Did you ever get Cotton Candy at the county fair when you were a kid?
The smell of that sugary goodness wafting through the air and the way it stuck to your fingers as you tried to pull it apart. There’s nothing quite like it.
It’s no wonder we grew up associating Cotton Candy with joy. And now that we’re adults, we still want that same feeling of excitement and nostalgia. The good news is: You can!
You can still relive your glory days when your taste buds knew no bounds when it came to sugar. Fragrances with bases of sugary cotton candy exist!
Depending on the formulation, Cotton Candy can come off as juvenile. But, the majority of the aromas listed below, in no order, are well-rounded, sophisticated fruity florals.
Think of Cotton Candy as a vivacious, spirited aroma that brings life into fragrances.
Let’s take a gander at what we’ve found to be some of the most well-received and popular Cotton Candy perfumes below!
Cotton Candy fragrances are unique in the perfumery industry and not regularly utilized. Some popular Cotton Candy-based fragrances are Aquolina’s Pink Sugar, Angel by MUGLER, Sundazed by BYREDO, Wonderland Peony by Floral Street, and Carolina Herrera’s 212 Eau de Parfum.
1. Pink Sugar
Launched in 2004, this fruity gourmand floral is Aquolina’s first fragrance release and most popular among teen girls and young women.
Aquolina is an Italian cosmetics company famously known for its Sugar fragrance line. The youth-oriented perfumes are geared toward those with a sweet tooth; they still manufacture dessert-like fragrances today.
The genius scent of Pink Sugar was contrived by perfumer Shyamala Maisondieu working under Givaudan, a well-established sustainable outreach that formulates products in the beauty sector.
Shyamala is partially responsible for formulating perfumes like Carolina Herrera’s Good Girl Glam, Lancôme Idôle, and Dolce&Gabbana’s Men’s Light Blue Forever pour Homme, 2021, and Light Blue pour Homme Italian Love, 2022.
Red Raspberry, Fig Leaf, funky Orange, and Bergamot begin the reminiscents of innocence. Nostalgia is embodied in the Heart Notes with Cotton Candy Carnival Rides, hot licorice, ruby Red Berries, kissable babydoll Strawberry and effervescent Lily-of-the-Valley. As the day passes, bygones are amiss, swiftly transitioning into a mature composition of oozing Caramel, Vanilla, rich Musk, French Tonka Bean, and soft Sandalwood.
It’s a fragrance ideal for every young teen girl.
Top Notes: Raspberry, Orange, Fig Leaf, and Bergamot
Heart Notes: Cotton Candy, Licorice, Red Berries, Strawberry, and Lily-of-the-Valley
Base Notes: Caramel, Vanilla, Musk, Tonka Bean, and Sandalwood
A bottle of 100 ml of Pink Sugar Eau De Toilette retails for around 25 USD.
2. Pink Sugar Berry Blast
Akin to its sister, Pink Sugar, Berry Blast is, as described in the name, a total burst of berries! Issued in 2020, it was a long time coming for Pink Sugar to have a competitor in its midst.
Fans of the OG Pink Sugar have reviewed Berry Blast to be better in balance. The blow of Cherry and BlackBerry interlaces the denser base notes together more nicely, giving it a creaminess. Despite that, the controversial licorice aroma in Pink Sugar still remains in its heavy form in Berry Blast.
Juicy deep Blueberries and Blackberries join the duo of Orange and Bergamot to create a tangy top note. Drying down, Cotton Candy exposes its Wild Strawberry floss to a quirky Cork aroma. Settling into its final form, Caramel, Vanilla, and Tonka Bean remain the same as the original Pink Sugar with the addition of oaky Cedar and Moss.
Top Notes: Blueberry, Blackberry, Orange, and Bergamot
Heart Notes: Cotton Candy, Cherry, Wild Strawberry, and Cork
Base Notes: Caramel, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Cedar, and Moss.
You can purchase Berry Blast for 25 USD for 100 ml.
3. Blue Sugar Cologne
A serious hidden gem!
It can be challenging to find since Aquolina no longer manufactures it, but the fragrance is still very much relevant on the second-hand market.
Men have reviewed the scent to be their secret weapon, getting a ton of compliments from women and men alike. The projection and longevity of the Cologne are especially impressive, with some saying it lasts over 6 to 8 hours.
