Freddie, l look forward to hearing about your dream vanilla, when you've figured it out!
Today l tried Shiso by Aftelier.
The opening is a bittersweet accord of herbal notes, mainly mint, along with what l interpret as anise. This accord has a leafy, but not overly green feel to it. Shortly after, a light touch of cinnamon comes to the fore, joined a little later on by woods, incense & a smoky black tea of the lapsang souchong variety. lt then settles close to the skin, but just as l think this fragrance is going to turn all sweet & powdery, the herbal, leafy accord returns, & continues to weave in & out for almost the whole duration. There's a soft patchouli in the base, & it all lasts a very respectable eight hours on me before fading out.
A very interesting fragrance with some surprising twists & turns, this definitely merits further wearings to explore it further. l am intrigued by its mix of warm & cool notes, & l found it the longest-lasting of the Afteliers that l've tried.