Vanilla fragrances from Guerlain, Le Labo & Indult

Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille perfume

Last February when I reviewed Annick Goutal's Vanille Exquise, I noted that "I am not a huge vanilla fan in general, but there are cold, grey days when a bit of vanilla is just what you need". Those days are upon us once more, so this morning I'm road testing three vanilla fragrances: Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille, Le Labo's Vanille 44 and Indult's Tihota.

Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille has been all the rage on the boards and blogs, and it is easy enough to see why. This stuff is simply delicious. It starts out thick and rich, with boozy undertones and a swirl of something smoky that reminds me of vanilla-scented pipe tobacco (the notes: vanilla, spices, benzoin, frankincense, cedar, pink pepper, bergamot, Bulgarian rose and ylang ylang). Like the recent Thierry Mugler Angel La Part des Anges, I want to drink it as much as wear it, at least in the opening stages.

The dry down maintains the character of the opening (this is not an "all about vanilla" fragrance) but gets softer, not quite so rich, certainly not so boozy. It is middling dark, but not at all heavy, and not really foody once it calms. Guerlain calls it "a carnal and aphrodisiac scent", but to my nose, it is more about comfort than sex; the mildly-spiced vanilla, woods and incense make it the perfect antidote to the gloom of winter. I found the lasting power to be excellent.

Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille is a limited edition, and is sold in 75 ml Eau de Parfum. I know they had it at Bergdorf Goodman in New York and at the Neiman Marcus in San Francisco, but I don't know if either store still has it in stock and I can't risk calling them to find out — I'm not sure I can call a Guerlain counter without buying something or another. If you know exactly how much it costs (I think it was around $200?) and whether there is any left to be had, please comment.

It is a sign of the eternally weak dollar and the ever-onward-and-upward cost of perfume that the price of the Spiritueuse Double Vanille hardly made me blink (although mind you, I didn't buy it either). Le Labo's Vanille 44 ups the ante; Le Labo says it is $250 for 50 ml, $380 for 100 ml, but Perfume Posse reports $500 for 100 ml. This is Le Labo's "city-exclusive" scent for their counter at Colette in Paris, and I'm even less eager to call Colette in Paris than I am to call Guerlain in New York, so we'll have to just call it expensive and leave it at that.

In keeping with Le Labo naming conventions, Vanille 44 is so named because it has 44 notes, and the note in greatest concentration is vanilla. That doesn't mean, of course, that it will smell mainly of vanilla, and in the event, it doesn't; this is maybe even less focused on vanilla than the Guerlain. Worn next to Spiritueuse Double Vanille, Vanille 44 feels streamlined, almost minimalist. The top notes have a nice diffusive fizz, reminiscent of a woody vanilla soda with a twist of citrus peel, if such a thing existed (the notes: bergamot, incense, gaiac wood, mandarin, vanilla, muscenone, pipol and hedione). It dries down to a transparent musky skin scent with touches of dry vanilla and pale streaks of smoke.

Vanilla freaks needn't get worked up over Vanille 44, I shouldn't think — it just isn't vanillic enough to satisfy that particular craving. The first time I tried it, I didn't get worked up over it either, but after wearing it for a few weeks, I'm completely hooked. Vanille 44 is by perfumer Alberto Morillas, and about the fifth time I wore it, his Cologne for Thierry Mugler suddenly popped into my mind. They don't smell anything alike at all, but they have that same deceptive "little bit of nothing" character; you hardly notice you're wearing fragrance, but something smells very sexy indeed. I'd love to have a bottle of this.

Indult Tihota perfume

Indult's Tihota might be the only one of the three fragrances here that truly qualifies as a vanilla scent. It was developed by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, and it smells like vanilla cake. A really, really nice vanilla cake, mind you, one with some sophistication — this isn't the sugar-laden cupcake from Britney Spears Fantasy — but still, what I think of when I smell it is: vanilla cake.