Coy Mandarin Orange and Bergamot begin the triage of the Cologne’s following indulgent aromatic layers; fluffed Licorice Candy Floss meets with the florals of Patchouli, Lander, and Coriander to serve you spiced Anise Star, Tonka Bean, and Cedarwood.
Top Notes: Mandarin Orange and Bergamot
Heart Notes: Cotton Candy, Licorice, Patchouli, Lavender, and Coriander
Base Notes: Star Anise, Tonka Bean, and Cedar.
On average, a cylindrical bottle of Blue Sugar retails from 35 USD to 50 USD for the same 100 ml bottle.
4. Truly’s Signature Eau de Parfum Unicorn Fruit
United States-based Skincare brand Truly, expanded its Unicorn Fruit scent-based skincare line into perfume. Truly is known for creating sustainable, clean, vegan, hair, body, and skincare products.
Modeled after their best-selling body butter, Unicorn Fruit is recounted as an enticing fruity feminine aroma. The 2021 Eau de Parfum is a long-lasting scent, needing only a little because the projection and longevity go a long way.
Truly has quoted Unicorn Fruit to be their signature scent. Wearers of the fragrance have described it as a multidimensional, versatile, higher-quality Pink Sugar. Some compare it to Victor&Rolf’s Flowerbomb or if Kilian Princess and Kilian Love Don’t be Shy “had a baby.”
A rush of Acai Berries ensues out the pump first, blasting you with Citrusy Black Currant. Unicorn Fruit takes a sharp reroute to powdery green Matcha Tea, aromatic with scents of Rose and White Florals. Eventually, the fragrance unravels to base notes of seductive Vanilla, an insurge of Cotton Candy, and soft Sandalwood.
Top Notes: Acai Berry, Citruses, and Black Currant
Heart Notes: Matcha Tea, Rose and White Flowers
Base Notes: Vanilla, Cotton Candy, and Sandalwood
Truly’s Unicorn Fruit Eau de Parfum retails for 48 USD at 50 ml directly on their website.
5. Angel by MUGLER
MUGLER, most known for its historically renowned fashion collections and shows, has detoured itself as a perfumery rather than a dynamic fashion house in recent years. Runways from the brand throughout the 80s and 90s were earth-shattering in the fashion industry.
MUGLER catwalked its way into the fragrance industry, launching its first Eau de Parfum Angel in 1992. The release of Angel swept nations globally, becoming a pioneer in the perfumery industry as the first gourmand fragrance on the open market. Its influence has carried true into the 21st century.
Formulated by the genius perfumers Olivier Cresp and Yves de Chirin, both have stunning perfumery career rap sheets.
Yves de Chirin has just nine perfume completions in his career, all being Thierry MUGLER’s Angel.
Olivier Cresp has concocted 346 fragrances in his career. One includes another Cotton Candy scent, Wow Girl by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. He also mastered the fragrances of Dior’s Midnight Poison, Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue, counting nine other expansions of the scent, Versace’s Eros Pour Femme, and Yves Saint Laurant’s Black Opium. Alongside the diversification of the same YSL in twenty-two different variations.
The ultra-feminine iconic asymmetrical blue star is characterized on MUGLER’s webpage as “the fragrance of a woman who dares to live up her dreams with her blue star as her guide. Confident and seductive, she fascinates those who cross her path. Between power and pleasure, she uses her ultra-femininity as a signature. Between heaven and earth, she makes her dreams a reality. Angel Eau de Parfum is the first Gourmand perfume in the world of fragrance.”
Baby blue Angel begins with Coconut Cotton Candy kisses, honey’d Melon, Pineapple, Mandarin Orange, and Cassis, a sweet dark liqueur made from Blackcurrant.
Rolling in, Red and Black Berries invite their fragrance onto your skin. They coil with juicy Plum, Peach and Apricot spiced with exotic femme florals, Jasmine, Orchid, Rose, and Lily-of-the-Valley.
Caraway and Nutmeg make their presence known before saturated Base Notes of Chocolate, Caramel, Vanilla, and Tonka Bean replace the fragrances before them. Sappy supple Amber, Musk, and Sandalwood become the aroma’s final bow out.
Top Notes: Cotton Candy, Coconut, Cassis, Melon, Jasmine, Bergamot, Pineapple, and Mandarin Orange
Heart Notes: Honey, Red Berries, Blackberry, Plum, Apricot, Peach, Jasmine, Orchid, Caraway, Nutmeg, Rose, and Lily-of-the-Valley
Base Notes: Patchouli, Chocolate, Caramel, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Amber, Musk, and Sandalwood.
