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    Thumbs up Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    So I swooped into my local L'Occitane a few weeks ago, sprayed some Eau des Baux, initially unimpressed but on drydown this thing was pure heaven. I got a solid 8-10 hours on it and was delighted by it. I bought a bottle and after some wear am ready to give some impressions.

    Full disclosure, I'm a big Spicebomb fan, but like others, found the sweetness a bit cloying, not nauseatingly so, but enough to be too put-off to wear it daily. For those that, like me, did find Spicebomb too sweet, here is your solution. Eau des Baux has vanilla, but none of the bubblegum sugar that defines alot of Spicebomb's scent, but still retains the Tobacco Vanilla spice you love in Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille. The scent is mesmerizingly good and you'll probably find yourself wondering "what smells so good" only to realize it's you more than a few times upon initial wearing.

    It goes on with a lot of Vanilla and spice at the top, very peppery but smooth and dry. After about an hour or so dries down into a nice pine-vanilla-spice mix. The scent is enhanced by some well done vetyver and amber in the base that's just lovely. Do I get tobacco in this? Nope, but I can see how it might give some the impression of a tobacco scent, the Vetyver, amber and pine do give off a tobacco-leafy vibe. If you want an impression, take the pepper from Mark Jacob's Bang, add Spicebomb sans the sweetness but with the vanilla and amber and the leafy smell of Tobacco Vanille, that's what I get.

    While sometimes portrayed as unisex, this is a far dryer and more masculine scent than either Spicebomb or Tobacco Vanille and doesn't become a sweet and sickly after prolonged wear. As I mentioned, Longevity is great, and I've gone as long as 10 hours with it lingering as a skin scent. The cost ($50-60 for 100mL) makes it an absolute steal. This doesn't smell at all synthetic and the scent itself is niche quality. It definitely deserves all the hype it gets and more. Sadly, it doesn't have the marketing budget of a Viktor & Rolf, but if you're scent savvy, and had to choose, you'd pick this up in a heartbeat and leave Spicebomb on the shelf. All said, I do like Spicebomb, but Eau des Baux bests it in almost every category, scent, longevity, versatility and silliage.

    Try this one out if you're a fan of spice and vanilla scents. Definitely worth a blind buy if you're not in a city with an Occitane franchise and you like Spicebomb or Tobacco Vanille!

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Have and also love Eau des Baux and agree with your assessment.

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Have you tried Opium PH EdP? To me that is the king of spicy/vanilla frags. I haven't tried EdB but isn't there strong incense or wood in that one?

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Um... yeah... Spicebomb isn't a vanilla frag and Eau des Baux doesn't have tobacco...... but carry on...

    I like both and they have some characteristics they share although they are different in more ways than they are the same.
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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Yep, they smell alike and Eau Des Baux is the better fragrance. But like Pipsta said you need to check the notes.

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Eau de Baux is on my list, spicebomb is not...I wanted to like spicebomb but alas, I didn't. I think you hit on why I don't like it so much. Thanks

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    This fragrance has been getting a lot of hype lately.....might be worth a blind buy as vanilla and tonka bean are my favorite notes in a fragrance.

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    Pipsta and silentrich, I do take your points, but one always needs to take the manufacturers' note breakdown with a grain of salt. In fact I've read a lot of high end frags exclude certain notes since they come off as cheap, like excluding lavender. Further on this point, take for example Cool Water and GIT, they smell quite similar despite different note listings. Ditto for Millesime Imperiale and Sean John's Unforgivable and Multi-Platinum. As for Spicebomb, my nose gives me a strong vanilla, could be a combination of chemicals, nonetheless, I always trust my nose which tells me there's a strong family resemblance between Spicebomb and Eau des Baux.

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    In terms of affordability as well, Eau des Baux wins! As much as they are both really nice fragrances to me, I would much rather pick EdB.