Tihota is full-bodied and rich, and the lasting power is good. I'm guessing that a true vanilla freak might like this one better than the Guerlain or the Le Labo (I know it has lots of fans at MakeupAlley), but I'm not a true vanilla freak. I thought it was really nicely done, but not interesting enough. Just as well; it's as spendy as the others ($250 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum), and like the Guerlain, it's limited edition, although in this case if you buy it before it runs out you join the "Indult Club" and thereby earn the right to purchase refills for as long as Indult stays in business. For buying information, see the listing for Indult under Perfume Houses.

I did not set out to review three expensive and hard to find vanillas, but that is how it worked out this time. If anyone has a great recommendation for an absolutely wonderful vanilla perfume under $50, one you can buy anywhere, please comment!

More vanilla: Parfums de Nicolaï Vanille Tonka & Vanille Absolu by Montale Vanille Absolu, L'Artisan Vanilia, i Profumi di Firenze Vaniglia del Madagascar, La Maison de la Vanille Eau Noire du Mexique, Crazylibellule and The Poppies Vanilla Moka, Vanilla Macarons & Vanilla Pralines.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I haven't tried any of these yet, and the only one I'm really intrigued by is the Guerlain (along with everyone else, apparently, judging from general internet buzz) Great review – I might just go ahead and get a small decant from The Perfumed Court now! As for a great, true vanilla at a reasonable price point, I think you can't go wrong with Comptoir Sud Pacifique's Vanille Passion or, if you really are a vanilla freak, Vanille Extreme. At $53, they're not exactly cheap, but they are great quality vanilla scents that won't break the bank.

  2. Anonymous says:

    My favorite vanilla of all time is…..Shalimar. Especially the parfum. I'm not sure if it counts in this category, though.

    Spiritueuse Double Vanille smells to me like a fine Mexican vanilla extract. I like smelling vanilla extract, and I love baking with it, but I'm not so keen on wearing it, even though SDV does become less one-note in the drydown. The last true vanilla scent I wore with regularity was Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille, which I bought a few years ago as I was just beginning to become interested in perfume. I still like to take out my nearly-empty bottle from time to time, but I just can't wear it anymore.

    But that's just my taste, which leans toward the ornate and the baroque…hence the Shalimar.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Given my name here, I ought to be all over these! I'm beginning to realise that a more accurate id would be needs-a-bit-of-vanilla-in-there-somewhere-girl. The Indult, for me, was like being suffocated by a twenty-foot vanilla pod; I was so overvanilled by it, I couldn't detect a hint of a nuance. Does it have any other listed notes? The Guerlain was surprisingly boozy, which I quite liked, as long as I didn't have to wear it in public. The le Labo started off superbly – light vanilla and woods, a bit like l'Artisan's floral-y Vanilia – and I was terribly excited and planning a trip to Paris…but then it drifted into that most dreaded of all notes on me…honey. I still keep sniffing the decant bottle, though – there's something that appeals to me about it. Anyway, all of these are much too spendy, so I'm glad it's not True Love. I think Musc Ravageur is just about the right level of vanilla for me, although not cheap either.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You know, I have a few favorites from CSP but probably unfairly think of the whole vanilla line as overly sweet. I really haven't tried them all so should give them a fair smell. Which of the 2 you mentioned is the driest?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I found the SDV more complex than you did, but hey, you know, Shalimar it ain't, and one of the things about the price that is it isn't all that far from the cost of 30 ml of Shalimar extrait.

    There isn't any good way to evaluate “worth” in perfume — the markup is so outrageous for all of them. But if you can buy 30 ml of Shalimar extrait for $300, SDV ought not to cost anything like $200 (IMHO, obviously).

  6. Anonymous says:

    I agree, the whole range is on the sweet side – of the two, the Vanille Passion is the drier, to me, though it still couldn't be considered “dry”. The Vanille Extreme is over-the-top all the way…”extreme” is definitely accurate.

