Growing up, the bottles of system sprays, lotions, butters and eau de toilettes that lined my bathroom vanity were much sweeter than a desert-crammed episode of The Terrific British Bake Off. My rotation typically bundled Britney Spears’s Fantasy (or Curious) a pure-sugar scent that, not amazingly, was called Pink Sugar and anything at all else my selection of glossy magazines was advertising. If it smelled like a frosted cupcake with sprinkles, I was—without a doubt—wearing it.
I’ll always like unapologetically sweet scents, but now my tastes have graduated to fragrance blends that are warm and woody or grounded with spices, leathers or vintage florals. That explained, signature sweet notes like vanilla are typically at the heart of my all-time-favorite perfumes. They’re just much less overpowering.
Remaining a splendor editor and all, my desk is often overflowing with perfume, so I made a decision to begin a small experiment late very last year. Alternatively of sticking to my ordinary trajectory of signature fragrances, I went on a perfume-carrying spree, if you will, in which I wore a different scent every working day for about of month, taking be aware of which formulas I liked best and which blends gained me the most concerns, feedback, and compliments. In evaluate, I found anything intriguing: The top 10 scents all had a typical, not-so-key ingredient, vanilla (a final result that quite substantially proved my speculation that vanilla is even now related post–teens and outside the kitchen area).
Below, I’m sharing the top 10 fragrances I’m at this time obsessed with and which by no means unsuccessful to receive me compliments from strangers and beloved kinds alike. Maintain scrolling! The very best vanilla perfumes lie just ahead.