10 Best Vanilla Perfumes of All Time
During the colder months, many of us love to eat comfort food; vanilla fragrances are the equivalent in perfumery. Studies show there are cities, like New York, who prefer vanilla over any flavor. Not only do vanilla notes create fragrances you want to eat, but the scent of vanilla has been shown to be calming and an antidote to stress too. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world and was once used as currency in South America. Vanilla can add richness, depth and sweetness to perfumes and don’t have to be boring and bland.
Follow along for our favorite vanilla on-trend fragrances and find your sweet or sexy signature scent.
This was one of the first sweet vanilla fragrances on the market and is still a real crowd pleaser. It is warm and fresh, with powdery floral accents. There are hints of coconut, amber, tonka bean, vanilla and jasmine which rest on a base of soft clean musk. It is a carefree, easy to wear feminine fragrance that evokes a warm and fresh feeling.
Guerlain’s Shalimar was created for a 1925 exhibition in Paris by Jacques Guerlain the iconic Vanilla perfume was a tribute to the Taj Mahal in India With its notes of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, rose, jasmine, orris, vetiver, heliotrope, opoponax, civet, Peru of balsam, benzoin, tonka bean, and sandalwood it took the world by storm and is considered one of the five best fragrances of all time. Shalimar is an oriental vanilla fantasy with a bit of a growl.
Opening with a classic blast of bergamot, Shalimar Souffle de Lumiere wastes no time whatsoever introducing the Jasmine, which pops up and out like a floral slice of sunny lemon propelled by champagne-like effervescent bubbles in a glass of fizzy water. It’s happy and downright delightful; this is clearly a Shalimar which doesn’t take life too seriously. The Ylang works its way to the front melding perfectly with the jasmine for an over-the-top tropical feeling That classic Shalimar vibe becomes more prominent in the drydown when the benzoin and musk appear sweetened by the vanilla accord, creating a sense of an airy lemon pastry.
A perfume that women love so much, Dior named a line of lipsticks for it and emulated its tall blue bottle with a silver stopper. Dior Addict debuted in 2002 and is a delightful vanilla creation with notes of delicious orange blossom and jasmine. It was composed Thierry Wasser, who went on to become the head perfumer of Guerlain. Its bold name veered from the norm, and implies dependence and compulsion. A feminine fragrance that is great to wear for any occasion, it is a sweet addiction.
Can’t afford a Prada handbag? Just get a pop of vanilla perfume instead. Prada Candy Sugar Pop perfume is a sweet vanilla fragrance combining vanilla with light citrus, lush orange blossom and juicy peach that dries down to a clean white musk. This is a fresh and light feminine perfume that is as pretty to wear as its lovely pastel bottle is to look at.
Tom Ford is one of the top designers in the world and he shows his strength with Tobacco Vanille, a cult favorite among vanilla fans, men and women alike because it is uni-sexy. An unexpected twist of cigar tobacco and spices adds depth to a rich, but never overtly sweet with an amber drydown. It is the kind of lusciously warm fragrance that sits perfectly in front of a winter’s fire, underneath a cashmere muffler or nestled in a pillow.
In 20019, Juliette Has a Gun launched Vanilla Vibes. This was first time the brand’s perfumer Romano Ricci worked with vanilla as a linchpin ingredient and he needed to find a twist since he wasn’t fan of sweet notes. For Juliette Has A Gun Vanilla Vibes he chose to balance what could be cloying with sea salt. Not plain old vanilla here, there’s a mineral quality that adds something very different to Juliette Has A Gun Vanilla Vibes that distinguishes it from all his other fragrances.
Marc Jacobs is a designer who is also known for his “oh so chic” handbags. In 2015, he released with its fashionable gold chain and snakeskin cap, which went on to win Fragrance of The Year Award in the USA. Marc Jacobs Decadence is a departure from his previous scents; this vanilla perfume is for a more sophisticated woman. Deeper, richer with notes of iris and plum at the top and heady jasmine in the middle, Decadence dries down to an elegant amber with a touch of grassy vetiver. Wearing Decadence is the next best thing to a runway show, where you are the star.
You’ll lick your lips wearing Sweet Like Candy. It is one of the most well-known Ariana Grande perfumes and a superstar scent. Blackberry and bergamot give way to luscious vanilla and fresh white florals which seem dipped in delectable whipped cream then topped by puffy marshmallows. Ariana Grande Sweet Like Candy is a yummy vanilla treat without the calories.
Montale Sweet Oriental Dream is a voluptuous head turner of a perfume and unfolds like an exotic dancer who teases and tantalizes with her heady aroma as she slowly divulges her secrets. Veils of vanilla, and honey give way to the sensual scents of musk and cedarwood – deep, woody and enticing. Honeyed pipe tobacco swirls around sweet sugared almonds and opulent blossoms beckon.
Vanilla perfumes are great gourmands and can range from super sweet to cozy and spicy. They are always right for day or evening wear and always get compliments. Buy authentic Vanilla perfumes for less than Department Store prices at Perfume.com