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    Anyone try this? What's your opinion?

    What frag would you compare this to?

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    I would consider this to be a tamer version of Tobacco Vanille. The Myrtle in this one takes the place of the tobacco in TV. I think this one is fantastic especially for the price point.
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    noirdrakkar, this is an excellent sweetish, nutty, spicy, incensy fragrance that has garnered a lot of attention on basenotes lately (see the three threads pasted below, two of which compare Eau des baux to Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille or Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille)

    I can't offer any helpful comparison comments, but I do find it a versatile, comforting, and lovely scent of tremendous value (got mine for about $10/oz).

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    It's an excellent fragrance and shares some similarities with Burberry London, Tobacco Vanille, and Gucci Pour Homme. Not too expensive and really something to look forward to in the fall and winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJM_77 View Post
    I would consider this to be a tamer version of Tobacco Vanille. The Myrtle in this one takes the place of the tobacco in TV. I think this one is fantastic especially for the price point.
    ^ my thoughts exactly. at ~50$ for 3.4oz retail, its great value. And that drydown is beautiful.

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    I really wish it had a little less incense, but that's just because I'm not a big fan of incense... I'd still think Eau De Baux was superb at twice the price they're charging. As Grungevig said, there's something very comforting about it, and for $50, it's a steal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJM_77 View Post
    I would consider this to be a tamer version of Tobacco Vanille. The Myrtle in this one takes the place of the tobacco in TV. I think this one is fantastic especially for the price point.
    Wow! Eau de Baux is tamer than Tobacco Vanille? I haven't had the chance to smell TV yet. Can you explain how the two scents compare or differ?

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    A wonderful fragrance IMO.

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    I agree with the Tobacco Vanille comparison, less vanilla, less tobacco, less gourmand, and more of a spicy oriental. It also reminds me of Spicebomb mixed with Eau Duelle, mixed with Vanille Galante.

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    Eau de Baux is my favorite winter scent, layered with Diesel Zero Plus for Men during the holidays for added festivity. It's great tobacco vanilla, probably sweeter than Spicebomb though. Keep an eye out for coupons from drugstore/beauty.com if in the USA. This scent can be had for just over $40 when combined with a coupon.

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    Hm, last time I tried it, it was a sickly sweet plastic vanilla. I should give it another try in the cold weather...

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    This is a very pleasant scent which I will be buying in the next few weeks at the Occitane store. Aside from the smell, there are lots of associations with that extraordinary romantic ruin in Provence, Les Baux.

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    In structure it is similar to Hynose Homme and La Nuit de l'Homme - top notes of woods and base notes of amber or vanilla. It smells different than those, but in the ballpark. Baux has a very good cedar heart that is my favorite part. I find it to be very sweet in the base and nearly a straight-up vanilla, but a good quality one. Your opinion of vanilla is key to your appreciation of EdB, in my opinion. It is very good, but not for me.

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    I think it has potential but the quality wasn't there. L'Occitane is an interesting line but they fall short.

    I like the cedar parfum they have but like most things in life longevity is an issue.

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    Much more woodsy than TV. A lovely fragrance.
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    Over rated. As Katie Puckrick said, this is a straight-ahead, linear "mall amber".

    And when 3 or 4 of a dozen positive responses tell you how cheap it is - well, that sums it up right there.

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    If you are a fan of Tobacco vanille, Spicebomb, light incense fragrances, amber, or vanilla your going to like it. It's great value for the money and well worth sampling if you ever see a L'Occitane.
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    My review: I've got a "vintage" bottle of this, and I get too much vanilla. It also "blobs up" a bit, which I don't generally like. I get little wood or incense. As I was wearing it, for the first few hours, I was thinking that this is like training wheels for Tobacco Vanille, though there's no tobacco here. TV has simple but effective contrast between the vanilla and tobacco, whereas this fragrance is more of a scent than a perfume or personal fragrance, with little contrast or dynamism. If you are wearing it to impress others, it may work fine, but I don't view this as an aficionado fragrance. It lasts a long time with moderate projection ("sillage"), with one spray to the chest. I think that two sprays would have resulted in a cloying quality, but I don't think I'll ever be inclined to see if that is the case. If I want an incense fragrance that is not dry/woody, I'll reach for Messe de Minuit. As I said, this is like training wheels for those kinds of fragrances, which I no longer require, but relative to designer fragrances of this type it's certainly a cut above.

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    This one quickly grows bombastic. Vanilla incense on steroids.

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    IMO, Vanilla is a great note, however, when the vanilla is too strong to the point where it is dominant, the scent gets cloying. Too many frags do this. With this in mind, if Eau De Baux is too sweet, I may not want it.

    Price is not a concern to me.

    If it's a scent that is amazingly good, I would easily pay a lot of money.
    But buying a somewhat good scent just because its $50 and see that 5 years later, I haven't used more than 15% of it, then it's a waste.

    I'll prob get a 10ml decant

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    IMO, Vanilla is a great note, however, when the vanilla is too strong to the point where it is dominant, the scent gets cloying. Too many frags do this. With this in mind, if Eau De Baux is too sweet, I may not want it.

    Price is not a concern to me.

    If it's a scent that is amazingly good, I would easily pay a lot of money.
    But buying a somewhat good scent just because its $50 and see that 5 years later, I haven't used more than 15% of it, then it's a waste.

    I'll prob get a 10ml decant
    It's really not that sweet, in fact, I get more spice than anything. It's gonna be my SOTD today, I am wearing some to sleep too. To me, the cardamom/pepper/woods are most pronounced, with a campfire like vanilla similar to Tobacco Vanille's in the background. I am quite impressed with the quality of it, I look forward to sampling more from this house in the future.

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    It's a huge ripoff of Spicebomb! Seriously, Hector and Ralph should sue L'Occitane.

    But seriously, Eau de Baux is good stuff. I see the similarity to TV and Gucci PH II after it dries down. It's pretty cheap too. $50 for a 3.4 oz.
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    You mean Victor and Rolf?

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    Lovely scent and seems to last reasonably well, which was my only worry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    You mean Victor and Rolf?
    Yeah, that's part of the joke.
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    It's quite nice, especially if you like highly vanillic and woody orientals. Fans of this style of fragrance should definitely check it out.
    Personally I didn't find it original or interesting enough or the quality high enough to warrant a full bottle.
    For example, I'm happier with the drydown of Opium pH Edt when I'm in the mood for this sort of experience.

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    I really enjoy it, but I find it a bit synthetic and rubbery at times.

    also, a quick search would have returned about 1000 threads on this topic man. This fragrance is no stranger to BN.
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    This sounds like something that I might like. However, every time I go to the mall I keep forgetting to stop at the L'Occitane store to try it out! It's definitely on my list of "must try" though.

    I've used some L'Occitane products in hotels before and generally like their stuff.

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    I'd probably compare this to Spicebomb. I can see TV comparisons, but much prefer Ford's offering. It just smells more high quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Rudi View Post
    Over rated. As Katie Puckrick said, this is a straight-ahead, linear "mall amber".

    And when 3 or 4 of a dozen positive responses tell you how cheap it is - well, that sums it up right there.
    You make it sound like she slammed it. She raved about it. I get the feeling she used the word 'mall' because L'Occitane is a mall shop, rather than being something you'd find at fragrance counters. I actually wish Sephora sold EdB because I'd love to get a sample I could wear for a few days since this is one I'm debating buying. I think it's excellent, I just haven't decided if it's something I'd wear.

    Many of the reviews talking about how cheap EdB is, including Katie Puckrik, point out that it holds its own against niche fragrances at only $50 for 100ml rather than $200+.

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