Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what these perfumes smell like. Raiding the spice rack for fragrance notes such as cloves, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper, spicy fragrances are alluring in old-fashioned ways.
We've picked the best spicy fragrances, including both classics and newer perfumes on the market. All are beloved.
Launched in 1984, at a time when in-your-face orientals such as Calvin Klein's Obsession ruled the fragrance aisles, Coco won an instant following for its sophisticated, spicy scent. Chanel's complex cocktail of spices and florals is a brilliant blend of sweet and savory notes, including rose, coriander, orange blossom, and cloves, over a deeper, mysterious base of woods and vanilla. Wear it with your favorite little black dress, or to lunch with that handsome officemate who you wouldn't mind sharing breakfast pastries with. Get it here.
Here's a great example of a successful unisex perfume. Jo Malone designed Vetyver to be worn by women and men, and its clean, warm fragrance truly does have universal appeal. Spicy, fresh, and green, with top notes of tarragon and nutmeg, the scent is reminiscent of both the outdoors and hot, fresh towels. Call it a day trip to the spa in a bottle.
Spice up your next evening out with this decadent designer perfume. Cinnabar opens in a warm rush of incense and spices and deepens into a rich, almost over-ripe floral scent. Sensual and not for the faint of heart, this fragrance is also immensely long-lasting—expect it to go from dawn-to-dusk. Mist your hair lightly for day with the eau de parfum, and leave a gorgeous trail. For evening, dab the perfume directly onto pulse points— remembering that a little goes a long way.