Vanille Noire du Mexique by La Maison de la Vanille Review

16500Vanille Noire du Mexique                                          100ml EDT for $60 USD from Luckyscent

Notes: Vanilla, rose, jasmine, iris, tonka bean, patchouli and bergamot.

I brought the set of all 5 La Maison de la Vanille 15ml EDT’s for $50 on Luckyscent and thought each perfume deserved its own review rather than a combined set one. Vanille Noire du Mexique opens with a fresh, almost spicy, bergamot. This top note is very fizzy and almost like those dissoluble cold medicine tablets that I used to have when I was little. After a few minutes this settles into a powdery and velvet iris with a touch of patchouli. I find the patchouli, which some sites don’t list but is definitely there, more prominent and sweeter in warmer weather than colder.

I, thankfully, don’t get any jasmine but I do get the faintest whiff of a dry and dusty rose. It’s rather earthy and I’m happy when the tonka-bean and vanilla finally appear in the base. It’s not too sweet and certainly not gourmand. This is possibly the darkest scent of the set – hence the noire. It has a slight soapy aspect which parallels with it’s slightly spicy aspect.

It’s exotic and powerful but also contained. It can be alluring and dangerous. Something a warrior ninja would wear. The kind of person I imagine this on wears a ribbon in their hair, has a sad darkness to them, wears black clothing and has a femininity to them. I imagine someone like Blake Belladona from RWBY wearing this. It’s also slightly gothic ivy, stone and velvet. It has medium sillage with about 4 hours of longevity similar to the rest of the collection. 7/10.

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Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun Review

Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun                      100ml EDP for $120 from Luckyscent

Notes: Bulgarian rose, vanilla, patchouli, lavender, Iso E super and musk.

It opens as a strong and soapy Bulgarian Rose. It’s like a rose-scented bath product but maybe that’s just my skin chemistry. It’s light, musky and feminine. It’s a dry and powdery rose whereas I prefer the wet and fresh rose fragrances. I can actually smell hints of lavender and Iso E super but I don’t get much vanilla.

It definitely has a darker aspect but in a transparent way – it’s not mysterious but rather simple. The patchouli darkens it a bit and adds a hint of earthy spice whilst the Iso-E adds a slight woody velvet aspect. It’s not what I pictured this perfume to be. I thought it would have that femme fatale, mysterious dark secrets, tall women in a red cocktail dress with a gun aspect. Instead it smells like a demure, mature and modest lady with well kept secrets.

Sillage is average but it only lasted about two hours on me. I really like the Juliette Has a Gun bottles and branding but this perfume, despite having notes I love, let me down. 5.5/10.