By Amy Derungs

April 17, 2021

The best Vanilla perfume:
Warm, sensual and romantic, such a fragrances will please you by
Turning every head and
Making you feel more attractive!

You don't want to be left behind!
If you are in a rush, I suggest you choose:

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum

Green Vanilla pods


The oriental vanilla accord is certainly one of the very first accords that was used when oriental perfumes appeared in the 1920s, with for example, the magnificent Shalimar by Guerlain. However, for decades theses sweetly scented best vanilla perfumes were neglected - the smell considered too sweet and sometimes too opulent.

Thanks to the trend of gourmand perfumes initiated with Angel in 1992, oriental vanilla regained its place and once again contributed its exotic beauty to many great perfumes.

Sensual, warm, and exotic - this sweet scent was even once considered an aphrodisiac! You might want to think about adding a vanilla perfume to your collection if you're looking for something sexy. It is one of the most beautiful and delicious scents in the world that brings a sense of comfort and happiness.

The light and creamy vanilla smell emphasizes beauty and femininity simultaneously. These perfumes have the bonus of being quite versatile. They can be combined with many different notes to create different effects.

Vanilla comes from the pods that grow on the vanilla orchid vine. The chemical compound vanillin is the main component of real pods. Today, this scent is mostly artificially synthesized. This is done using synthetic vanillin (also known as Ethyl vanillin). The vanilla smell is complex, delicious, rich, and sweet and should definitely be on your list when purchasing a new perfume or buying a gift.

A vanilla fragrance is something special. Here are the 11 of the best that will spice things up for you whenever you wear them!

Best Vanilla Perfumes

List of The Best Vanilla Perfumes 

1. Best Overall: Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum

TOM FORD Tobacco Vanille EDP  - one of the best vanilla perfumes

Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford really showcases the sexy and sensual side of vanilla. This is a luxury unisex perfume with a timeless appeal.

Tobacco Vanille comes from the acclaimed private collection of Tom Ford; a real catch as a perfume. It has been a staple of the niche perfume community since 2007, and for good reason!

This perfume opens with a gentle projection of very sweet tobacco, vanilla, and tonka bean notes. Other than the tobacco, the opening is sweet and gourmand. The tobacco note in this fragrance is intense but aromatic and soft. As the fragrance settles down, the dried fruit notes come up and intensify the already very sweet tones. The dried fruit is however never very prominent. The cacao, woody, and spicy notes remain in the background. Vanilla is the real backbone of this perfume, making this an excellent choice for a warm. sweet fragrance. 

This perfume is better suited for fall and winter and cooler weather in spring, and can also be worn both day and night.

Since Tobacco Vanille is such a sophisticated fragrance, it is more suited to someone in their thirties on classy, special occasions, like dates or black-tie events.

Tobacco Vanille is a thick and bold scent, 1 to 2 sprays should be more than enough to get you 10 hours of wear. The sillage is also quite strong.

Tobacco Vanille is an excellent choice, it is a real crowd-pleaser!

Top Notes: Tobacco leaf, Spices

Middle Notes: Vanilla, Cacao, Tonka bean, Tobacco blossom

Base Notes: Dried fruits, Woody notes

2. Premium: Diptyque Paris Eau Duelle Eau de Parfum

Diptyque Eau Duelle EDP  - one of the best vanilla perfumes

Diptyque is a French niche perfume house, known for their luxury fragrances and scented candles.

Eau Duelle is a rich, creamy, and cozy scent, that is sweet without being too sweet. The refined sweetness of vanilla scented perfume is well balanced with the fresh and woody notes. This is an oriental spicy fragrance that will get you many compliments.

The vanilla in Eau Duelle is subtle at first but comes more to the forefront during the dry down. This is an interesting fragrance that changes throughout its progression. The perfume opens with spicy pink pepper and cardamom. Then, the rich and creamy vanilla becomes more apparent with some smoky and woody accords. The other notes play a support role.

Eau Duelle is a unisex fragrance. Being a sophisticated vanilla cologne, men above the age of 20 are the ideal market for wearing this perfume. This fragrance is perfect for cooler weather and for all occasions, from special events to casual use. The longevity is moderate, and the sillage is above average.

Eau Duelle is a subtle fragrance, but still noticeable in the best way possible.

