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    Default The Best Vanilla Colognes

    Which Vanilla-including colognes do you say are your top one or a few or all. I'd like to know which you find to be the best cologne with vanilla to it, as well as other top choices that include or are primarily vanilla colognes. I hear good things on Pure Havane and Tobacco Vanille. What do you rate at the top?
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    Micallef Note Vanillee

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    Bulgari Black, Guerlain Jicky (EDT for the vanilla note)

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    Hermes Hermessence Vanille Galante (as LT points out though, its vanilla note is odd and mimics lilies... and is brilliant for it)
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    I like TF Tobacco Vanille very much...Shalimar is another great one with a significant vanilla component...probably the one I've tried with the most one-dimensional vanilla is Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille.

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    My favorite to date: Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille.

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    I would have to say XIII La Treizième Heure

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    The new Mona di Orio Les Nombres d'Or, Vanille. Smoky, almost peppery, garners compliments everywhere.
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    Guerlain- SDV. Shame about the price.

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    If you do a search, you'll find this exact topic has appeared on basenotes several times in the last few months. Not being snarky, just letting you know you'll find a lot of good info in those threads.

    JiveHippo is correct: the best pure vanilla is SDV, but you'll pay a king's ransom for it. Pure Havane and Tobacco Vanille are not pure vanilla scents, they're tobacco vanilla scents, which is an entirely different subset. I think you'll find most basenoters prefer TV over Pure Havane, though most like Pure Havane. Big difference in price between them, too -- I'm guessing TV at most places is double or triple the price of Pure Havane.

    I don't know of any cheap source for DV, but if you try the Estee Lauder outlet stores you can find good deals on discounted bottles of Tobacco Vanille.
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    1. Creed Millesime Imperial
    2. Serge Lutens Chergui
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Creed Virgin Island Water
    5. Chanel Eau de Cologne
    6. Thierry Mugler Pure Havane
    7. Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme
    8. Bulgari Blu
    9. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    10. YSL Kouros

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    Tobacco Vanille
    Molinard Vanille
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    Vanille de Molinard +1

    Also, try the Les Senteurs Gourmands by Laurence Dumont, which have a whole selection of EDPs featuring vanilla as a prime note: Tendre Madeleine, Vanille Patchouli, Vanille Pamplemousse, Vanille Violette, Vanille Bourbon, Vanille Chocolat and others.

    Great prices, long lasting and easily bought from discount e-tailers.

    Of course, there is Habit Rouge and Mouchoir de Monsieur, but the vanilla note is blended and not a featured note.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    If you do a search, you'll find this exact topic has appeared on basenotes several times in the last few months. Not being snarky, just letting you know you'll find a lot of good info in those threads.

    JiveHippo is correct: the best pure vanilla is SDV, but you'll pay a king's ransom for it. Pure Havane and Tobacco Vanille are not pure vanilla scents, they're tobacco vanilla scents, which is an entirely different subset. I think you'll find most basenoters prefer TV over Pure Havane, though most like Pure Havane. Big difference in price between them, too -- I'm guessing TV at most places is double or triple the price of Pure Havane.

    I don't know of any cheap source for DV, but if you try the Estee Lauder outlet stores you can find good deals on discounted bottles of Tobacco Vanille.
    Did a search before I posted and didn't catch one this broad, just some specific fragrances or people asking for certain types of vanillas, but I might not have been thorough. I'll work my search skill up.

    I am not asking for pure vanillas anyways, just any scent that includes it, whether it is the focus or not. I just like the vanilla vibe so I was curious what were the big ones people thought of one they think of a top vanilla characteristic.

    Thanks for the tips! I'll have to read on SDV as it has been praised around the forums from what I can see.

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    I too have been a low key vanilla quest. Looking for something with fairly pronounced vanilla, but not too sweet.

    Tobacco Vanille is excellent ... Has some other elements to it that make it outstanding IMO.

    I'm waiting on a decant of Eau Duelle which struck a chord with me on a quick in store sniff. Something I really liked about the vanilla note in that one. Need to really wear before I rave about it, but might be worth a little research for you as well.

    SDV was very nice, but didn't quite sit right for me. Sublime Vanille is wayyyyy vanilla. Havana Vanille too rum laced- that rum note near nauseating for me.

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    Vintage Balahe.

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    Habit Rouge and Shalimar, of course.

    Tobacco Vanille I liked, when I first smelled it, but it became a little tiring after a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannon View Post
    .......What do you rate at the top?
    Shalimar edp/parfum

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    Default Re: The Best Vanilla Colognes

    I think my favorite so far is still SDV. I really wish they would have toned down the cedar though. I'm still on the lookout for my perfect vanilla. I don't even wanna try Sublime Vanille since it's so damn expensive. I can't find it either, so I couldn't try it even if I wanted to. I've tried Tobacco Vanille, Havana Vanille, Molinard Vanille, all of the Lavanila fragrances, and even ones that supposedly have really loud and apparent vanilla notes. TV isn't bad, neither is HV. Molinard Vanille didn't do much for me, and a few of the Lavanila fragrances were quite nice. I really liked Vanilla Coconut.
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    Jicky and Caron PuH
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    Bois 1920 La Vaniglia.

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    1) Tobacco Vanille
    2) Givenchy Pi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannon View Post
    Did a search before I posted and didn't catch one this broad, just some specific fragrances or people asking for certain types of vanillas, but I might not have been thorough. I'll work my search skill up.