The fashion houses uniquely designed star bottle retail for 180 USD for 100 ml or 135 USD for a 50 ml bottle.
6. Sundazed by BYREDO
BYREDO is a Stockholm, Sweden, niche perfumery.
Ben Gorham, the founder of BYREDO, met perfumer Pierre Wulff by chance after graduating from The School of Arts in Stockholm. Ben relayed his creative ideas to Pierre, which shortly succumbed to the founding of BYREDO, launching their first fragrance Green.
Sundazed was released as a unisex fragrance in 2019. The nose behind the aroma is Jérôme Epinette, a Grasse Institute of Perfumery graduate. Jérôme has seemingly set his sights on niche perfume brands rather than luxury perfumery houses. He’s produced over sixteen Vilhelm Parfumerie scents, including, Do Not Disturb, Dear Polly, and Dirty Velvet. And, not to mention Ariana Grande’s Thank You, Next and God Is A Woman fragrance.
BYREDO describes Sundazed as “To be seduced by the sun in a state of summer bliss. To bask in the freedom of solar worship, a place where time stands still. A mythical undoing of body and mind in a midsummer’s daydream.
The state of total immersion – an addictive experience for sun-chasers everywhere.
In a psychosomatic journey of free love, SUNDAZED catapults through sunny top notes of mandarin and Californian lemon to a bold heart of neroli and Arabian jasmine. Like cotton candy, a cascade of white musk injects this citrus scent with the endorphin rush of sugar on skin. Nostalgia and escapism entwine to channel the warmth of an endless summer.”
Top Notes: Mandarin Orange and Californian Lemon
Heart Notes: Neroli and Jasmine Sambac
Base Notes: Cotton Candy and White Musk
A 50 ml bottle of Sundazed comes to a total of 200 USD, while a 100 ml bottle runs for 80 USD more at 280 USD.
7. Wonderland Peony by Floral Street
Floral Street is a relatively new perfume brand that released Wonderland Peony with ten more fragrances to follow the feminine fruity-floral. The brand is known for handcrafting vegan perfumes in the UK with sustainably sourced ingredients.
Niche Perfumist, Jérôme Epinette, is behind the scent. He was behind Byredo’s Sundazed, as mentioned above.
Floral Street details the fragrance as “A light, fruity floral perfume. Sophisticated, not soft. Captivating, not cute.
We don’t like to play favorites, but we have a thing for peonies. And this sweet floral perfume is stuffed full of them. Armfuls of peonies, pink berries, and violets. A shot of cedarwood lends a woody-balsamic warmth while vetiver injects the tiniest hint of hazelnut.
Top Notes: Guava, Red Berries, and Sicilian Lemon
Heart Notes: Raspberry bloom, Peony, and Violet
Base Notes: Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Resins, Woody Notes, Cedar, and Vetiver.
The sharp Eau de Parfum retails for 84 USD at 50 ml.
8. 212 Sexy Carolina Herrera
Carolina Herrera is a Venezuelan-American fashion designer with a chic fashion house launched in 1980. The lux brand arose strictly as a clothing manufacturer and then took the gamble to produce a fragrance line in 1988. The decision has succeeded entirely in the brand’s recognition today.
The 2005 212 is recounted as “an essence of the sensual femininity, charming, impressive, and irresistible. The mauve colored bottle with matte metallic cap symbolizes the harmony between passion and tenderness. The top unites freshness of Bergamot with warm and exciting pink pepper. The heart reveals delicate gardenia and sharp geranium. The base is deep and balmy with a long and sensual trace of caramel, Vanilla, Sandalwood and mysterious musk.”
Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Mandarin Orange, and Bergamot
Heart Notes: Cotton Candy, Gardenia, Flowers, Pelargonium, and Rose
Base Notes: Vanilla, Musk, Sandalwood, Caramel, Patchouli, and Violet.
The pink pharmaceutical pill-shaped capsule retails for 106 USD for 100 ml.
9. La Petite Robe Noire Intense by Guerlain
La Petite Robe Noire Ma Robe Sous le Vent loosely roughly translates to “My little black dress in the wind.”
In July 2016 came La Petite Robe Noire, an Intense Edition of Guerlain’s La Petite Noire collection. In-house perfumer Thierry Wasser is behind the creation of the perfume line.
