Caramel is a scent fans crave with a fervor analogous to the cravings of PMS pulling like a sleeve to dive into that pot of caramel. There's no way to resist its sensual, rich, creamy buttery feel that hovers between candy and condensed milk. Beyond the burnt sugar and vanilla and maybe cotton candy, the salted butterscotch, dulce de leche, and toffee notes in the scents provide a depth of flavor that makes them interesting. Brands were quick to capitalize on this need for a quick, non-calorific fix: Victoria's Secret has Caramel Vanilla in the Travel Essences line, Jessica Simpson's Fancy is a cult mass-market phenomenon and others. celebrities, like Naomi Campell's eponymous scent have not been spared, while Demeter even has a simple, plain scent of caramel in her fragrance library. Tobacco Caramel by Fresh is an adult combination that references the naturally caramelized notes of pipe tobacco, just like the hint of honey and burnt sugar in Tobacco Vanille from Tom Ford's Private Blend line. Vanille Aoud by Mr Micallef is another niche version of this more complex tapestry of toffee notes dripping from the spoon. Ligne de St. Barth takes an exotic approach and offers Fleur de Canne Sucre, reminiscent of sugar cane. Lea by St. Barth is another cult favorite, with an almond undertone that adds to the gourmet pleasure. Perhaps the introduction of notes of pure caramel and swirled sugar can be attributed to the launch of Vanilia by L'Artisan Parfumeur in the late 1970s. The simple trick of the ethyl maltol molecule smelling of Cotton candy gives the impression of a vanilla ice cream cone. Of course, ethyl maltol has become a household name since the introduction and relentless cloning of Angel by Thierry Mugler in 1992. The pioneer of caramel and patchouli Orientals - with a nod to the childhood - wows you with its powerful fun and mellow spun sugar note. Wish by Chopard follows closely. Ethyl maltol is of course the ethyl analogue of natural maltol, but this time the molecule is synthesized in the laboratory and is not found in nature: hence the boosted effect which means that it is almost 500 percent more powerful than simple maltol Thierry Mugler has taken things to the logical extreme with their Angel Taste of Fragrance where a toffee accord is detectable against the background of a rich amber. With Cyclotene we enter a more complex notes section: although solid fenugreek extract is used to make a maple syrup note indeed, it was the only source of caramel-maple notes extract. until the discovery of these other ingredients, real maple syrups are further flavored with cyclotene; thus creating the living association of the smell of the molecule with our perception of the smell of maple syrup Is it maple that smells of cyclotene or cyclotene that smells of maple? Found naturally in fenugreek seeds, it is also very common today in roasted sweet products such as coffee desserts, licorice candies, toasted almond desserts and, besides fenugreek seeds, it is also present in cocoa and coffee. The hint of licorice is sometimes crucial to achieving a fulfilling sweet caramel, a fact that Lolita Lempicka has tapped into her own version of the gourmet patchouli, Lolita Lempicka Eau de Parfum. Candy by Prada is also rich in caramelized tones, underlined by the resinous weight of benzoin which goes exceptionally well with the vanilla sweetness. On the other hand, Sotolon, a molecule 1000 times more potent than Cyclotene, is the key ingredient in roasted fenugreek seed and brown sugar itself, which is a combination as delicious as any hence its reference as caramel furanone. When really concentrated, it takes on curry-like tones, while at lower concentrations it can stay in the caramelized sugar on the pan range of odors. But Sotolon also has notes that match alcoholic tones, as occurs in sake, rice wine, and botrytis wine. Do you remember the Botrytis niche scent from Ginestet, supposed to reproduce the noble rot of a fungus on Sauternes grapes? It contains Sotolon, blending gingerbread, candied fruit and honey notes into one homogeneous blend. Clearly, at a time when we are as interested in our waistline as in our purchasing habits, investing in a sweet caramel fragrance responds both to a growing need for tasty perfumes, to a pleasure without calorie and regression to an age when everything was easily appeased with a piece of delicious toffee.