Nothing as thrilling as i was hoping from its name: Chypre Vanille' : wow! Definitely my scent, i thought! And, it is a delight, but not enough so to become something you may wanna wear or sniff too often! I actually often forget to have it! Don't get me wrong, there's that wonderful talc perfumed of sweet,but dark vanilla, that's quite fabulous to me! However for some reason, it then fails to project for too long, or vanishes, if compared to other scents along the lines, i instead always and i mean always.. think of! But, it's good, and if you are just looking for a dark vanilla tone, that has a pleasant and extremely soft and powdery dry down, this might be definitely suiting you! I need an extra punch in order to be seduced. That's all!
A sophisticated vanilla that is just beautiful. Haunting. Not for children.
Smells very feminine for me. It's a bit linear: camphorous opening and dries down to a dry old school type vanilla.
A very strong chypre accord twinged with the least-sweet, driest vanilla ever. At first the fragrance is very strong, and fairly discordant. The powderyness of the chypre accord is evident from the very beginning, and the volume is turned up high. Vanilla isn't blended in, but seems to take place as a note next to the chypre. The heart is the most pleasant part of the fragrance, with a prominent dry vanilla becoming more dominant, while the 'chypreness' is in the background. The drydown and base is long-lived, as with most Montales, and is classic chyrpe oakmoss. At this stage vanilla is not prominent, and perhaps only brightens the base a little. I detected other spice notes in the background as well.
For some reason and I am very drawn to this fragrance, and it's take on the chypre genre. I've already ordered a decant and depending on how it wears a few times will seriously consider a bottle.
A floral chypre with a touch of vanilla. Nothing too interesting, deep or mysterious.
Vanilla just as I like it: dry and pungent. Definitely not what one might expect from vanilla, it lacks much softness or overt sweetness, instead being quite sharp and crisp.
I see what Trebor means by the "vile" mid-notes... there is something harsh and almost antiseptic about them, but strangely compelling and even mildly alluring.
I can't say I'd recommend buyers on a budget socking away $175 for it (luckily I received it in a swap!), as there are many others at that price level I'd recommend first. But, for someone who has been looking for a VERY different take on vanilla and something that doesn't just smell soft and cute, then this might be the way to go.