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.