Vanilla is one of the most-loved scents in the fragrance world for a reason. A whiff can evoke vivid childhood memories, thanks to its naturally warm and comforting aroma. Apparently, studies have shown that it's one of the most universally pleasing, too. And with the help of perfumers, this classic scent is reimagined into modern versions that are fresh, sophisticated, and even sexy.
What is a vanilla fragrance?
Like other fragrances, this widely-used note also comes with a noteworthy backstory. Vanilla comes from an orchid vine-like plant that is pollinated by hummingbirds or bees that are native to Central America to produce a bean. Once these pods are harvested, it is plunged in hot water and laid out to dry for months. To garner vanilla commercially, these plants must be hand-pollinated and will require heavy labor and costs. No wonder why vanilla is the second priciest spice in the world after saffron.
However, chemists found a way to cut the process short and mimic this classic scent and can be identified as synthetic vanillin or vanilla absolute. Synthetic vanillin is extracted from real vanilla pods but cannot compete with the complexity of a pure extract with 250 nuances. On the other hand, vanilla absolute contains the most concentrated form of vanilla that delivers a premium quality in scents.
Vanilla also comes with a lot of perks. This scent is proven to be one of the most attractive scents for both men and women, making it a natural aphrodisiac. What's more, a pure vanilla fragrance is said to be able to reduce stress and anxiety!
Best Vanilla Perfumes
Simply put, a vanilla-scented perfume is one of the most versatile fragrances you can own. And if you are planning to explore this category or simply looking for a new bottle to add to your rotation, we handpicked 10 elegant vanilla perfumes that will make you fall in love at first sniff. Keep on reading to find your new signature vanilla pscent!
1. Diptyque Eau Duelle
Inspired by both traveling and vanilla, Eau Duelle will transport your senses to the ports of Babylon. Concocted around the notes of pink peppercorn, vanilla, and cypriol, this oriental fragrance slowly settles into a soft, comforting, and clean scent that lasts. A single spritz will leave anyone around you charmed.
Eau Duelle De Toilette, P5500, DIPTYQUE, Rustan's
2. Mugler Angel
This fragrance from Mugler is a best-seller for a reason. It captures a delicious blend of bergamot, praline, red fruits, patchouli, and vanilla that tempers to a captivating sharp sweet scent with a spike of spice and creaminess. Considered the first-ever gourmand perfume in the fragrance category, this is also housed in an asymmetrical five-pointed star that adds an accent to any vanity.
Angel Eau De Parfum, $120 (approx. P5836), MUGLER, sephora.com
3. Dolce and Gabbana The One
Dolce and Gabbana's take on a classic vanilla fragrance creates an enchanting, sensual, and feminine scent with the right amount of freshness. It opens to a sparkling and zesty note of bergamot, mandarin, lychee, and peach and is grounded to the deep and sensual base of rich vanilla, amber, and musk. When misted on the pulse points, it leaves a trail of an oriental floral scent that is too good not to be reworn.
The One Eau De Parfum , P7750 (75ml), DOLCE AND GABBANA, Rustan's
4. Dior Hypnotic Poison
As the name suggests, Hypnotic Poison will envelop you with a creamy, warm, and sexy scent that's undeniably captivating. With notes such as almond, sambac jasmine, and vanilla, this long-lasting spritz is the perfect kind of alluring and irresistible that you can wear on your next date night.
Hypnotic Poison Eau De Toilette, price unavailable, DIOR, The Podium
5. Byredo Gypsy Water
Gypsy Water is a great choice for anyone who's looking for a vanilla perfume without an overpowering sweetness. It features a unique blend of juniper berries, pine needles, and amber that feels and smells luxurious in every spray. It's both spicy and refreshing, the type of scent that will effortlessly earn you compliments.
Gypsy Water Eau de Parfum, €135 (approximately P7978), BYREDO, byredo.com
6. Aerin Tangier Vanille
If you love a scent that captures sweetness and sexiness at the same time, Tangier Vanille might be up your alley. The heart of Madagascar vanilla is surrounded by a crisp note of Italian bergamot, rich Bulgarian rose, velvety amber, sandalwood, and soft musk. It's warm, cozy, and inviting, something that you'd want to wear both for all occasions.
Tangier Vanille Eau De Parfum, P7100, AERIN, Rustan's
7. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
The warm and spicy blend of tobacco, creamy tonka bean, vanilla, dry fruit accords, and sweet wood sap makes this fragrance from Tom Ford one of the sultriest scents in the collection. Described as opulent and warm, this perfume is made for a modern and heady impression of confidence and power. It's also the type of scent that you and your significant other can both enjoy.
Tobacco Vanille, P17,000 (100ml), TOM FORD, Rustan's
8. Carolina Herrera 212 VIP
Caroline Herrera perfectly captures a seductive and magnetic vanilla scent in a chic gold bottle. It has notes of gardenia, rum accord, and musk with sweet touches of exotic passion fruit for a scent that packs a delicious punch.
212 VIP Eau De Parfum, P6600, CAROLINA HERRERA, Rustan's
9. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium
Coffee lovers would simply adore this classic scent from Yves Saint Laurent. A spray opens to notes of rich coffee and sweet vanilla that dries down into the softness of white flowers—a seductively intoxicating fragrance that lingers from dusk 'til dawn. Its iconic flask-shaped bottle with a black glitter finish will also add a touch of glamour to any perfume tray.
Black Opium Eau De Parfum (90ml), $128 (approximately P6222), YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTY, yslbeautyus.com
10. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Gentle Fluidity Gold
Gentle Fluidity Gold is the best fragrance to wear if you prefer vanilla fragrances with a spike of musk. The sweet notes of vanilla and amber create a sparkling entrance, but its drydown is on the woody side with notes of nutmeg and musks. If your significant other tells you they love it, they can cop a matching counterpart with the same notes.
Gently Fluidity Gold, P11,350, MAISON FRANCIS KURKDJIAN, Adora