Home is more than a place. Home is a feeling—a feeling of being where things are familiar and right. It's where we can be ourselves and love what we love. It's in the arms of people who know us. Home is everywhere our memories were made.
Even a new place—a place we've never set foot—can feel like home if its smells transport us to that place of familiarity. And there is perhaps no scent more familiar or comforting than vanilla. But wait: Don't get the wrong idea. Because in perfumery, vanilla is anything but plain. (Common? Yes. Plain? Never.) It can be light and playful or dark and brooding. It can be sweet or briny. Vanilla is a wingman, rounding out the harsher edges of certain notes and complementing their lightness with its depth. Vanilla can be a chameleon, but it always feels familiar.
We're moving into the holidays, a time that is all about homes, both literal and figurative. The kitchen fires burn as we churn out comforting meals to share with the people we love. And as our homes stay ever warm, the temperatures outside drop. That's why there's no better time to take a look at this delightful note that is almost always a part of our olfactory world, even when we don't realize it.
Vanille by DSH Perfumes. A perfect classic, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz's Vanille walks the line between gourmand and fresh. Warm, gently sweet vanilla notes round out the base while tart lemon and zesty bergamot offer a bright counterpoint. Read more.
Black Flower Mexican Vanilla by Dame Perfumery Scottsdale. Dark, rich, and as pure as a cut-open vanilla bean pod. Black Flower Mexican Vanilla is an exotic take on vanilla that has gotten rave reviews. Already purchased Black Flower Mexican Vanilla when we debuted it in August? You'll get an extra vial in your December collection— and a 2.25 ml sample of the new Desert Rose from Dame Perfumery Scottsdale in the mail very soon. Read more.
Wherever you're spending this holiday season, may it smell good—and may it feel like home.