Perfume Reviews

Positive Reviews of Eau des Baux by L'Occitane

Total Reviews: 58
This works on me. Peppery cardamom for the first five, ten minutes. Then I get some incense-like accord. I get a touch of greenish cypress in the middle. The base is a sweet vanilla-tonka. Smells unisex, to me.
02nd June, 2018
Quite soapy and calodont-ish, sort of. An interesting, zealous, sharp fellow indeed.

It most certainly shares the vibe or style with V&R Spicebomb and Burberry London, however Eau des Baux is specific and has a quite different character.

This scent is a bit rough around the edges, but not in a negative way. It pampers no one, however also doesn't judge.

For a bit more mature lot with a firm stance and outlook towards the world and life.

Originality 7/10
Scent 7/10
Longevity 7/10
Projection 6/10
16th October, 2017
Different. Just great!
03rd October, 2017
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A lot of beautiful spices, well done, pleasant, with good longevity and sillage. Truely unisex, with a masculine side. The only problem is that you have probably smelled very similar fragrances before.
05th May, 2017
Easy to wear, crowd-pleasing vanilla scent with some spicy cardamom thrown in for fun. To me, it's better than TV and not too far from Spicebomb and Avant Garde.

Very good performance. Lasts all work day and projects nicely.
06th April, 2017
A nice woody vanilla scent that doesn't last as long as I had hoped (Not as beastly as I have heard) but is a great fall/winter scent. Very masculine and does have a nice flow from the open of peppery cypress to the vanilla toned incense. A winner and very affordable. Enjoy!
29th November, 2016
In spite of a strong association with an ex I'd love to forget, this fragrance is wonderful enough to associate with new memories. It's got a kind of unique, pleasurable quality that feels like real, honest, round, plump... tasty, but not really truly a gourmand.
The opening, it's a strong one, cypress HEAVY like crushed arbor vitae twigs. Tobacco, nutmeg, spiciness comes next. Genuine nutmeg, like freshly grated. The vanilla lasts and lasts, with tobacco and I get occasional hay (like the absolute).
Perfect for fall, perfect for masculine wearers. An 8.5/10
02nd November, 2016
A wonderful woody cypress opening! I was amazed by the longevity and sillage of this L'Occitane EDT. It lasted all day and I'm still getting wafts of it almost 14 hours later! It does change a lot in the dry down, and becomes a strong vanilla and incense, but I can still catch just a tiny bit of woods. I like this fragrance. It's somewhat unusual, but in a good way...a thumbs up for me.
20th August, 2016
jrod85 is right on.

A gourmand you cannot gourmandize...

The opening will repulse most, but you've got to be patient.
I find it to behave indeed like Tom Ford's Tobacco vanilla, but EDB would be a cologne strength while TV would be a Pure Parfum concentration.
Takes time to love it, but it can be easily loved.
20th June, 2016
I like this fragrance, however it is one that people who smell it will love or hate it based on the opening. Some say it starts off like Shoe Polish. I do not see that, i admit that it is strong though and slightly odd smelling. The opening is the Red Peppercorn that seems to take over. This fragrance is original and it is fair to say that you will not have anybody wearing juice like this unlike Cool Water or one million. The dry down is good and is like an incense stick fizzling out.

Longevity is excellent, lasts and lasts. Silage is great if you can get passed the initial opening which as I have said will take over the space.
31st December, 2015
jrod85 Show all reviews
United States
Cypress topnotes with incense / rum / tobacco basenotes.

Its weird bc you spray & the first 10 mins you get the cypress tree note strong. Then that fades - like fast & you think its gone.

After bout 5 mins of thinking you might of under sprayed, wafts of tobacco / rum strongly permeate off of you.

I wouldnt say its a knock off of TV however It is close to a Tom Ford level smell at a price cheaper then Ulta design frags.
23rd December, 2015
Eau des Bavx smells natural. L'Occitane indeed uses quality ingredients.

But I don't get the so-mentioned-similarity to Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille. It smells a lot like gingerbread (with excessive nutmeg) and pink pepper in the opening. It reminds me a lot of the Christmas time, seriously.

The base has a slight vanilla note with some incense in it, but they are not as distinguishable as it could be and the nutmeg note stays forever on the skin sort of covering the other notes mentioned to be part of the fragrance. I'd say that, at least on my skin, it's 90% of a linear nutmeg scent.

It is not a blind buy, again, it's NOT like Tobacco Vanille AT ALL, let alone the "poor man's" version of it like some one said it previously.

The tobacco note actually IS NOT even noticeable and I've sprayed it many times on different occasions.

It is a good fragrance, a very different one that L'Occitane developed (even though there's nothing like Eau du Contadour- a masterpiece that they've discontinued), I'd say the love or hate type of scent.

