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Vanille Absolu
by Montale


Vanille Absolu information

GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 63 votes)

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PerfumerPierre Montale

About Vanille Absolu

Vanille Absolu is a shared / unisex perfume by Montale. The fragrance was created by perfumer Pierre Montale

Reviews of Vanille Absolu

Montale Vanille Absolu is a pretty strong vanilla entry in the heavily-populated area of vanilla-dominant fragrances, but it doesn't quite belong in the highest echelon of vanilla fragrances.

It's a heavy vanilla, analogous to the cake or icing that many associate with gourmand/dessert-like vanillas, so in that respect it's not as smooth as some of the vanilla favorites - Spirituese Double Vanille by Guerlain, or much more affordably, Oud Black Vanilla Absolute by Perry Ellis, which is a mere $37 for 100ml and a great performer, though perhaps not as perfectly balanced as SDV.

Vanille Absolu is, by contrast, heavier-handed on the vanilla with a touch of cinnamon. A very good performer, as to be expected of Montale, and more ideal for cold weather wearing, but nothing superlative as far as scent or performance.

7 out of 10
06th February, 2017

It can be a different is powerful and soft at the same time with an interesting mixture of vanilla and cinnamon that leaves an impression and any ladies wearing it will get attention most men.

It is classy enough that it can be worn for evening wear in autumn/winter.a lady who loves smoky vanilla scent she won't be disappointed with this lovely deep scent.


Longevity?Good on my skin.

12th June, 2015
This is probably one of the most straight up vanilla fragrances that I've come across. Itís basically pure vanilla from start to finish without any complexity to it. I enjoy vanilla fragrances and even though I would like some complexity and uniqueness in a vanilla-based fragrance, I like Vanille Absolu for what it is. The scent reminded me of vanilla extract which is used for cooking and baking. Longevity I got about 6 hours while the silage I got was average. The scent itself is quite safe so I think it can be worn casually and on many occasions. The other notes ie: woods, cinnamon, and cloves were near impossible to detect. I think cinnamon was the only note that I could detect but really faint. Itís linear throughout the life of the scent. The scent becomes slightly sweet about half an hour into the fragrance. I personally found it addicting to smell. Overall, a nice simple vanilla scent.
01st March, 2015
Absolutely spicy vanilla with a sugary lingering dustiness provided by cloves (in particular) and cinnamon. Montale Vanille Absolu is (for the genre lovers) a really beautiful exotic vanilla that smells about seasoned caribbean rums, red berries, luxuriant hesperides, eliotrope and musk. The aroma on its complex is encompassing, piquant, acceptably synthetic and boise. Really close to La Maison de la Vanille Vanille Noir du Mexique. Along the way the aroma is utterly darkened by woods, dusty spices and may be cocoa; on this stage the fragrance becomes overly sweet, slightly soapy, tonka beans veined and properly gourmand. Just for the lovers of extrasweet yummy concoctions.
15th January, 2015 (last edited: 14th January, 2015)
As the name suggests quite clearly, Vanille Absolu is, well, absolutely about vanilla. Powerful, round and sweet, with a slight citrus-bergamot breeze at the very opening, a smell of (generic) rose all over, on a dark and dry woody base which I guess may contain a tiny hint of what the guys at Montale's insist on calling oud. Dull and overwhelmingly artificial, with some kind of slight denatured alcohol feel, but I believe the average fan of such type of scents (either "Montale scents", or "vanilla bombs") won't really care. Not far from other low-quality vanilla gourmands like Comptoir Sud, while far from some slightly better and more interesting ones like a couple from Farmacia SS Annunziata. In short, don't bother.

22nd August, 2014
Sublime Vanilla With Not Much Else

I sampled this last fall with a handful of other vanilla scents when I was looking for a very vanilla-centered fragrance for my collection for fall and winter. I put it on after dinner, and initially thought "Whoa, that is a vanilla bomb of a fragrance", but then unabashedly wore it every day until the sample was gone; it was a guilty pleasure, like candy or chocolate; but not as sweet as some other vanilla bomb fragrances, with just a touch of smoke and woods to balance it. It is perfect.

Pros: Hello, VANILLA!; Reasonably priced
Cons: Don't like the opaque bottle - can't see how much perfume is left."

23rd August, 2013

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