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    Default Re: Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille

    I'm a guy who regularly wears Dior Homme, Midnight in Paris, and other "feminine-leaning" scents without hesitation, but I find SDV too sweet.

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    Default Re: Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille

    Tobacco Vanille renders this one obsolete to me

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    Default Re: Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille

    SDV is an excellent vanilla fragrance. It can be considered unisex, but very close to the feminine side. Mix in a small dash of leather, and you have Cuir Beluga. I love both.
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Xerjoff - Nio
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    7. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    8. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    9. Creed - Original Cologne
    10. Clive Christian - 1872 for Men

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    I am very interested in Cuir Beluga and will be getting a decant soon. Seems a lot of the private decant vendors have SDV but not many have Cuir Beluga or Tonka Imperiale, so I'm stuck paying the high prices of STC or TPC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cameron View Post
    I am very interested in Cuir Beluga and will be getting a decant soon. Seems a lot of the private decant vendors have SDV but not many have Cuir Beluga or Tonka Imperiale, so I'm stuck paying the high prices of STC or TPC.
    I have all 3 and find Cuir Beluga to be the easiest to wear.

    For these you're almost going to have to pay full retail unless you get in on a split.

  6. #36

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    i actually think Cuir Beluga smells almost nearly identical to Tonka Imperiale. those thierry wasser creations share a similar dna to my nose. SDV is pretty unique in the Guerlain lineup imo

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    Default Re: Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille

    I'm on my third bottle of SDV, two retails and one tester. That said. It's is madly overrated, overpriced and overhyped. For material factors it's the worst of the high-end Guerlains. Compared to the Derby/ALD type bottle or the newer exclusives with the old-fashioned puff style atomizer it seems really unimpressive. Shipping can be a nightmare too because all the packaging and boxing weighs a ton unless you get an unboxed tester. That said the testers have a superior atomizer in my opinion.

    As for the juice well it's all subjective. However I really cannot see how it is worth close to $300 unless you're an absolute Guerlain vanilla fanatic. Even then I'd recommend Cologne du 68, unless the sillage is that important. Better vanillas exist. There is no doubt about that. Even Guerlain themselves have better vanillas. The boozy quality and sweetness makes me think of cheap, plastic-bottled imitation vanilla essence to be frank. That's a scent I love which carries a lot of good memories for me so I do enjoy it, but for others this may not be the case. Especially if what you're seeking is a natural, classy vanilla which screams high-end.

    I would strongly recommend getting a decant or sample first. Especially if you've experienced niche-quality vanilla scents because it may well leave you flat.

    As for whether or not it's unisex I'd say from a marketing standpoint Guerlain are on the money aiming it at women, but that doesn't mean it cannot be worn and enjoyed by men, nor does it mean men will get funny looks if they wear it.

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    I love Guerlain's Cologne du 68 but am not a big fan of SDV. Cologne du 68 is one of the most underrated frags IMO. It's like the forgotten Guerlain.

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    I find SDV to be unisex, not feminine. I prefer Tonka Imperiale, however.
    Current top 10 (No order):


    1. Pure Havane
    2. Menthe Fraiche
    3. Tobacco Vanille
    4. L'Air Du Desert Marocain
    5. Green Irish Tweed
    6. Fahrenheit
    7. Musc Ravageur
    8. Tonka Imperial
    9. Gucci Pour Homme II
    10. Dior Homme Intense

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    I adore SDV and absolutely love wearing it. It's totally unisex, as far as I smell.
    Current Top Five:

    1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    5. Creed Original Vetiver

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    Default Re: Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille

    Tonka Imperial is far better IMO... I wish I never sold my bottle!
    My current top ten:
    1. Spice and Wood
    2. Tonka Imperiale
    3. Dior Homme
    4. Pure Malt
    5. Oud Wood
    6. Ambre Nuit
    7. L'air Du Desert Marocain
    8. Noir de Noir
    9. Apple Brandy
    10.Straight to Heaven

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    Default Re: Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille

    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablynumbbg View Post
    Tobacco Vanille renders this one obsolete to me
    Not to me. The tobacco in TV makes it a very different smelling vanilla than SDV. But I can see where you might dig TV so much that you wouldn't considering wearing another vanilla frag.

    Quote Originally Posted by lm6 View Post
    i actually think Cuir Beluga smells almost nearly identical to Tonka Imperiale. those thierry wasser creations share a similar dna to my nose. SDV is pretty unique in the Guerlain lineup imo
    Disagree. To me they're nowhere near identical. Wasser made TI, Olivier Polge made CB. Only major similarity I see is they are both distinctly Guerlain.

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