The tonka bean has a long history in the world of perfume. Used since the 19th century, it is now one of the most common ingredients in perfumery. Known and praised for its warm, sweet qualities, it has a vanilla-like characteristic that is reminiscent of almond, cinnamon and cloves. The tonka bean’s undertone of tobacco makes it a popular note in men’s fragrances and it is often paired with fresh, green notes such as bergamot, vetiver and mint. In women’s fragrances, tonka is loved for its oriental qualities, and often added as the base or heart note to create depth and warmth. In this guide we bring you an edit of some of the best tonka bean fragrances for both men and women.