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. Sweet Like Candy by Ariana Grande
A swirled concoction of sugar-frosted blackberries, crème de cassis, fluffy marshmallow and vanilla would usually be too sweet for some, but here, it calls in notes of juicy Italian bergamot and precious woods to ensure it doesn’t edge into cupcake territory. The result is an alluring and seductively irresistible blend that can be worn during the day through to evening. Plus, how pretty is that bottle?
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 Nuit Trésor by Lancôme
Inspired by the darkness of a French night garden, this sultry, smouldering composition opens with a fresh burst of raspberry and features Damascena rose at its deep, mysterious heart. Rounded off with a woody undercurrent of patchouli, papyrus and vanilla, it results in a soft, sensual gourmand that’s ideal for spritzing before a night out!
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 by Mugler
If you’re a sweet scents newbie, try Angel by Mugler. Often seen as the original gourmand fragrance, this is a sensual and seductive classic that 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) but remains velvety and smooth thanks to hints of soft caramel, honey, praline and patchouli.
7. Princess by Vera Wang
If the unique bottle hasn’t sold you, then we promise the sexy, captivating scent of Princess by Vera Wang will. It features fresh notes of waterlily, apple, apricot and mandarin in the top, with pink guava and dark chocolate at the heart. With base notes of warm and creamy chiffon vanilla, it doesn’t require a really sweet tooth to pull it off either!
8. Bonbon 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.
Good enough to eat?
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