This is why famous brands have been swift in the addition of caramel notes to the production of their perfumes. A sensual, rich, creamy, buttery laconic note that enriches gourmand perfumes and adds sweetness to floral compositions is definitely a scent fragrance industries do not want to miss.
Caramel Perfumes for Women
Pink Sugar by Aquolina
This is a floral fruity gourmand fragrance that combines notes of raspberry, orange, bergamot, cotton candy, licorice, red berries, lily of the valley, caramel, vanilla, musk, tonka bean and sandalwood. It was created by Givaudan and Shyamala Maisondieu and launched in 2004. It starts off with a fruity floral fresh scent featuring the raspberry and bergamot. Then proceeds to the sweeter notes of caramel, vanilla and red berries. Pink sugar is loved by many and it is quite inexpensive. The fragrance performance is great, with good longevity, sillage and projection.
Viva la Juicy’s Gold Couture
This is a gourmand sweet fruity fragrance that is much more than just a girlie fragrance. In addition to the berry-fruity notes, the other two main actors, caramel (not burnt sugar, more like toffee) and vanilla, have pushed to the front, a sweet-fruity dream. There is also a bit of amber and floral in the dry down which makes it wonderful. It gives fun and youthful vibes, and it smells so much better when the weather is cool. Also, it is not too strong or light. Its longevity is pretty short, around 3 hours, but a little longer on clothing (5 - 6 hours). Sillage is perfect, somewhere between moderate and intimate, leading to an influx of compliments from everyone!
Jessica Simpson’s Fancy
An Amber Vanilla fragrance that comprises a blend of apricot, red berries, caramel, almond, jasmine, and vanilla notes. It has a comfortable scent that radiates decently but not overbearingly. This is a perfume to wear when you're in a mood to have fun. There is this mix of apricot, caramel, and vanilla, which together make an adorably girlish and pretty fragrance. In the warm weather, it gives out this rich, creamy, slightly floral scent. However, in the cool weather, it’s cozy, warm, and divine. Longevity is roughly 5+ hours on the skin, but on clothes, it could last the whole day. The bottle even looks like it came out of a fairy-tale!
Bonbon by Viktor & Rolf
A sophisticated juicy fruit and liquid caramel that feels like absolute heaven! There is also a lingering bit of floral as well which makes it a floral fruity fragrance. Its major notes are peach, orange, caramel, orange amber, sandalwood, and cedar. The opening is citrusy, floral, and peachy. Bonbon smells like a fresh pulpy glass of sweet orange juice, without the "cleaner" citrus smell. It's bright fruity caramel scent dries down to pretty amber and woods, giving Bonbon a bit of warmth and depth. It has very good sillage, lasts for a while, about 5-6 hours. However, it doesn't project much if a little is sprayed. In summary, Bonbon manages to be cute whilst keeping it classy!
This is a amber vanilla perfume. Caramel is the main top note of this fragrance. The middle notes consists of musk and powdery notes while the base notes is made up of vanilla and benzoin. It is a girly fragrance that strikes the balance between expensive and sweet. Prada candy was created in 2011 by Daniela (Roche) Andrier. If you are looking for a caramel perfume for your wardrobe, Prada candy is a crowd favorite. It lasts up to 10 hours when sprayed. It's projection and sillage are moderate to strong.
Caramel Perfumes for Men
Mugler A* Men
This is a masterpiece from Mr. Jacques Huclier which is still on top in gourmand spicy category fragrances in 2021. It is a woody fragrance that combines lavender, mint, and spicy notes with caramel, patchouli, honey, milk middle notes, and coffee, patchouli, amber, sandalwood, and musk as base notes. Sensual and addicting so you would want to go easy on the trigger. At first, you are met with some tart, almost caramelized sugar/caramel. There is also this tar-like scent, making it quite dark. The coffee note with the mint tones the sweetness down making it a great combo. As it advances, you get a rich, milky, smooth vanilla sweetness. Its woody sweetness is sharp making it very masculine which is a great addition as well. It lasts up to over 8 hours then another 2 - 4 hours on the skin. Silage is really high as everyone will smell the fragrance as you walk by or if in a room. It is also an amazing gourmand for cold weather. Be sure not to spray too much or you could be overpowered.
Scandal Pour Homme by Jean Paul Gaultier
This is an amber woody fragrance for men who would like to smell sweet with a bit of machoness. Its major notes are clary sage, mandarin orange, caramel, tonka bean and vetiver. The opening is fresh, sweet, and aromatic. It then dries down to sweet chocolate with a bit of caramel. The caramel note in the fragrance is original, making it sophisticated. For men who like sweet fragrances, this is highly recommended. It is very suitable for night-outs and dates. Projection is very strong for the first 4 - 5 hours filling the whole room with a sweet caramel scent. Also, its longevity is 10 hours+ which makes the sweet scent remain for a very long time. Unlike other male fragrances, it is not too aggressive or too sweet. The dry down is subtle and classy that it never gets to the point of being boring or annoying.
Raghba Wood Intense by Lattafa
This is a strong smoky, sweet, and spicy fragrance for men. Its major notes are Caramel, Guaiac Wood, Licorice, Cedar, Sugar, Agarwood (Oud), Sandalwood, Cashmere Wood, Incense, Vanilla, Amber, Oakmoss, and Musk. Raghba opens with a sweet mesh of caramel, vanilla, and some woody notes. After it settles, there are some faint notes of oud, sandalwood, and amber that emerge as the fragrance blossoms. Its dry-down gives a harmony between the incense and licoricey notes which comes off with a different, real unique scent, that offers a bit of complexity. Longevity is more than 12 hours on the skin while the projection is within 3 - 6 feet for 3 - 4 hours. Its rich masculine fragrance is really worth every penny!
Pure XS Night by Paco Rabanne
This is an Amber Spicy fragrance for men. The major notes are Ginseng, Ginger, Cacao, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Caramel, and Myrrh. It starts off spicy as is typical of a lot of male fragrances, with a caramelized sugar coating, a little myrrh, and lots of vanilla. Its dry down is beautifully-crafted chocolate with tinges of patchouli and cinnamon. It has just the right amount of sweetness to balance the spicy. A perfect night-out fragrance with a gorgeous scent when on the skin. It lasts very long for up to 8-10 hours with pretty large silage. It's a crowd-pleaser that will definitely keep heads turning when you walk into a room.
Mauboussin Pour Lui in Black by Mauboussin
An Amber Woody fragrance for men which comprises of notes from Caramel, Italian Mandarin, Mint, Sage, Black Violet, Virginia Cedar, Benzoin, Guaiac Wood, and Indonesian Patchouli Leaf. It is warm, leaving the Vanilla and Caramel smooth with a hint of florals and wood on the dry down. It's a soft gourmand fragrance. However, at first, it is relatively strong, but then it softens as it settles. It lasts for about 7 - 8 hours. Silage is also very moderate. With two-three spritzes, you are ready to go!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is caramel scent?
A: It is a candy-like, sensual, rich, creamy buttery laconic note that enriches gourmand scents and adds sweetness to floral compositions.
Q: Why does caramel smell so good?
A: According to researchers, burnt sugar lasts up to 10 hours when sprayed. It's projection and sillage are moderate to strong, appear to be the main contributors to these odorant properties making caramel smell good.
Q: How would you describe vanilla caramel?
A: A signature vanilla caramel comprises lightly toasted coconut, burned caramel, vanilla bean, and a hint of oriental spices.
Final Words: With all that has been said about caramel and its lovely note in perfumes, we believe the next time you go shopping for your scents and fragrances, you will add a caramel fragrance to your perfume collection.
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