Korean actors are famous not just for their drop-dead gorgeous looks, but their style, skin and impeccable grooming. So, it’s no surprise that they have their favorite scents. Find out which fragrances the top hallyu stars love to wear!
If you’re one of the millions swooning over Captain Ri from the megahit KDrama Crash Landing On You, then you’ll want to splurge on this scent. Hyun Bin’s favorite fragrance is Creed Millésime Impérial. It’s a salty-sweet mix of sun-kissed citrus and rich musk. It’s a unisex scent, and perfume collectors say that it is one of the best Creed scents.
Hyun Bin has also appeared in Memories of Alhambra with Park Shin Hye, and Kdrama cult classics like Secret Garden and My Lovely Sam-Soon.
Lee Min Ho
Consider this the official perfume of the Royal Court of the Kingdom of Corea. The star of The King: Eternal Monarch (plus other top Kdramas like Legend of the Blue Sea, The Heirs, and Boys Over Flowers) loves Bulgari’s Pour Homme Soir.
This is a classic woody floral with papyrus, amber, darjeeling tea and bergamot notes. Perfume reviews describe it as a sparkly but sophisticated summer scent that you can wear every day. “It’s the perfect antidote to heat and humidity and makes me feel like i’m fresh out of the shower all day long,” says one Fragrantica review.
Kim Soo Hyun
Kim Soo Hyun’s current drama, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, is currently the #1 show on Netflix in many regions. He’s also the star of the cult classic My Love From Another Star and the Producers, and did a much-awaited cameo on Hotel del Luna.
His favorite scent is Salvatore Ferragamo’s Acqua Essenziale. This fresh scent combines aquatic notes with to mint, lemon leaf, rosemary, and lavender. Perfume collectors describe as “soapy and zesty, crisp and clean, subdued but elegant — like a very expensive tailored suit.”
Ji Chang Wook
While best known for Healer and other action shows or movies like K2 and Fabricated City, Ji Chang Wook is one of those actors who likes to experiment with different roles. He enjoys playing quirky characters like Melting Me Softly and Backstreet Rookie, and has even tried historical dramas like Empress Ki.
No wonder his favorite perfume combines green and herby notes with spicier and sexier notes from rose and amber. It’s an edgier scent — not heavy or overpowering, but has that “mysterious note” that keeps people guessing.
Park Seo Joon
Park Seo Joon may be one of the well-known Korean actors, with hit dramas like What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, Itaewon Class, Fight My Way and blockbuster movies like Divine Fury and Midnight Runners. But if you follow his social feeds, or watch him in variety shows, you’ll know he’s a laidback and low-maintenance guy — the typical boy-next-door who prefers comfort!
His favorite perfume reflects that side of him. He likes Byredo Blanche, a very pure and clean scent with hints of white roses and pink pepper. Fragrance collectors say it smells like cotton, the soapy lather in a bubble bath, or freshly washed clothes.
Lee Jong Suk
Lee Jong Suk is known for his playful, affectionate personality — which shows up naturally in his roles in romcoms Romance is a Bonus Book, Pinocchio, I Can Hear Your Voice. Some people say he’s like one big puppy that you just can’t help smiling when you see.
His favorite scent has some of that spontaneity and fun: Burberry The Beat. While it’s technically a woman’s fragrance, the fresh and woody notes work very well for men too. Burberry The Beat. Its notes include Ceylon, musk, pink pepper, mandarin and iris.
The star of Descendants of the Sun and Arthdal Chronicles also prefers a clean, fresh scent. But his choice, Dior Fahrenheit 32, has rich vanilla notes. Did you know that vanilla is scientifically proven to be one of the sexiest notes? Apparently, the sweet musky scent triggers pheromones. As if Song Joong-ki weren’t naturally sexy enough!
Nam Joo Hyuk
Nam Joo Hyuk is best known for his roles in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, Bride of Habaek and The Light In Your Eyes. A former model, he has a natural elegance when he walks and talks — which may make him look a little standoffish and serious. However, his appearances in variety shows like Coffee Friends show that it just takes him a while to warm up. When he’s with people he knows, he’s very loyal and affectionate.
His favorite perfume, John Varvatos Artisan, reflects that balance of sophistication and wamth. It combines the summer scents of clementine, tangerine, thyme, lavender, orange with crisp herbal notes like marjoram and thyme.
Cha Eun Woo
Cha Eun Woo is best known for being part of the Kpop group Astro, but he’s gotten a lot of praise for his acting in Rookie Historian and My ID is Gangnam Beauty. He also appears in various variety shows, like Handsome Tigers and Master in the House.
Cha Eun Woo”s favorite scent is Atelier’s Clémentine California. This is a very strong masculine scent, but instead of musk and leather, it uses herbal notes with hints of sparkly citrus. The blend of Mandarin orange, clementine, juniper berry, basil, pepper, star anise, sandalwood, cypress, and Haitian vetiver is fresh but earthy — and 100% sexy.