Vanille Fleurie de Tahiti 100ml EDT for $60 USD from Luckyscent
Notes: Vanilla, bergamot, amber, fruit, cedar, ylang-ylang, tonka bean and incense.
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.
It has the same slightly fizzy bergamot opening as most of the collection but a ylang-ylang and vanilla combination quickly comes into play. It’s creamy and sweet but also rather sophisticated. It’s very refreshing and upbeat whilst staying smooth and warm. It’s, however, unfortunately a bit soapy with the same underlining scent that stops me from loving this collection as much as I want to.
As it dries down it becomes more woody, the cedar kicking in, and a smoky with a touch of incense. The ylang-ylang, in particular, still stays strong. A powdery tonka-bean with a hint of amber comes into play shortly after. It’s easy to wear, is gender-neutral and is rather safe.
I don’t think it develops further and stays this way for the rest of the four or so hours before it fades away. I don’t find it as complex as the rest of the collection and feel like they made this one last copying aspects from the other ones. 6/10.
Vanille Givree de Antilles 100ml EDT for $60 USD from Luckyscent
Notes: Vanilla, patchouli, bergamot, lavender, rose, tuberose, oppoponax and tonka bean.
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 Givree de Antilles opens on me as pure and sweet honey, despite not being a listed note, with a slight beeswax tinge.
It remains this way through most of the scent’s progression. I am surprised that I haven’t read reviews referencing honey because it is definitely the stand-out element to me. I know that other notes must be combining to create this honey-esque vibe. I can definitely get the patchouli and vanilla combination though and, as I’ve come to expect of this set, it’s great. I think they must be the main notes creating this mock-honey note for me. After about half an hour the honey-esque element soften a bit and it freshens up a touch with, what I believe to be, a subtle bergamot and lavender combination.
Many people have compared this to Angel, which was bound to happen with a patchouli/vanilla combo, but it’s much softer and subtler than Angel. It’s a lighter, warmer and happier scent in my opinion than Angel. The patchouli darkens and deepens as it goes on and the Tonka bean comes into play. It’s a touch powdery and rather earthy, almost woody, which gives it a natural feel. I don’t really get any floral notes, maybe tuberose, but I do get a slight whiff of oppoponax in the base which gives it a touch of mystery.
It’s elegant and soothing. It’s a sweet scent but not too much so. It smells of smiles and sunlight and the colour yellow and happiness in a bottle. It’s easily wearable. It reminds me of Chuck from Pushing Daisies. I don’t get much vanilla from Antilles to be honest but I think this set is making perfumes based around vanilla. 6.5/10.