Despite its come hither appeal as a homey, kitcheny, here comes Mom with some fresh baked sugar cookies, Warm Vanilla Sugar is actualy much more than just the sum of its spoonfulls of cookie dough.
I find it it to be a delightfully rich and deep vanilla with a hint of exotica whilst managing to be one of the most comforting comfort scents ever. I'm a guy and I love it. Something about it says Sean Connery as James Bond in 1965. I don't know why, but it does. In fact, it seems like something Chanel would've put out in the '30's: "Vanil A Russe" perhaps. I bet this stuff gets a lot of people's ears nibbled. And then some.
My mother wears this at times in lieu of Victoria Secret's Vanilla, and I prefer this one on her. The Fresh Vanilla by BBW betrays what I believe vanilla should really be about, and Warm Vanilla Sugar is better, in my opinion.
Real vanilla extract is very sweet, but it doesn't seem "high-voiced" -- it's a deeper smell that becomes sickly sweet once combined with sugar in cake batter.
Warm Vanilla Sugar has enough of a musky base (almost like a rich brown sugar instead of vanilla!), that it keeps its fragrance from becoming another one of those offensive, synthetic, highpitched vanilla scents that I've come to despise... whenever I smell it, anywhere, it reminds me happily of my warm, cozy mother, baking in the kitchen. I love it!
I understand if you personally dislike a fragrance but to insult those who may wear it is silly. I don't wear this EDT, but I love the lotion and bubble bath, and I'd describe it as not being particularly like a normal vanilla scent. To me it comes across as the type of vanilla scent you might find if you opened a fresh container of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt - the creamy warmth of the vanilla tempered by the chill of the freezer. It's very sweet, soft, comforting, and familiar. I think everyone's mom or sister or neice or daughter has sniffed it or worn it in some form at least once. That's a lot of people to accuse of being unsophisticated.
My 10 year old son loves when I wear this stuff. He says, "It makes me smile. I don't know why." Yes, this is a "common" sweet vanilla, but, really, it smells so GOOD. I've happily used this fragrance in body wash for years, but I'd never considered wearing it as a perfume until the recent launch of the edt version. On me, the edt isn't as sweet as the bath products, and it develops a distinct, warm sandalwood note that I just adore. The edt smells like Samsara drenched in Cream Soda. (Sounds disgusting...yet it works!) I like to wear this at bedtime, and to use it for spritzing on bed linens and lingerie. It's a happy, pretty fragrance that's fun to wear.
It is awful. No, it DOESN'T smell like vanilla extract. It is a cloying, nauseating "vanilla" scent of vanilla like the red Tootsie Pop tastes like "cherry". You know how little kids like eating straight sugar, because in their book, anything sweet is good tasting? Well, it's because they haven't developed their taste buds, and anyone who wears this fragrance who is over 12 has absolutely no excuse other than poor taste and a lack of sophistication.