Allure: Our Love-Hate Relationship With Vanilla, Explained

Growing up in the U.S., the scent and flavor of vanilla are practically baked into our childhoods thanks to sugar cookies, candy, frosting, whipped cream, pound cake, and beyond. And long before we duked it out with our elementary school classmates over a single glazed Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkin, we found a similar sweet, creamy scent from breast milk and baby formula. That’s one deep-seated explanation for why when we ask ourselves the question of what we would like to smell like, especially for the very first time, vanilla is a common answer.

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