Vanilla is one of those love it or hate it scents. Some people find it conjures up images of baking, sweet goodness and childhood fun, whilst other hate it for all of those reasons, thinking it sickly and cloying. I fall into the LOVE camp, and if that means I’m an overgrown kid, than so be it. There are many scents that use vanilla as a main note, and where once you’d have to put up with them being marketed at kids, now they’re very adult and delicious. Here are my five favourites.
Angel by Thierry Mugler
I love everything about this scent, from the pretty blue bottle to the fact you get a mini envelope inviting you to ‘Join the Angel Club’, with purchase. It manages to be mature and sophisticated, whilst remaining playful and it always lifts my mood.
This is a relatively new scent, yet its subtle fragrance and longlasting notes have made it into my top five. Sweet without being sickly, bitter orange gives the vanilla base a lovely twang and jasmine softens the mixture.
Havana Vanille from L’Artisan
This scent is divine, deep and smokey with notes of rum and tobacco to give it extra vigor. Created by expert parfumiers, it lingers on the air, and delivers an amazing scent that lasts all day. This is vanilla for grown ups!
A basic but cheap scent that is really lovely and lingers a long time. A quality scent, and a great way to start loving vanilla. Be wary though- it’s pretty strong!
This modern take on vanilla gives the skin a spicy lift and is a refreshing way to wear vanilla.