The world of perfume can appear so elitist and sophisticated with all those sparkling, shiny bottles of French scent with the impossible-to-understand titles that it’s easy to see how you could become overwhelmed to start wearing any.
Perfume should always be a fun and exciting treat for the senses, and not a way to make anyone feel small. And to prove it, there’s even a perfume style that’s designed to be as fun as possible to wear.
Gourmand (you pronounce it like GORE-mahnd) scents are perfumes that are made from dessert notes, and not just any desserts, but the best ones – decadent vanilla, spicy coffee and chocolate, sticky caramel and even cotton candy! (True Fact: Back in 1992, Thierry Mugler came out with a perfume called Angel, which was built around a super-sweet cotton candy and patchouli combination that is still one of the best-selling fragrances today.)
Another cool thing about gourmands is that they’re also pretty damn sexy. Vanilla has always been a known aphrodisiac, and chocolate speaks for itself. And what’s best about gourmands is you never have to worry about if you can wear them or not – there’s no dieting in perfume!
No matter what the season or occasion is, there’s a gourmand scent that will be entirely appropriate, and who wouldn’t want a shelf full of sexy perfumes to choose from any time they liked?
Here are a few to get you started:
This one’s for the bubblegum-blasting, all the scary rides at the Fair riding, loud and proud crazy girls. Pink Sugar Sensual is a cotton candy stick a mile high, and sugary-sweet for days. It’s pure fun in a bottle, to be worn when the top’s down and the sun’s out and someone else is driving because margaritas. The black currant, orange blossom and vanilla notes will keep up with you and your friends as long as you like.
This is a brand-new scent from the iconic French house of Guerlain, and it’s a powerhouse Tahitian vanilla-based scent. This is as sophisticated as you can get in a gourmand – every note is deeply infused into the fragrance, with astounding longevity and a three-dimensional vividness. If you want your cake and eat it, too – beware, this cake is from the finest French bakery in history, and one slice is more than enough to instantly satisfy any craving you have.
This perfume is exactly what it says on the tin. Chocolate, coffee and vanilla in rich, sensual spoonfuls from beginning to end, with a little bitter orange as a garnish. This is a gourmand to end all gourmands, and exactly what to wear when the tiny dessert menu appears after a languorous, expensive dinner.