  7. Anonymous says:

    R, all of these, especially SDV and LL44, are divine! My husband hates the first…why, I don't know…so I guess I will wear it with abandon while he chaperones a 5th grade trip this week, hee, hee! Since I just get to gaze at my beloved bottle, you know what to do instead of calling NM or Bergdorf's, right? :):)

    The LeLabo is simply delicious. I love the fizzy effervescence of the bergamot with the vanilla. I cannot wait for their store to open in LA! I wonder what exclusive fragrance they will create for us?


  8. Anonymous says:

    BitOVanillaGirl, LOL?

    The only other note listed in Tihota is musk, so obviously they were not interested in sharing the notes, LOL…but would agree w/ you, it smells basically like massive vanilla.

  9. Anonymous says:

    R, so glad to see another fan of the Le Labo, I am really attached to my samples — and am going to have to start rationing as there is no way I'm buying! I do dislike the whole city exclusive concept, personally, and wish they'd give it up, but they've done a great job with them so far, and looking forward to what they come up with next. We've LA, and London, and Tokyo, and Las Vegas, and I don't know what else…

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, I'll have to give the vanilla range a little visit next I'm in Sephora!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I am not crazy about the city exclusive concept either…at least for now, lol! If they come up with a winner for LA (note to Le Labo: Do not do an orange blossom, it's way too obvious!), I admit I will feel exclusive and privileged…then, I'll look at the outrageous price!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    R, I don't see any obvious conceptual link between the scents & the cities so far, do you? Or maybe it just goes right over my head.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I'm hoping that the London exclsuive will be incense. They've done orange-blossom already, so I'm with you in hoping we avoid it, V!

  14. Anonymous says:

    “being suffocated by a twenty-foot vanilla pod”, “I was so overvanilled” – you slay me, needs-a-bit-of-vanilla-in-there-somewhere-girl, LOL!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Funny, I just tried Shalimar for the first time today and was surprised by how intensely vanillic it is – the middle stages were pure vanilla ice cream on me for a good while. No rough edges anywhere, straight-out yummy all the way through…
    I always overlook Shalimar at the Guerlain counter, there isn't much attention span left between my hankering after a full bottle of Mitsouko and the fascinated horror I feel for L'Heure Bleu.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I haven't tried any of these. I don't generally go sampling things I can never afford, that are limited edition or only available in Paris! I do like the smoky vanilla idea, though. I swapped for a decant of PdN Vanille Tonka on Saturday and I'm really enjoying it. If it blossoms into love (and it could, I love that little tingle of lime in the opening and the incense-y drydown), at least I know I can buy a bottle relatively easily. I've heard that L'Aromarine Vanille is nice, and it certainly is inexpensive and has a cute bottle. Haven't had a chance to try it, though.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Y'all are ganging up on me with the SDV and Le Labo 44, you know! Love a bit of vanilla in my perfumes and sometimes even more than just a bit (Gaultier2), but don't care for the vanilla-cake ones like Tihota (which I haven't tried but don't really feel moved to). As it happens, today I'm wearing Habit Rouge, a lovely fizzy citrus-leather-vanilla. Heritage also has a lovely vanilla base note.
    P.S. Kerastase shampoos retail at 20 euros a bottle here. Ouch! ;-)

  18. Anonymous says:

    Incense would make me happy too :-)

  19. Anonymous says:

    Good idea — not to go sampling things you can't afford!

    I love the PdN, and yep, you can get it easily and relatively cheaply, esp. now that they're exporting the 30 ml travel bottles. Haven't tried the L'Aromarine, but you can't beat the price.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Shalimar is heavily vanillic, and lovely, although I still prefer the diet version (Shalimar Light). Looking forward to trying the new Eau de Shalimar, hope they won't “freshen it up” too much.

  21. Anonymous says:

    D, they are worth trying, although the SDV is probably very nearly gone so maybe you'll need to be content w/ your other Guerlain vanillas.

