While sweet perfumes kinda get the reputation that they are just for young girls, I believe every women at some point love sweet perfumes, and they are actually starting to get even more mainstream.
Today, there are many popular high fashion houses launching sweet perfumes, which makes access to their scents even easier for everyone to try, too!
Not only that, everyone around you will love it too – sweet perfumes tend to be the most, loved by all types of people. You are sure to get tons of compliments with a sweet perfume.
My Top 10 Best Sweet Perfumes
Where you’re looking for a super girly sweet perfume, or a more grown up sweet scent, here are some of the absolute, best sweet perfumes on the market today…
There’s only 4 words to describe this perfume: cupcake in a bottle. Seriously! This is one of the sweetest, girlies scents available. Notes include cupcake accord, white chocolate… and I didn’t pay attention after that, they had me at “cupcake”. Though the bottle may make you think it’s very “little girl”, I know plenty of grown ups who wear and love this perfume.
This indie scent the epitome of a macaron-in-a-bottle. Notes include sugar cane, coconut milk and vanilla orchid, so expect a VERY sweet scent, although there is still a a slight freshness to this. The art on the perfume bottle itself says it the best, it’s sort of that sweet perfume that is feels very “renaissance”.
In collaboration between perfumer Olivier Cresp and Vincent Lemains, the master chef of the famous Parisian patisserie of Ladurée (aka Macaron Heaven), their goal was to make a scent that “makes you want to eat it”. I call this the high fashion sweet perfume.
Demeter is a cult perfume brand that makes healthy, natural single note fragrances – think of “rain” or even “sushi”. As you can imagine, they have become very popular because of it. And they really do single note perfumes best. This really does smell like vanilla cake batter, and you can bet you’ll get tons of compliments from this one!
Sometimes all you need is good old vanilla, and Vanillary is a simple, no-fuss, sweet perfume. There is something a bit more grown up about this vanilla though, so if you’re looking for a cookies and creme, warm and slightly mature smell, try this. Also, one word springs to mind when I smell this scent and that is cozy.
The fact that the top note is “sugar” explains it all. This has to be one of the most luxurious sweet perfume I’ve ever come across – so sweet it’s sinful! You’ll definitely feel the love for this scent. I discovered it since I love Laura Mercier makeup, and saw that they had a beautiful bath & body product line as well. I went straight to this one, and wow! What a delight.
Dior makes some of the best perfumes, period. (Check out Top 10 Best French Perfumes for Women for more.) And Hypnotic Poison, a flanker of the original Poison perfume, hold its own. It’s an oriental vanilla fragrance that is super popular for being a classic “date night” perfumes. Which of course, is that surprising with a name like that?
8. Prada Candy
High fashion design house Prada noticed the market’s love for sweet perfumes, and released Candy, the “high fashion” version of all things sweet. The caramel, powdery mix is equal parts sweet and girly but also grown up and seductive. Think a soft, powdery sweet scent.
Fancy has got to be one of the better celebrity fragrances out there, and it’s a shame that it’s not more popular. In fact, I hold it in such high regard, I wrote a whole review post on it. It’s just beautiful. A grand performance of a perfume, if you will.
Better grab this one fast though, I have a feeling it will be discounted.
Pink Sugar is touted as the cult favorite, all time best sweet perfume, and if you love sweet scents, this is a must try. It kinda smells like cotton candy in perfume form, and has a very… how do I say this? A Lolita feel to it. It has that innocence of youth essence about it, and that is why it’s one of the most popular preteen scents around. I reckon if you’re young at heart, you’ll love this super sweet, sugary scent.
Bonus: 5 More of the Best Sweet Perfumes to Try!
Yes, there are so many amazing sweet perfumes that I can’t just limit myself to 10! While the above 10 are the best sweet perfumes, here are 5 more that are also worth your time and money:
11. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire
Here’s one of the best french perfumes for women – a famous “sweet perfume” which translates to The Little Black Dress, this perfume is the perfect accessory to any date night. It smells like sweet champagne in a bottle, therefore making this scent a very “expensive” sweet perfume. Available on Amazon.