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Quote Originally Posted by MarquisdeSod View Post
    Pipsta and silentrich, I do take your points, but one always needs to take the manufacturers' note breakdown with a grain of salt. In fact I've read a lot of high end frags exclude certain notes since they come off as cheap, like excluding lavender. Further on this point, take for example Cool Water and GIT, they smell quite similar despite different note listings. Ditto for Millesime Imperiale and Sean John's Unforgivable and Multi-Platinum. As for Spicebomb, my nose gives me a strong vanilla, could be a combination of chemicals, nonetheless, I always trust my nose which tells me there's a strong family resemblance between Spicebomb and Eau des Baux.
    I do get a slight vanilla/leather/and pepper accord in Spicebomb. Also, I tend to automatically associate sweetness with either vanilla, amber, or tonka bean which can sometimes be hard to distinguish between them. Eau des Baux though is all about the incense. I'm not a big fan at all of incense fragrances, but with Eau des Baux they made it almost smell like tobacco which is why people compare it so much as a viable alternative to Tobacco Vanille.

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    I did a side by side with these two and while there are some similarities there are more differences between them. When I wear Eau des Baux I can clearly smell that it's a vanilla scent. I don't get that with Spicebomb at all, no vanilla in the least. Their similarities seem to be in the type of spices used in the top and after that I find few similarities.

    EDB is more green in the top with the heart based around the vanilla and incense it comes off brighter and more coarse all the way through the life of the scent. While the Spicebomb is darker and with the tobacco and leather it's definitely more masculine. I think the elemi is what gives SB a smokiness that is much smoother than what the incense gives EDB.

    I find that Spicebomb is more like Midnight in Paris than it is Eau des Baux.
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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    I have been anxious for ages to buy L'Occitane scents and now I have a reason more.

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    You have me intrigued with your interesting and articulate review.
    I had thought Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain was the king of spicy vanilla.

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    Sounds good I have yet to check out this.
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    Not even comparable IMO

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    tested it also today on my skin and thought i will come across something new but unfortunately i am disappointed
    because its very very similar to YSL la nuit and rochas man or Givenchy Play Intense (this one i own) so there is no reason for me to buy it. Yes its a good one but nothing new to the world of fragrances

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    Quote Originally Posted by leecher88 View Post
    tested it also today on my skin and thought i will come across something new but unfortunately i am disappointed
    because its very very similar to YSL la nuit and rochas man or Givenchy Play Intense (this one i own) so there is no reason for me to buy it. Yes its a good one but nothing new to the world of fragrances
    I have not sampled the latter two, but la nuit???? Really???
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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Quote Originally Posted by MarquisdeSod View Post
    Pipsta and silentrich, I do take your points, but one always needs to take the manufacturers' note breakdown with a grain of salt. In fact I've read a lot of high end frags exclude certain notes since they come off as cheap, like excluding lavender. Further on this point, take for example Cool Water and GIT, they smell quite similar despite different note listings. Ditto for Millesime Imperiale and Sean John's Unforgivable and Multi-Platinum. As for Spicebomb, my nose gives me a strong vanilla, could be a combination of chemicals, nonetheless, I always trust my nose which tells me there's a strong family resemblance between Spicebomb and Eau des Baux.
    Agreed on all points.

    Experienced base noters ought to know at least these 2 simple things:

    1. The manufactures list of ingredients very often does not contain the entire list of notes in a fragrance.

    2. Even though some notes are not actually present in a given fragrance, the combination of notes blended together can very often mix together in a way that creates an entirely new note in the fragrance - a note that will never be an actual part of the fragrance composition but still be a note that a lot of wearer of the fragrance will feel clearly is there.
    Example: I don't think Serge Lutens has added hard stomach smelling manure fecal notes to his Musc Kublai Khan, but to many that note is very present in that fragrance. Another example: I don't see, neither do I believe, coconut is an actual note in Dior Fahrenheit 32, but the combination of notes in it leads me to believe I get a coconut vibe from it. Third example: I don't believe almonds is part of the notes in the reformulated Dior Homme Intense, but I feel and smell a faint scent of almonds in this fragrance.
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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Quote Originally Posted by eggy View Post
    I have not sampled the latter two, but la nuit???? Really???
    i swear still got it on my hand and its for sure at my body identical but i think at lot of other people it will be the same feeling
    try bulgari black or also zegna forte all fantastic fragrances which are very similar or even identical the best test is always that one when you spray one fragr on the left and the other one on the right one

