Ah, another nostalgic scent for me. Vanilla Fields had been in my collection as early as I started collecting. Who knows, this may have even be my first perfume! I remember getting bottles and bottles of it around the holidays. It wasn't my favorite, exactly, but it was always around.
Now, as an adult, I'm actually surprised at how thick and heavy Vanilla Fields is. I was expecting something light and airy - a wispy and unoffensive vanilla. But this is deep, spicy, and warm. The wood notes, too, so unexpectedly prominent! It's no wonder my nose has evolved to appreciate spices and woods in perfumes if Vanilla Fields is what I grew up on! Ugh, and that delicious coconut and tonka! I can't believe how earthy and complex this is for the price! To me, this isn't synthetic or cheap smelling at all. I just love Coty fragrances (particularly their quality for the value) and Vanilla Fields remains one of their gems.
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I can see how this would turn floral-powder on some people. I am lucky to have skin that amplifies vanilla, and I love vanilla! This smells like soft musky vanilla powder on me, with vanilla being the most prominent. It is great for what it is: a drugstore scent. I like to layer it with green scents. If you like vanilla and don't have much money, this is fine in most cases. Not as clean-edged as some more recent vanilla perfumes, nor as loud. Inoffensive; a good choice for someone who wants an office scent with a vanilla base.
Pros: Nice skin scent, cheap as dirt
Cons: Not as nice as some higher-end scents"
I get plenty of vanilla in Vanilla Fields. Hadn't worn it in years, but recently acquired a bottle in an auction lot. I am reviewing an older bottle which I estimate to be from the first formula. I does smell different than a new one you would buy today. It's actually pretty good for a drugstore scent! I sometimes layer it with more severe, incense type scents.
20th June, 2010 (last edited: 29th January, 2011)
The only vanilla fragrance that doesn't turn my stomach- i'd rather taste it than smell like it- but I did kinda like it back in the early 90s.
A decent drugstore offering. As others have commented, there is very little vanilla to be detected in this fragrance. The overall effect is a powdery floral amber. Nice, but if you're a fan of the sweet, loud vanilla notes in the Comptoir Sud Pacifique line, for example, you won't find what you're looking for in Vanilla Fields. On the other hand, if you like Downy Lavender Vanilla fabric softener, this scent is probably right up your alley. If I could no longer afford designer, niche and artisanal perfumes, I would probably buy this one. Nice, but nothing special.
Not as sugary sweet as most vanilla scents. For someone who doesn't like sweet fragrances I suprisingly enjoyed this one. There is a subtle sweetness that lingers on your skin when applied. The perfect fragrance for a nice spring day.