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Oh, and they all had one thing in common.
When I was growing up, the bottles of body sprays, lotions, butter, and eau de toilets that lined my bathroom vanity were much sweeter than a desert-filled episode of the Great British Baking Show. My rotation usually included the latest saccharine launch from Bath & Body Works; Britney Spears & # 39; Imagination (or Curious); a pure sugar scent that was not surprisingly called Pink Sugar; and everything else that my collection of glossy magazines like Seventeen, CosmoGirl and Teen Vogue advertised. If it smelled like a frosted baked cake with sprinkles or the Cinnabon booth in the mall, I wore it without a doubt. I will always love unapologetically sweet fragrances, but now my taste has developed into fragrance blends that are warm and woody, or ground with spices, leather, or classic flowers. Nevertheless, typical sweet notes like vanilla are often the centerpiece of my favorite perfume ever. They are just far less overwhelming. As a beauty editor, my desk is always full of perfume, so I decided to start a little experiment at the end of last year. Instead of sticking to my normal trajectory of characteristic fragrances, I went on perfume straps, if you like, in which I wore a different fragrance every day for about a month, noting which formulas I liked best and which ones Mixtures won most of the questions, comments and compliments. Looking back, I noticed something interesting: The top 10 fragrances all had a common, not so secret ingredient, vanilla (a result that very well proved my hypothesis that after seventh grade and outside the kitchen, vanilla is still relevant ). In the following I share the 10 best scents that I am currently obsessed with and which always bring me compliments from strangers and relatives. Scroll on! The best vanilla perfumes are right in front of you. Important fragrance notes: black pepper, juniper berries, leather chord, iris, violet, black amber, patchouli and vanilla. Get to know the Byredo fragrance that you have never heard of, but which you absolutely need. I realize that calling a fragrance "intoxicating" may sound dramatic, but I'm seriously addicted to this enveloping blend of black pepper, leather, patchouli, and vanilla, which is pretty astounding in retrospect, as I never consider myself a such would classify a lover of peppery fragrances. This is a deliciously smooth and velvety perfume that is sweet enough to feel elegant and lovely, but complex enough not to feel easy or like anything you have worn in junior high. In fact, I love it so much that I always have the hand cream ($ 45) and hair perfume ($ 75) on my bedside table. I feel like people in LA don't like to ask, "What are you wearing?" (the fear of looking cool or stubborn), but it happens again and again when I wear this Byredo fragrance and this Byredo fragrance alone. Important fragrances: bergamot, juniper berries, lemon, pepper, incense, iris, pine needle, amber, sandalwood and vanilla Important fragrance notes: ambrette, magnolia, sandalwood, violet, cedar, chantilly musk, crisp amber Important fragrance notes: amber, musk, patchouli, red fruits and vanilla. Entertaining fact: This best-selling fragrance from the legendary Krigler perfume house was worn by many members of the Hollywood royalty (and historical royalty) and was Jackie Onassi's signature fragrance. I know I just said that I am usually not a patchouli type, but this is another exception just because it is so beautiful. Though sweet, amber, musk, and patchouli grind all the obvious notes of saccharin from vanilla and red fruit, and basically turn into the most sophisticated version of the scents that you may have loved when you were younger than Britney Spears Fantasy. It's sweet, spicy, woody, and definitely one of the best vanilla perfumes you can buy for money. Important fragrance notes: aldehyde, geranium, musk, rose and violet Important fragrances: grapefruit, jasmine, neroli, orange blossom, white flowers, white musk, ylang-ylang Important fragrance notes: pepper essence, orange petals, patchouli, cypriol, tonka bean absolute, vanilla, cedarwood, vetiver. I've always been a big fan of Maison Margiela's lovely line of Eau de Toilettes, Replica, and one of the latest releases is this tasty (but far from clichéd) blend of coffee, pepper, vanilla, orange, and cedarwood. It's unlike anything I've ever smelled before, and the compliments have gotten hot since I've added it to my regular arsenal of scents. According to the brand, it is said to create the warm and soothing feeling of a coffee shop – creamy, volatile (especially in the middle of winter) and hearty with a hint of sweetness that reminds of pastries. It is a truly dreamy fragrance that deserves your attention. Important fragrance notes: water chord, coriander, essence from red seaweed Important fragrance notes: pear chord, lily of the valley chord, musk Important fragrance notes: orange blossom, honeysuckle, rose, vanilla, lush