The 11 Best Vanilla Perfumes for Women in 2023

Perhaps no other fragrance note is as universally beloved as vanilla. Cozy, comforting, and warm, vanilla is a key ingredient in both gourmand and oriental perfumes. While its synthetic variant, vanillin, is more commonly used in commercial perfumery, the darker facets of real vanilla are often captured in niche scents.

Simple vanillas are easy to adore, and almost every brand boasts a unique iteration of the same. On the other hand, earthy and complex vanillas have recently become very popular among niche perfume lovers who are developing a renewed appreciation for the versatility of the note.

If you already have a fascination for vanilla perfumes, you already know that you can never have enough of them. On the other hand, if you are new to vanilla and are planning to incorporate it into your 2023 fragrance wardrobe, now is the perfect time to get started on this journey.

Here are our 2023 vanilla perfume recommendations; there is something for everyone.

Mancera Roses Vanille

Mancera Rose Vanilla

Introduced in 2011, Roses Vanille by Mancera is perhaps the most highly appreciated amber-rose-vanilla concoction among fragrance enthusiasts. Dreamy, alluring, and delicious, this perfume captures a sensual treat combining airy citruses with gourmand delights. The opening reveals fizzy lemon and fresh aquatic notes, which melt into a sugary rose bouquet. The melange of sweet and creamy vanilla, earthy cedar wood, and clean musk creates a memorable base.

This stunning fragrance was "inspired by the warm evenings where captivating oriental scents are floating," and is perfect for anyone who loves vanilla.

Orchidee Vanille Eau de Parfum

Orchidee Vanille Eau de Parfum

A true classic, Orchidee Vanille by Van Cleef & Arpels is a sophisticated vanillic-floral that enraptures anyone who catches a whiff. Textured, flavorful, and hypnotic, the fragrance combines fruity and gourmand notes with the floral duo of rose and orchid. The delectable trio of vanilla, dark chocolate and tonka bean is juxtaposed against luminous mandarin orange and grittyalmond. The lightweight and powdery base consists of violet and white musk with an unexpected burst of litchi.

Nishane Ani

Nishane Ani

If you are looking to add a healthy dose of vanilla to your winter fragrance wardrobe, then you cannot go wrong with this intoxicating vanilla-cardamom concoction. Ani's warm and spicy floral envelopes you in a protective cloak as you soak in the bright melange of fruity and spicy notes. The Nishane fragrance opens with a refreshing burst of bergamot and pink pepper before delving into an elegant heart consisting of blackcurrant, rose, and cardamom. At the base, the gourmand nature of the fragrance comes to light as delicious vanilla and creamy sandalwood exert their influence.

Xerjoff Decas

Xerjoff-Decas

An amber-floral fragrance that will appeal to any vanilla lover, Decas is one of Xerjoff's most popular fragrances. The concoction injects enthusiasm and inspiration into one's soul, allowing them to embrace liberation. Opulent and mysterious, the fragrance opens with an unexpected combination of zesty Calabrian mandarin, creamy tuberose, and spicy tobacco. The rich, vanillic heart contains orris root and benzoin, aiming to capture the elegance of historic Italy. Musk, balsam, and vanilla at the base solidify the enchanting era.

Guerlain Angelique Noire

Guerlain-Angelique Noire

Angélique Noire is an ode to a small plant named angelica, capturing its fresh and sincere aura to perfection. The fragrance juxtaposes the green notes of angelica and bergamot against the soft and warm vanilla in true Guerlain fashion. In the opening, the luminous bergamot melds into different spices as milky almond and vanilla trickle into the composition. Soon, the harshness is replaced by a delightful sweetness with an occasional whiff of jasmine.

Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille

Bois de Vanille Eau de Parfum

Crafted by Christopher Sheldrake and introduced by Serge Lutens in 2003, Un Bois Vanille has cemented its place among the most iconic vanilla fragrances of all time. With a carnal and seductive essence, this fragrance celebrates vanilla in all its glory, allowing it to occupy the queen's throne in the composition. While black licorice adds an almost herbal tinge, sweet coconut milk and creamy tonka bean keep the fragrance grounded. The gourmand notes pair perfectly with the sandalwood and guaiac wood, with musk and bitter almond adding unexpected warmth.

Affinessence Vanille Benjoin

Affinessence- Vanille Benjoin

Vanille Benjoin by Affinessence is one of the most gorgeous amber-vanilla fragrances you can add to your fragrance wardrobe. Combinting Tahitian vanilla absolute and Madagascar vanilla absolute, the fragrance also incorporates Siamese benzoin, a resin that originates in Laos. The irresistible perfume prominently features ambroxan and tonka alongside Moroccan and Chinese cedar. Strong, rich, and alluring, it comes across as a balsamic at times but soon dons its carnal aura to enchant everyone around you.

Acqua di Parma Vaniglia

Acqua di Parma-Vaniglia

Reminiscent of cheerful, sunny days on a beautiful tropical vacation, Vaniglia is a fascinating fragrance that pays tribute to Madagascar's delicious vanilla. Warm, cozy, and enveloping, this fragrance combines fizzy and luminous citruses with deep gourmands and luxurious florals. The sweet vanilla from Acqua di Parma swirls into a melange of bergamot, mandarin, neroli and jasmine sambac to create an unforgettable scent. At the base, woody cedar and powdery musk add depth.

Juliette has a gun Vanilla Vibes

Juliette has a gun- Vanilla Vibes

In true Juliette Has A Gun fashion, Vanilla Vibes is one of the most unique amber-oriental fragrances that you will ever come across. Opening with salt, the perfume slowly allows the vanilla absolute to take over. The orchid brings a fresh and floral touch to the concoction, while the tonka bean-sandalwood duo adds a luxuriously creamy texture. According to Romano Ricci, the sea salt makes the vanilla even more elegant.

Vanilla Vibes draws inspiration from the famous Burning Man festival. According to him, this perfume sees Juliette’s character capturing the human spirit at play, "freely dancing in the dusty desert under a vanilla sky."

Diptyque Eau Duelle

Diptyque- Eau Duelle

Through Eau Duelle, Diptyque pays tribute to lengthy, adventurous voyages and exotic vanilla. This fragrance captures the various facets of vanilla - from dark and enchanting to sweet and seductive. Presenting a contrast between kindness and grit, femininity and masculinity, Eau Duelle brings together white vanilla and black frankincense in an unlikely marriage. A true oriental, the fragrance also features cardamom, pink pepper, and saffron. Black tea and bergamot bring a delightful airiness to the scent, while musk adds a hint of elegance.

Ermenegildo Zegna Bourbon Vanilla

Ermenegildo Zegna- Bourbon Vanilla

An amber-spicy fragrance, Bourbon Vanilla by Ermenegildo Zegna is a rich and sophisticated blend of vanilla with exotic spices like saffron. The deliciously warm scent of vanilla harmoniously plays around with green vetiver and spicy ginger to create an alluring fragrance that is impossible to forget. Floral notes of cassis and rose add even more charm to this precious perfume.

Which one will be your pick?


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