    Sounds like I can't afford Kerastase anywhere on earth then ;-)

  22. Anonymous says:

    Dusan, you beat me to it! After all the talk about Guerlain, I was going to recommend Habit Rouge, which is all about vanilla in the most roundabout way. Oh, and I wanted to recommend Rocabar by Hermes: very manly, it smells like all outdoors, with juniper, fir, lavender, cypress, spices, and cedar, and then underneath it all, a completely unexpected thing–a soft, hazy blanket of the most beautiful vanilla.

    If you need a cheap vanilla scent, I might suggest the Maison de la Vanille quintet: I got the sampler set of all five for $28 at Luckyscent, but they don't seem to carry it any more. Still, the full sizes are $40 for 100 mL, and some of them are stunning (Vanille Noire du Mexique has a gorgeous rose note, Vanille Givree des Antilles is drizzled with patchouli, and Vanille Sauvage du Madagascar is abloom with herbs and spices). If you're not a real vanilla-head, they're probably not for you, but I love them.

  23. Anonymous says:

    OK, this isn't exactly what you asked for, Robin, but have any of you ever browsed through books by Janice Cox (Natural Beauty at Home, for example)? She has an amazingly simple and CHEAP recipe for a delicious smelling vanilla body oil. Taken directly from her book, mix 1/2 cup light oil (canola or other similar unscented light oil) with 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Let it sit for several hours, then pour the mixture into a clean jar or bottle through a funnel lined with a coffee filter. Smells awesome!

  24. Anonymous says:

    'm with you about the Le Labo. It's ridiculous and obscene, but darnit, it has this really lovely feel to it that is wonderful floating around. I went to wash out the empty bottle, and when that hot water hit that jar, my kitchen smelled out of this world.

    I was thinking that price was Euros, the 380. That's their normal U.S. price for the exclusives, I think 380 for 100 ml. Let me go check my notesl 330 euros for 100 ml, 50 ml for 210 euros is what colette quoted, so not quite 500 for 100 mls until you add shipping

  25. Anonymous says:

    I'll try to remember to look up the lighter versions next time – although I think I'd like a Shalimar Extreme myself, if anything. It is very lovely, but not at all the powerhouse I expected.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Really — which concentration did you try? I think of Shalimar as pretty darned strong.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Agree on the MdlV, and the Mexique was my favorite by far.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Wow — that sounds almost *too* simple! Will have to give it a shot, although should add a warning to everybody/anybody that many people find cinnamon a skin irritant/allergen. Might be worth spot testing before you rub it all over your body!

  29. Anonymous says:

    P, the price was quoted to me (by Le Labo) in dollars, although obviously Vanille is only sold in euros.

    At current exchange rates, that means 100 ml *ought* to be around 260 euros, right? But it isn't, so either Colette is charging more, or Le Labo gave me the wrong number. Since I'm not planning to buy, I'm not planning to investigate :-)

  30. Anonymous says:

    The purest, gentlest, loveliest vanilla I've ever experienced in a bottle is inexpensive, widely available, vegan-friendly and a joy to wear (or have rubbed off on your skin). It is Vanilla Vera Cruz by Pacifica. It isn't heavy or cake-y or whack-you-on-the-head foody: it makes *you* smell delicious, not like you're carrying a delicious cupcake everywhere. People throw lots of money at the feet of the major houses again and again in pursuit of a vanilla that doesn't morph into something that's just too much–and again and again, the major houses seem unable to resist adding trumpets to their vanilla creations, trumpets which sound just as the wearer starts to relax…

    Vanilla Vera Cruz perfume is on the Pacifica Candles website; it's about $20.00. It is not loud or terribly long-lasting, so you can apply it generously without fear.

    Of course, if you want the most amazing vanilla-orange scent ever, you'll need to splurge. Dulcis in Fundo, Profumum, Luckyscent. Yum. And rrrowrr!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, I really liked the one Pacifica I tried and will have to go searching for the Vanilla. And you've reminded me of another cheap-but-good: Ecco Bella Vanilla, which I know I liked when I tried it some years ago, but have to admit it's been a long time and don't know what I'd think of it now, or if they even still make it.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of vanilla body treatments, R, are you going to get after Guerlain to do the SDV in a lux body creme or shall I? ;) Can't imagine a more sumptuous cream for wintertime….

