Congrats on your samples! I too got samples from Vijay.. Free samples for life after a bottle purchase is an incredibly generous deal.
For Fougeres Marine, I personally think that it goes in a different direction than GIT. I find GIT much greener and Fougeres Marine more well... marine and "out in the sea." I think the lavender is what makes it smell like "out of the shower." I haven't tried Vanille Extasy yet -- but anything with vanilla is enough to get my sweet tooth excited. By the way, I also slightly dislike H.M. though as it feels very dense and erm.. "lemon-pie". I think you might like Guerlain's SdV -- be sure to try it when you get a chance! (If I ever get a bottle -- I can send a sample your way.. but it'll probably be a long while from now )
P.S. Did you get to check out Montale's aouds?