Eau des Minimes (2010)
by Le Couvent des Minimes

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Eau des Minimes information

Year of Launch2010
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 12 votes)

People and companies

HouseLe Couvent des Minimes
Parent CompanyL'Occitane

About Eau des Minimes

Eau des Minimes is a shared / unisex perfume by Le Couvent des Minimes. The scent was launched in 2010

Eau des Minimes fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Eau des Minimes

I just got the "real" Eau des Minimes and can't say I like it much. It is a true EDC like 4711, but very grapefruit centered. Very fresh, with no chemical notes, but all I smell is that one grapefruit note. The notes mentioned on the right above are very confusing- as there is no vanilla in this at all.
29th November, 2017
Just a point of clarification: I believe the review by "Buysblind" is meant to refer to Eau des Missions (purple label) by Le Couvent des Minnimes, which actually does have an entry here in the directory.

The bottle referenced here is named "Eau des Minimes" (white label) and is a citrus cologne, not a vanilla. And I am still looking for reviews of it. (My thumb direction is meaningless, as I haven't sniffed it, but couldn't submit this note without a rating.)

24th July, 2017
I'm assuming they mean Eau des Missions Le Couvent des Minimes, not "Eau des Minimes." The confusion is understandable as the bottle appears to have 3 different names on just the front label. ;)

Anyway, here's my review from January 2015. Since there aren't any reviews on Basenotes (probably because it's filed under the wrong name) I thought it might be helpful to have at least one review here:

I wouldn't say that this is my "Holy Grail Vanilla" but it's definitely become my standard, go-to vanilla when I want "just vanilla" and not a lot else. Eau des Missions Cologne opens sort of dry and dark with hints of spice along the lines of a boozy sassafras. As it develops it becomes a sweeter and warmer straight-up vanilla/benzoin combination with a base of cedar. The cedar provides balance and depth, but more or less stays in the shadows, unnoticed. There are two things I like about Eau des Missions: First, it doesn't try to do too much, but has just enough nuance to keep it from becoming boring. The dry, spicy booze in the opening, the sweeter emergence of benzoin and vanilla in the heart, and the occasional waft of a very soft floral note (rose?) help separate this from the pack of generic, dime-a-dozen vanilla fragrances you can find anywhere. This is certainly a cut above most. The other thing I really like about Eau des Missions is that it stops before it becomes too sweet. While I would say that this is on the sweeter side of the vanilla spectrum, it's not too far to the right, and I never get that juvenile, cotton-candy smell like you might find in Aquolina's Blue Sugar and Pink Sugar. There are many good vanilla frags out there, and while I had found a few that I really liked (Eau Duelle, Memoirs of a Trespasser, Fahrenheit 32), they also featured other notes in significant portions. I hadn't yet found the straight-up vanilla I was looking for. Well, the search is over. Eau des Missions works fine for me. It keeps things interesting for a little while and finally projects a soft, pillowy cloud of pure vanilla and benzoin, just as it should. Thumbs up.

Longevity is around 5-6 hours. This is unisex, as long as you see vanilla as a unisex note. There's nothing else which would make it particularly masculine or feminine.

While I would love to recommend Eau des Missions as a blind buy, I can't, because so many people have different and conflicting reports. For some, it seems the vanilla becomes cloyingly sweet, hitting that cotton-candy note I mentioned earlier. For others, it's very boozy, which could be good or bad depending on what you want. And still, some reviews mention getting a lot of myrrh, which I don't detect much of at all. So sample this first just to be safe, and see how it works on you.
11th November, 2015

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