Words: Lauren Carbran
When you think of rum, perfume isn’t the first word that come to mind. But rum scents are, in fact, a thing – and you better believe it. Notes of rum are best coupled with sweet vanilla or fresh citrus fruits, and whether you like to drink it or not, you’re sure to love the warm hints of this gourmand accord. Check out these boozy rum scents that will leave you all fired up, without the hangover, of course…
What is rum made of?
Rum originated in the mid-17th century in the Caribbean and is created from molasses, which are a byproduct of sugarcane. This is then aged in oak barrels to make rum.
What does rum smell like in fragrance?
Rum is a gourmand ingredient in perfume, which means it smells good enough to eat (or, in this case, good enough to drink). It injects an irresistible, mouth-watering aroma into fragrances and really appeals to our senses. Rum smells syrupy and bold and is usually coupled with vanilla for a creamy, delicious vibe.
TOM FORD VELVET ORCHID FOR HER
You probably already know or recognise this gourmand perfume, because it’s iconic. Filled with a whole lot of rum, Tom Ford Velvet Orchid is the head-turning fragrance you’ve been looking for. You can practically smell the mix of rum, honey and vanilla before you even spray it (try it: smell the nozzle before you spritz to see just how powerful it is). Plus, the blend will transport you straight to Havana, Cuba, another home of rum – think vintage cars, cigar factories and colourful architecture. It’s quite bold, though, so just one or two sprays will do the trick.
ARMANI CODE ABSOLU FOR HIM
Warm, syrupy notes of rum mix with creamy vanilla and mandarin for the sexiest scent you’ll smell to date. Armani Code Absolu is all about seduction and, trust us, once you smell this rum-filled fragrance, it will become your signature scent. It also features the highest percentage of essential oils within the Armani Code fragrance range, meaning it’s incredibly long-lasting and intense. Best coupled with a smart suit, this was made for those black-tie events in the diary.
CAROLINA HERRERA 212 VIP EAU DE PARFUM FOR HER
This is the party girl’s answer to rum fragrance. With a glamorous blend of rum with vanilla and bergamot, you’ll be ready to dance the night away. Sport it with a glitzy dress for maximum impact – because this is a fragrance you’ll want to be noticed in. Plus, isn’t the dazzling gold bottle just to-die-for? This Carolina Herrera perfume may have launched back in 2010, but it will always be our party pick.