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Quote Originally Posted by leecher88 View Post
    tested it also today on my skin and thought i will come across something new but unfortunately i am disappointed
    because its very very similar to YSL la nuit and rochas man or Givenchy Play Intense (this one i own) so there is no reason for me to buy it. Yes its a good one but nothing new to the world of fragrances
    Hmmmmm I never smelled Eau des Baux

    but the comparison to Nuit, Rochas Man and Play Intense seems far. Nuit smells nothin like Rochas Man, and Play Intense.

    Play Intense and Rochas Man do share some similarities.

    I also saw you compared it to Bvlgari Black.

    Lol that's a variety of a lot of very different genre of fragrances that you're comparing to one fragrance.

    Can't wait to smell it tho. Sounds very interesting.

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    believe me no matter what genres they are what counts is the fact that they smell exactly the same !!

    try zegna forte and you will see its also the same one, just different brand and different notes but the result is the same

    try them they are very very similar or even the same, try them two on left and two on right, try 4 of them and you will see minimum 3 of them will be for you the same

    Quote Originally Posted by frostyicy View Post
    Hmmmmm I never smelled Eau des Baux

    but the comparison to Nuit, Rochas Man and Play Intense seems far. Nuit smells nothin like Rochas Man, and Play Intense.

    Play Intense and Rochas Man do share some similarities.

    I also saw you compared it to Bvlgari Black.

    Lol that's a variety of a lot of very different genre of fragrances that you're comparing to one fragrance.

    Can't wait to smell it tho. Sounds very interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leecher88 View Post
    i swear still got it on my hand and its for sure at my body identical but i think at lot of other people it will be the same feeling
    try bulgari black or also zegna forte all fantastic fragrances which are very similar or even identical the best test is always that one when you spray one fragr on the left and the other one on the right one

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Eau de Baux is dense vanillic amber, Spicebomb is spicy vanillic tobacco. Opium is spicy citrus vanilla, La Nuit is sweet spicy vanilla, Bulgari Black is spicy leathery vanilla, Givenchy Play Intense is woody vanillic tonka. All have similarities, but none is really a replacement for the other. (Also, I'm officially tired of masculine vanillas.) That said, I prefer EdB over Spicebomb, but only just.

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    I have tried eau des baux, nice scent.


    But I'd prefer Shalimar (PDT)... The Queen of Vanilla

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    Quote Originally Posted by leecher88 View Post
    believe me no matter what genres they are what counts is the fact that they smell exactly the same !!

    try zegna forte and you will see its also the same one, just different brand and different notes but the result is the same

    try them they are very very similar or even the same, try them two on left and two on right, try 4 of them and you will see minimum 3 of them will be for you the same
    This is in NO WAY meant to sound condescending, so please don't take it as so! Are you early into your scent journey? I remember when I had just got into fragrances, every fragrance that had even the slightest bit of spice - smelled similar to me. It took me a bit of time to really be able to distinguish notes. It could be a possibility that this is what's happening in your case? Either that, or you're high on street drugs.

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    How does the EdB drydown compare to Jaipur Homme's?

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    dollars&scents: never tried tonka Imperiale, I'll definitely have to put it on the list as I'm a sucker for well executed gourmands, even the harsh anti-social ones like A*Men lol. I have sniffed Spiritueuse Double Vanille, and if it's anything like that then no, Eau des Baux has no booziness to it at all.

    Bigsly: nothing like Jaipur homme, that stuff does have the vanilla note, but it's wrapped in what reminds me of an 80's patchoulli-bomb power frag.

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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    The cypress in EDB gives it a green feel and the incense makes it dry. Between those two the composition seems bright and edgy making the vanilla come off more like the vanilla pod than it does vanilla cake.
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    Default Re: Eau des Baux - A Review: Forget Spicebomb, this is the King of Vanilla Spice

    Eau des Baux is an excellent fragrance and definitely something I reach for in the colder months.

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