I wanted to try this scent after reading Turin's review (though only three stars), likening it to Vol de Nuit, the sandalwood, amber, vanilla Guerlain classic. The reality is for me dissimilar.
The note tree would indicate sparkling citrus, sweet floral, spice and warm base. I get frankincense, vanilla and a bit of pepper, nothing else. I am a fan of both carnation and cinnamon in perfume, so know what to expect. Sadly, they never come to the surface for me.
It is pleasant, but has little strength, fading within half an hour despite multiple applications. Disappointing.
A feast of "S": soft, soothing, sweet and slightly smoky. Nice and elegant fragrance, that does exactly what the name suggests – easy to wear, easy to review!
Vanille Tonka is a nice enough fragrance, however, it just doesn't serve a purpose for me, other than it smelling nice. Projection isn't that great, and longevity could be better, especially considering it's a gourmand/oriental, from a niche line.. I get roughly 4-5 hours on my skin.
Vanille Tonka opens with a very powdery vanilla, with a touch of dirtiness from the tonka, I'll note that the tonka in this isn't creamy or overly synthetic smelling like many fragrances. In the background, there's a sweet lemon note -- think more along the lines of lemon cookies or cake, as opposed to it in its citric form. The powdery smell dies down, the lemon cookie note emerges more, accompanied by some type of orangey smell, and a little neroli. I believe these are the mid notes, since the base is more about incense and tonka bean. I will say this.. the way the mid notes come together in this fragrance, is very very nice. It becomes a sort of citrus gourmand.
Although nice, it still brings me back to quality. It's really lacking here. Projection, longevity, and purpose in general.
I own a bottle of this, not because of the vanilla in the name, but because I think it is a wonderful, comfortable incense fragrance.
It is also wonderfully blended, with each note having a purpose. The zesty lime opening merging into the lemon edge of the frankincense, while the softest of floral heart provides smoothness that vanilla and tonka bean will continue and carry forward. All parts playing off of each other, and into each other.
But overall, this smells of smooth frankincense over smooth vanilla/tonka bean. It is never too sharp (as I find some incense to be) and never too sweet. It has a smooth, yet dusty feel to it, like an ancient, yet comfortable church. It seems simple in purpose and design - a comfortable scent, and a very well done one.
Vanille Tonka Experience Diary:
At Spray: What lovely limes! So luscious! So bright and fresh!
1 min. in: Well, that's done. No surprise, citrus seldom lasts but it was delightful
1min. in continued: Where is everybody? There's a party somewhere, but not here.
5 mins. in: Two parties! A top notes party (sweet) and a base notes party (dry) no blend.
15 mins in: Now we've got mingling! Par-tay! Great quality ingredients and balance!
30 mins. in: Beautiful silage: A golden song of Orange blossom and Vanilla.
1 hour in: What's that dusty bit on skin? Growing... growing... not to my taste...
2 hours in: It's the cinnamon! not loud but inescapable. tainting everything...
3 hours in: Everything fading. Sickish cinnamon going with the rest. fading.
4 hours in: Largely gone-- what a ride!
Conclusion: Beautiful structure, beautiful citrus top note, beautiful silage (possibly the best I've ever smelt) but the cinnamon (dusty, hot, throat-closing) doesn't sit well with me. Pervades the fragrance and makes it a (regretted) no go.
Recommendation Recommendation Try more PdN work pronto!