Gone are the days of the far-too-sweet Pink Sugar Eau de Toilette and Body Fantasies Vanilla Body Spray, but the nostalgia associated with these vanilla perfumes is here to stay. However, a spritz of vanilla doesn’t have to be linked with the 2000’s—hi again, butterfly clips and skinny jeans—and can rather be, dare we say it, luxe.
Why Is Vanilla Perfume So Popular?
Unlike wintery and spicy cinnamon, pine, and cardamom, vanilla is a warm fragrance that can be worn through every season. Mixed with fruity, green, or even citrus notes (que Glasshouse Kyoto in Bloom), vanilla transforms into a summery, airy aroma that makes a refreshing statement without being overpowering. When fall and winter roll around, we like to wear a muskier, log cabin-esque vanilla scent—think Juliette Has a Gun Vanilla Vibes—that errs on the cozier side. Because of its versatility, vanilla is one of those notes that can be mixed with just about anything and it will still fit the occasion.
What Are the Best Vanilla Perfumes?
Even when used alone, vanilla can transform into the luxurious fragrance of our dreams, and we’re seeing it as the base across many of our favorite scents. From sweet spritzes to light aromas, these seven products have brought vanilla fragrance back in all the right ways.
Hermetica Vaninight Eau de Parfum 50mlBuy now with free delivery
A floral amber and vanilla-almond accord are the secrets to this scent’s sensuality. When combined with complementary notes of sandalwood, black pepper oil and jasmine, a memorable experience begins.
KORRES Vanilla Freesia Eau de Toilette - 50mlBuy now with free delivery
When you think of a vanilla fragrance, you might think of a rich, musky scent, but Korres’s Vanilla Freesia Eau de Toilette re-defines that notion. Featuring a fresh combination of peach, vanilla, lychee and patchouli, your perfect warm weather scent is here and ready to work its bright and sweet magic.
Juliette Has a Gun Vanilla Vibes Eau de Parfum 100mlBuy now with free delivery
Rock the vanilla scent, but with a salty twist. Aiming for a sultry feel, perfumer Romano Richie was playing with cozy vanilla for this scent, but when it got too sweet he added a pinch of sea salt to the formula. The result? A well-curated, clean scent that leaves behind a trail of freshness.
Confessions of a Rebel Get A Room Eau de Parfum 100mlBuy now with free delivery
Perfect for a night out, this medley of vanilla, praline and a touch of warm spice is the perfect skin-topper before leaving the house.
World of Chris Collins Sweet Taboo Extrait 50mlBuy now with free delivery
With top notes of clary sage and cinnamon mixed with base notes of vanilla and tonka bean, one spritz of this rich and hearty perfume takes you on a journey. If this isn’t in your winter fragrance lineup, add it to the rotation ASAP.
Glasshouse Fragrances Kyoto in Bloom 100ml EDPBuy now with free delivery
This fragrance has quickly become a favorite among my heavily-populated perfume collection. It’s fruity and green without being too sweet, and it incorporates more sultry notes of amber and vanilla for that touch of warmth. If you’re on the hunt for that light and airy scent that feels fresh all through the day, this exquisite formula will check the box.
Liquides Imaginaires Les Eaux de l'Âme Fortis Eau de Parfum - 100mlBuy now with free delivery
Housed in a sleek black bottle, this gorgeously smooth fragrance reveals a woody aroma with help from patchouli and vanilla. Upon first spritz, you’re immediately wisped away to a warm log cabin nestled within a forest. It’s my perfect escape from the loud, bustling city streets of Manhattan.