Gourmand fragrances tend to smell almost edible, usually featuring notes such as vanilla, caramel, almonds and so on. When the note break down looks more like a recipe for some sort of food, you have yourself a classic gourmand. Who doesn’t want to smell delicious? If you’re a foodie like us, you will not be able to resist any of these fragrances we are about to mention. We have covered all the bases from designer to niche for the best of the best olfactory desserts you must get your hungry noses on.
This fragrance pays tribute to Kilian Hennessy’s heritage as the heir to the renowned French cognac family. It contains the essence of cognac and the scent opens with a blend of oak absolute, cinnamon essence, and Tonka bean absolute. After mingling with your body’s chemistry comes the fragrance’s long-lasting base notes of sandalwood, praline, and vanilla.
The Lost Cherry EDP treads the line between sweet and sexy with its blend of cherry liquer, black cherry, and a touch of bitter almond. Its heart notes linger with sweet and tart notes of cherries before mellowing down to a blend of Turkish rose, jasmine sambac, roasted Tonka, and sandalwood.
This niche offering is for the chic sophisticates with a sweet tooth. Though no typically gourmand notes are listed, Baccarat Rouge is an intensely sweet woody fragrance that reeks of quality. Amberwood is the main player, giving a molten, “melted sugar” nuance, almost like burnt sugar. Cedar and fir resin creates a woody base that’s ultra sexy and refined. It’s one of the most refined gourmands around, for those who want to smell both delectable and expensive.
As the name suggests, Bonbon smells like… well, a bonbon. A caramelised peach bonbon to be exact. It smells of melted caramel mixed in a pot with ripe peaches and sweet margarin oranges. A sandalwood and amber base adds extra sweetness and a creamy nuance to the candied fragrance. Perfect for casual days of frivolous, girly fun!
Mandorlo di Sicilia is all about bitter almonds, in the best way possible. Inspired by Sicily, it opens with sweet freshness of bergamot, tropical frangipani and green almond. Coffee grains, white peach and star anise join the party before velvety bourbon vanilla and milky warm sandalwood closes the show. It’s similar to the spiced, almond extract used in baking. Realistic and intensely sweet, this is for those who want an unconventional sweetness.
The luxe niche brand of Xerjoff is known for their incredible, display worthy bottles and potent, well-blended concoctions. None is more delicious that Lira. Like an orange chocolate from the most expensive chocolatier, Lira opens with blood orange and bergamot before turning into a molten caramel and vanilla goodness. Lightly spiced with cinnamon and balanced with some musk, you will never experience a scent more deliciously decadent than this one.
A sexy bottle for a sexy gourmand fragrance made for a risqué night out. Tom Ford’s Noir line uses the rich and full-bodied note of Kulfi, a popular Indian dessert made of milk, sugar and pistachios. It’s creamy and dense with a slight nutty savoury touch from the pistachios. A sexy base of amber and sandalwood plus white florals balance the sweetness for a dark and mysterious gourmand scent.
This is a masterpiece for every gourmand lover out there, regardless of gender. Top notes of pink pepper, bergamot and incense are seamlessly blended with bulgarian rose, jasmine and a strong foundation of benzoin and vanilla. It’s lush and decadent in every sense of the word. A truly refined and boozy vanilla scent that is buttery smooth, strong but not overpowering. This one smells like a million bucks.
Probably the strongest perfume in the list, beware of overspraying this beautiful beast. Mugler did an update on their iconic Angel scent by adding a healthy heaping of hazelnut cream. Mugler mixes the creamy sweetness of hazelnut cream with the woody and masculine note of vetiver for a rich and intoxicating scent. Fans of Nutella spread will have their mouths watering when they spritz this one. It’s a head-turner that will have you smelling deliciously distinct in the crowd.
Of course, we can’t have a gourmand list without the yummy Prada Candy making a flirty appearance. It is the sophisticated cotton candy with notes of caramel mixed with a sensual vanillic accord of benzoin, making it a lot more grown up. It’s powdery but unmistakably sweet, light and airy like cotton candy indeed.
Though it comes in a pretty pink juice, do not take this belle lightly. She is a loud one! Creamy caramel dripped over juicy blackcurrant and pear. A powdery iris helps balance the sweetness, preventing a possible toothache. Lovers of sweet scents cannot resist La Vie Est Belle’s girly femininity. The scent also lasts ages.
Imagine a delicious cup of vanilla mocha, that’s what this juice is all about. Black Opium opens with a fruity pink pepper before a strong coffee note takes center-stage with vanilla in the background, creating a harmoniously sweet symphony. A must-have for coffee addicts with a sweet tooth.
This article was first published in Harper’s Bazaar.