September was just beautiful in my neck of the woods, with one crisp, cool, sunny day after another. October has been, frankly, miserable. It has been grey, rainy and cold for the last week: just cold enough to require long sleeves and flannel sheets, but not quite cold enough to actually turn on the heat. I am not normally a huge fan of vanilla fragrances, but it is the sort of weather that calls for a cozy-comfort sort of scent, and vanilla fits the bill as well as anything.
L'Artisan Vanilia was released in 1978, and the notes are ylang ylang, vanilla bean, amber and sandalwood. It starts off smoky, and the smokiness intensifies over the next 20 minutes before fading into a lightly resinous floral-vanilla blend. There are subtle spice notes, perhaps nutmeg and clove, and the amber lends some depth. The dry down is creamy and warm without being overly sweet.
It is a perfect in-between kind of scent for someone who likes the smell of vanilla, but doesn't particularly relish smelling like baked goods. True vanilla freaks might be actually be disappointed, as it is as much an amber-floral scent as a vanilla scent. What sweetness there is smells like the sweetness of flowers, not vanilla sugar, and there is absolutely nothing foody about it to my nose.
L'Artisan Vanilia is an Eau de Toilette, and the lasting power is average. I have read several times that it is one of L'Artisan's most popular fragrances, and I am surprised that they have never released a Vanilia Extreme. A bit more vanilla, a bit more spice, a bit more lasting power? It would be perfect.
For buying information, see the listing for L'Artisan under Perfume Houses.