Perfume is like the invisible accessory I personally think everyone should invest in. I say invest because most of them cost a pretty penny and I mean, no one likes a smelly person so avoiding that is probably ideal. The scent you choose can be the very detail that pulls your whole appearance together. Like most of us, my first few “perfumes” were actually body sprays from Bath & Body Works. My top 3 were Cucumber Melon, Sweet Pea and Warm Vanilla Sugar. They have all these new fancy fragrances now, but those were the OGs. I eventually graduated to Victoria Secret for body spray, where I was introduced to Vanilla Lace (I still use this today) and Amber Romance. Pretty sure this is when I realized I was a sweet, warm scent family kind-of-girl for the most part. Every now and then I might be into a floral or fresh scent, but my heart is with sweet scents. Here are my top 5 favorites:
Chanel describes it as having sparks of fresh and vibrant Orange that immediately awaken the senses. A clear and sensual heart reveals the transparent accords of Grasse Jasmine and May Rose. The scent finally unfurls with the vibrant accents of Patchouli and Vetiver. (Source: Chanel)
It gives me very grown and sexy vibes, while still giving me the hint of warmth that I love in a perfume.
Guerlain breaks down the overall scent which includes Carla Lavender, an exceptional variety grown in Provence, which contrasts with the sensual and enveloping Vanilla Tahitensis, by infusing it with audacity and freshness. Sambac Jasmine, gathered at sunrise, gives the Mon Guerlain fragrance all its’ all around finesse. Album Sandalwood gives strength to Guerlain’s new fragrance and preserves its mystery. (Source: Guerlain)
I might wear this perfume for the rest of my life. That’s how good it smells to me. It’s really subtle, so it almost feels like this is your actual smell and not a perfume you’ve applied.
YSL describes it as the highly addictive feminine fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent. Fascinating and seductively intoxicating, the opening notes of adrenaline-rich coffee and the sweet sensuality of vanilla recline into the softness of white flowers for a modern, young, and vibrant interpretation of addiction. (Source: YSL Beauty)
True to my preference, the scent of vanilla in this fragrance has me hooked. For some reason I tend to wear this one the most when I’m going out at night, maybe because it’s “seductively intoxicating”. Either way it’s a great smell and it won Allure’s Best of Beauty award in 2015.
Carolina Herrera calls this fragrance the complex duality of modern femininity captured in a sophisticated yet multifaceted women’s perfume. Reveal your good side – or your bad side – with the luminous facets of tuberose and Sambac Jasmine contrasted against the dangerously addictive notes of roasted tonka beans and Cocoa. (Source: Carolina Herrera)
I love the smell of cocoa butter so I’m sure that’s part of the reason why I enjoy this one so much. The bottle is also super cute and a great addition to your dresser or where ever you store your perfume bottles.
Hanae Mori shares that Butterfly is beloved for its lingering impression of vanilla (without a single drop of vanilla in its formula). This is due to the blend of wild strawberries from the south of France, Bulgarian Rose and almond wood from Hawaii. (Source: Hanae Mori)
This also has a very subtle sweet smell, hence the impression of vanilla. It’s been around since 1996 and it seems like the girls are still enjoying, myself included! Definitely keeping this is my collection.
Here’s some other goodies you may want to check out!
Chanel Gabrielle ($80-$135)
Victor&Rolf Flower Bomb ($85-$165)
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Rosa Excelsa ($76-$118)