigelow started as a drugstore/apothecary in New York in 1838. In the 2000s, the CO Bigelow name was licensed to Limited Brands (owners of Bath & Body Works, among others) for product development and a chain of stores. See review for Lemon & Lime Body Souffle.
Fragrance releases under the CO Bigelow name include CO Bigelow Elixir Black, Elixir Red, Elixir Green and Elixir Blue (2007), CO Bigelow Lemon (2009), Winter Lemon, Ginger Mentha & Elixir White (2009), Winter Petals (2009).
Where to buy: Bath & Body Works, CO Bigelow stores.
French niche fragrance line founded in 1974. The “Eaux de Voyage” scents are inspired by the islands of the South Pacific; many are based on vanilla and/or tropical flowers and fruits. The brand was sold to new owners in 2010.
Recent releases include Vanille Extreme (2005), Vanille Pineapple (2006), Vanille Citrus (2006), Vanille Amande (2006, relaunch), Coco Extreme (2006), Caramel Sunset (2007), Mage d’Orient and Eau de Naphé (2007), Eau des Lagons (2008), Hemisphere Sud (2008), Coco Figue (2009), Aoud de Nuit, Aouda, Nomaoud & Oud Intense (2009), Souffle des Indes (2011), Jasmin Poudré, Épices Sultanes, Bois Royal, Oudh Sensuel & Oudh Intense (2013).
Website: Comptoir Sud Pacifique
Italian fashion design house founded by Ennio and Carlo Capasa. Their first fragrance, Scent, was introduced in 2002, and has been followed by Scent Intense, Scent Gloss, and Scent Sheer.
Website: Costume National
Provence-inspired line of home fragrances, personal fragrances and bath & body items founded by Nicole Houques. The line includes a range of reasonably priced Eau de Toilettes in Amber, Iris, Mimosa, Orange Blossom, and more. Also see reviews for Peche de Vigne fragrance, Peche de Vigne candle, and Figuier candle.
Website: Cote Bastide
The luxury cognac brand, currently owned by Beam Global Spirits & Wine, entered the fragrance market in 2007 with Courvoisier L’edition Imperiale, a fragrance for men. There are plans in the works for several more fragrances.
The fragrance license for Courvoisier is held by Kraft International Marketing.
Where to buy: in the US, at Bergdorf Goodman or luckyscent, in the UK at John Lewis.
Apothecary line known for its traditional English-style goods, although the company was actually established in Cambridge, Massachussetts in the 1970s.
Recent releases include Lost and Found (2006), Jilt, Folly & India Hicks Island Living Spider Lily (2007, see review for Spider Lily Body Cream), West Indian Lime (2007), Uncharted (2007), India Hicks Island Night (2008), Iris (2010), Floral Fragrance Collection Lily, Rosewater & Lavender (2011), Wisteria (2012), Himalayan Blue (2012), Somerset Meadow (2013).
Website: Crabtree & Evelyn
French line of solid, twist-up perfumes established in 2005 by Isabelle Masson-Mandonnaud. There are currently 3 ranges: the Shanghaijava Collection (see review for Encens Mystic), Poule de Luxe (see reviews for Vanilla Moka, Vanilla Macarons & Vanilla Pralines) and Les Divines Alcoves (see reviews for Aux Anges, Amoureuse & Tout Oublier).
Recent additions include Les Olfactives – L’Olfactive 122, L’Olfactive 127 & L’Olfactive 129 (2007), Les Batons (2007), June 26th, Ile d’Yeu (2009), Les Garçonnes collection (see reviews for Chere Louise & Hommage a Gabrielle, 2009), Vanilla Orangette and Vanilla Ganache (2009).
Note: the brand went out of business around 2010 or 2011.
Crazylibellule & The Poppies (no longer working)
Independent perfumery established by Sarah Horowitz-Thran in 1994. Horowitz-Thran creates custom perfumes on request, and has also created perfumes for other brands, including Apothia If (2001), GoodTrueBeautiful Foreverlily (2009), BCBG Within (2009).
In 2008, the name of the line was changed from Creative Scentualization to Sarah Horowitz.
Lines include Perfumer’s Palette, a set of single note scents to wear alone or layer, and the ready-made Perfect Perfumes, including Perfect Gardenia, Perfect Vanilla, Perfect Nectar, Perfect Bliss and Perfect Veil. Recent releases include Perfect Kiss (2007), Perfect Coconut Milk (2012).
Website: Sarah Horowitz
Creative Universe (website no longer operational)
Perfume house established in London in 1760. Creed moved its operations to Paris in 1854, and remains a family-owned company.
Recent releases include Original Santal, Love in White (2005), Virgin Island Water (2007), Love in Black (2008), Les Floralies (2008), Acqua Fiorentina (2009), Rosalie (2009), Sublime Vanilla (2009), Windsor (2009), Aventus (2010), Spice and Wood (2010), Royal Oud, Original Cologne, Jardin d’Amalfi & White Flowers (2011), Fleurs de Gardenia & Acqua Fiorentina The Encore (2012).
Italian knitwear house known for its cashmere designs. Fragrances include Cashmere for men & Cashmere for Women (2006).
Recent releases include Rapsodia in Blu (2007).
Where to buy: in the US at luckyscent, in Germany at first-in-fragrance.
Website: Cristiano Fissore
Crown Perfumery was founded in 1872 by William Thomson, a chemist who started out by producing lavender smelling salts to restore the ladies who fainted while trying on the wares in his father’s corset shop. This was followed by a line of perfumes in the English style, à la Floris or Penhaligons. The company was eventually sold, then folded, was later resurrected, and later still was purchased by Clive Christian. Christian first streamlined the range of fragrances, then discontinued the line altogether in 2002. See review of Eau de Russe.
See Liz Claiborne.
Spanish brand founded in 1981 (although they did not operate under the name Custo Barcelona until the late 1990s) and known for their California-inspired psychedelic street-wear; the printed t-shirts are especially popular. Custo Dalmau is the designer.
Website: Custo Barcelona
Website: Cynthia Rowley
British maker of bathroom fixtures founded in 1979. They launched a fragrance line in 1980. There are currently 9 fragrances in the range. See reviews for Citrus Paradisi, No. 88 and Frankincense & Myrrh.
In 2009, Czech & Speake relaunched Dark Rose.
New releases include Vetiver Vert (2011).
Website: Czech & Speake