Dessert people, rejoice—there’s a fragrance family specifically made for you. Gourmand scents are made for people who would rather eat desserts first (or skip savory food entirely). Simply put, gourmand scents smell good enough to eat. Gourmand perfumes are filled with mouth-watering edible notes like candy, caramel, vanilla, almond, peach, cherry, coffee, and honey.
Though not for everyone, these perfumes are much more versatile than you probably think. When people think of gourmand scents, they tend to think that they’ll smell sickeningly sweet. In reality, however, many gourmand scents are incredibly complex and wearable. At this point, fragrance houses have nailed making dessert-flavored scents that are sweet and rich without veering cloying. Keep reading for our favorite gourmand scents in every category.
Best Candy Gourmand Scents
Best Caramel Gourmand Scents
Key notes: salted caramel, pistachio, vanilla
This is the scent to reach for if you want to smell like dessert, full stop. Caramel, pistachio, and vanilla meld together for a fragrance that smells like an incredibly indulgent ice cream sundae.
Best Vanilla Gourmand Scents
Key notes: freesia, plum, amber, cashmere woods, vanilla beans, cistus oil
Byredo's Vanille Antique is not your usual vanilla scent. This fragrance takes vanilla and turns it on its head—the note morphs into something smoky, earthy, and deep, while still being unmistakably vanilla.
Best Almond Gourmand Scents
Best Peach Gourmand Scents
Key notes: Pêche de Vigne, blood orange, patchouli
In France, the "pêche de vigne" (or peach of the grapevine) a type of heirloom peach that's only available for a few weeks in late August. This fragrance is bursting with pêche de vigne and blood orange oil for a peachy fragrance that's juicy but not cloying.
Best Cherry Gourmand Scents
Key notes: black cherry, tonka bean, almond.
At their worst, cherry-centric scents smell like cough syrup. At their best, they open up beautifully in a way that's both deep and juicy. Tom Ford's Black Cherry is a cherry scent at its best—potent, seductive, and dripping in sticky sweetness without being too sweet.
Best Coffee Gourmand Scents
Key notes: black coffee, white flowers, vanilla
Coffee and vanilla are the perfect pair—there's a reason Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is so popular. Add in white flowers, and you have a truly unique combination that smells good on everyone.
Best Honey Gourmand Scents
Key notes: dark rum, honey, vanilla bean
If you swear up and down that you don't like sweet scents, Ellis Brooklyn Bee will turn you into a convert. This blend of rum, honey, and vanilla smells like ice cream melting off of a cone in mid-summer heat, and one whiff is never enough.