Sweet, indulgent, and almost good enough to eat. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about gourmand perfumes. Just like our favourite sweet treats, gourmand scents tantalise the senses but in a way that’s more sophisticated than you might think. First things first, let’s find out more about this oh-so-tempting fragrance family.
What Are Gourmand Perfumes?
Gourmand perfumes are made of delicious notes such as vanilla, caramel, honey and even chocolate and coffee! So, in a nutshell, they’re the scents that smell good enough to eat (seriously, though, who wouldn’t want to smell like their favourite dessert?). These indulgent notes are enough to satisfy the sweetest of tooths yet harbour hidden depth with the inclusion of grounding notes such as patchouli and musk.
The Gourmand Scents That Rival Any Dessert…
Angel by Mugler
Hailed as one of the first gourmands of the fragrance world, Angel by Mugler is iconic…seriously iconic. As you spritz it, you’ll know why this scent has kept its popularity since its launch in 1992. First, you’ll be drawn in by the sugary sweetness of caramel, honey, and praline in a soft yet distinct way. From there, you’ll experience the grounding notes of patchouli and vanilla to add an extra layer of bliss, giving you the classic complexity of a gourmand that has earned this fragrance hero-status. We’re sold!
Honey by Marc Jacobs
No prizes for guessing which ingredient is the star of the show here. Honey by Marc Jacobs is the ultimate feel-good summer fragrance. Notes of orange blossom, peach, and honeysuckle transport you instantly to the dreamy haze of a summer’s morning, but not for long! The freshness of green pear and mandarin wakes the fragrance up, injecting some energy into this floral gourmand perfume. The scent finishes with a base of honey and vanilla, which hugs the senses. Summer holiday in a bottle, anyone?
Boss The Scent by Hugo Boss
Light yet alluring, intoxicating yet refined, Boss the Scent Private Accord For Her by Hugo Boss is anything but simple. The base aroma of cocoa is both bold and addictive, flooding the wearer with the velvety richness of our favourite confectionery. This richness is slashed in half with the zing of mandarin and the floral freshness of sweet freesia and orange blossom, providing a contrast that’s intriguing and addictive. Chocolate lovers form an orderly queue as this sweet perfume captures spring-like warmth and energy and wraps it in a deliciously chocolatey package.
Fever by Jimmy Choo
Calling all thrill-seekers! We’ve got a scent that’s bound to get your pulses racing. Fever by Jimmy Choo delivers a masterclass in balancing gourmand with fruity and floral notes. Fever grabs your attention with energetic notes of grapefruit, lychee and plum and whisks you away with the sensual sweetness of vanilla and toffee. Sweet perfume lovers, this one’s for you.
La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme
If you’re yet to experience this iconic scent that is La Vie Est Belle from Lancôme, this is your sign! This beautifully composed fragrance offers the much-loved gourmand sweetness, but without the sugar rush. Fabulous floral notes of orange blossom and jasmine provide a blissful scent that is good to go as it is. Then, for an extra layer of allure, patchouli, vanilla, and praline are added to create a perfume that is hard to beat. Just a word of warning: be prepared for compliment after compliment!
Pure XS by Paco Rabanne
Reserved for the daring of the bunch, Pure XS by Paco Rabanne puts a heated spin on a classic gourmand perfume. Oozing sensuality, the fragrance is beautifully bold and designed to capture attention. This scent can’t help but draw you in with the smooth and entrancing floral and vanilla combination. You’re then hit with an explosion of popcorn and sandalwood that floods the senses with pure desire!