Patchouli 24. I take my vanilla like I take my coffee. Espresso.
Thread: Your favorite vanilla fragrance?
van cleef & arpels orchidee vanille
Classics: Shalimar, Jicky
Moderns: Bulgari Black, EAU DES BAUX
Cheapies: Coty Raw Vanilla, Body Shop White Musk for Men
Among others, my personal vanilla-based favorites are: Caron pour un Homme, Yves Rocher Secret d'Essences Vanille Noire, Givenchy Pi, DHI.
Dior's Hypnotic Poison would probably top that list for me. Also, I really enjoy the milky vanilla base note in Diesel Zero Plus Masculine provided by the combination of vanilla and heliotrope that join the spicy cinnamon powder top notes.
Eau des Baux if you like incense with your vanilla.
Tobacco Vanille if you like tobacco with your vanilla.
A really sweet, inexpensive one I did not see mentioned yet:
WANTED (full or partial bottles)
Divine eau Divine (refillable)
Only vanilla based frags i know i like are Baldessarini Strictly Private, Rochas Man and Dior Homme Intense.
Update. I got today, 17th Jan. a blind-buy- bottle of Rochas Lui. It's really great. It has a vanilla base mixed with patchouli.
Last edited by döfä91; 17th January 2013 at 08:37 PM.
"Le parfum est la musique du corps"
Current Top 7 (not in any order):
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme [Euroitalia original formula] (Max Gavary, 1994)
YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme (Jacques Cavallier, 2003)
Creed Green Irish Tweed (Probably Oliver Creed / Pierre Bourdon, 1985)
YSL Jazz (Jean-Francois Latty, 1988)
Ungaro III [1st formulation "Made in France" ] (Jaques Polge/Francois Demachy, 1993)
Drakkar Noir vintage (Pierre Wargnye, 1982)
Rochas Macassar (Nicolas Mamounas / Roger Pellegrino, 1980)
I can wholeheartedly echo the love for the vanilla note in Bulgari Black, especially in the drydown - it's just so comforting and warm and enveloping.
If you like new indie niche fragrance, check out "Memoirs of a Trespasser" by Imaginary Authors - it's a really boozy vanilla overtop a resinous, woody base - smooth and distinctly vanilla.
SS Farmacia di Annunziata Vaniglia di Madagascar ( has lovely light citus.woody notes so not a cupcake vanilla)
Montale Vanille Absolu (pure ethyl vanillin - cotton candy)
I think the original question is perhaps too broad.
To me, vanilla has three distinct sets of scents:
1. The more or less "pure" vanilla scents. Spiriteuse Double Vanille is the emperor of this group for me, and I spray it on myself often at night because I love it so much. Others I enjoy are Creed's Sublime Vanille and Diptyque's Eau Duelle.
2. The "modified" vanilla scents. These use vanilla as a prominent note, but mix it with something else equally or nearly as prominent. Tobacco Vanille comes to mind, as does Le Male. Tobacco Vanille is my favorite here.
3. The vanilla "based" scents. These have vanilla somewhere in the pyramid to give a scent depth, but many people wouldn't say they're really vanilla. This category is huge, but I don't think that's what the op is looking for. But if I had to throw one in here, my favorite would be Dior Homme, which is vanilla with Iris and cocoa.
Of course, categories two and three wash over into each other.
Current Top Five:
1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
5. Creed Original Vetiver
Eau des Baux
Eau Duelle by Diptyque gets my vote, for it includes some cinnamon and juniper to makes things more exciting.
Last edited by chopwet; 15th January 2013 at 06:13 PM.
Mona di Orio Vanille
Is there no love for Dzing! anymore? This is my favorite vanilla based scent. It is more prominent in the base of course.
I am in agreement with hedonist about Patchouli 24 as well. A fantastic phenolic, earthy, dry vanilla.
Yes, Jaipur Homme has a wonderous vanilla dry down.
Spiriteuse Double Vanille is the best one I've smelled.
This is a straight up woman's fragrance to my nose.
Eau des Baux
My Ultimate Top 5:
A*Men Ultra Zest (2015)
Burberry London (2006)
Eau des Baux (2006)
Arpege pour Homme (2005)