Vanilla's sweet and playful scent has made it one of the most popular notes in perfume. It provides a unique sweetness that can't be duplicated with any other accord.
Despite its dominance in the fragrance industry, vanilla is often associated more with perfumes than colognes because of it's naturally sweet character. Vanilla has been known for centuries to be an aphrodisiac which makes it a natural choice for fragrances guaranteed to drive your loved ones crazy (whether they are male or female). Although vanilla features prominently in many women’s perfumes, its versatility means you could wear this as a masculine vanilla scent too!
In the following guide we will be looking at the top 10 men's vanilla fragrances on the market.
Which is the best men's vanilla cologne? So many exceptional fragrances to choose from! But for pure elegance and luxury, I recommend the unusual floral and leather Valentino Uomo Intense Eau de Parfum.
Our List Of The Best Men's Vanilla Cologne
1. Valentino Uomo Intense Eau de Parfum For Men
Uomo Intense is a floral and leather fragrance - sweet and intoxicating - and quite possibly one of the best vanilla fragrances for men ever created!
Uomo Intense has a bold, masculine and elegant opening with leather, and spicy accords. Spicy clary sage contributes to the sweetness and leathery feel. The mandarin orange is a soft note in the background. Then the leather and iris fully develop, with the iris creating a mild and powdery accord. The leather is the most prominent note: aromatic, bold, dark, refined and elegant. The tonka and vanilla are the sweetening notes. Noticeable but not as strong as the leather, they produce a delectable gourmand touch.
Uomo Intense is very long lasting with a moderate projection and strong sillage. This perfume is sure to warm up any cold fall or winter night! Wear it for special or formal events.
Top Notes: Mandarin orange, Clary sage
Middle Notes: Iris and Tonka bean
Base Notes: Vanilla, Leather
2. Mancera Sand Aoud Eau de Parfum
Sand Aoud is a lovely warm spicy woody fragrance for men and women, but leans decidedly more masculine. Fresh and appealing, the oud is rather delicate and combines well with the spices and incense.
The opening has a dry sweetness mixed with spices and some oud. The real magic happens about an hour in when the oud fades and the woody scent, vanilla and musk come in. The scent turns into a warm, sweet, but still dry vanilla that is thoroughly enjoyable and very relaxing.
Sand Aoud is a strong fragrance, lasting up to 8 hours from just two sprays. This is a fall and winter vanilla scent for day as well as evening wear. It projects really well, and the sillage is strong. A beautifully mature perfume, Sand Aoud is for meant special occasions rather than every day wear.
Top Notes: Spices, Black currant
Middle Notes: Saffron, Incense, Rose
Base Notes: Oud, Patchouli, Vanilla, White musk
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3. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum
One of the best vanilla fragrances, Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille is a very special amber spicy scent with gorgeous sweet vanilla and spice. Although it is marketed as a unisex fragrance, this fragrance is more masculine in character.
This is a special fragrance made from high quality ingredients. First and foremost I smell a delicious combination of spicy cloves and cinnamon notes - these persist throughout the life of the fragrance on one's skin. Then an earthy, sweet tobacco note opens up. It is warm, sweet, and comforting, made a bit zesty and uplifting by the spices.
The complex vanilla fragrance in Tobacco Vanille is smooth and woody. The longer it sits on the skin, the sweeter it becomes. This fragrance is perfectly balanced and downright joyful!
Dark and rich, Tobacco Vanille is perfect for cold fall and winter nights. It projects well and the sillage is strong. Tobacco Vanille is a very long lasting scent - from 8 to 10 hours. This vanilla scented cologne will keep you warm and smelling delicious on any special evening.
Interested in learning more about Tom Ford fragrances? Be sure to have a look at the Best Tom Ford Perfumes For Men.
Top Notes: Tobacco leaf, Spicy notes
Middle Notes: Vanilla, Cacao, Tonka bean, Tobacco blossom
Base Notes: Dried fruits, Woody notes
4. Paco Rabanne Pure XS Eau de Toilette
An aromatic spicy fragrance for men, Pure XS is a young, very seductive sweet vanilla fragrance. You may also be interested in viewing our list of the best cologne for young men.
Pure XS opens with sweet ginger and grapefruit. The opening is pleasant, aromatic, intense, fresh and syrupy. The thyme and the green notes add a soft spicy and green grass touch. Just a moment later the apple becomes noticeable and it combines well with the grapefruit. Then the creamy vanilla adds a very sweet aromatic touch. The leather and liquor are soft notes, just adding some depth to the fragrance. As the perfume begins to dry down, the cedar, woody, and cashmeran add their accords to the blend, but also very softly. The sugar note is intense and very syrupy. The patchouli is a just a green whiff.
Pure XS is long lasting with a moderate projection and sillage. It is very versatile and can just as easily be worn to the office as on a night out.
Top Notes: Ginger, Thyme, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Green notes
Middle Notes: Vanilla, Liquor, Cinnamon, Leather, Apple
Base Notes: Myrrh, Sugar, Cedar, Woody notes, Cashmeran, Patchouli
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5. Roja Enigma Extrait de Parfum by Roja Parfums
Roja Enigma is an amber spicy fragrance for men. Sweet, boozy and warm, Roja Enigma is just perfect for cooler weather.
