Rising up, the bottles of physique sprays, lotions, butters, and eau de toilettes that lined my toilet vainness had been far sweeter than a desert-filled episode of The Nice British Baking Present. My rotation usually included the newest cloyingly saccharine launch from Tub & Physique Works; Britney Spears’s Fantasy (or Curious); a pure-sugar scent that, not surprisingly, was referred to as Pink Sugar; and the rest my assortment of shiny magazines like Seventeen, CosmoGirl, and Teen Vogue was promoting. If it smelled like a frosted bakehouse cookie with sprinkles or the Cinnabon stand on the mall, I used to be—indubitably—sporting it. 

I am going to at all times love unapologetically candy scents, however now my tastes have graduated to perfume blends which can be heat and woodsy or grounded with spices, leathers, or basic florals. That stated, signature candy notes like vanilla are sometimes on the coronary heart of my all-time-favorite perfumes. They’re simply far much less overpowering. Being a magnificence editor and all, my desk is at all times overflowing with fragrance, so I made a decision to begin a little bit experiment late final 12 months. As an alternative of sticking to my regular trajectory of signature fragrances, I went on a perfume-wearing spree, if you’ll, during which I wore a unique scent day by day for about of month, paying attention to which formulation I favored greatest and which blends gained me essentially the most questions, feedback, and compliments. In overview, I observed one thing intriguing: The highest 10 scents all had a standard, not-so-secret ingredient, vanilla (a outcome that very a lot proved my speculation that vanilla continues to be related publish–seventh grade and out of doors the kitchen).

Beneath, I am sharing the highest 10 fragrances I am at the moment obsessive about and which by no means did not earn me compliments from strangers and family members alike. Hold scrolling! The very best vanilla perfumes lie simply forward.