Parfums de Nicolai Vanille Tonka
Thread: Vanilla + Incense?
I really like the drydown of Tom Ford extreme - the combo of vanilla and incense sticks. However, it does have sillage and longevity issues. So. I'm looking for suggestions for other fragrances that have this vanilla + incense component.
I usually prefer incense notes a bit more subtle - the CdG line is bordering on the unwearable imo - I don't want to smell like incense per se, I rather look for a oriental/sweet base with an incense aspect if that makes sense...
Parfums de Nicolai Vanille Tonka
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How about VC&A Midnight in Paris? How would it compare to TF Extreme? Other suggestions?
For "cheapos" that are good, there is Jacomo Rouge and Mesmerize for Men by Avon. JR is drier and a bit gourmand. My favorite is Messe de Minuit, but it has more patchouli than vanilla.
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L'Occitane's Eau des Baux
l'Air du Desert Marocain
Perhaps Costume National 21? Creamy and soft incense with some spices, florals and woods. But the incense is always prominent. Enough for you to tell its incense, but not enough to smell like a church.
I prefer spice over florals generally, especially florals tending to the feminine side. Vanilla Tonka is probably not my cup. I've tried L'air du desert Marocain I can't do with the floral aspect... I'm looking for more of a dense, amber, dark oriental-woody type fragrance, preferrably spicy, with incense. I'll check out everyone's suggestions.
Vanilia by L'Artisan has an amber base so that might work...
Tom Ford Splits!!!! - Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood, Noir de Noir - PATCHOULI ABSOLU
Plum Japonais, Italian Cypress, Neroli Portofino, Costa Azzura, Azure Lime, Champacca Absolute
HARD TO FIND - Lavender Palm, Arabian Wood, and AMBER ABSOLUTE, etc...
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Shalimar has a lot of smoke and vanilla. I'm not sure if it actually contains any frankincense/incense, but it sure smells like it does.
I love TFE and wish it would be better with better projection and longevity. Or be cheap enough to reapply. It's neither so I only use it in quiet times when I can reflect and enjoy. Too bad. For an 'extreme' is isn't very much that at all and it coming in an EDP would make this possibly better.
There are literally thousands of perfumes with incense and vanilla notes, but it is much more common in ladies perfumes more than in gentlemen (Shalimar is a good example), so there is plenty from where to chose LOL.
My favorite: Signature for Men by S.T. Dupont
Runner up: Witness by Jacques Bogart
but consider also:
L'Uomo by Trussardi
Jacomo de Jacomo Rouge
Gucci for men
Antidote by Viktor&Rolf
Tiffany for men
Oscar de la Renta for men
and finally, Black Orchid by Tom Ford, although is listed for women, it is considered unisex by many.
How does ST Dupont signature differ from TF Extreme? Is it correct that it has been discontinued? Seems like a blind buy is the only option here... :S
Layer Guerlain's Spiriteuse Double Vanilla with CdG's Sequoia.
Creed's Angelique Encens fits your description and has excellent longevity on me at least.
This one's easy:
* "Cologne Bois d'Argent" (Dior) is split down the middle in equal parts incense and vanilla, and you wouldn't expect a cologne concentration to have as much longevity as it does.
* And Gucci pour Homme is a darker take on the vanilla and incense theme, with something animalic (civet?) going on as well.
Both absolutely flawless.
I've recently got a bottle of the vintage, if it makes a difference, M7 and there is some strong similarities between TFE and M7. Not so surprising since M7 was the first frag to come out of YSL after Tom Ford took control. Other than the medicinal note that permeates M7 they are very, very close. TFE has a bit more of the powdery feel ramped up in it, as well.
Diptyque Eau Duelle , vanilla and incence its not horrendously expensive and its very very good imho