Scent: 6.4 / 10
Longevity: 7.0 / 10
Sillage: 6.8 / 10
Season: Preferably during Fall and Winter, but versatile when it comes to occasion apart from clubbing.
Recommended age: 25+
Overall: 7.0 / 10
18th December, 2015
Opens with a powerful woody cypress scent, that actually has quite an alcoholic note. Not like alcohol itself, more like something rich and boozy. It drys down to something a bit like German christmas biscuits, but keeps its boozy wood right until the finish. Great sillage, get wafts everytime you move. A special smell.
01st September, 2015
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Much better noses than mine have already written about this, so I will just add my vote to the chorus of positives.
First edt I bought, still a firm favourite. Spices, woods and peppery incense tempered by a mellow vanilla base. Great stuff.
23rd August, 2015
This has a coniferous-vanilla/amber accord that works. Doesn’t feel especially complex or high end, but would you expect that for the price? It has good longevity. I own a bottle. Not a wardrobe favorite of mine, but every now and then I like wearing it. Reasonably priced.
27th June, 2015
I am fairly new to the fragrance community and I gotta say that this one blew my mind. I am not a fan of sweet fragrances for men but this is the exception. I get the green notes at first then the dry down brings out that vanilla/tonka bean/incense vibe...very impressed. I get about 6-8 hours of longevity but sillage can be better. Sorry can't make any comparisons to Tobacco Vanille because I have never sampled it.
20th May, 2015 (last edited: 22nd May, 2015)
Let's keep this short, sweet, and highly unoriginal-
This is nothing more, and nothing less than a poor man's (smart man's) Tobacco Vanille.
That is all.
07th April, 2015
Eau des Baux is an enjoyable mix of incense and vanilla that is pleasant and provocative but not overwhelming at any stage, from opening to dry down. Pepper and cardamom comprise the main spices, when, paired with the cypress, create the incense aspect that works opposite the vanilla. It's linear, but as always, I don't find that to be a bad thing if the mix is right.

It primarily works as a cold weather day scent, at least for me. Other scents in the same vein like Burberry London or Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille make a better transition to or work better for nighttime use.

The comparisons to Tobacco Vanille are fair but I wouldn't say that Eau des Baux is really a substitute but rather is just in the same vicinity of vanilla-based cold weather fragrance. Eau des Baux is dominated by an incense smell, whereas Tobacco Vanille does rather smell of tobacco.

Great projection, and longevity is up to the 12 hour range, after which it is a skin scent. And I'd be remiss not to mention the price, which, at $55 for 100ml is great to find something well-crafted and long-lasting.

7 out of 10
18th March, 2015
I liked Tom Ford Tobacco Vanilla the times I'd smelled it, but never wanted to spend the money for it. Then I read all the reviews of Eau des Baux on Basenotes and was convinced to order a sample. IMO, EDB is not exactly like Tobacco Vanilla, but has mutual notes to TV. EDB is an excellent fragrance on it's own and the price makes it a genuine bargain. It reminds me of my grandmother's kitchen from when I was kid. More vanilla than tobacco, but the tobacco note is faintly present. It's a very warm relaxing fragrance, perfect for cool wet weather, but not something I'd want to wear in the heat or summer. I purchased a bottle and love it. Thanks Basenoters for the tip on EDB.
21st February, 2015 (last edited: 23rd February, 2015)
I'm generally skeptical of cheaper fragrances that people claim to be just as good as niche favorites, but this one holds up very well. It's a little more spicy and Christmasy, whereas TV is more like a straight up premium cigar, but it's a cost-effective alternative for the average consumer.

04th February, 2015
Agree completely with Worth1969's review.

I can't stand Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille, but I adore Eau de Baux ("EdB") even though I don't use it often as I should. EdB is a warm, inviting and (unlike Tobacco Vanille) is "never cloying or sickly sweet -just the right"!

With the price point of EdB and in view of the foregoing, a purchase of Tobacco Vanille is just difficult to justify.

EdB is a must try for those who are partial to warm spicy woods!

31st December, 2014
In my own humble opinion, this really is one of the absolute best vanilla / tonka fragrances available today. The dry down is really a thing of beauty and I actually enjoy the fresh burst of incense and spices in the opening as well. I find this much more wearable than Tobacco Vanille in every way, never cloying or sickly sweet -just the right
balance of vanilla, woods and spice. On top of its beautiful composition, it's also priced so modestly - something I greatly appreciate from the L'Occitane label, high quality at a reasonable price. My girlfriend recently got me the shower gel and after shave so now I can completely layer myself in EDB - life is good..
22nd September, 2014
Soft tobacco/vanilla dry down is exceptional. Layer with Aventus or Tobacco Vanille for a little depth and distinction. Compliment grabbing perfection at < $60. 4.5 out of 5
09th August, 2014
First and foremost, of all the notes in perfume, I am most particular about my vanilla! For some reason, vanilla seems to be a note that is difficult to balance; either it is significantly overdone/unbalanced and the fragrance becomes incredibly cloying, or you wish that there was a bit more to round the fragrance out. With all of that said, we have Eau de Baux, and I feel that this one was done just right.

