Originally Posted by zztopp
It has a strange harsh cheap-cedar quality about it...there's some strange wood note being used in its composition. It smells ok at best, but has no quality vanilla orchid flower/bourbon extract that I can detect. As I state in my review, Guerlain tried to recreate the smell of freshly cut open vanilla pods rather than the extract, but the end result doesn't smell good to my nose.
Try Diptyque's Eau Duelle for a better take on the recreation of the raw vanilla pod smell.
This is all true. I would like to add Luca Turins review since it mirrors yours and mine.
"Anyone who has bought vanilla in pods knows they do not smell very good up close, with a dissonant fruity, rum-like notes that make you feel like skipping lunch. Guerlain obligingly magnifies all the negative traits of vanilla in this pointless, loud, and misconceived confection. LT"