Last Updated on May 24, 2023
Perfumes with tobacco and sandalwood notes have become all the rage these days (with the spotlight on Baccarat Rouge 540), but I find myself reaching for warm and relaxed scents for summer. My favourite? Anything that smells like vanilla.
Yes, there’s a risk of vanilla scents being overkill and smelling like those awful vanilla sugar body sprays we used to spritz all over ourselves in the 90s, but I promise that vanilla perfumes have come a long way since the bakery-scented mists of our youth.
These days they offer a much more sophisticated aroma, but creating a scent that’s not too sickly sweet is a tricky balance to master.
Luckily some have achieved it, so I’m sharing the bestselling vanilla perfumes with you right here.
For those who gravitate towards gentle fragrances rather than those on the bolder end of the spectrum, these could be an excellent choice worth considering (and you might also like this Zara perfume that smells like baby powder, which shares a similar aroma reminiscent of vanilla).
Clearly, I’m not the only one who’s obsessed with vanilla perfumes. Over on Tiktok, vanilla perfumes have amassed 260.3 million views at the time of writing.
The scents that come up time and time again? YSL’s Libre Intense Eau De Parfum (LookFantastic’s bestselling perfume of 2022, FYI), Maison Margiela’s Replica Jazz Club and Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy, among many more.
So let’s take a closer look, with 12 gorgeous vanilla perfumes.
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Shop Perfumes That Smell Like Vanilla
Viva La Juicy Gold Eau de Parfum, £45, Juicy Couture – buy now
Love, Don’t Be Shy refillable eau de parfum, £205, Kilian – buy now
Idôle Refillable Eau de Parfum, £87, Lancôme – buy now
Libre Eau de Parfum, £73.60, Yves Saint Laurent – buy now
Eau Duelle eau de parfum, £148, Diptyque – buy now
Pi Eau de Toilette, £46.99, Givenchy – buy now
Tangier Vanille Eau de Parfum, £100, Aerin – buy now
MOD Vanilla Eau de Parfum, £53, Ariana Grande – buy now
Replica Jazz Club Eau de Toilette, £90.19, Maison Margiela – buy now
Vanilla, £97.90, Kayali – buy now
Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense, £150, Jo Malone – buy now
Trade Routes Halfeti Eau de Parfum, £195, Penhaligon’s – buy now