As the spectacle of this summer’s London Olympic games closing ceremony fades, we’re left with the image of all those glorious athletes, their determination, their achievements—and their spectacular physiques. And because we’re obsessed by fragrance, we believe gold-medal-winning superstars deserve gilded, or at least gold-minded, scents to echo their glorious achievements. So…

Creed Millesime Imperial, US$315 (120 ml),,
Swimmer Ryan Lochte reportedly Tweeted that Creed is his go-to fragrance brand. We’re thinking that this particular Creed spritz, with its sea salt, Sicilian lemon and bergamot, musk and marine notes, is tailormade for the world-class athlete. And a little fragrance FYI: the scent was also reportedly worn by American Olympic gold-medalist skater Evan Lysacek, when he won gold in Vancouver in 2010.

DKNY Golden Delicious EDP, CAD$75 (50 ml),,
We’re inspired by Gabrielle Douglas: young, focused, beautiful. When the American gold-medal winning gymnast isn’t training and performing, we think DKNY Golden Delicious, with its sunny notes of golden apple, orange blossom and plum, would suit the petite powerhouse just fine.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million EDT, CAD$86 (100 ml),,
We’re proposing that the larger-than-life and faster-than-life Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who calls himself “the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen,” wear a suitably opinionated fragrance. This one, with citrus and mint, rose and spicy cinnamon, leather, wood and amber is a fragrant match to his undeniable energy and charisma.

Clarins Sunshine Fragrance, CAD$51 (100 ml),,
We picked this quintessentially summer-spirited scent—full of citrus, ylang-ylang and patchouli—as the olfactory accessory of choice for American beach volleyball players Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings. Sunshine: How fitting for two killer-fit bikini-clad women who reached gold in a sport known for its sun and sand.

Do you have a scent suggestion for your favourite gold medalist? We’d love to hear it. Tweet us at @TheWhaleTheRose or email us at



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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.