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6 Fragrances for dessert lovers

6 Fragrances for dessert lovers.

Rich chocolate layer cakes. Sumptuous warm toffee cakes. Sweet and tart fruit galettes. Creamy vanilla custard. The art of baking and the craft of blending luxury fragrances have gone hand-in-hand for more than a century. That’s because the sweet gourmand notes of dark chocolate, Bourbon vanilla, honey from Provence, smooth caramel, toffee and fruits of all sizes and shapes have been popular ingredients in perfumers’ palettes. Scent enthusiasts find these fragrances comforting and reassuring.

“During the 1980s, almost every fragrance was finished with a vanilla note,” explains perfumer Kilian Henessy. “Vanilla came to define the decade in perfumery because people found it reassuring.” It’s interesting to note that vanilla has once again become hugely popular in modern fragrance compositions.

He says that gourmand ingredients are almost exclusively used in base notes as they have longevity and blend well with woods, patchouli and musk. A gourmand note can last upwards of five hours in an eau de parfum. They also perform particularly well during cooler months.

Scent Lodge has selected six exceptional fragrances with rich, high quality gourmand notes. When it comes to sweet ingredients, quality plays a huge role. When perfumers have the budget to invest in premium chocolate, vanilla and caramel notes, you can immediately smell the results. Vanilla in particular varies wildly from budget varieties to ultra-prestige versions. You’ll smell the difference in these six scents.

philipp plein No Limits
philipp plein No Limits

Philipp Plein No Limits

Gourmand notes: dark chocolate, Bourbon vanilla, ginger, cinnamon & caramel

Master perfumer Alberto Morillas achieves the perfect balance of chocolate, ginger and cinnamon in this rich, sexy scent for men. At first sniff, you can smell the dark chocolate, but it isn’t overpowering. Morillas is able to get all these spices to blend seamlessly.

Chopard Vanille de Madagascar
Chopard Vanille de Madagascar

Chopard Vanille de Madagascar

Gourmand notes: vanilla, caramel, tea,  

Swiss luxury jeweller Chopard has created a modern-day masterpiece with this vanilla-themed fragrance. That’s because the brand uses the absolute finest quality vanilla in the world which isn’t overly sweet. It has an almost dry character with beautiful nuance. The caramel note adds a touch of sweetness and the tea calms.

Atkinsons Pirate's Reserve
Atkinsons Pirate’s Reserve

Atkinsons Pirate’s Reserve

Gourmand notes: rum accord, Madagascar vanilla, heliotrope cocoa bean

For anyone who enjoys a dessert of glorious chocolate and aged rum, this fragrance is for you. It channels the spirit of Caribbean vacations when you sit under palm trees sipping exotic drinks and watch the ocean waves. This is particularly good in cold winter weather as the rum gives a kick of warmth.

versace crystal noir
versace crystal noir

Versace Crystal Noir

Gourmand notes: black fig, black currant, vanilla

When perfumers want to create a sexy evening fragrance, they will often reach for black fig. This a vastly underappreciated note in fragrance as it adds a sweet, slightly fruity note that blends beautifully with warm vanilla. Black currant keeps the composition from becoming too sweet with a little tart note.

moschino fresh gold
moschino fresh gold

Moschino Fresh Gold

Gourmand notes: grapefruit, mandarin, pear, white peach, mango, rhubarb, vanilla

If your idea of the ultimate dessert is a fresh fruit galette with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Moschino Fresh Gold is for you. It’s a refreshing blend of citrus, smooth pear & peach and tart mango and rhubarb. Sweet vanilla brings all these ingredients together into a seamless fragrance that is light and uplifting.

jimmy choo by jimmy choo
jimmy choo by jimmy choo

Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum

Gourmand notes: toffee, orange, pear

Dessert chefs have paired toffee, orange and pear for years into sumptuous desserts. Smooth sweet toffee wraps around the orange and pear to decadent effect. This is an incredibly sexy fragrance.

17 Comments

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    Shawn
    October 8, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Chopard Vanille de Madagascar sounds like one my wife would love.

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    Angela Citrigno
    October 7, 2020 at 9:19 am

    I want them all 🥰 😍🥰. The fragrance descriptions and pairings of desserts 😋😋😋😋😋😋. Desserts fragrance for your nose and delicious desserts for your tummy. Win, win @959angela

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    Cynthia M Sacks
    October 3, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    I think I would esp love Chopard Vanille de Madagascar. The caramel and vanilla reminds me of Angel’s praline and vanilla! @cindy_sacks

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    Heather Schell
    October 2, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I want them ALL!!!!
    😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
    @heagiedonald

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    Carolyn Belair
    October 2, 2020 at 6:47 am

    They all sound decadent! I think I would love them all.

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    Katarina Gratton
    October 2, 2020 at 12:09 am

    I only ever had a small tester of Versace Crystal Noir, but I loved it so much!

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    Phern Spencer
    October 1, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    They all sound amazingly scrumptious!!! Will look for them💖💖💖

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    Tracy
    October 1, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Love the Jimmy Choo bottle.

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    September Dee
    October 1, 2020 at 10:34 am

    I really do love the Versace Crystal Noir!!! The Moschino Fresh Gold sounds like one I’d like to try based on th3 yummy notes.

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    Marla Veis
    October 1, 2020 at 10:09 am

    I have tried the Versace but none of the others and I would love to try them . Gourmand are my favorite fragrances especially Angel

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    Rhonda Stefani
    October 1, 2020 at 8:45 am

    My wishlist, love gourmand notes & these sound incredible!

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    Leslie Mortimer
    October 1, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Very tasty

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    Andrea Leger
    October 1, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Yummy 😋

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    Lisa
    October 1, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Wow these all sound like my cup of tea. I am especially intrigued by Chopard Vanille de Madagascar!

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    Sherri Gelbart
    September 30, 2020 at 12:44 am

    OMG this made me crave something sweet so badly! I also really want to find samples of all of these fragrances! I recently discovered that I quite like gourmand scents that don’t smell like they are made for teenagers so this article is perfect for me.

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    Mariola daher
    September 29, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    Chopard Vanille de Madagascar sounds like such a great scent 😍😍

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