Brrr! This winter has outdone itself already, and it's only mid-January. I started my year of vanilla last fall, and today I've got five suggestions for vanilla perfumes to keep you cozy and warm while winter does its worst. And as always, do add your own picks in the comments!
Guerlain Shalimar: Duh, you knew that, right? If you're not sure which one to buy, see Angie's Shalimar Face-Off, and you might also consider the flanker Guerlain Shalimar Ode à la Vanille. (If Shalimar is too old school for you, or you want something less instantly recognizable, the alternative would be Anné Pliska, once described by a reader here as "like Shalimar with Dreamsicle".)
Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille: Yep, Guerlain gets two entries, and possibly Ode, mentioned above, deserves its own entry as well. Whatever else you might think about Guerlain, they know their vanilla. This one is a crowd-pleasing gourmand, in a much more modern style than Shalimar, that's both delicious and comforting, and a bit boozy. Yes, it costs an arm and a leg, sorry (as of this moment, $260 for 75 ml). I have not tried the most recent versions, do comment if you have!
Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser: Warming but not too heavy, and a great vanilla for anyone opposed to straightforward gourmands. I described it as "a reasonably dry and smooth vanilla over a bed of resinous amber-y woods, with hints of spice and allusions to tobacco and leather." If you don't love it, or if you want more heft and sillage, the alternative would be the more widely known Tobacco Vanille from Tom Ford, which is probably one of that brand's biggest sellers.
Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille: a sweet — too sweet for me personally — vanilla comfort gourmand, with rich fruits, a hint of licorice and a nice undertone of smoky woods and resins. It is often compared to crème brulée, and someone on MakeupAlley once described it as 'Pink Sugar for grownups'. It used to seem reasonably priced in the 50 ml size (I think when I started blogging it was around $80?), but now that it's only sold in 100 ml at $230, it doesn't seem quite the bargain it once was.* (My preference in the dessert category would be L'Artisan Havana Vanille / Vanille Absolument, but it's sadly discontinued.)
i Profumi di Firenze Ambra del Nepal: one of my favorite amber scents, probably because I'm not such a huge amber fan but I am a huge vanilla fan, and Ambra del Nepal is about the creamy vanilla as much as the amber. Add incense and a dash of cardamom, and you've got a fantastic comfort fragrance for cold weather, almost-but-not-quite gourmand (you won't smell like cake).
* See comment below from kittymeow84, possibly the 50 ml size is not discontinued as I had thought.