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    Andrè Moreau's avatar
    Andrè Moreau
    Italy Italy

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    One of the rare "Dry Vanilla" scents, with a really monster longevity ( +10 hours on my skin) .Not a female scent but a pleasant, unisex one. L.Turin gives a 5-star. Unfortunately discontinued since 2010.

    23 October, 2012

    iivanita's avatar
    Croatia Croatia

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    the summer is behind us, and i agree those who claim this is perfect summer scent are wrong!, i bought it in the winter and its better in winter times, now that is getting colder i like it better!

    this is one of rare scents that i can not fully appreciate, the same as darvant, i am not vanilla fan, although i do recognise great parfume, becasue this vanilla does not smell like the one you eat, it smells woody, refined, like a parfume!! but too cold, and metalic for me, plus i dont like this hint of bannana in each time i want to put it on i must talk myself into it :) doesnt go spontaneous with me :) and i am afraid of my reaction after several hours with it....sometimes i need to go wash it off, i get headache or want to vomit :((

    EDIT: i waited 8 months to write this review and just about when i wrote it there happened a 180 degrees change in my olfactory impression of this scent :) extra beautiful sandalwood-vanilla combination with yilang yilang that was causing that metalic feel to me, now i wish it was stronger!! PdN vanila-tonka scent helped me to detect how this vanila is so perfect!....its vanilla but that doesnt make you a walking cake or coffee shop :)-----i miss this in shalimar its more like hay less vanilla

    26 September, 2012 (Last Edited: 10th October, 2012)

    Darvant's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    In spite of my love for fragrances as Habit Rouge, Japuir Homme or Opium Pour Homme, i tend to avoid on myself fragrances that have the vanilla as standout and too stressed element (i mean the too minimalistic vanilla scents). It means that i can enjoy those, i can be delighted by some tasty and smooth  whiffs in the air but i use to not wear those on myself cause i don't see the complexity but a delicious starring aroma that takes the stage all for itself. I have to say that this one is a good exotic vanilla prominent scent that does not sidestep the rule. It's initally a bit angular, hesperidic (mostly orangy) and alcoholic and than in a while spicy-floral and smooth with a touch of final slightly smoky incense. There is a lovely exotic ylang-ylang in the blend but it's not enough (on the side of some other elements) to articulate the juice and to push it towards the right level of complexity. The juice is not massive, cloying and  too tasty-syrupy, ending basically light-soapy and with hints of powder. The smell is pleasant, well balanced and entertaining on another neck. I see the association with Givenchy Pi. Not bad anyway.

    09 May, 2012 (Last Edited: 10th May, 2012)

    Oh_Hedgehog's avatar
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    Vanilia was a part of the inaugural bunch of fragrances released by Jean-François Laporte in 1978 to kick-start the L’Artisan Parfumeur range. It has now been inexplicably booted to the curb, despite it supposedly selling well when available. Thus, below you’ll find more of a eulogy than a review.

    Despite the simplicity of its name and materials – which amount to candy floss and ylang ylang – Vanilia weaves remarkably between nuances of fun-loving banana creaminess, the alarming tang of aluminium-foil, and a burnished, mahogany-coloured, caramel note. Despite its coquettish eyeing-up of the gourmand, the closest it gets to the dessert trolley is with a raised eyebrow in the direction of clove and nutmeg. If it were run through the Michael Edwards Fragrance Mill, Vanilia would likely end up a ‘Soft Oriental’, which is to say lighter, spicier, and more svelte than the classic, purring Oriental. Vanilia also happens to be one of the most synaesthetic fragrances there ever was, from baritone custard to chewy incense and alchemical curiosities beyond.

    L’Artisan’s current vanilla scent – Bertrand Duchaufour’s Vanille Absolument – is not an apt, or even worthy, comparison. Instead, look to Gorilla Perfume’s Vanillary, which uses more jasmine than ylang ylang, and is just as involving and grown-up.

    And you can ignore the chatter about summer trashiness; this one shines brightest in the chillier months.

    23 June, 2011

    Asha's avatar
    United States United States

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    L'Artisan Vanilia and Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Fleur de Comores Comparison Review

    Vanilia Notes: ylang ylang, vanilla bean, amber and sandalwood (from, NowSmellThis)
    Fleur de Comores Notes: blackcurrant, passionfruit, leafy green, vanilla, orange blossom, jasmine, ambegris, vetiver, musk (from

    I have been wanting to compare L'Artisan Vanilia and MPG Fleur de Comores ever since I read in the guide that they were both composed by the same perfumer (Laporte), FdC being a sort of "Vanilia II" which was created after Laporte left L'Artisan.

    Vanilia starts sweet, woody and balsamic. As the top notes burn off, a hint of incense lends a smoky metallic tang and the fragrance becomes increasingly powdery. Vanilia stays in this stage for quite a long time, its subtlety keeping it from becoming cloying despite being linear. The drydown is a pretty vanilla-prominent amber with a little tonka bite and smoky woods.

    Fleur de Comores' opening notes are massively boozy, with fermented overripe passionfruit (which seems to be a blend of apricot and cherry not unlike "Hawaiin Punch" fruit drink) and sharp, almost urinous blackcurrant bud. FdC develops more slowly than Vanilia, but eventually starts to turn more powdery as well, with indolic florals coming forward as the fruity top accord fades. The florals eventually settle on a base of woody, smoky green (vetiver).

    Overall, I find FdC to be slightly more sophisticated and complex, and I find Vanilia more charming and easy to wear. In my book, this is one contest where simplicity wins--Vanilia is one of those fragrances that is so pleasant that it is adaptable to many occasions and age groups.

    I suppose I can understand a kinship between these two. Both are what I would classify as relaxing, unpretentious fragrances evocative of summer holidays. However, looking at the bigger picture, if I were to name a successor to Vanilia, it would probably be L'Artisan Havana Vanille which takes the same idea more towards woods, resins and raisiny tobacco. Regardless, both Vanilia and FdC are worthy of sampling.

    09 May, 2010

    bluelit8's avatar
    United States United States

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    Vanilia is quite a chameleon of a fragrance. The ethylmaltol and ylang-ylang top notes others have remarked on leave the impression of banana-flavored cotton candy, but from there the fragrance takes a rapid turn, shedding the sweet kids' stuff and developing into a golden vanillic amber with some spice undertones.

    Midway through the development a note that some read as cigarette smoke and others as metal enters, further complicating the fragrance. Vanilia ends up quite grown-up, almost like vanilla incense.

    This is an intriguing take on vanilla and, after the first 10 minutes, of the most resolutely non-gourmand variants out there.

    11th February, 2010 (Last Edited: 15 November, 2010)

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