Vanilla is loved in the world of perfume for its warmth, sensuality, and adding a sweet touch to any beauty routine. So much so that you’ll be hard pushed to find a bestselling scent that doesn’t feature the note in some capacity. So, if you’re looking for a vanilla perfume - such as the captivating Billie Eilish perfume or the universally loved Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent - to add to your collection, we’ve sorted it for you. Meet the vanilla-scented hall of fame *drum roll please*
Eilish by Billie Eilish
If you’re looking for an amber gourmand fragrance that features empowering, confidence-boosting notes, look no further than the Billie Eilish perfume. When pop sensation Billie Eilish got to work on her debut perfume, she said, “I wanted it to feel like a warm embrace”. The result? An amber gourmand fragrance that celebrates the human body with creamy vanilla at the heart of the scent, it plays with sensuality – perfect come date night.
Alien Goddess by Mugler
From the brand that’s gifted the fragrance world with game-changing scents (think Angel and Alien), Alien Goddess is just as outstanding! Playing in the floral, ambery, woody arena, it unfolds notes we know and love in unexpected ways. Think top notes of bergamot wrapped up in coconut. A heart of jasmine grandiflorian fused with heliotrope. And a lingering base of Madagascan Bourbon vanilla, intensified by cashmeran.
Born in Roma Donna by Valentino
Rebellious. Edgy. Feminine. Much like the brand’s iconic studded stiletto, Valentino’s Born in Roma Donna scent was made to steal focus in seconds. Blending floral jasmine with vanilla bourbon (one of the most expensive ingredients in modern perfumery!), it delivers Italian glamour and attitude with every spritz.
Olympéa by Paco Rabanne
You may be familiar with the olfactory delights of salted caramel, but Paco Rabanne has thought out of the box with its addition of salted vanilla in their bestselling Olympéa fragrance. Never known for following the crowd, this vanilla scented perfume is giving sweetness with a sophisticated twist thanks to notes of jasmine, lily, ambergris and sandalwood.
Le Male Le Parfum by Jean Paul Gaultier
Proof that vanilla perfume can be versatile, Jean Paul Gaultier's Le Male Le Parfum explores the masculine side of the typically-sweet note. An intense, intoxicating blend of cardamom, lavender and iris gives way to a woodier profile, allowing the creamy vanilla base to round off the scent in an strikingly, prominent way.
Voce Viva Intensa by Valentino
In the world of vanilla perfumes, it’s common to find the sweet note lingering at the base as it gives the fragrance maximum staying power. The bold Voce Viva by Valentino is no different but goes one step further by uniquely blending a base of vanilla bourbon with earthy, crystal moss accord. Trust us, it just works!
Idôle Aura by Lancôme
Looking for a summer holiday-ready scent? Cue Lancôme’s latest contender Idôle Aura. Opening with a bouquet of ‘sunkissed florals’, it’ll instantly put a pep in your step with its uplifting notes. We love the salty vanilla base, which adds a little day-at-the-beach touch.
Very Good Girl by Carolina Herrera
A continuation of the Good Girl fragrance collection by Carolina Herrera, Very Good Girl dials up the florals for a fresher take on the iconic scent. Kicking off with a burst of redcurrant and lychee, it then meets a bold rose heart before settling to a heady base featuring, you guessed it, vanilla.
By the Fireplace by Maison Margiela
As part of Maison Margiela’s Replica collection, a series inspired by vivid memories, By the Fireplace bottles up what it promises on its label. A cosy, wintery evening by a crackling fireplace (roasted chestnuts optional). The smoky, woody profile is ignited by notes of pink pepper, clove oil and guaiac wood oil, while the softer base of vanilla and cashmeran gives it more warmth and wearability.
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