Vanilla is a sweet spice extracted from the pods of the Vanilla orchid, primarily grown in Madagascar, and is cherished for its delicious, creamy aroma.

In perfumery, vanilla is a true crowd-pleaser; it brings a comforting, gourmand quality to fragrances, evoking warmth and indulgence.

Fragrance Pyramid

Vanilla is predominantly a Base Note, known for its lingering, sweet warmth that adds depth and richness.

Scent Summary

  • Sweet
  • Creamy
  • Rich
  • Warm
  • Comforting

What Does Vanilla Smell Like?

Vanilla in perfumery offers a sweet, creamy fragrance with rich, gourmand facets reminiscent of tasty baked goods. 

Its warm, comforting aroma adds depth, sweetness, and feminine sensuality to vanilla perfumes, plus it adds a rich, indulgent quality to men’s vanilla-heavy fragrances.

Complementing Notes

Vanilla’s creamy sweetness harmonises wonderfully with a range of notes.

  • Bergamot: For a fresh, citrus contrast.
  • Rose: Adding a floral, romantic elegance.
  • Cedarwood: For a grounding, woody depth.
  • Amber: Enhancing with a warm, resinous touch.
  • Musk: Creating a sensual, soft base.
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