Top Notes: Pink pepper, Cardamom, Saffron

Middle Notes: Bourbon vanilla, Juniper, Olibanum, Black tea, Bergamot

Base Notes: Musk, Elemi resin, Ambergris

3. Best Value Perfume: Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Eau de Parfum by Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Eau De Parfum

One of the best vanilla perfumes - Gold Couture is a really high-quality scent with a sensual nature. This perfume will indulge your senses with its delicious combination of ingredients.

Launched in 2014, Gold Couture is a floral fruity gourmand fragrance. This is a modernization of the Viva La Juicy fragrance from Juicy Couture released in 2008. A sexy and sultry fragrance - perfect for when you’re feeling a little flirty.

Gold Couture opens with a jammy raspberry, strawberry scent. Then the honeysuckle nectar, dewy and sweet, and jasmine sambac, gorgeous and magnetic, some to the fore. After dry down, the fruits and florals are cloaked by a blanket of warm rich caramel and hypnotic vanilla. Amber adds depth and a bit of powder. The sandalwood, faintly perceptible now and then, grounds some of the sweetness.

Gold Couture is a very feminine scent that can be worn both day and night. This scent is perfect for a playful, youthful woman who loves to have fun. This fragrance is more ideal for cooler weather, like fall or winter and can be worn for all occasions, making it quite versatile. Gold Couture is quite long lasting, and the sillage is moderate.

Top Notes: Wild berries

Middle Notes: Honeysuckle, Jasmine sambac

Base Notes: Caramel, Vanilla, Amber, Sandalwood

4. Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Intense

Guerlain Ladies Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Intense

Launched in 2017, Mon Guerlain is a relatively recently been included into the range of best vanilla perfumes. Since its release, it has been a top-seller, and once you smell it, you’ll understand why.

The house of Guerlain was established in 1828. So, the perfumers of the house have been working for nearly 200 years to get their products just right.

Mon Guerlain is an oriental woody fragrance inspired by women. It opens with a pleasant combination of lavender and bergamot. The bergamot is subdued and pleasant. Then jasmine and iris enter the mix as it starts to dry down. The iris gives a soft powdery texture to this floral fragrance. The vanilla becomes increasingly pronounced with the dry down. In the end, jasmine and vanilla become the most prominent notes and they really are quite a pleasant feminine combination. 

Elegant and enchanting, this perfume is sure to perk you up. Mon Guerlain is perfect for confident women who want to feel charming, feminine and romantic.

Mon Guerlain is best worn in all seasons except summer – the heat makes it seem cloying. Although better suited for day wear, this perfume can be worn both day and night. This is a long lasting perfume, and the sillage is moderate.

Top Notes: Lavender, Bergamot

Middle Notes: Iris, Jasmine sambac, Rose

Base Notes: Tahitian vanilla, Coumarin, Australian sandalwood, Benzoin, Licorice, Patchouli

5. Christian Dior Hypnotic Poison Eau de Toilette

Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior

As the name would suggest, Hypnotic Poison has plenty of attitude. Launched in 1998, this is generally known as the “Golden Age" of fragrances. Plenty of staples of female perfumery came out of the 1990’s, so Hypnotic Poison is sure to be a hit.

Hypnotic Poison is one fragrance that has stood the test of time. When launched the fragrance was immediately a bestseller and has maintained that status even today. This perfume combines vanilla and coconut with flowers and sandalwood to create an intoxicating scent.

The opening is lovely with tuberose, apricot, plum and smooth coconut. These notes are not at all sharp, and very appealing. As the fragrance dries down, the almond and vanilla become prominent, with caraway adding some interest. The almond is bittersweet and creates a nice contrast with the sweet fruity notes. The musk is noticeable quite quickly, but almond and vanilla remain the dominant notes without ever becoming cloying. 

Hypnotic Poison is the perfect fragrance for a night out on the town. It is better suited to cooler weather like the winter months. This perfume can be worn during the day and at night, but is ideal for nighttime wear. This a very long lasting fragrance with a strong sillage. 

Women who love wearing sweet perfumes with gourmand hints will love Hypnotic Poison. Everyone around you will love this fragrance too!

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Top Notes: Coconut, Plum, Apricot

Middle Notes: Brazilian rosewood, Jasmine, Caraway, Tuberose, Rose, Lily-of-the-valley

Base Notes: Vanilla, Almond, Sandalwood, Musk

6. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum

Black Opium Eau de Parfum, Yves Saint Laurent

Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent is a dark and mysterious perfume. An icon since its release in 2014, even today Black Opium is one of the bestselling perfumes available on the market.