marshmallow. While the combination of vanilla and marshmallow sounds too sweet, trust me – it isn't. This is Rihanna's signature fragrance, and the earthy, fruity hits of orange and neroli give it a juicy and robust finish. I never wear it without compliments and it is by far one of the best "adult" vanilla perfumes on my vanity. You will be obsessed. Important fragrance notes: apricot, orange blossom, rose, tuberose absolute, jasmine and narcissus Important fragrance notes: ambrette seeds, almond milk, iris and musk Important fragrances: black coffee, white flowers and vanilla. Maybe I like this classic YSL fragrance because it's really wonderful if you're looking for some vanilla, but still very, very chic, or maybe I like Zoë Kravitz’s favorite fragrance. Or rather a combination of both. I love this fragrance because it feels light and mysterious at the same time. It's not too conventional, but it's not too complicated either. I keep it on my desk for the mornings when I need a boost of confidence. Important fragrance notes: lavender essence, orange blossom, musk chord Important fragrances: strawberry, raspberry, bergamot, pear, orange blossom, jasmine, white peony, patchouli, white musk, cedarwood, crystal moss Important scents: violet, neroli, freesia, jasmine, vanilla, coconut, sandalwood. Henry Rose (Michelle Pfeiffer is the founder!) Is the newest, chicest and most important line of fine fragrances you need to know. In total, it now has six truly breathtaking scents and Queens & Monsters is the latest edition. I was amazed at the attention it got in the office when I sprayed it on my desk. Thanks to sandalwood, it is a woody perfume, but it gets a fresh, creamy sweetness from gentle additives such as violets, vanilla, coconut and freesia. It is beautiful and like all Henry Rose fragrances, it is verified by the Environmental Working Group and certified by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. The brand is also known for its 100% transparency of the ingredients and the fact that its fragrances are free from endocrine disruptors, parabens, phthalates and carcinogens. Important fragrances: vanilla and vetiver Important fragrances: musk and honey neroli Important fragrances: citrus, rose, jasmine, white musk and vanilla. This is literally my favorite perfume ever, and pretty much everyone I've hugged while wearing this fragrance has agreed. It's been my signature since it was launched last year and the fact that Zendaya (my hero) is the face of this blend of vanilla, jasmine, citrus and musk makes it perfect. I've always been a Lancôme-Stan (in addition to Chanel – my mother wore some of his main fragrances), so it's a warm and blurry line of fragrances that is only underlined with this new debut. Important fragrance notes: apricot blossom, rose, lilac, iris, peach, amber, sandalwood, musk and vanilla Important fragrances: iris, patchouli, praline and vanilla Important fragrance notes: exotic woods, black amber, patchouli, night blooming jasmine and vanilla orchid. Honestly, I love almost every single perfume from Nest (Wild Poppy, Black Tulip Indigo and Blue Wysteria are my other standout features), but this one, Midnight Fleur, got me most of the questions and compliments. It's dark, pretty, and woody, but not overly earthy or pine, which I really appreciate. Important fragrances: pear, raspberry, apricot, jasmine and rose de grasse Important fragrances: black amber plum, pink pepper, Japanese violet and patchouli Important fragrances: cardamom, vetiver, vanilla and grapefruit. Jo Malone makes some of the best known and best known perfumes and over the years I have collected some favorites that always give me compliments. When I first sniffed this brand new debut, I had mixed feelings, but after it melted in my skin for a few hours, I quickly became intrigued. It's strong, but it has drawn more attention than my other standbies (listed below), and I'd bet this luxurious vanilla perfume will go down in history as one of the absolute best of the brand. Important fragrance notes: ambrette seeds, sea salt, sage Important fragrances: red apple, jasmine, rose, gilly flower, peony, suede Important fragrance notes: beeswax, caramelized benzoin, bitter almond, gaiac wood, tonka bean, absolutely Mexican black vanilla, black liquorice, sandalwood and coconut milk. This vanilla by Serge Lutens is extremely decadent and divine. It is my antidote when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed or have a day ahead that is scary. If you are a vanilla lover like me, this is a fragrance to worship. It is buttery, warm, woody and just so soft and rich. I love what Lutens said about this particular fragrance: "To describe Freud, it's not the bad that is regretted, but the good. Both the devil and the vanilla like black." Important fragrance notes: lavender, amber, tonka bean, iris, dry wood and incense Important fragrance notes: rose, violet, pink and black pepper and musk. Next: Every woman needs Chanel perfume at least once – these are the 5 best