With their sweet and vanilla-y softness, quite a few gourmand fragrances list ‘sugar’ as a note.  It’s a ‘fantasy’ note, of course:  as perfumer Christine Nagel explains, ‘Sugar doesn’t exist in perfumery – but sugary facets can be found in synthetic notes called maltol and ethyl maltol’;  that sweet and caramel tone is very much used in perfumer, these days. When you’re smelling a gourmand scent, then, see if you can make out either a ‘burned sugar’ caramel quality, or a candyfloss, spun-sugar airiness.

Smell sugar in:

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia
L’Artisan Parfumer Poivre Piquant

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