12. YSL Black Opium
A fairly new launch, YSL’s Black Opium is a delicious mix of vanilla, white flowers and coffee. It’s sugary sweet but with a slight depth (that’ll be the coffee) and fruity floral with it’s other notes of pear and jasmine. Someone said that it smells like a box of chocolate with a hint of vanilla, and I’d agree. This is definitely a high-fashion sweet perfume but it still has depth. You’ll definitely get a lot of compliments from this one, it’s a crowd pleaser for sure! Available at Amazon and YSL Beauty UK.
13. Thierry Mugler Angel
Angel is a classic and when it was first launched, it was the only “gourmand” sweet perfume – in fact, this would be the original sweet perfume on the whole list! It was after the success of Angel that other perfumers saw that there is a demand for sweet perfumes and more gourmand, warm, sweeter scents. This is a must-try that is still so modern and a best-seller today. Available on Bloomingdales and Amazon.
14. Jane Booke Taken
Indie perfume brand Jane Booke aimed to create the “perfect vanilla” perfume, and I’d say they pretty much got it – the people around you will really be “taken” (sorry, I had to) with this sweet scent. It is a stunning scent, and because it’s indie, you may be the only one wearing it! Other notes include mango, peach and chocolate. Available at Amazon.
15. Benefit So Hooked on Carmella
This one smells like a Bailey’s drink in perfume form, and I love it! It’s a creamy, more heavy scent, so keep the spritzes to the minimum – this one packs quite the punch. A perfect creamy, sweet perfume, in a small enough bottle to keep in your handbag. (Although the staying power is so good, you really won’t need it!) Available on Amazon – be quick though, I hear it’ll be discontinued.
Why You’ll Love Sweet Perfumes
I hope you enjoyed my picks for the best sweet perfumes, and will get one for yourself. I cannot recommend enough getting a sweet perfume because they hold such amazing feelings and memories, and I wish that for you too!
To me, sweet perfumes are the ultimate sign of having fun. It reminds me of the fun of being a girl, dressing up for special occasions, summer, and just enjoying our femininity!
It especially reminds me of youth, high school, and that feeling of being excited for the future and what’s to come. Summer nights, rollercoasters, being a teen, first love… sweet perfumes can all capture that beautifully. I hope that your sweet perfume too, can remind you of that youthful fun, that femininity and girliness we all love.
The Best Date Night Perfumes…
While I think that perfumes should be all about what you love and you should be wearing perfume for yourself, if there is a perfume you would like that you hope your man will love too, or perhaps for a date, this is it!
It has been scientifically proven (well, as much as “science” can prove it of course!) and reported in several women’s magazines that sweet perfumes, especially vanilla perfumes, are men’s favorite and the ones they love the most.
I can vouch for it too – I have a lot of male friends, and I have noticed they always compliment me when I’m wearing a sweet perfume over a normal perfume, and I have been told many times by them that they favorite scent is vanilla.
So from my list, if you are looking for a scent that your man will love too, the most vanilla-based sweet perfumes such as Vanillary, Hypnotic Poison, Taken and Vanilla Cake Batter. I’m sure your man will love it!
A tip to remember with sweet perfumes…
OK, so maybe I’ve convinced you about how great sweet perfumes are. And while they are awesome, you have to remember the following:
Sometimes, sweet perfumes can get too sweet – yes, there is a thing as “too” sweet! And having a too sweet perfume is not pleasant for those around you, so it’s always good to remember to keep it subtle. When perfumes are overdone – meaning you’ve sprayed too much – it can actually then be a completely turn off, especially more so with sweet scents. You don’t want to be able to be smelt from across the room!
And the thing is, it’s so easy to make sure you’re wearing a sweet perfume properly: just don’t spray a lot of it on! It’s that simple.
Remember my interview with a master perfumer? (He’s there, above.) We talked about perfumes, especially celebrity perfumes – which are all very sweet – and he said that today, celebrity fragrances are too sweet that they are doing more harm than good, and that it actually repulses anyone over the age of pre-teen years.
My personal recommendation is to make sure to only using a maximum of 2 spritz of your sweet perfume, one areas that are recommended as I wrote in French Girl Perfume Secrets – there seriously know what they are doing when it comes to perfume!