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    Default Vanilla-y scents

    As some of you know, I just started this fun ride back in June/July. One note that I've found that I like with some consistency is vanilla. Now, it has to be a pretty special scent for me to like a super-sweet vanilla. Typically, I find myself really enjoying more of a calm vanilla in the dry down. I suppose it's possible for me to love a scent that starts with sweet vanilla (think: French vanilla), and dries to a deep, dark, soothing vanilla.

    That said, I'd prefer a scent that was still on the "manly" side. I'm not opposed to unisex scents, but I find that scents that are labeled "unisex" feel more feminine on me. Maybe it's me I'd like a scent that women could wear, but still leans more to the masculine side.

    Suggestions?

    *Note: I have a sample of Tobacco Vanille coming in the mail in a day or two.
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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille is the best vanilla I've ever smelled.

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Quote Originally Posted by Shiny Beast View Post
    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille is the best vanilla I've ever smelled.
    Can't say this enough.

    If you somewhat like Tobacco Vanille, try Pure Havane, or even Pure Malt. may be what you are looking for.

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee (nothing to do with incense btw) or Diptyque Eau Duelle may be worth sampling, I would consider both to be unisex, definitely not "cupcake" vanillas.

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Another for Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee.

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    I don't have a lot of experience, but with one wearing of TV, I understood why people love it. It's definitely sweet, but if you like vanilla, you'll like it.

    I hear a lot of good things about Double Vanille as well, so that may be worth a sample.

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Cool...Pure Havane and Pure Malt are already on my To Try list......the others I haven't even heard of, so they're on the list now!! Thanks, guys.
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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Le Male and Givenchy Pi are more commercial vanilla frags.
    Currently wearing: No. 5 by Chanel

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
    1. Dior Homme Original
    2. Musc Ravaguer
    3. Portrait of a Lady
    4. Noir de Noir
    5. L Instant Guerlain pour Homme Extreme
    6. New Haarlem
    7. Pure Coffee
    8. Blu Mediterraneo Sicilian Almond
    9. Rose 31
    10. Spiritueuse Double Vanille

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Tobacco Vanille and I are in a very heated, steamy and physical relationship.

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    Tonka Imperiale is Tonka bean, but it smells amazing. If it must be vanilla, Double Vanille gets my vote. Smells like vanilla extract with a boozy vibe.
    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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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Quote Originally Posted by Shiny Beast View Post
    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille.
    This plus Guerlain Shalimar and Givenchy Pi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senore01 View Post
    Tobacco Vanille and I are in a very heated, steamy and physical relationship.
    Haha...I really need to buck up and find a sample this.

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    My current favorite: Eau des Baux by L'Occitane. Best bang for the buck. Quality fragrance, very pleasing from start to finish, with excellent longevity.

    I'll also add another vote for Tobacco Vanille. I'll definitely purchase a bottle five seconds after I can afford it.

    (I've read good reviews about SDV by Guerlain, but I haven't really smelled this one. I hope to sample this in the near future)
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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    My favorite vanilla remains Caron pour un homme: fresh lavender, smooth vanilla. And of course the old vanillic orientals, like Shalimar smoky vanilla. I personally don't like Spiritueuse double vanille: too boozy and intense; but vanilla it is.

    cacio

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    Second the Eau des Baux recommendation if you can handle some cedar and incense along with your vanilla. TV is my personal favorite which you will soon get to try.

    I've heard great things about Eau Duelle, but I haven't tried it yet.

    SDV borders the feminine side, but it's certainly a great boozy vanilla.

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Wow...Caron pour un Homme = vanilla? I did not get that at all when I tried it. I could not wipe that off of me fast enough. Maybe I just snagged a bad sample.

    It's funny...SDV is labeled as a feminine scent, yet most reviews I've come across are written by guys.

    Keep them coming...I'm putting them all down to look into. Thanks for all the help!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teach13 View Post
    It's funny...SDV is labeled as a feminine scent, yet most reviews I've come across are written by guys.
    True, it's marketed toward the ladies, but it's unisex. I honestly don't know why I don't own it yet. Also you might wanna check out:

    24 Gold - the marketing and what not is redonkulous, but it's a quality frag
    Musc Ravageur
    Frapin 1270
    New Haarlem

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Own a sample of MR...can't wait to dig into it!!
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    +1 to L'Occitane Eaux de Baux, Diptyque Duelle, etc

    also Byredo 7 Veils
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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Fragonard Suivez-Moi
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    L'Occitane Eaux de Baux
    Le Male
    Baldessarini Strictly Private
    cant go wrong with either
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    Double Vanille is great, but it's a little on the pricey side for what it is. I'd recommend trying Cologne du 68. Perhaps it's just me, but I get nothing but boozy vanilla in this and it's really rather tasty. Double Vanille is to my nose like an EDP version with more vanilla and less booze. I enjoy SDV, don't get me wrong, I'm something of a vanilla-fanatic though so yeah.

    My #1 vanilla fragrance of all time: Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise. Absolutely, unutterably divine. Genuine vanilla. Not foody, not sweet. No booze. Unfortunately it is a fairly timid scent and lacks staying power, but when something is this good I'll just respray.

    Molinard Vanille, and Vanille Marine; the older version of the former is great. Not foody at all. The newer version is sweeter, with boozy accents, but still good; no beating about the bush, it's just straight up vanilla from top to bottom. Vanille Marine has caramel accents and a touch of something aquatic, unusual but very nice.

    Also consider Comptoir Sud Pacifique. Quite a few vanillas in their library, and they do an 'explorer pack,' with 4 30ml vanilla fragrances. Worth a look, nice price for four different scents.

    The black sheep of this list is Diesel Plus Plus feminine. Linear vanilla and coconut. Surprisingly good. Ugly bottle. Discontinued, but still widely available for a pittance. Reminds me of Hypnotic Poison (which is nice, if a little on the cloying side) only Hypnotic Poison makes me violently ill.

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    The most vanilla I have EVER smelled in one scent must have been "Serendipitous" by Serendipity3. Otherwise, Hilde Soliani's Il Duo Tulipano has a great vanilla cream smell to it.

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    SDV is my favourite vanilla frag.

    Others:
    Duel - Annick Goutal
    G2 - Gaultier
    Vanilia - L'Artisan Parfumeur
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    Mona di Orio Vanille is the best one I've smelled. Diptyque Eau Duelle is great as well.

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    SDV is my favourite vanilla frag.

    Others:
    Duel - Annick Goutal
    G2 - Gaultier
    Vanilia - L'Artisan Parfumeur
    +1 Vanilia - L'Artisan Parfumeur--this is not sweet, creamy vanilla that you are after....but this is real unisex stuff, so wearable!
    i experienced 180 degrees chnage in my love to this scent, i appreciated it but could not wear it, now i just love it! its woody vanilla. beatuful sandalwood and vanilla, nothing sweet....but beautiful parfume

    you can have nice vanilla from LUSH, but that one is very feminine

    and well done coffee shop vanila, something you may like Un bois de vanille Serge Lutens, i dont like it though

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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    Holy crap!! You guys just doubled my list since I went to bed last night...well done!! What's funny is that I'm not a big vanilla guy normally. As I was starting a few months ago, and putting together a list that I wanted to try, I basically ignored any of the ones that listed vanilla. Regretting that now!! Love wearing vanilla at night.
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    Default Re: Vanilla-y scents

    You mentioned that you prefer to stay on the masculine side, in this case I'd stick to Tobacco Vanille and Musc Ravageur.

    I didn't care much for SDV as it is overly sweet and I find it a bit feminine, just my 2 cents.

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