Au Lait (a milk scent)

Rated 4.74 out of 5 based on 23 customer ratings
(23 customer reviews)


A milk with vanilla perfume; pure and simple.


About This Product

Sweet dreams: a touch of warm milk before bedtime… what could be more cozy? Au Lait is a sweet milky skin scent* that leaves your skin smelling fresh and creamy – sweet in the drydown. *(One of our “skin scents” that adds a natural, “not-too-perfumey” fragrance to the skin).

* EdP / VdP sample vials are are full.

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23 reviews for Au Lait (a milk scent)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is one you can’t overdo. I’d imagine everyone would love this. It reminds me of children’s nurseries. The good part!! Sweet & comforting

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Monique D’Auteuil

    I found myself sniffing my wrist all day! This is a great scent that really makes me think of warm butter and milk. Great for a broad age range.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    angelbaby (verified owner)

    I ordered a sample along with a few others some time ago. When my sample wore out I found myself feinding for this scent! I’ve sampled quite a few other “milky” scents from other perfumers and found nothing more comforting, buttery, or milky as this. Even though I am not usually a fan of musks, which I do believe I smell here in Au Lait, mainly because they tend to tickle my sinuses. I went for this scent anyway because of the subtly sweet, delicate and cozy sweater feeling I get from Au Lait. which probably has a lot to do with the musk! It’s a seriously addicting scent. Very feminine, warm and soft. Love it! Also, thank you for the samples of “Piment et Chocolate” and “Cordial” both of which are very sophisticated and intriguing.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    This scent is addictive. It’s sweet, but not a cloying, sticky sweet. This is actually my “bedtime” perfume – I’ve gotten in the habit of applying it before bed.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    mrsbiyobi (verified owner)

    You’ve heard of “comfort food”, well this is “comfort scent”.I was bummed when our local apothecary which carried Au Lait closed. This was a scent my husband found and would buy for me. I was thrilled to see that I could purchase it directly online. I use it first thing in the morning and last thing at night, with refreshers during the day. I love it!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5 (verified owner)

    The smell of innocence in a bottle. I have many scents that I love to play with and choose for my wardrobe for the day. This is one that I think is beautifully achieved. Simple notes that create a sense of safety, warmth, and innocence. It is a very gentle and joyful scent.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    millima (verified owner)

    I got a sample of this scent, and it was a while before I tested it. What a perfect scent for winter! Usually I gravitate towards wood/incense/leather scents, but this is so warm and comforting. You are very small, your mother wearing a simple cashmere sweater and creamy pearls and spoon-feeding you warm milk custard. It this mix of incredibly elegant and incredibly comforting at the same time. There’s a clean, skin-musk scent as it dries down. This. Scent stays close to the skin, not much sillage. I love this!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5 (verified owner)

    AU LAIT is HANDS DOWN the most delicious, most natural and beautiful sweet milk perfume I have ever tried in my life! No plastic, nothing bitter, no burnt notes, just hours of gently sweet creaminess. The longevity is excellent! Wears as a skin scent, but that’s perfect for my purposes.

    It’s unquestionably a holy grail gourmand and so perfect now that the temperature is starting to drop.. Thank you DSH, for ending my quest for the perfect milk perfume. It’s a very realistic can of sweetened condensed milk changing to fresh vanilla buttercream frosting. Exactly.
    This is how the clouds smell in heaven.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5 (verified owner)

    YUM! That about sums it up. Truly a Gourmand scent, alluring, sexy, cozy and it keeps me wanting to smell myself all day. Love this one and eventually after I have spent all my $ on friends and family for Christmas, I think I deserve a little present of this to myself- when I can begin affording…anything again. Ho, Ho Ho.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    jorgenson (verified owner)

    Exactly what the intended wearer had in mind when she said she wanted a milk perfume.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5 (verified owner)

    As close to perfect as I will get on a milk scent. It goes a step further and is almost sweet with powdered sugar. I love it and will order more.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5 (verified owner)

    Just tried a sample of Au Lait and I find it very pleasant and soothing. On my next order, I know that I will buy a larger bottle.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    somethingspecial (verified owner)

    just received my 8 samples, this is hands down a fav, will be buying a large bottle, can’t stop sniffing!

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Princess (verified owner)

    Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Au Lait is nice, sweet, and clean. It’s heralded in various online fragrance community as THE milk scent, and I do get notes of condensed milk and vanilla; on me, this is more of a vanilla fragrance than a caramel one, and it’s not much like steamed milk at all.

    While I find this fragrance pleasant enough, the musk note is apparent right from the beginning (I usually expect musks in the drydown), and it just throws off the comforting, foody scent of the perfume. There’s something about it that makes my nose and throat feel “uneasy,” even though it doesn’t make me sneeze. When I was a kid, I stupidly decided to rub Johnson & Johnson baby wash on my tongue to see what getting my mouth washed out with soap would be like (I used to read about it happening to characters in books, and I was an impressionable and weird kid), and something about that note almost puts the taste of a light, clean baby soap back on my tongue. I know I’m the odd one out here, but while I could fall asleep with this on after hours of wear, there’s no way I could sleep with this freshly applied before bed. It’s just too perfumey and not foody enough.

    The sillage of this fragrance is not huge, but the scent does last for hours on me when applied in and near the baby hairs at the sides of my neck.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really love this scent. One that makes you happy again when you are sad. It gives comfort and peace.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    Although many people seem to feel that this scent reminds them of their mom when she used to give out warm milk on many a sleepless night throughout childhood, my reaction has been slightly different. I actually think that this milk smells just like sweetened condensed milk right out of the can. Don’t get me wrong. I’m absoluely NOT putting it down. This is a pleasant smell for me because whenever I was using this type of milk, I was baking sweets as a child (and I still do)! Furthermore, I don’t know about everyone else, but I actually like to wear perfume at night (in addition to the day). I wear it at night to help me to fall into sleep and to have sweet dreams (hopefully). Anyway, this is one of the perfumes that I love wearing at bedtime– it’s perfect for that! Breathing milk in and out is simply mmmmmmm!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5 (verified owner)

    Possibly my very favorite from Dawn. Had been looking for a Milky scent and this is perfect.
    So very comforting, I keep a bottle on my nightstand.

  18. Rated 2 out of 5


    My boyfriend didn’t like this on me at all. He said it smelled like paint thinner to him. >.<

    • DSHPerfumes

      Oh, goodness! We’re sorry Au Lait didn’t work well on your skin… Skin chemistry makes such a difference, and we’re glad you tried it first! <3 Thank you for your reviews.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    jorge5lonnie (verified owner)

    Wow! smells just like condense milk. It’s very comforting and soothing. I need to buy more.

  20. Rated 4 out of 5


    Comforting, straightforward milky perfume.
    I don’t feel much the musk bit, though.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carole Pitcher (verified owner)

    There is not a lot for me to add to the other reviews of this great fragrance. I tried a sample the other day and my four year old goddaughter told me I smelled like vanilla ice cream, a very high compliment and pretty accurate. This is a very warm comforting scent. I love wearing it to bed : I think that it leads to beautiful dreams.

  22. Rated 4 out of 5


    Lovely, comforting and delicate scent. To me there is a floral aspect, along with dreamy milk and vanilla. Fragrance is very subjective, and what one person loves, another person–not so much. I like this because it hovers somewhere (to my nose) between floral and gourmand. I took off one star mainly because it had no longevity on me at all. Perhaps if I tried another format–such as layering over a body lotion of the same scent.

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