Enigma opens with the famous Coca-Cola accord which it is known for (thanks to the combination of Cognac with ginger, cardamom and bergamot). It is beautiful and unique. As the fragrance moves to the heart, it becomes a little bit powdery, mainly due to the heliotrope. In addition, a beautiful jasmine note appears. After that, the fragrance moves to a sweet, warm and cozy base as the benzoin and vanilla step forward. The tobacco is present throughout, but it is in the background.
Enigma is great for fall and winter, and can be worn during the day and at night. It is very long lasting, with a strong projection and very strong sillage.
Top Note: Bergamot
Middle Notes: Heliotrope, Jasmine, Neroli, Rose de Mai, Geranium
Base Note: Cognac, Vanilla, Benzoin, Tobacco, Ginger, Ambergris, Cardamom, Sandalwood, Pepper, Patchouli
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6. Jean Paul Gaultier "Le Male" Le Parfum
Le Male is an amber perfume for men - a very pleasant, warm and inviting vanilla scent. The vanilla paired with cardamom is delicious and addictive.
Warm, sensual, enveloping sweet cardamom opens the fragrance. Then a powdery iris becomes noticeable, and a gorgeous lavender comes forward. The base is exotic, oriental and woody. Beautiful vanilla adds a soft slightly sweet tone to the scent.
A beautiful warm dark perfume, Le Male is perfect for cold date nights in fall and winter. This is quite a long lasting vanilla scent; the projection is moderate, as is the sillage.
Top Note: Cardamom
Middle Notes: Lavender, Iris
Base Notes: Vanilla, Oriental notes, Woodsy notes
7. By The Fireplace By Maison Martin Margiela
By The Fireplace is a woody unisex fragrance, but the strong, crisp spicy notes are very masculine. The smoky spicy vanilla makes for a warm nostalgic scent.
By The Fireplace opens with a burst of pepper softened by sweet orange blossom. This vanilla scent smells like a warm and inviting fireplace from the very beginning. It settles into chestnuts surrounded by the sweetness of Peru balsam and a touch of woods. The sweet spiciness of vanilla and the juniper note makes one think of Christmas.
This lovely comforting scent is quite long lasting with a moderate sillage. Wear it on cold fall and winter nights to warm up your heart!
Top Notes: Cloves, Pink pepper, Orange blossom
Middle Notes: Chestnut, Guaiac wood, Juniper
Base Notes: Vanilla, Peru balsam, Cashmeran
8. Allure Homme Edition Blanche Eau de Parfum By Chanel
Allure Homme Edition Blanche is an amber fragrance for men. Unusual among the vanilla fragrances for men, it is a soft, creamy, lemony fragrance ideal for warm weather.
This vanilla scent opens with a lot of lemon and bergamot, which makes it very fresh. The pink pepper ads a sparkling touch. After a while the citrus fades and gives way to the sweetness of tonka and vanilla. Vetiver and cedar prevent the vanilla from becoming too sweet. Allure Homme Edition Blanche is very refined and classy, and the way it evolves over time is just beautiful.
Allure Homme Edition Blanche is a lovely perfume particularly to wear on warm spring and summer days. It has good projection, but that does not last very long as this perfume turns into more of a skin scent. The sillage is moderate.
Notes: Sicilian lemon, Madagascar vanilla, Pink pepper, Calabrian bergamot, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Tahitian vetiver, Musk, Amber, Cedar
9. Givenchy Gentleman Eau de Parfum
Gentleman is a woody aromatic fragrance for men - a very complex, unique and beautiful composition that is nevertheless quite cozy. It is elegant, classy, and smooth like a gentleman's fragrance should be.
The opening is sweet, rich and bold: it opens with a spicy dry woody feel and then grows a beautiful floral heart accord. The orris root keeps it powdery throughout. The vanilla balsam makes for a lovely dry down.
Great for a night out or a formal event, Gentleman lasts a long time - up to 7 hours, but it stays close to the skin. The projection is mild and the sillage moderate.
Top Notes: Black pepper, Lavender, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Orris, Cloves, Cinnamon
Base Notes: Black vanilla husk, Tolu balsam, Patchouli, Tonka bean, Benzoin
10. Armani Code Absolu
Armani Code Absolu is an amber spicy fragrance - a gorgeous scent - very smooth and well-balanced.
It opens with fresh and fruity green mandarin and apple notes - very invigorating and vibrant. The suede is also present. A few minutes after the opening, the orange blossom comes up, adding a soft citrus floral accent which enhances the green mandarin. The nutmeg adds a very soft touch, while the carrot seeds add a sweet and earthy vanilla scent.
In the dry down the suede becomes stronger, and the tonka and vanilla sweeten the blend. The woody notes combine well with the suede and add a great base to the fragrance.
Very versatile, Armani Code Absolu can be worn just about anywhere for any occasion but it's warmth makes it most suitable for fall and winter. It has good longevity and projection, and the sillage is strong.
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Top Notes: Green mandarin, Apple
Middle Notes: Nutmeg, Orange blossom, Carrot seeds
Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka bean, Suede, Woody notes
Vanilla fragrances for men are becoming very popular. It's not a surprise that vanilla has begun to dominate the male fragrance scene. The best men's vanilla scent we have reviewed all use this crowd-pleasing ingredient to tremendous effect.
If you are new to the world of fragrances you may want to check out our men's cologne guide for beginners.