Black Opium opens with sweet, fruity, white floral, gourmand, and spicy notes. The opening is inviting and delectable. The coffee, pear, pink pepper, orange blossom, and jasmine are the most prominent opening notes. The coffee in this fragrance is light and aromatic. The pear is a juicy sweet fruity note. The jasmine and orange blossom create a white floral accord: sweet, warm, rich with a citrus touch. The pink pepper, bitter almond, and licorice are part of the support notes and add a spicy and nutty touch. As the fragrance develops, the vanilla becomes stronger and supports the sweetness initially created by the pear. The coffee and white florals remain at the top of the fragrance, along with the vanilla as featured notes. Finally, the patchouli, cedar, and cashmere wood join in.  

The scent is inspired by classic glam rock, making Black Opium quite a unique perfume. Not many perfumes have this kind of character. Bright and majestic, Black Opium is a warm, comforting fragrance that will intrigue you and those around you.

Black Opium is a cooler weather perfume that works best during fall and winter. The scent is one of the best suited to night wear, but you can switch it up and wear Black Opium during the day too. Formal or special occasions are the best times to wear Black Opium. This is a very long lasting perfume with a strong sillage.

If you’re a woman who is looking to smell alluring and sexy, this is an excellent choice.

Top Notes: Pear, Pink pepper, Orange blossom

Middle Notes: Coffee, Jasmine, Bitter almond, Licorice

Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedar, Cashmere wood

7. Mancera Roses Vanille Eau de Parfum

MANCERA Roses Vanille EDP

Mancera Roses Vanille is an oriental vanilla fragrance for women that was launched in 2011.

If you’re not sure about buying it, just bear in mind that Mancera Roses Vanille has been known to blow customers away who weren’t expecting it. In one word, this fragrance is decadent!

Thick and syrupy without being cloying, Mancera Roses Vanille is a fragrance to behold.

If you are looking for something that has roses and a pop of something fresh, you’ve found it here. Mancera Roses Vanille is a sweet, delicate rose scent with a hint of lemon. On the dry down, it becomes a cozy, powdery and warm vanilla scent with a hint of musk in the background. 

Mancera Roses Vanille will thrill those who love gourmand scents with rose accords.

Mancera Roses Vanille is ideal for those who are older than 25, but perfect for all different occasions. This scent can be worn during the day and also at night, so it is very versatile. Mancera Roses Vanille is one of the best worn in cooler weather, like fall, winter, and the cooler days in spring. The longevity is excellent and the sillage is strong.

Top Notes: Lemon, Aqua notes

Middle Notes: Rose, Sugar

Base Notes: Vanilla, Sugar, White musk, Cedar

8. Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille Eau de Parfum

Guerlain 'Spiritueuse Double Vanille' Eau de Parfum

Spiritueuse Double Vanille belongs to Guerlain’s Exclusive Collections - quite a special and exotic fragrance.

Spiritueuse Double Vanille has been described by many people as one the best perfumes of all time. 

The perfume opens up with dry, smooth, incense, woody, smokey, and spicy accords. The Ylang-ylang can also be noticed in the opening, although it is not very strong. The fragrance settles after a few minutes, and begins to show off that beautiful vanilla note, Guerlain's classic spicy vanille, an ingredient of superb quality. Benzoin accompanies the vanilla, providing a boozy, sweet, feel, which brings body and rounds off the scent. This boozy vanilla stays for a few hours, becoming a skin-scent after 1 hour or so.

Spiritueuse Double Vanille is rich, daring, warm and everything you might want in the best scent. It is the perfect perfume for summer, although this scent can be worn all year round.

Fiercely feminine, women of any age can indulge in this beautiful fragrance. This scent can be worn during both the day and night and any occasion is the right occasion! Spiritueuse Double Vanille is very long lasting and the sillage is moderate.

You’ll fall in love with one of the best Guerlain’s creation before you even know it.

Top Notes: Incense, Pink pepper, Bergamot

Middle Notes: Cedar, Ylang-ylang, Bulgarian rose, Jasmine

Base Notes: Vanilla, Benzoin

9. Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance Eau de Parfum

Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance Eau de Parfum

Midnight Romance is a versatile and elegant fragrance. Mysterious and seductive, Midnight Romance is an oriental floral fragrance. Launched in 2014, it is the successor to Romance (launched in 1998).

