I keep forgetting to write a  review for this perfume since it is completely out of my usual perfume scope. Launched in 2003 by Italian cosmetic brand Aquolina, it has been described as the mother of all trendy sugary candy fragrances. It made the top 10 perfumes at Sephora almost instantly and sales still remain robust.

If you are a lover of summer boardwalks or the circus this may be just the ticket. Pink Sugar by Aquolina delivers on its promise of candy and more. It’s like a carnival fantasy of chewy licorice sticks, sticky cotton candy, praline wafers and caramel dipped strawberries. This is a dessert extravaganza that’s earned the name of “toothache in a bottle” for a reason. Those who can’t get enough of ultra sweet-smelling fragrances owe it to themselves to give this a try.

Pink Sugar by Aquolina

Type: gourmand

Notes (in order of strength): cotton candy, strawberry, citrus, raspberry, lily of the valley, fig leaf

Dry Down:  caramel, vanilla, licorice, musk, sandalwood

Longevity: super long lasting (12+ hours)

Season: fall and winter

Price: $30 1 oz. Eau de Toilette bottle at Sephora, discounted prices available elsewhere.

In addition to the Eau de Toilette, Pink Sugar is available in roll-on shimmer perfume, creamy body lotion, body mousse, deodorant spray and the popular hair perfume.

I don’t think that most gourmand fragrances are meant to be taken too seriously. They’re all about delighting the senses and offering a pick-me-up on a cold and dreary day or a stressful day at work. You don’t eat candy because of its nutritional value, you eat it because you love candy and that sugar rush that comes along with it.

Pink Sugar, along with its younger sibling Chocolovers, is all about teasing us with the suggestion of something mouthwatering and decadent. 

It’s perfect for when you’re in the mood for a delicious perfume dessert and don’t want to break the bank.