If you’re one of those folks who spend the majority of their free time scrolling #PerfumeTok (we're guilty as charged), you’ll know all too well that vanilla perfumes are ruling the roost right now. But for us, vanilla perfumes have always been ‘that girl’.
Let’s talk about vanilla for a sec – she can do it all. No matter what the vibe, occasion or outfit, the gourmand fragrance note comes out on top. Alone, vanilla adds a sweetness to skin that makes you feel warm and cosy – perfect for the upcoming autumn and winter seasons – but it also plays well with other fragrance notes, like fruits, florals, and woods, making it a scent we can rock all year round.
Finding your go-to vanilla perfume can be one hell of a pursuit, though, especially when TikTok inundates you with a gazillion recommendations. Fear not though! We've happily taken one for the team and put in the legwork to compile a list of the absolute best vanilla perfumes for women. Our picks are like the crème de la crème of vanilla fragrances, so whether you're just dipping your toes into the world of vanilla or on the hunt for a new signature scent, rest assured, you're choosing the finest.
Best classic vanilla perfume
An oldie but a goodie, YSL Black Opium is an olfactory masterpiece and undoubtedly one of the best vanilla perfumes for ladies. With every spritz, a rich, vanilla-infused elegance laces skin and lingers throughout the day. Although creamy and sweet notes take centre stage, Black Opium isn't overpowering; in fact, it's nothing short of luxury and impossible to resist.
Best vanilla perfume for summer
Sweet and innocent, yet dangerous and seductive. Mancera Coco Vanille boasts creamy coconut, sweet vanilla and white peach accords, as well as a woody musk dry-down. It’s beachy but also ideal for the office, making it a must-have for summer.
Here's more of The Best Summer Perfumes to Try This Year.
Best vanilla perfume for winter
Chuck on your favourite chunky knit and finish off with a spritz of this warm, woodsy and oriental fragrance. Loaded with sandalwood, ginger, cinnamon, benzoin, tonka bean and, yep, you guessed it, vanilla, Creed Original Santal Eau de Parfum couldn’t be more wintry if it tried. Like a big warm hug in a bottle, it’s a top vanilla perfume for transitioning into autumn and winter.
Check out more of the Top Winter Perfumes For Women, here.
Best floral vanilla perfume
Set to dethrone the iconic Black Opium is this vanilla offering from YSL. Libre has only been on the shelves for a couple of years, yet it’s quickly become one of Yves Saint Laurent’s most sought-after fragrances. Seriously though, this floral vanilla scent utilises notes of orange blossom and lavender for an intoxicating aroma.
Best vanilla fragrances for women and men
Tom Ford reminds us that vanilla isn’t exclusively for the ladies. Tobacco Vanille is a Tom Ford classic and is 100% unisex. Its unique composition sees tobacco leaf and vanilla ginger come together. Don’t worry; it’s not a strong cigar-like smell, but rather a sweet, smoky and sultry vibe that’s ideal for cosy date nights.
Best fresh vanilla perfume
If you’re looking to wrap up your clean girl aesthetic, then make this perfume from Juliette Has a Gun your go-to. Natural vanilla absolute is twisted with sea salt, sandalwood, orchid and tonka bean to create a sensual and powerfully feminine fragrance.
Best warm vanilla perfume
Ariana Grande is a genuine sweetheart, so it’s no surprise that her best-selling perfume is a comforting vanilla dream. Unlike other celebrity fragrances, which can smell a little synthetic, her signature eau de parfum combines lavender blossom, crème de coconut, praline, musk, woods and creamy vanilla for a warm and cosy finish that can be worn all year round. Fragrance fanatics have coined it as a dupe for the famous Baccarat Rouge 540, loving its similarity for a fraction of the price.
The vanilla perfume that ticks all the boxes
Put Mugler Angel at the top of your wishlist if you’re looking for a vanilla perfume that ticks all the boxes. There’s a reason why this perfume continues to be such a hit among all ages and personalities: its impressive ingredients list. Melon, coconut, cotton candy, honey, apricot, peach, tonka bean, patchouli, caramel and dark chocolate are just some of the notes you’ll find among the vanilla base. It really is one for all and all for one.
Best luxurious vanilla perfume
This one might hurt the bank a little, but we promise it’s worth it. Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy is for the gourmand girlies as it puts a grown-up twist on sweet treats like ice cream, marshmallows, and candy floss. It’s warm, it’s sweet, it’s syrupy and creamy, all without being overbearing. Rumour has it that it’s Rihanna’s favourite, so if it’s good enough for RiRi, it’s good enough for us.
Best cheap vanilla perfume
Think Paco Rabanne’s Lady Million, but more intense, more oriental, and a lot more vanilla. You’ll most definitely be the centre of attention with this perfume as the scent oozes a sensual femininity that can’t be ignored. Something else that can’t be ignored is the pocket-friendly price – coming in at under £40, this is one of the best cheap vanilla perfumes.
Best ‘old money’ vanilla perfume
Guerlain Shalimar has been kicking around since 1925 when it launched as the first ‘overdose’ of vanilla in fine fragrance. It contains a synthetic called ethylvanillin that was a hit in the Jazz Age, so much so that the fragrance was a sell-out for years. If you want to give off that ‘old money’ rich vibe, then put this classic vanilla perfume on your wishlist ASAP.
Best sweet vanilla perfume
Want to smell like a whole dessert platter? Allow us to introduce you to Viva La Juicy Gold. Dubbed the ‘golden’ fragrance, it fuses sambac jasmine and honeysuckle with sandalwood, amber, caramel and vanilla elixir. It’s sweet, but not sickly sweet – it is couture after all.
Best fruity vanilla perfume
Best sexy vanilla perfume
Revel in your femininity with Narciso Rodriguez For Her. Florals and musks make up this composition, but you’ll find a subtle hint of vanilla gives the fragrance a warm and sweet touch for just the right amount of sexiness. It’s one to add to your date night roster for sure.
Best vanilla perfume of all time
Argue amongst yourselves, but Kayali Vanilla | 28 takes the crown for the most perfect vanilla composition of all time. TikTok-approved and a firm favourite in our fragrance collection, this perfume strikes the balance between sweetness and sexiness. The complex scent pairs vanilla with notes of brown sugar, amber, tonka and patchouli for an unapologetically creamy and delicious gourmand fragrance that can be worn day or night.
And that concludes our round-up of the best vanilla perfumes for women (phew!). Add one (or two, or three or four) of these vanilla perfumes into your collection, and we guarantee you’ll be showered with compliments. And if you're looking to elevate your fragrance wardrobe even further, be sure to check out The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Signature Scent.
Written by Carly Cochrane
As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing.