I've never been overly fond of the creamsicle (for the uninitiated, it's a vanilla popsicle covered with a fruit-flavored ice, usually orange).1 Creamsicle perfumes, on the other hand, are a favorite, and they're perfect for this time of year, when the sun finally comes out and the bulbs start to peek out of the soil — it feels like winter might finally be over (knock on wood) but it isn't really spring just yet. Until the temperatures reach at least the high 50s (or preferably, the 60s), your favorite summer citrus might not have enough heft, but add some cream and sugar to the mix, and voilà. Spring is just around the corner.
Anné Pliska ~ Anné Pliska is a three season creamsicle (it's maybe too much for very hot weather) with amber and spices. My old friend Violetnoir described it as "like Shalimar with Dreamsicle"2 and that's a perfect way to sum it up.
Fendi Theorema ~ You knew I wouldn't leave out Theorema, right? As I keep repeating, there must be a perfume question to which Theorema is not the right answer, but I don't know what that might be. You'd be shocked to know how frequently Theorema is my scent of the afternoon, after whatever perfume I put on in the morning has worn off.
Kerosene Unforsaken ~ a spring-weight creamsicle, not as heavy as the Anné Pliska or Theorema, arguably more cheerful than either.
By Kilian Sweet Redemption ~ Jessica described Sweet Redemption as a "handmade orange sorbet topped with freshly whipped vanilla cream", so fancier than a lowly creamsicle perhaps, but for the price, it ought to be.
Antica Farmacista Vanilla, Bourbon & Mandarin ~ very popular at one time on the MakeupAlley fragrance board (Kevin reviewed the home fragrance eons ago), and my own first introduction to the idea of a creamsicle perfume. It's probably better for someone who wants more vanilla, less orange and cream.
Also worth a shot: Demeter makes an Orange Cream Pop, but I've never tried it. Profumum Dulcis in Fundo, if you're willing to go very sweet. Roca Parfums Núvol di Llimona is more like a milky lemon cake than a creamsicle, but probably serves the same function as many of the fragrances listed here. Atelier Cologne recommends layering Orange Sanguine and Vanille Insensée for a creamsicle effect; likewise, i Profumi di Firenze suggests layering Arancio di Sicilia with Vaniglia del Madagascar. And I'll put in a word for the Weleda Sea Buckthorn body products, which are 100% creamsicle (and the body oil makes a nice layering agent).
Do add your own favorites in the comments!
See also: EauMG’s Orange Cream Pop Perfume Guide
1. I never understood why they didn't make a chocolate-covered creamsicle, or better yet, an orange-covered fudgsicle.
2. Quote from the comments to For The Love Of Perfume's review of Anné Pliska.