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  • Writer's pictureAnjana Rajbhandary

These Are The Best Vanilla Perfumes Of All Time

Updated: Mar 19, 2022

Many people equate vanilla with boring, but there is nothing basic about vanilla. Before vanilla became a household flavoring for food and one of the most popular smells, the Aztecs were already using the seeds of vanilla mixed with chocolate as an aphrodisiacal drink , per Yahoo News.

Pure vanilla is one of the most expensive spices in the world, and it is extracted from the pods of the vanilla orchid. According to WebMD, the smell of vanilla has the power to soothe people and is used to treat sleep apnea, control sugar cravings, and alleviate minor tooth pain. Vanilla has been quite popular for centuries and perhaps one of the most loved scents of all time. People bond with vanilla because it reminds them of their childhood due to the smell of baked cookies or just eating vanilla ice cream growing up. It is no surprise that vanilla is still the country’s most popular ice cream flavor, per The Daily Meal.

When someone says vanilla, you may think of the overly sweet memories of childhood, but the grown-up versions of vanilla are sophisticated and far from being sickeningly suffocating. Bee Shapiro, the founder of Ellis Brooklyn, told Women’s Wear Daily, “Vanilla is a fascinating note in that if it’s too straightforward or too gourmand, it can smell plain.” Now, we have delicious-smelling vanilla perfumes that are muskier, bolder, and more alluring.

These Vanilla Perfumes Are Intoxicating And Refined

Your perfume is a part of your identity and describes your personality. If money is not a factor, the sky is the limit for finding your most perfect and sensual blend of vanilla.

For those who love to splurge, the Editorialist recommends Kilian Paris Love, Don’t Be Shy ($250), a unisex perfume made with the keynotes of orange blossom, vanilla absolute, and luscious marshmallow. You start with the tender smell of orange followed by the sweet vanilla and are left with the pleasing notes of marshmallows. Byrdie is a fan of Byredo Gypsy Water Eau De Parfum ($276) because it is the most beautiful infusion of sugar and spice blended together in a bottle made for the fanciest people in the world. You will be infatuated with the top notes of bergamot, juniper berries, lemon, and pepper, followed by the comforting base notes of amber, sandalwood, and vanilla.

Women’s Wear Daily calls Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum ($270) a perfect blend for people who ooze confidence and sophistication. This perfume is ideal for anyone looking for a spicier and smokier version of vanilla because it delightfully blends cocoa, dry fruit accords, and sweet wood sap. Who What Wear recommends the iconic Krigler Lovely Patchouli 55 Classic Eau de Parfum ($515) because they call it “one of the best vanilla perfumes money can buy,” and it was Jackie Onassis’s favorite perfume. The sweetness of vanilla is magnetically balanced by amber and musk.

Vanilla Perfumes Can Be Cozy And Comforting

It is unnecessary to spend hundreds of dollars on a bottle of perfume if you cannot justify it because it is possible to find your ideal vanilla perfume without breaking the bank.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum ($130) is probably one of the most popular and intoxicating perfumes that infuse the epinephrine-rich power of coffee with the subtlety of white flowers and vanilla. Cosmopolitan loves this gourmand perfume that promises a softness but some necessary toughness, just like Zoe Kravitz, who is the face of the perfume. Women’s Wear Daily loves Maison Margiela’ REPLICA’ By the Fireplace ($144) because this warm and spicy perfume is actually a genderless scent. It combines the masculine orange flower and clove with feminine chestnut and vanilla to create this cozy and neutral fragrance. Be ready to get flattered when you wear this.

If you wonder what Zendaya smells like, look no further than Who What Wear’s pick Lancôme Idôle Eau de Parfum ($60). It has jasmine, rose, and white musk keynotes perfectly balanced over vanilla’s classic elegance. You might experience euphoria when you wear this, and it is a winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards. Editorialist loves this fan-favorite JO MALONE LONDON™ Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense ($138), and it captures the essence of vanilla with a dash of cardamom and fresh grapefruit. This powerful scent can be worn alone or layered.


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