L’Artisan Parfumeur: Vanilia

I think the time has come to give this a proper review. After all, I do have a bottle now and I’ve been wearing it for some time. And it never ceases to amaze me.
I tend to skip it when I’m deciding what to wear in the morning, it’s just that I always think of it as a warm, comforting scent that kind of makes you blend in. Like wearing something that makes you look like just one more face in the crowd.
Today I concluded that I’m both right and wrong. It does smell warm and comfortable but I don’t see (smell) many people around me who actually smell this addictive. πŸ™‚ And that is what it smells like to me – addictive.
When I first spray it on, I get a large dose of wet and lush tropical-smelling vanilla. And I realized that I would definitely term this as a gourmand smell but without any foody connotations. It never reminds me of anything edible. Anyway, I was thinking how there must be a lush smelling (probably tropical) plant in this together with vanilla and while enjoying the ride, I started getting hints of warm spices. As I was considering the fact that I seem to smell clove everywhere these days and that I shouldn’t jump to clove as soon as I smell spice, I went in search for notes.
I don’t know how many of you were looking for Vanilia notes, but they tend to differ. πŸ™‚
So first I got: ylang-ylang, vanilla bean, amber and sandalwood. Aha! There WAS some tropical lushness in this.
So I looked some more thinking how come there is no spice listed and I found another list: ylang-ylang, vanilla and vanilla flower, nutmeg, clove and sandalwood. No amber in this. And then one more list without ylang-ylang in it and listing only spices.
I’m not sure about the amber but everything else seems to be there. Of course, I don’t really know what vanilla flower smells like but my guess is really harmoniously with ylang-ylang. After I read nutmeg, I got that as well.
I was reading some of my older notes on Vanilia and saw that I wrote about a salty undertone. I would have missed it this time, I was preoccupied with lush-tropical vanilla but it’s there. It is the exact thing to make this adhere to non-foody road of development. Where does it come from – I’m not sure but my guess is that ylang-ylang brings it out from vanilla.

Now, that I’ve re-read my post I’m not sure you got the idea of what it smells like. πŸ™‚ I realize I sometime have a problem with expressing coherently my thoughts on things. πŸ˜‰
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6 thoughts on “L’Artisan Parfumeur: Vanilia

  1. The Left Coast Nose January 20, 2010 at 16:25 Reply

    I feel like I can *taste* this from your description!! All those notes– the amber, the ylang-ylang, the sandalwood– all things I love. I'll have to try it… It IS funny how you can find all different kinds of scent notes for the same scent… Makes you wonder whom to believe…

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  2. It sound like something I would wear in the summer. I love the way you write about perfume it makes me think of holday with a handsome stranger, you know all romantic and elegant.Warm regards,Simone

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  3. Ines January 21, 2010 at 11:09 Reply

    Hey Rita, thanks for saying so. I always feel I can't do real justice describing the things I smell. I wonder what you will think of it once you try it. πŸ™‚

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  4. Ines January 21, 2010 at 11:10 Reply

    Simone, what a nice thing to say to me (write)! πŸ™‚ Thank you!

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  5. Diana January 27, 2010 at 00:46 Reply

    It never reminds me of anything edible either. I love Vanilia because nothing else smells like it. I really hope that the overwhelming love for Havana Vanille doesn't cause L'Artisan to cut back on its production like they did with Dzing!, which is another fav of mine.

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  6. Ines January 27, 2010 at 13:06 Reply

    Diana, I'm sorry to say but I heard they are actually taking it out of production?! I do hope that's not true. Btw, the first two things I tried from your package were Dzing and Iris Pallida and although I appreaciate the oddness of Dzing, I think I'm falling in love with Iris P. πŸ™‚ And I wanted to smell them some more and write about them, but I have a cold again and can't sniff anything. 😦

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