Midnight Romance is a sexy and mature fragrance that draws inspiration from the seduction and passion of the night. This perfume differs from previous scents in the “Romance” series. Midnight Romance is not innocent and dream-like. The perfumers made it dark and amorous, with a hot-blooded vibe. 

This fragrance opens with a lovely fresh juicy fruit and a slight citrus sweetness. Within a few minutes the peony and slightly soap-ish freesia come forward. The fruits from the top provide sweetness to the flowers. The floral bouquet of the middle phase remains for many hours, even as the dry down arrives. The base is announced first by amber then vanilla, but with Peony still evident throughout. 

Midnight Romance is a soft feminine scent that is strong without being overpowering. This perfume can be worn by women of all ages, all year round and is ideal for both day and night wear. Midnight Romance is not a very formal fragrance, so its best suited for casual wear and daily wear, not black tie events. It is not very long lasting, so you may need to touch up. The sillage is moderate.

Midnight Romance will have you head over heels soon!

Top Notes: Raspberry, Litchi, Bergamot

Middle Notes: Peony, Freesia, Jasmine sambac

Base Notes: Iris, Vanilla, Ambroxan

10. Lancome La Vie Est Belle Intensément Eau de Parfum


La Vie Est Belle Intensément highlights the happiness that we can all find within ourselves (and within our bottle of Lancome’s perfume!).

Launched in 2020, this is a very recent fragrance. La Vie Est Belle Intensément is sexy and unique and will exude class when you wear it. This is a very intense fragrance that is both cozy and playful.

The opening is sweet and fruity. The raspberry remains as the floral notes appear and take over most of the fruitiness. Once the raspberry and pink pepper leave center stage, this beautiful trio of vanilla, benzoin and patchouli appear. The vanilla is heavenly and along with the benzoin it creates a soft, creamy and sensual aroma, with the patchouli giving some depth which keeps the scent from becoming too sweet and sugary.

La Vie Est Belle Intensément is a day and night scent that is suitable for all occasions, dress up or stay at home. This perfume can be worn during all seasons, except summer.

Women who radiate energy and positivity are the ideal wearer. If you radiate happiness and good vibes wherever you go, you’ve now found your perfume match. The longevity is quite good, and the sillage is strong.

If you’re happy and you know it, invest in a bottle of La Vie Est Belle Intensément!

Top Notes: Raspberry, Pink pepper, Bergamot

Middle Notes: Heliotrope, Jasmine sambac, Orange blossom

Base Notes: Vanilla, Iris, Benzoin, Patchouli, Sandalwood

11. Thierry Mugler's Angel Eau De Parfum

Thierry Mugler Angel Eau De Parfum

Thierry Mugler's Angel Eau de Parfum was launched in 1992 and in fact started the gourmand genre. The star among all is Angel, an oriental fragrance; it was created by Olivier Cresp and Yves de Chirin.

Cotton candy and coconut is paired with fruity and citrusy opening notes. Honey, berries and fruit complement floral and spicy notes for the heart of the fragrance. And chocolate, caramel and warm vanilla are paired with patchouli, Tonka bean, amber, musk and sandalwood in the base notes.

A complex fragrance, Angel's main accords are fruity, sweet and powdery. Angel is a memorable scent that will gently stir your own memories of sweet delights. 

Angel is warm and sensual. It is perfect for cold winter nights. The longevity and sillage are both exceptional making this perfume great for a special night out.

The iconic star shaped bottle just adds to the allure of this perfume and will complement any perfume collection.

Top Notes: Cotton candy, Coconut, Cassis, Jasmine, Melon, Bergamot, Mandarin orange, Pineapple

Middle Notes: Honey, Red berries, Blackberry, Plum, Jasmine, Apricot, Peach, Orchid, Nutmeg, Rose, Caraway, Lilly-of-the-valley

Base Notes: Patchouli, Chocolate, Caramel, Vanilla, Tonka bean, Amber, Musk, Sandalwood

In Conclusion

So which of the best vanilla perfumes is perfect for you? It all depends on what you’re looking for. Rest assured, if you’ve decided that you want to experiment with these fragrances, there’s something that will suit every one of your needs.

Warm, cozy and sexy a vanilla scent that will have you projecting a gorgeous aroma whenever you wear it. This list has showcased the best vanilla perfumes, and should give you some great ideas of what to buy. Burberry perfumes also offer some interesting vanilla perfumes - be sure to have a look.

Once you’ve established what you want from your fragrance, picking one should be a piece of cake! There’s no shortage of quality from which to choose. Have fun with it!