What is a Gourmand Fragrance?
In French, the word “gourmand” means “greedy.” It translates into something so enticing that you want more – that’s a worthy goal for a fragrance. When I hear the word gourmand, I think edible. Gourmand fragrances are inspired by aromatic foods like vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, and even tobacco. They exude a delicious, seductive aroma with a warm personality, and they’re an excellent choice for applying in cool weather.
Gourmand fragrances are trending, and major perfume houses offer some delicious offerings. Thierry Mugler’s Angel perfume for women is famous for being the first blockbuster gourmand perfume. My wife has worn Angel for years as her signature scent, and I never tire of it.
While edible ingredients influence gourmand fragrances, they are blend of minor and main accords that makeup the scent. You will not smell like a chocolate store or coffee shop. In a search to find a gourmand fragrance for myself, I put together a list of my favorite gourmand colognes in no particular order.
Paco Rabanne Invictus Intense Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 oz
This daring blend has accords of amber, whiskey and fresh spice. The top notes start out strong with pepper and orange blossom to create a bracing, yet bright tone. As the middle notes sweep in, laurels and whiskey make their entrance to introduce a sophisticated freshness. The base notes linger on salt, amber and ambergris for a savory muskiness.
Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 oz Unisex
Fresh and fragrant, Juniper Sling brings to mind images of long days in the great outdoors and the scent of the forest that lingers on your skin after an invigorating hike. Created in 2011 by Penhaligon’s, this exciting fragrance for men and women blooms with freshness. Top notes of angelica and cinnamon transition breezily into fresh orange.
Mancera Red Tobacco Eau De Parfum Spray 4 oz
Red is warm and mesmerizing, which allows Red Tobacco to be this shadowy, fiery and masculine fragrance that mixes Cuban tobacco and spices, wood scents and jasmine. Made in France.
Head Notes: Saffron, Cinnamon, Incense, Nutmeg, White Peach, Green Apple & Nepalese Oud.
Heart Notes: Leaves of Patchouli & Delicate Jasmine.
Base Notes: Precious Tobacco, Amber, Woody Notes, Vetiver, Vanilla Pods & White Musk.
Alfred Dunhill Dunhill Custom Eau De Toilette Spray 3.3 oz
The scent is straightforward and masculine, crafted from a relatively small range of scent notes. The opening features the crisp/tart of an English Pippin apple, starting fresh and gentling into a caramelized sweetness that reminds you of aged cognac. As the fragrance unfolds, pepper adds some spice to the top note. The base notes of cedar and incense wrap the fragrance in a hint of wood smoke that’s ideal for cozy evenings with someone special. The scent is restrained but never loses that distinctive, boozy appeal.
Thierry Mugler Amen Ultimate Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 oz
A bold, magnetic eau de toilette for seductive masculinity. Directly inspired by a whiskey flask and marked with a star. In the Ultimate version, the rubber-clad bottle is paired with bright turquoise for an intensely vibrant effect. This cologne belongs to the woody fresh gourmand fragrance family and is composed of two accords: Vibrant dimension: Green bergamot and cedar – Addictive dimension: Mocaccino and balsam fir accord.
Paco Rabanne Pure XS Night Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 oz
Based on the combination of notes Paco Rabanne Pure XS Night is classified as oriental spicy fragrance to the nose. The emanation of flavors and scent notes for Pure XS Night unfurl in a whiff of spice opening top notes including cinnamon and ginger. The herbal and spice heart center notes blend in with cacao while the deep gourmand and resin base notes leave an impression of salt, myrrh, vanilla and caramel.
English Laundry Tahitian Waters Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 oz
Tahitian Waters is a men’s floral fruity gourmand cologne with citrus, sweet, woody, yellow floral, fresh spicy, and coconut main accords. Presented in 2013, this fragrance, which is recommended for spring and summer day wear, has fruity top notes of lime, bergamot, orange, and coconut. The middle notes are jasmine and ylang-ylang and the base notes are cedar and brown sugar.
Giorgio Armani Stronger With You Intensely Eau De Parfum Spray 3.4 oz
Emporio Armani Stronger With You Intensely is an oriental-woody fragrance with fougere accents. It tells a story of the excitement of a new and young love. Top notes include spices and violet, with the heart that combines lavender with sweet toffee caramel and cinnamon. The base ends with suede, vanilla and amber.
Top Notes: Pink pepper, Juniper, Violet leaf
Heart Notes: Lavender, Sage, Toffee, Cinnamon
Base Notes: Tonka bean, Suede, Amber, Vanilla
Parfums De Marly Layton Eau De Parfum Spray 2.5 oz
Layton Eau de Parfum is an addictive composition that infuses ease and nobility into the festive and harmonious atmosphere of the Versailles court. Bergamot leads with its tangy passion, while lavender and geranium blend into a fresh note, chic and chivalrous all at once. The intensity rises from mesmerizing amber, enhanced by the natural elegance of pink pepper. Distinguished and addictive, its character carried by vanilla and precious woods grows more powerful with an intriguing note–a flavorful and fascinating hint of caramelized coffee.
- Top notes: Bergamot, Lavender, Apple, Mandarin
- Middle notes: Geranium, Jasmine, Violet
- Base notes: Guaiac Wood, Patchouli, Amber, Vanilla, Pepper
Ajmal Qafiya Sport Eau De Parfum Spray 2.5 oz
Continuing on Qafiya’s concept of creating unisex fragrances, Qafiya Sport aims to attract him and her who are sporty, health conscious and outgoing. The top notes of the fragrance are a blend of fresh and spicy notes comprised of bergamot, nutmeg and violet. A floral and woody heart reinforces the uplifting essence with rosa Damascena, Cedar wood, coffee bean and birch tar before settling into an ambery leathery base of sandalwood, amber and leather.