Vanessa Hudgens' smoky signature scent is an autumn/winter essential

She's living proof that our perfume taste grows up with us

Editor / March 31 2023

It's clear from her makeup looks and movie choices that Vanessa Hudgens has an undoubtedly good radar for what's great. Like, High School Musical is the greatest trilogy of all time and you're lying to yourself if you think any different.

But if you were looking for further proof of Hudgens' immaculate taste, allow us to share her favourite fragrance...

Vanessa Hudgens' favourite perfume

While she was initially reluctant to drop its identity (when you find a winner, you want to keep it under wraps), Hudgens did eventually reveal her signature scent as Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace Eau de Toilette ($105 for 30ml at MECCA).

See, immaculate taste. "[The Maison Margiela perfumes are] based off of times and places," she explained in a conversation with Harper’s BAZAAR. "So this [one] is like France, 1971, burning wood chestnuts. Mm."

Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace Eau de Toilette

What Vanessa Hudgens' favourite perfume smells like

Hudgens is spot on – inspired by the French ski resort region of Chamonix (specifically as she stated, in the year of 1971), it was concocted to evoke the experience of sitting (as the name would suggest) right by the fireplace.

A warm scent blending smoky woods and smooth chestnut, it also features heady hints of clove oil, spicy yet sweet pink pepper, and a touch of gourmand goodness in the form of vanilla. Sounds like quite the vibe-setter, doesn't it?

Hudgens doesn’t just commit to a daily spritz of the scent while she’s at home, either – she's even nabbed a mini version to take on her travels. “I have the travel bottle to bring on the go – it’s just the best,” she confirmed.

Want to follow suit (or just want to sample the scent more affordably)? Grab the Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace Travel-Sized Eau de Toilette ($50 for 10ml at MECCA).

Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace Travel-Sized Eau de Toilette

How Hudgens' fragrance taste has evolved

Her newfound love for rich, spicy, smoky fragrances proves how Hudgens' fragrance taste has grown up over the years – she used to solely love the sweet stuff. “In the past, it’s traditionally been Aquolina Pink Sugar Sensual. It’s really sweet,” she told Hollywood Life back in 2010. It’s since been discontinued (devastating, we know), but here’s a glimpse at the vibe; we think it says everything you need to know...

Aquolina Pink Sugar Sensual EDT

“But the older I’m getting, the more spicy I want my scent to be, so I’m trying out all sorts of new things,” she added in her 2010 chat. Mission accomplished! It doesn’t get much spicier than her current fave, and it doesn’t get much chicer than Maison Margiela.

Main image credit: @allanface

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Delaney began her career in the Australian beauty media industry in 2015, landing amidst the glossy world of women’s lifestyle magazines (or more literally, in their beauty cupboards). Since then, she has gone on to write across a multitude of beloved Australian media brands, including OK!, NW, InStyle, and Harper’s BAZAAR. She’s covered every side of beauty content, from directing beauty editorial shoots to rounding up the best glossy serums for golden hour skin. Having spent nearly a decade immersed in the beauty realm, Delaney’s knowledge of beauty is as extensive as her collection of tinted lip oils (read: extremely extensive). Delaney is currently the Digital Managing Editor of BEAUTYcrew, and her beauty wisdom also appears across beautyheaven, ELLE and Marie Claire. She enjoys channelling her personal hobby (testing beauty products) into her professional work (talking about testing beauty products), and considers perfecting the art of a cat eye in a moving car her life’s greatest accomplishment.

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