  33. Anonymous says:

    What about the lovely L by Lolita Lempicka? It's not a linear vanilla, at all, but vanilla is the dominant note. I see bottles of the 2.7 oz EDP for less than $50. online through discounters.

    For a rich, yummy, boozy gourmand vanilla that's not a “limited” edition, I suggest Il Profumo Vanille Bourbon (reasonably priced for a niche fragrance at $100. for 100 ml at luckyscent). You could always layer it with an incense fragrance for a SDV-type effect .


  34. Anonymous says:

    Am I the only one who gets far more musk than vanilla from Tihota? To me it was musk with a splash of vanilla, not the reverse. I guess it's a kind of musk that my nose picks up easily. I'm a bloodhound for that kind of thin, clean musk. While you were picturing vanilla cake, I was picturing those Australian musk Lifesavers…

  35. Anonymous says:

    Sooo… can't reveal my sources, but pretty sure he was working on a musk for LA. Which, knowing LL, may smell nothing of musk. Store should be opening Late Feb/Early March on 3rd and Orlando. Edge of my seat…

  36. Anonymous says:

    That would be lovely! Have to say that Guerlain doesn't seem to take my advice very often though, LOL…

  37. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the recs! L is a great value if you don't mind the immortelle (not my favorite note, unfortunately).

  38. Anonymous says:

    Oh no, I get tons of vanilla, splash of woody musk.

    Thought you must be kidding about the musk lifesavers, but see from Google that you're quite serious. Wow.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the tip!

  40. Anonymous says:

    SDV was surprisingly flat on me. I was so disappointed since I expected great things considering the love this gets. Tihota was lovely, but Too Much.

    These days, I get my vanilla fix from Un Bois Vanille, Shalimar, Noire du Mexique and Guerlain Metalys. Oh, and Le Labo Patchouli. Hours into the drydown, it turns into the most amazing smoky vanilla. It is Shalimar-esque. Glorious!

  41. Anonymous says:

    An absolutely wonderful vanilla perfume under $50, one you can buy anywhere? That would be Lolita Lempicka L, I think nobody mentioned it berfore, and it fits perfectly. It is a brilliant scent, making gloomy, winter days brighter. Everytime I wear it, I smile.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I forgot Shalimar. I have a bottle of it somewhere and have always been rather frightened by it. It strikes me as a stern scent (acutally a lot of Guerlains are rather stern) and one of those ones that I would LIKE to like, rather than actually liking. L'heure Bleue falls into that category too. I have a bottle of the Eau de P which I bought in a gust of Guerlain infatuation and now I feel it is far too opulent for me ever to wear. If molten gold had a smell, this would be it. So I'm interested to hear Guerlain are doing a vanilla.

    Is it super-sweet? 'Boozy' sounds exciting, but I would not like to go around smelling like a cake, I think I would make myself sick. Crabtree and Evelyn do a good vanilla, or used to, last time I looked.

    Guerlain is like reading a great classic, something you do for improvement, but often without much enthusiasm. Does anyone else feel like this?!

  43. Anonymous says:

    I am really not a vanilla freak AT ALL. My favorite vanilla (and the only one I really like) is Vanille Tonka, which is more about the frankincense on me. I have tried these three and

    —I find SDV too sweet

    –LL is nice enough but comes out pretty bland on me; I don't think I'd buy it even if the price were more reasonable,

    –I think Tihota is a well-done vanilla, but. . . I am not a vanilla freak.

    Oh, well, there's always leather. . .and tobacco, and patchouli, and roses, and many more. . .

  44. Anonymous says:

    Until the Guerlain I was one who considered herself vanilla phobic, at least so far as a dominant note is concerned. SDV has seen me do an about turn in the time it took for me to dab the sample I bought from TPC. Love it. A friend who is visiting New York right now has reported that it is indeed at Bergdorfs at $200 (plus tax if relevant). And it's 140 euros in Paris. Still a comparative bargain to the Le Labo which I like but don't yet love (thankfully! though those Labos have a nasty habit of creeping up on me). I sniffed the Tihota thing once and it confirmed to me that I still do not like vanilla “soliflores” as that is how it came across to me!

