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Vanille 44 (2007)
by Le Labo

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Vanille 44 information

Year of Launch2007
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 86 votes)

People and companies

HouseLe Labo
Parent CompanyEstee Lauder Companies

About Vanille 44

Exclusive to Colette, Paris

Vanille 44 fragrance notes

Reviews of Vanille 44

Slightly floral, slightly boozy, and sweet but not too sweet, Vanille 44 by Le Labo is a welcome entry in their City Exclusive line and their total catalog, as the house doesn't seem to offer an abundance of sweet fragrances, otherwise. It's agreeable and not likely to offend, since it does not push the extremes of concentration, sweetness, or floralness. Rather, it sits in a comfortable unisex medium that makes it a greater year-round option for fans of vanilla. I certainly wouldn't go the route of emphasizing that this is so much more than vanilla, as the signature note is certainly the star of the show, but there are other elements that give it some depth. For some reason, the incense and guaiac (per the note listings) are giving me a musky vibe in the base, I suspect, and I don't get the orange or any citrus at all, really. I can imagine Vanille 44 being a fragrance where subservient notes resonate differently for wearers.

While it carries the same burden of price as the other City Exclusives, it's one of the better offerings of the line, but surely not one that I would buy. In the vanilla scheme, it's still inferior to Tauerville Vanilla Flash and Dame Perfumery Black Flower Mexican Vanilla, that I can attest are significantly more affordable, as well.

8 out of 10
20th October, 2015 (last edited: 03rd February, 2018)
An unusual take on vanilla, this one reminds me quite a bit of Tokyo Milk’s Dead Sexy (a vanilla scent that’s a 10th of the price of the Le Labo). It has a similar rubbery, synthetic edge to it only this version is spun a tad more boozy and there’s a patchouli note here for added depth. Vanille 44 is basically a desaturated, woody, rubbery, dry take on vanilla that doesn’t smell that much like vanilla. It’s not awful, but there’s just not enough going on with it to warranted the insane price tag.
20th July, 2015
Breathtakingly good!!! I do not prefer to wear vanilla fragrances and this is the ONLY fragrance I will wear. Spirituese Double Vanille is a little too sweet for me but this one here is so comforting and a little more masculine. Non foody, soft, with a trail of incense and gaiac wood, Vanille 44 pairs perfectly with my bottle of Le Labo Gaiac 10. The two were made to be worn together I believe. I agree, the price is unreasonable, but it is what it is and once you own it, you own it for life and you will always be able to get refills whenever you'd like at a 20% discount (if you own the 50ml, 100ml, or 500ml bottles.) Without a doubt, Full Bottle Worthy!!!
19th September, 2014
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
.Whilst I get aldehydes and a whiff of orange at the beginning, very soon the vanilla bean takes over: a rich, smooth, bright and elegant vanilla. Intense, with a hint if incense at times, but never very sweet, intrusive or cloying. In other words: extremely well balanced and blended, and in spite of its limited developing never boring. A core note very well done can be as interesting to me at times as a more complex composition. This is a case in point. Decent silage and projection, an an excellent longevity of nearly nine hours. A vanilla masterpiece.
12th December, 2013
drseid Show all reviews
United States
Vanille 44 opens with a combination of aldehydes and a very subtle orange and bergamot laced incense. The aldehydes here do not burn your nose like some and are well-controlled. Shortly following the orange incense open a non-powdery, moderately sweet vanilla bean note takes center stage while the incense remains into the heart in a supporting role. The scent stays pretty linear through the end at this point, with only slight woody accents of guaiac invading the vanilla dominant accord. Projection is nearly non-existent and longevity is average.

Vanille 44 is a pleasant enough scent, but it is far from a stunner. The vanilla bean note used by Le Labo smells quite natural, but is a tad too sweet for my tastes. I do like how the aldehydes at the top are well-controlled, but that does not counter the relatively mundane nature of the scent, nor its ridiculously high price tag. Those looking at buying this scent should first check out Les Nombres d'Or Vanille by Mona di Orio (among others) as it is half the price and more than three times as interesting. Vanille 44 gets a very average 2.5 stars out of 5 and an "avoid" recommendation, the latter due to its price.
21st August, 2012
It makes sense that Paris – the city of Guerlain and so the city of vanilla – would host this fragrance from Le Labo. Yet however fitting it might be, I resent the ‘city exclusives’ concept and wish Le Labo would stop playing tiddlywinks with my heart.

Wearing Vanille 44 is like being lent a cookie dough halo for the day. With its watercolour whispers of mandarin, vanilla, incense and gaiac, it’s a soothing fragrance of buttery, sweetened woods which, in its pared-down orientalism is reminiscent of Musc Ravageur, in philosophy if not in realization (though both do share orange and gaiac notes). But Vanille 44 is far gentler than Ravageur and in some ways more demanding of its audience, who must sniff hard to tease out from an increasingly ambery development the delicious, savoury character of its woody basenotes. It’s exquisite when worn with a leather jacket.
27th June, 2012

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