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    Default Speaking of Vanilla

    I think I'd like a dry, airy, 'white' vanilla. It seems most of the descriptors say 'rich, dark, intense' and that seems great in winter. But what about hot weather? Is there such a thing as a 'cooler' vanilla?
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    I have just the suggestion for you! Try Vanille Bourbon by Il Profumo. I swear that when you spray it is smells like it has been in the fridge for days! It is one of the most amazing vanilla things that I have ever smelled in my life and I suggest it to anyone. It is just a bit to feminine for me to wear so I gave my bottle to my little sister. But damn if I was a girl, I'd wear it everyday of the week, in any weather.

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    What about Pi, could work maybe?

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    Obsession Sheer is a beautiful Vanilla that is light and not too much for warmer weather.

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    Ava Luxe Milk???
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    Laura Biagiotti Tempore Donna -- white and light, with caramel;
    Gabriele Strehle Strenesse;
    L'Artisan Vanilia;
    Molinard Autour de Vanille, and there is a few more from Molinard;
    Louis Ferraud -- with pear;
    CSP Vanille Passion -- naive, tender;
    Laura Tonatto Plaisir;
    La Maison de la Vanilla -- all their 8 fragrances are worth trying, 4 of them can be ordered in a set.

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    L'Occitane Eau de Vaniliers is more floral than foody.
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    Default Re: Speaking of Vanilla

    My warm weather vanillas include:

    Dunhill Desire For A Woman
    L'Artisan Vanilia
    Anna Sui Sui Dreams
    Dana French Vanilla
    Chopard Mira Bai
    Ava Luxe Love's True Bluish Light (a lighter, less dense / gourmand twin to Milk)
    Yves Rocher Vanilla Bourbon
    Nemat Vanilla Musk
    TBS Vanilla (especially in the body spray)
    Guerlain Shalimar Light
    Calvin Klein Obsession Night
    Sonia Bogner Bath & Body
    Favourite (Winter) Crazy Combos

    Tabu + Orange Blossom * Hermes Rouge + Bellodgia* Voleur du Roses+ Rose Ispahan * Rasa Extreme + Paris * Wood Coffee + Cafe Noir *

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    How about Aqua Allegoria Ylang & Vanille?

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    You might also try Un Lys. There's a very rich, sensual lily at the top, but it dries into a light, skin scent vanilla musk that would be lovely in warm weather.

    EDIT: I see you already have this in your Wardrobe. I guess that makes my description unnecessary. Still, you might try it mid-craving just to see if it suits the mood.
    Last edited by djuna; 27th May 2007 at 03:38 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrax View Post
    I have just the suggestion for you! Try Vanille Bourbon by Il Profumo. I swear that when you spray it is smells like it has been in the fridge for days! It is one of the most amazing vanilla things that I have ever smelled in my life and I suggest it to anyone. It is just a bit to feminine for me to wear so I gave my bottle to my little sister. But damn if I was a girl, I'd wear it everyday of the week, in any weather.

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    Thanks for all the great suggestions. I feel equipped for my next obsession! I'll check out notes and study every one of them---you know I will!
    Please, spritz responsibly.

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    One that I am really enjoying at the moment is the new Matthew Williamson Incense. I never smelled the old one, so I have nothing to compare it to, but this is a really deceptively simple incense, along the lines of Bois d'Encens, mixed with exactly the right amount of vanilla to add just a touch of sweetness. Light, dry, crisp, a decent amount of sillage, and a pleasure to wear.

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    This thread is making me hungry!! Too many gorgeous descriptions. I want to get a bottle of Lutens' Un Bois Vanille posthaste. However, I don't think that would fit into your requirements of "cool vanilla" at all...



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    UGH! About a year & a half ago I had a sample of something & it was a cold vanilla, like vanilla ice cream, but I cannot remember for the life of me what it was. I typed vanilla into Luckyscents search engine hoping I'd recognize it but NO...no clue.

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    Try the Molinard line Autour de la Vanille. It may be a bit difficult to find. You can order from Molinard's website, though. They have a Freshness Vanilla and a Marine Vanilla you might be interested in.
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    Default Re: Speaking of Vanilla

    Hmmm, that does sound interesting...Freshness and Marine---I can't quite imagine!
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    Great thread, Shycat. Most vanillas are very warm, rich, intense, and suitable for cold weather. I'm with you in wanting one that's fresher - and I imagine the juice would be white or clear, as opposed to yellowy gold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shycat View Post
    Hmmm, that does sound interesting...Freshness and Marine---I can't quite imagine!
    I can't quite tell you anymore which ones I preferred, mainly because on the day I smelled all of them, I was just getting over food poisoning! (It was on my honeymooon in Paris... alas)

    But I do think they're all good... unlike the Laurent Dumont line, or the Comptoir Sud Pacifique line, both of which tend to have some doozies.
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    I agree with Moondeva on
    Guerlain Shalimar Light
    Calvin Klein Obsession Night.
    Just a month ago I commenting on how Obsession Night is a perfect summer fragrance. I wear it during the day sometimes in the winter, but I enjoy it most during the summer months. It's a refreshing vanilla.
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    I love vanilla but can't do it in warm weather. Under duress my vote goes to the previously mentioned eau des vanilliers. (i know i botched the spelling on that one) very interesting to me the comments on obsession night/sheer.......never got vanilla out of either one.....must be my nose

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    Default my white vanillas

    TBS Vanilla is a "bright" vanilla, i love it in summer!

    Kenzo Amour is a ricey-milky-vanilla with some cotton-y florals in the topnotes... a nice summer choice for vanilla lovers, also a white vanilla, to me.

    and there is also:
    L'Instant by Guerlain it's not pure vanilla of course, but a vanillic floral - you might give it a try. (The EdP version is more vanillic than the EdT.)
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    Default Re: Speaking of Vanilla

    Quote Originally Posted by bellarosa View Post
    I love vanilla but can't do it in warm weather. Under duress my vote goes to the previously mentioned eau des vanilliers. (i know i botched the spelling on that one)
    That's the one by L'Occitane-- it will be easy for me to test. I only spell for show myself, in my notes everything is abbreviated "nilla", like the wafer. I actually love icy banana puddings made with them, and I own Vanille Banane from CSP. I always feel a little goofy when I wear it since I wonder what grandmotherly ladies think-- "Honey, you gotta hold the top on the blender, and never lift up the mixer while it's on."
    Please, spritz responsibly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shycat View Post
    I always feel a little goofy when I wear it since I wonder what grandmotherly ladies think-- "Honey, you gotta hold the top on the blender, and never lift up the mixer while it's on."


    I love those Nilla waffers. We don't have them here in Oz.
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