  45. Anonymous says:

    Le Labo Patchouli is great stuff — reminds me of Bvlgari Black, another vanilla worth trying.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Elve, pearlbailey above beat you to it :-)

  47. Anonymous says:

    I don't find SDV super sweet at all.

    I know what you mean about “reading a great classic”, but the line is so diverse now, w/ the Art et Matiere line, the Aqua Allegoria line, and newer things like L'Instant & Insolence.

  48. Anonymous says:

    So true, there are plenty of other fish in the sea! I love VT too, but even that I don't reach for often. The Le Labo I'd wear year round, but most vanillas are Jan-Feb comfort scents for me.

  49. Anonymous says:

    I have mixed feelings about vanilla scents. Most of them make me gag, but then sometimes, there are some that once they dry down completely and after wearing for a little while, mix really well into your skin, that blending into the skin like that, ever so discretely, is wonderful. Waiting for that moment is tough though as the initial blast is usually very intoxicating. I'm interested in SDV, as it sounds like something I could wear. Pitty it's so pricey. With vanilla scents they should make really small (7,5ml) bottles, and not necessarily parfum, just regualr EDT would do nicely, cause all you really need is a little tiny dab.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for confirming the prices on the SDV!

    I will say this about the Le Labo: I think it a) needs to be sprayed, not dabbed, and b) it is definitely a “sleeper”. It didn't start to catch me until the 3rd try. But given the price, perhaps wiser to give up if you don't love it immediately :-)

  51. Anonymous says:

    Yes, l'Instant is much more approachable I find. Actually I am in awe of Guerlain, I suppose because of the associations, that it's almost like I can't approach them 'fresh', without feeling that I *must* like them. I think they are extraordinary, but maybe set expectations of the wearer a little high. I feel love-hate about them. Although I was reading your piece on Apres l'Ondee and it sounded so inviting. That is a scent I've never sniffed.

    Lolita Lempicka 'L' is a very pretty vanilla, and very wearable. Not at all cloying. Although I found the first scent in the range too girlie and sweet for my taste, I do find this is a vanilla I can manage.

  52. Anonymous says:

    I agree. Committing to an enormous bottle when you are fond of, but not madly in love with, a fragrance is a big ask. Especially if it is pricey :-)

  53. Anonymous says:

    Flor, Everything should be in tiny little bottles, I agree! But the fragrance industry, sadly, does not.

  54. Anonymous says:

    I know what you mean about the classics from Guerlain: you very nearly aren't allowed to dislike Shalimar, Mitsouko, etc. Do try Apres l'Ondee, it is so much more approachable.

  55. Anonymous says:

    You are not the only one….you and I are the only two, though, I think!! I layer it with Kurkjian's other masterpiece, the Indult Isvaraya – Patchouli, Indian Plum Tree, Jasmine Sambac.

    I agree that Maurice Roucel's L Lolita Lempicka is dreamy and wonderful. The drydown reminds me of MR, and you can't get any better than that IMHO.

  56. Anonymous says:

    After reading this review, I revisited my sample of the Guerlain, which didn't initially impress me much. Wow! I'm wearing it today – a little goes along way – and loving myself. Thanks for making me re-think this scent. We'll see what my SO has to say when he gets back in town tomorrow night…

  57. Anonymous says:

    Ooh, I can't wait!! Thanks for filling us in.

  58. Anonymous says:

    Shame on them. If I were the House of Guerlain, I'd be all over your advice. :-)

  59. Anonymous says:

    Agree a little goes a long way — not sure I'd like this sprayed with abandon, although it is soft once it dries down. Given the price, you might be best off if SO hates it ;-)

  60. Anonymous says:

    EdT. Higher concentrations of Guerlains are very hard to come by in these parts, I get the feeling that they stock the classics more because they “have to” than out of any actual interest in them. I have skin that eats fragrance, so I like everything but heady florals rather strong, or it just disappears on me.

