If you love fragrances with a mouth-watering note breakdown that reads more like a recipe than a perfume, then a sweet-smelling scent is just for you! Forget the headache-inducing sprays from your teen years, we’re talking about honey, vanilla, chocolate, cotton candy and caramel notes that are sophisticated yet almost edible. Here, we round up our top 10 favourite sweet scents that are far from sickly.
1. Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum by Gucci
Gucci invites you to step into the playful, joy-filled world of Flora Gorgeous Gardenia. Sweet, sparkling pear notes open at the top of the fragrance, while mystical white gardenia and sensual jasmine await you in the heart. For those looking for a sweet touch to their perfume, there’s no missing the brown sugar in the base, which rounds this delicious perfume off with a sweet delicacy.
2. Daisy Love Eau So Sweet by Marc Jacobs
For unexpected, sweet freshness, look no further than Daisy Love Eau So Sweet by Marc Jacobs. At first sniff, it’s a fruity hit of sparkling white raspberry and citrus, before a floral sweep of daisies and jasmine settles in. At the base, delicate musk and iris coated in sugar ensure a delicious finish. It’s a classic in the making.
3. La vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum by Lancôme
If the combination of fresh florals and soft sweet notes sound like a match made in perfume heaven, then you’ll want to get your hands on La Vie Est Belle EDP by Lancôme. The bestselling Eau de Parfum features fruity blackcurrant and pear with silky vanilla and praline dry down that would entice just about anyone to give it a go!
4. Pure XS by Paco Rabanne
With the word ‘Excess’ in its name, it’s no surprise that Pure XS from Paco Rabanne isn’t your average sweet perfume. Sensual, sophisticated and warm, it all starts off with floral ylang-ylang before it gets grounded with leathery vanilla, popcorn, musk, and milkwood. Guaranteed to turn heads, it’s a bold and powerful scent that commands attention. Can you tell we’re big fans?!
5. Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche by Estée Lauder
If you could imagine sandy beaches, tropical cocktails and sun-kissed skin in a bottle, Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche by Estée Lauder would be it. Hero notes of Tiare flower and creamy coconut meld with amber, sandalwood and vanilla to make this the ultimate sweet scent for the warm weather (and beyond). If you like your perfume to remind you of hot summer days on a far-flung shore, then you’ll adore it.
6. Angel Nova by Mugler
If you’re a sweet scents newbie, try Angel by Mugler. Often seen as the original gourmand fragrance, this sensual and seductive classic truly stands the test of time. It’s one of those fragrances that’s instantly recognisable wherever it’s worn (that’ll be the delicate blend of exotic fruits, bergamot and vanilla). Still, it remains velvety and smooth thanks to hints of soft caramel, honey, praline and patchouli.
If Angel has been your go-to for some time and you are now looking for a complimenting aroma, but with a modern-day twist, why not try Angel Nova? It’s as delectable as the original but with a soft feminine touch.
7. My Way Intense Eau de Parfum by Armani
For a touch of pure sophistication while still satisfying your sweet tooth, My Way Intense by Armani has you covered. The refillable perfume puts consciously sourced ingredients at every level of its formulation, with beautiful orange blossom at the top, intense tuberose in the heart and a touch of sweetness from Madagascan vanilla in its base. Each note amplifies the experience, creating a sweet, floral perfume like no other.
8. Bononbon by Viktor & Rolf
In Viktor & Rolf’s Bonbon Eau de Parfum, layers upon layers of different elements come together to create a seductive and tantalising scent. It begins with a sumptuous caramel, jasmine and orange blossom heart that’s lifted with a fruity burst of orange, blackcurrant and mandarin at the top. Finishing with a soft and elegant dry down of cedarwood, amber and sandalwood, this scent has a comforting and quietly powerful quality we can’t get enough of.
9. Candy by Prada
As its name suggests, Prada’s Candy perfume is a seriously sweet fragrance that’s playful enough for daytime wear yet captivating enough for a night out. The delightful mix of white musk, intoxicating benzoin and addictive caramel is enhanced with warm, balsamic notes that evoke delicate vanilla-scented honey, making it impossible to ignore. (Note: you may just need to remind yourself that this one isn’t edible!)
10. Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent
It’s no secret that Yves Saint Laurent is one of the best perfumers in the business, and Black Opium Eau de Parfum doesn’t disappoint. A captivating floral gourmand with added edge, the intoxicating fragrance pairs a black coffee accord with sensual vanilla and the softness of jasmine and orange blossom. It gets its woody depth from a base of white musk and patchouli, creating a truly addictive and energising scent that deserves your attention.
And one more for luck!
Springtime in the Park Eau de Toilette by Maison Margiela
Inspired by the aroma of walking through a park on the first day of spring, this fresh and sweet fragrance is happiness in a bottle! Lily of the valley, rose and jasmine combine beautifully with creamy vanilla and warming musk to create a scent that feels like fresh air and sunshine! It’s as addictive as it sounds!
Good enough to eat?
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