The word gourmand is well known in the fragrance world. To most it looks peculiar, maybe even funny. There is a part of a word that is French in origin, gourmet. But we don't actually eat our perfume, so what gives? It is almost certain that you have worn a gourmand scent in your lifetime, and didn't even know it. So what makes the gourmand relevant to anyone who loves scents, whether a newbie or a pro? Here is a breakdown of this very common fragrance term.
Gourmand in its definition is someone who loves to eat and drink, a food connoisseur. Some may think of a foodie to the extreme. And others may think of that relative who loves to eat everything at the Thanksgiving table. Or the phrase "eat, drink, and be merry". The art of being a gourmand is knowing the value of a goof meal, and how to eat well.
In the fragrance sense, gourmand is an olfactory dessert. The perfume is mixed with synthetic (and also real) edible notes for a touch of flavor. There are many notes out there, but a few are honey, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Other more exotic flavors in perfumes include coffee, licorice, and whipped sugar or cotton candy. Sugary sweet, perhaps that perfect sugar rush. These scents are often blended with musks and patchouli to ground them. They can also be partnered with floral notes to combine for an elegant, yet flirty effect. There are all types of intensities in the gourmand family. Good enough to eat, for sure!
Some well known gourmands that embrace the art of food as scent have a huge following, and should probably be in your collection, too! Lancome La Vie Est Belle, Prada Candy, YSL Black Opium, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy, Shay & Blue Salt Caramel, Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot, Montale Vanilla Cake or Montale Intense Café Ristretto are just a few of the beautifully crafted gourmands out there.
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