To be honest, I wasn't sold initially... It took a good 10-15 minutes for this fragrance to dry-down before I could really appreciate all that this scent had to offer. When I first tried this one, I had to walk around the mall, which is torture in itself because I hate malls :-), to get a feel for where this one was going. I knew that there was potentially a pot-of-gold at the end of this rainbow, because I'd read all of the glowing reviews here on BN. The question that then had to be answered was "I'm aware of the accounts and how it performs on others, but how will it perform on me?"

The initial blast was that of both pepper and incense and I honestly could detect no vanilla. After the 10-15 minutes that I'd alluded to, the vanilla and tonka bean notes began to surface and danced the waltz with both cypress and incense notes. Though the scent pyramid doesn't reflect this, I also sensed that there could be a dash of nutmeg and pipe tobacco as well which contributed to the rich, round, mature, nature of this fragrance.

In short, this fragrance picks-up where the newest formulation of Le Male left off. This fragrance is both incredibly well-balanced and distinguished and can easily be worn with a suit or with a nice Merino wool v-neck, a collared shirt and pair of jeans in the fall and/or winter. It is both warm as well as inviting and the vanilla is just sweet enough... It is borderline gourmand in nature, as the vanilla in this one isn't quite "edible" (a la Ted Lapidus Pour Lui) per se, but exudes a feeling comfort that well-crafted vanilla scents are intended to do... When worn, one will inevitably draw compliments from those who are within an arm's length for a good 6-8 hours.

I have found that this is no sillage monster, but it is more of an "aura" scent. Perhaps the finest example of an "aura scent" is vintage Azzaro PH... Though this scent is in no way related to the 80's fougere of yester-year, this scent fosters an enveloping feeling of ease, taste and groundedness that is unfortunately becoming harder to find in today's day and age of perfumery.

I give this scent a solid 8.5-9/10 and highly recommend sampling it-Cheers!
06th July, 2014 (last edited: 24th August, 2014)
Quartz Show all reviews
United States
Very similar to TF Tobacco Vanille only not quite as strong. A nice soft fragrance that doesn't go overboard on the vanilla. Longevity is about 8-10 hours, projection seems minimal. This will substitute just fine for the overpriced Tom Ford offering.
26th February, 2014
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
From the beginning a light-pepper-related incense note appears that is the backbone of this scent. Later nutty and cypress impressions are added, and in the drydown it adds some vanilla and takes on a delightful candlewax note that persists throughout. It is never really too sweet, well-blended, with good silage and projection, and a wonderful longevity of eleven hours on my skin. A great one for autumn! 4.5/5
05th December, 2013

Wooah! Cypress, incense and vanilla! I love it!
I admit I was very curious about it, read some reviews and well got the itchy-curiosity. I like the dry-down, as I always say, I am not an expert on perfumery, but with this perfume I can clearly identify those 3 notes and it's really amaizing! I would say it's green but misterious-dark at the same time.

I am a woman but I definitely will wear this! I just bought it!

Pros: Price, smell

22nd October, 2013
Dry woods, tobacco, and a touch of incense

Finally got around to sampling this on a recent vacation. Wow--what a stunner. This is a perfectly natural, organic wood-tobacco-incense fragrance. I happened to sample on the same day as Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille, which retails for several times more than the L'Occitane.

I found Eau des Baux superior in every respect. It was subtle but powerful. The top notes of incense yield effortlessly to a mild pipe tobacco and wood accord. By comparison, the Tobacco Vanille was a screeching, acrid cigar.

Longevity was excellent (8-10 hours on my dry skin). Projection was moderate.

Highly recommended.

Pros: Vastly superior to Tobacco Vanille at a fraction of the price

20th October, 2013
Natural, dry and addictive

Organic, natural and dry. This is how i describe this addictive scent.
From the airy red spices and cardamom, to the fresh cypress and smoky incense in the heart, until the very last drop of the natural vanilla drydown: Every single note is natural, balanced and "well behaved", unlike other similar scents on the market that play the slutty role all over the place with vanilla.
Projection : moderate
Longevity : 10+ hours
Excellent scent, excellent house.

Pros: Fresh cypress gives this scent its "natural " appeal

16th August, 2013
ad_scott Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Nice warm vanilla tobacco scent

Really nice tobacco vanilla scent, works well on me. Reminds me of fresh vanilla pipe tobacco packed in a leather pouch. A cheaper alternative to TF's Tobacco Vanille; Eau des Baux is supposed to be just as good and at a 1/3 of the price. One of the best fragrances I've ever owned.

Pros: Vanilla pipe tobacco, good longevity

05th August, 2013