Thierry Wasser has curated 223 perfumes in his career. His nose is responsible for over one-hundred-ninety-four fragrances for Guerlain’s perfume house, Guerlain; 2002, Dior Addict by Dior, and Hypnôse by Lancôme.
La Petite Robe opens with spun Blueberry and Raspberry Cotton Candy, followed by sweet Cassis liqueur and Bergamot. Middle floral notes reveal themselves to be Bulgarian Rose, exotic Jasmine, and succulent Orange Blossom. Vanilla, Patchouli, Sandalwood, and White Musk lay as the base of the sultry-fruited fragrance.
Top Notes: Cotton Candy, Blueberry, Raspberry, Cassis, and Bergamot
Middle Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine, and Orange Blossom;
Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Sandalwood, and White Musk.
The distinctive deep blue bottle models a Marilyn Monroe-styled little black dress. It has yet to set a price as it’s been recently discontinued; 100 ml bottle ranges from just over 100 USD to 150 USD.
10. Loewe Aura White Magnolia
Founded in Madrid, Spain, in 1846, the Spanish luxury fashion house ventured into perfumery in 1976.
Loewe earned renown in 1872, considered the finest leather goods in all of Madrid. By 1905, the leather house was appointed as the Official Supplier to King Alfonso XIII in 1905. Thus, gaining Loewe expansion of the brand’s storefront across all of Spain into many decades in the future.
True breakthrough for the leather company came when they developed their signature product in 1945, Box Calf Bag. Spotlight from the purse raised them into international fame, expanding their name overseas in the 1960s.
Loewe stepped into the 70s with a bang; esteemed designers Karl Lagerfeld and Giorgio Armani offered up fashion designs for the brand, consequently helping to create Loewe’s distinguishable monogram. That same decade, the company’s first fragrance was formulated in 1972, L de Loewe for women.
Today, Loewe’s largest market is far from where it was founded. Loewe is the most sought-after in Asia. Japan has the most stores open on the tiny island, racking up to 35.
Launched in 2019, the Chypre Floral is classed as “A fragrance of enveloping notes with a 20% concentration of essential oils. Tremendously feminine and dazzling with a strong Mediterranean character. A new flask design that captures light and is adorned with a golden brushstroke that incorporates real gold particles. A cap made of Sycamore wood that represents its organic nature. Olfactory notes: Magnolia Flower, Cotton Candy, Vanilla Essence and Yuzu.”
Notes: Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Magnolia, Yuzu
The golden brush-stroked bottle capped with Sycamore wood retails 169 USD for 100 ml.
11. Solo Loewe Ella Eau de Toilette
Launched in 2020, the fragrance is sold as “Spicy and genuine, LOEWE Solo Eau de Toilette contrasts notes of guava, cumin, musk and Italian mandarin. The scent comes in a translucent glass flask in a vibrant shade of burnt umber.”
Top Notes: Passionfruit and Pitahaya
Heart Notes: Pink Peony and Cotton Candy
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Praline, and Amber.
An EDT of Loewe’s Solo Loewe Ella Eau de Toilette retails for 104 USD at 50 ml.
12. Snow Fairy by Lush
Snow Fairy is enchantingly one of Lush’s best sellers in the body mist category. Lush is a vegan, cruelty-free, sustainable body care brand that handmakes all its products.
The 2018 citrus gourmand fragrance is a limited holiday season unisex mist. As described on Lush’s website, Snow Fairy smells of “Bubblegum cotton candy dreams in a land of sweets.”
Playful Cotton and Sweet Candy come out to play with swirls of sweet Vanilla Cherries and Pear.
Notes: Cotton Candy, Sweet Candy, Cherry, Vanilla, and Pear.
The Body Spray advertises 37 USD for 6.7 oz on Lush’s website.
If you’re going for a Cotton Candy fragrance, the theme’s surrounding the aroma, more often than not, have aligned similarities.
Noticeable being, Top Notes encompassed citruses like Bergamot and Orange. Middle Notes have punchy fruits and flowers. The Base Notes possess woods, the most prominent being Sandalwood and Cedar, Resins and Musk, and or shared with Vanilla and Caramel.
Candy Floss is glaringly centered in more Heart Notes than Top or Base.
Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, especially one that is triggered by an aroma. Evoking past reminiscence can flood back our memories. We may imagine ourselves as children catching the sugar snowflakes as they spun off the stick into our mouths. Now we catch those same sugar scents to cling to our clothes.