    I am not asking for pure vanillas anyways, just any scent that includes it, whether it is the focus or not. I just like the vanilla vibe so I was curious what were the big ones people thought of one they think of a top vanilla characteristic.

    Thanks for the tips! I'll have to read on SDV as it has been praised around the forums from what I can see.
    Aah. See, now, that's a whole 'nother animal. SDV is pure vanilla. If you want some that have a "vanilla vibe," that opens the universe up exponentially. There are hundreds of good ones, old and new, that fit that bill, from Jicky to Shalimar to Pi to gourmands like Un Bois Vanille. I haven't found my vanilla vibe holy grail (SDV is my pure vanilla grail), so I'll defer to others on what you may want to try.
    Current Top Ten:

    1. Creed Millesime Imperial
    2. Serge Lutens Chergui
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Creed Virgin Island Water
    5. Chanel Eau de Cologne
    6. Thierry Mugler Pure Havane
    7. Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme
    8. Bulgari Blu
    9. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    10. YSL Kouros

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    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    Aah. See, now, that's a whole 'nother animal. SDV is pure vanilla. If you want some that have a "vanilla vibe," that opens the universe up exponentially. There are hundreds of good ones, old and new, that fit that bill, from Jicky to Shalimar to Pi to gourmands like Un Bois Vanille. I haven't found my vanilla vibe holy grail (SDV is my pure vanilla grail), so I'll defer to others on what you may want to try.
    Anything that you can pin vanilla on as associated with the fragrance, whether its just one note or a whole fragrance, I am curious. I like vanilla in general, so vibe, note, or pure, bring on the vanillas in this thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    I haven't found my vanilla vibe holy grail
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    SDV is the best vanilla scent out there IMO.

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    Pi, Floriental by Karl Lagerfeld, Angel Men

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    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    My favorite to date: Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille.
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    I agree with Bvlgari Black. I also like Le Male, and Burberry Brit.
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    L'Occitane's Eau des Baux, L'Artisan Perfumer's Havana Vanille.

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    If you're willing to wait. Patchouli 24 turns into a lovely vanilla in the semi-dry down.

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    I just have a few vanille fragrance, i would say SDV is quite ok..

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vanille by Mona di Orio. Very nice natural vanilla bean scent that is relatively dry with some dry rum in the top notes.
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    Molinard Vanille

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    The Shalimar Ode a la Vanille is terrific if you can find it.

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    I so wanted so much for Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille to work for me BUT on my skin is turns too sweet and dainty for me to pull it off!

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    Ditto for Caron pour un Homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    My favorite to date: Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olfacta View Post
    The new Mona di Orio Les Nombres d'Or, Vanille. Smoky, almost peppery, garners compliments everywhere.
    This!

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    (1) Tobacco Vanille, (2) MdO Les Nombres d'Or Vanille and (3) Felanilla.
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    From my collection, my favourite/most vanilla-focussed fragrances are:
    Molinard Vanille
    Mandorla di Sicilia
    Tobacco Vanille
    Chocolate Greedy
    Un Bois Vanille
    Eau des Baux
    Jaipur Homme
    Rochas Man
    Rochas Man Intense

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    Shalimar. the one and only.
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    - Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
    - Dior Homme Intense
    - Bvlgari Black

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    Acqua di Parma - Mandorlo Di Sicilia
    Right now I think that I have all the fragrances that I want.

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    Bulgari Black has the most interesting, abstract vanilla I have smelled thus far. It's like... a high-key photograph of vanilla, color-saturated in photoshop, printed on glossy paper. Other vanillas are richer, or more lifelike, but Black stands out as a unique rendition of the note.
    My top 5: Sea Mist; Minnow; Crab, tiger, and almonds; Semprini; Rancid Polecat N° 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by leociccone View Post
    1) Tobacco Vanille
    2) Givenchy Pi
    +1

    Pi especially for the price

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    I would like to add Royal Delight to the list.
    Right now I think that I have all the fragrances that I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olfacta View Post
    The new Mona di Orio Les Nombres d'Or, Vanille. Smoky, almost peppery, garners compliments everywhere.
    I completely agree with Olfacta. I gag at most Vanilla fragrances but I can't stop sniffing when I put this on.

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    I read these same questions about a good vanilla fragrance over and over hoping that I will find a different answer from all the other posts about a vanilla fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by out of smoke View Post
    I read these same questions about a good vanilla fragrance over and over hoping that I will find a different answer from all the other posts about a vanilla fragrance.
    There are a bunch here that are new to me. I have heard of maybe ten of the many mentioned so I have a lot of new ones to check out. Surely a couple of new ones are here to consider?

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    Guerlain SDV
    Diptyque - Eau Duelle
    Serge Lutens - Un Bois Vanille
    1 .L Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
    2. Amouage Reflection Man
    3. Musc Ravageur
    4. Dior Homme Intense
    5. Aqua Universalis Forte - MFK
    6. New Haarlem
    7. Pure malt
    8. Serge Lutens Chergui
    9. Comme Des Garcons Sequoia
    10.Terre D' Hermes

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    Sdv

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    just tested this the other day
    Fahrenheit 32, i personally didnt find anything syntethic about it, it was sweet at the right amount
    and just really awesome yo'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xqizit View Post
    just tested this the other day
    Fahrenheit 32, i personally didnt find anything syntethic about it, it was sweet at the right amount
    and just really awesome yo'
    Does it live up to its chilly name?

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