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Can you please recommend a 'Gourmand' perfume?

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Agnieszka Tue 24-Jan-23 03:12:29

Hello, Ladies.
I was wondering if anyone can help me choose a vanilla/chocolate cosy- type perfume, for one of my Grand Daughters?
It will be her birthday soon, and she has asked me to give her a nice Winter perfume, which she informs me is usually classed in the 'Gourmand' genre.
Why anyone would want to smell like a bar of chocolate defeats me......but of course at 30years old I would never question her tastes!!!!!
Perfumes though, are way out of my areas of expertise, and I am asking once again for your help.
Thank you for reading.

lemsip Tue 24-Jan-23 03:21:45
A gourmand fragrance is a perfume consisting primarily of synthetic edible (gourmand) notes, such as honey, chocolate, vanilla or candy. These top and middle notes may be blended with non-edible base notes such as patchouli or musk. They have been described as olfactory desserts.

Welshwife Tue 24-Jan-23 03:36:55

Angel is perhaps one which fits the bill.

CanadianGran Tue 24-Jan-23 04:02:02

If available in UK, check out The 7 Virtues fragrances. They source their fragrance oils from countries rebuilding from war or poverty, their motto is 'Make perfume, Not War' vetivier from Haiti, ethically sources vanilla, etc.

Some of their fragrances are considered gourmand;Vanilla Woods, or Blackberry Lily. I believe you can find them at Sephora UK.

pascal30 Tue 24-Jan-23 11:22:14

As these perfumes tend to be very expensive I would be tempted to ask her for her preference. or you can google them for descriptions. Prada seems to do a really lovely sounding one.

Pigma Tue 24-Jan-23 12:14:37

Perfume is such a personal thing and I know from experience they smell very different on different people. So I would suggest either a gift voucher for a ‘high end’ shop who are likely to stock fragrances that may fit the bill that she can try on her own skin or, alternatively, book a treat afternoon where you take her out to sample and then buy perfume combined with a lovely afternoon tea somewhere. I only have grandsons so that would be my idea of a heavenly girlie afternoon!

Yammy Tue 24-Jan-23 12:48:03

Jo Malone might be a good place to look. I think one of my DDs wears her fig and? or the White Company my DD always says he can taste it and he tells her not to use too much..
Angel is very heavy for my taste but could appeal to someone young.

toscalily Tue 24-Jan-23 13:18:03

I like Angel, a gourmand perfume. Everyone tells me I smell nice or wants to know what perfume I'm wearing when using but it is quite heavy, not for all occasions. Perfume is so personal that I think I would go along with the suggestion of giving a voucher unless your GD knows one she likes that you could get her. It is expensive and disappointing if you get it wrong.

NotSpaghetti Tue 24-Jan-23 16:53:55

Don't know your budget?..

Lira, by Xerjoff maybe.
Xerjoff do sample sets too.
A bit different.

Also what about some of the Tom Ford vanilla ones? They have a few now.

Bois D'Amande by Van Cleef & Arpel is chocolaty....

Don't think any are cheap.

CanadianGran Tue 24-Jan-23 17:16:40

NotSpaghetti, a co-worker wears a Tom Ford fragrance, and smells heavenly. I'm not sure which one it is, but it is definitely a warm wintery scent, possibly vanilla based.

NotSpaghetti Wed 25-Jan-23 20:50:31

Maybe Tobacco Vanille CanadianGran?
That's very popular. My husband and my daughter both have this but thete is a much newer vanilla type ones out now. I think the tobacco vanille is quite old now.
Tom Ford had a really lush one called Plum Japonais which has been discontinued. That was also
a gourmand type perfume ... but not chocolaty in my opinion.

Doodledog Wed 25-Jan-23 20:55:43

I love this one (Shay and Blue Salt Caramel).

They often have the handbag sizes on offer, so it's worth checking back.

CanadianGran Wed 25-Jan-23 21:15:50

I'm not sure NotSpaghetti, but the next time I am in a larger centre I will have a look around for Tom Ford fragrances and test them out!

I tend to wear a light citrus or or woody fragrances, but some of the gourmande ones do attract me. They seem more of an evening fragrance to me.

I know some people wear the same fragrance for years, but there are just so many to enjoy! It would be like settling on just one type of chocolate!

Callistemon21 Wed 25-Jan-23 21:25:06

Well, you live and learn!
I've heard of vanilla fragranced candles.

Although DGD did tell me I smelt like a lemon the other day 😄
Vervaine by L'Occitane!

silverlining48 Wed 25-Jan-23 23:09:51

Gourmand perfume is a new one to me. I learn so much from GN

Agnieszka Fri 27-Jan-23 03:11:21

Hello everyone
I am sorry to have taken so long to respond to your kind suggestions.
I have now spoken to my Grand-daughter, and she agrees that maybe it would be best, if she herself chose a perfume and I just paid the bill!!!!!
I did not realize how expensive perfumes had become these days, and I did not really want to spend a lot of money, on a gift which she would perhaps not totally appreciate.
We will venture forth into the town centre at the week-end, so she can make her selection and then we will enjoy a nice lunch somewhere.
Thank you for reading.

FannyCornforth Fri 27-Jan-23 07:14:05


I love this one (Shay and Blue Salt Caramel).

They often have the handbag sizes on offer, so it's worth checking back.

I bought myself that for Christmas!
Also Tonka Angelica which is gourmand too.
Unfortunately I don’t think that their silage or throw is that impressive, especially as they are EDP

Agnieszka you’ve made the right decision.
Have a lovely day, and make sure that you treat yourself too!

NotSpaghetti Fri 27-Jan-23 08:37:51

I think it's a good idea too Agnieszka as they all change so much on the skin.

Smell several on cards. Spray the best 2 or 3 on skin. Go away for coffee and you will find they have changed quite a lot.

Have a lovely day.

Just thought, our noses get confused after sniffing... so be prepared to walk away and go back if there are lots to smell.
I hope you have a good shop with excellent staff who may be able to guide your granddaughter.

What a great trip! I love choosing perfumes! 💃

MawtheMerrier Fri 27-Jan-23 08:41:00

Unfortunately I don’t think that their silage or throw is that impressive, especially as they are EDP
Are these technical terms FannyC ?
“Silage” ? eurgh!

FannyCornforth Fri 27-Jan-23 08:44:12

It’s sillage
Oops. Silly me blush

Doodledog Mon 06-Feb-23 23:08:42

Just a bump to say that Shay and Blue have a bundle offer on. They are really good value, and I think the Salt Caramel one counts as gourmand if the OP is still looking.
It's here.

NotSpaghetti Tue 07-Feb-23 06:55:53

Agnieszka have you been shopping yet? Just interested to know what she chose!

Agnieszka Wed 08-Feb-23 01:58:45

Hi Not Spaghetti
Yes, we had a lovely time shopping for her perfume, and then lunch in her favourite Bistro.
Renatka chose Prada Candy, and it is beautiful on her skin.
A very comforting scent which I hope she will enjoy using.
Thank you ladies once again, for all the valuable input.

NotSpaghetti Wed 08-Feb-23 07:14:36

So pleased that you did this together and that she found one that she likes and that "works" for her.

I think many women remember their first really fabulous perfume. I know I do. She will always remember this day with you.

toscalily Wed 08-Feb-23 08:47:02

Pleased to hear your granddaughter found a perfume she likes and you enjoyed a day out together.