  61. Anonymous says:

    Very late to the party to thank you for your thoughtful analysis. I haven't smelled the Le Labo yet. As lovely as I think SDV is, that weird old Annick I tried that day with you is the only one that I find myself wanting to wear (I have a little sample). The SDV, stunning as it is, I wish the smoke lasted longer.

  62. Anonymous says:

    Always interesting to read every review and comment here. However, I'm glad that vanilla does absolutely nothing for me whatsoever (it's great to have whole categories to avoid being tempted by). And the thought of vanilla as “carnal” or “aphrodisiac” makes me supress a laugh because I can imagine that only for someone with a weird vanilla-infused whipped cream sex fetish or something! But hey, to each his or her own!

    On the other hand, a nice vanilla cake sounds delicious right now!

  63. Anonymous says:

    You might find the Parfum esp. more of a powerhouse — much deeper, more animalic.

  64. Anonymous says:

    LOL — I'd have them bankrupt in no time ;-)

  65. Anonymous says:

    Drat, wish I had known you hadn't tried the LL. But — might not be enough smoke for you there either.

  66. Anonymous says:

    I seem to remember reading somewhere that the notes men found sexiest were pumpkin & licorice or something??? Can't remember now, just know it wasn't what most women's perfumes were after.

  67. Anonymous says:

    A gentle and translucent vanilla traced lazily across a woman's skin neither hides her own warmth nor superimposes an animalic note borrowed from another animal. To me it isn't sexy for food-fetish reasons (although I've yet to see an anti-whipped-cream demonstration on TV)–it's more about the comfort and warmth induced in both parties, the hint of a taste so many of us have evolved to find pleasing, the douceur similar to that evoked when she's in her favorite comfy clothes, or perched cozily in bed on a chilly spring morning.

    Cake is just cake-y. But vanilla itself is a piquant comfort, something that calls across centuries without dulling. So, maybe that's why?

  68. Anonymous says:

    I will keep a lookout for it, thank you! It was a little confounding to have one of the greatest fragrance classics of our time smelling like lemon marmalade, vanilla ice cream and not much else on me, I must admit. :)

  69. Anonymous says:

    That sounds almost like Shalimar Light! Do try the parfum if you can, I don't think you'll find it that much of a lightweight.

  70. Anonymous says:

    I'm such a glutton for punishment: I go out of my way to sample all the things I can LEAST afford!!!

  71. rubaiyat says:

    I ordered a sample of the Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille for my sister, who is a vanilla girl. I am ashamed to admit that I never gave it to her–one inhalation of this glorious, and yes, boozy concoction and I was hooked. When a girl, I would get out my mother’s McCormick vanilla extract and dab it on like perfume…but that wonderful scent evaporated in no time. Spiritueuse is exactly what I wanted that long ago dab of vanilla extract to smell like.

    • Robin says:

      LOL — poor sister, although of course she doesn’t know what she’s missing.

  72. rubaiyat says:

    …as long as I remember not to wear it around her!

  73. sue says:

    Hi Robin,
    i haven’t smell SDV, but I’m wondering, if I do like so much Dior Addict, and especially the dry down,, the vanilla in it..
    I will like SDV??? it’s not available in my country I will ask my friend to bring it for me from france but I want to make sure first.
    Thank you,

    • Robin says:

      I’m so sorry but that really isn’t enough information to go on…personally I don’t like Addict but I do like SDV. It might be worth a shot, but it would be an expensive mistake if you hated it.

      • sue says:

        thank u Robin, I will email u later to give u more info about what perfume I like :)

        • Robin says:

          Sue, we don’t really do personal fragrance recommendations by email anymore, I’m sorry…it got WAY too time consuming.

      • sue says:

        it’s ok,, thank u anyway..
        i still can benfit from ur blog :)
        keep up the good work.

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