In the early 1990s, perfume makers began to introduce vanilla as a significant note in their fragrances. Today, vanilla is a dominant ingredient in a large number of perfumes including The Body Shop’s Vanilla EDP, Thiery Mugler’s Angel, Dior Hypnotic Poison, YSL Black Opium and more!
Why exactly is vanilla a popular fragrance?
For one, it’s usually reminiscent of pleasant childhood memories associated with the smell of vanilla. Remember feeling happy when you were baking cookies with your mom when you were a child? How about vanilla ice cream or frosted vanilla cupcakes? You may think that’s because of the promise of baked treats but its mostly because of the scent of vanilla that helps us relax and contribute to our improved demeanor. It’s also almost always associated with something positive.
Vanilla is associated not only with happy memories, warmth, softness and caring qualities, but also has connotations of purity and simplicity (think vanilla ice cream – it’s considered a “basic”). Medical experiments have shown that vanilla fragrance reduces stress and anxiety, too. Cancer patients undergoing Magnetic Resonance Imaging – a diagnostic procedure known to be stressful – reported a massive 63% less anxiety when heliotropin (a vanilla fragrance) was administered during the procedure.
For me – vanilla is significant, not just because of the reasons above, but because of a significantly happy vacation I had with my younger brother 20 years ago.
When I was 13 years old, there was one weekend when my parents brought me and my 10-yr-old younger brother along for a business trip in Cebu. They had a string of meetings one after another in different hotels. Honestly, I don’t remember why they brought us with them but as far as I can remember, they just introduced us to the people they were talking to then left us at a separate table.
And so, what were 2 kids to do? Why, EAT and DRINK, of course!
In one day, we were able to try 5 different vanilla shakes and fries from 5 separate hotels (I know, eww, unhealthy):
Shangri-la Mactan, Plantation Bay, Waterfront Hotel, Bluewater Maribago and one more hotel, I think Waterfront.
The clear winner was – *drumroll* – Plantation Bay!
I’m not sure if the shake still tastes the same today or if it really tasted THAT good but back then, it was the BEST VANILLA Shake we’ve ever tried! I’m pretty sure we had a good sugar crash after, too lol
Do you have happy memories associated with Vanilla?
Do Vanilla scents (or food) make you happy?
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