Vanilla perfumes: 5 stylish and sophisticated fragrances for adults
It's sweet, delicious and comforting, but too often the scent of vanilla serves up some serious nostalgia. Recollecting the cloying and unsophisticated scents of our youth (often with a zeitgeist-y celebrity name attached or wafting from pre-teen changing rooms post P.E.) it's little wonder even those that love the smell, rarely reach for it in a perfume.
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It’s worth reconsidering however, as there are now a number of fragrances using the element, once considered a powerful aphrodisiac, in stylish modern mixes.
In combination with bright, white florals like orchid, vanilla is chic and upbeat, when paired with deep, intense wood notes it becomes sensual, sexy and warm : perfect for winter.
Boucheron Vanille De Zanzibar, $310
This luxe Boucheron scent has smooth and bright openening notes where vanilla mingles with pear, manadarin and white flowers before softening into a creamy wear.
Floral Street Wild Vanilla Orchid 50ml EDP $119
We're big fans of Floral Street's unique, cool-girl blends captured in stunning print bottles. With a touch of the exotic, the vanilla here is surrounded with elegant floral notes and a touch of citrus. Far from a sugar overdose, and the bonus is, it lasts beautifully.
Diptyque Eau Duelle 50ml EDT, $148
Toasty vanilla accompanied by a host of warming spice notes, including cardamom, saffron, black tea, musk and resin, it's a musky, sexy grown-up scent for sure.
Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon 50ml EDP, $145
Again there’s no simpering sweetness here, the commanding, slightly masculine scent is a boozy-woody mix of vanilla bourbon, oakwood, and a hint of tuberose.
Lush Vanillary 100ml $89
If you always sniff the vanilla bottle while baking, this one's for you. A blend of vanilla absolute, tonka and an added hint of jasmine for a reassuring, warm powdered-caramel perfume.
Elizabeth Arden White Tea Vanilla Orchid 100ml EDT Spray, $99
Clean and serene, this is the most mellow of the bunch, its vanilla note subtle and complementary to the other floral and wood elements, rather than the star of the show.
What is your favourite perfume with vanilla notes?