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    Default Tobacco Vanille or Back to Black?

    Which do you prefer, and why? I've an opportunity to get Back to Black, but should I buy it or TV?

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    Default Re: Tobacco Vanille or Back to Black?

    Good question. I own and love both. Both have incredible longevity also. However, if I had to pick one, it would be TV. B2B is nice, but a little too powdery for me sometimes. Can't go wrong with either, but Tobacco Vanille is slightly better IMO.

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    I'm not familiar with Back to Black, but I'd take TV over almost anything....!
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    Default Re: Tobacco Vanille or Back to Black?

    Like both but prefer Back To Black of the two as I find it a more complete and interesting composition.

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    I think they are different enough to own both for sure. I really enjoy the honey accord in B2B.
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    I got a sample of Tobacco Vanille after reading all of the raving reviews and I absolutely detested it. I gave it so many chances in the hope that it would grow on me but I just found it nauseating. The combination of honey/tobacco/vanilla notes were way too overpowering for me. I actually like the smell of honey, tobacco and vanilla but something about their use in Tobacco Vanille made me want to puke.

    Since then I've been putting off trying fragrances with that note combination until recently when I was doing some sampling and got myself a sample of Black to Black. Oh my word, if it wasn't the most heavenly smell I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. It really surprised me because there are definitely similarities between it and TV, but it lacked that milky sweet honey tobacco vibe of TV which made me gag. It was much smoother, and less in your face. I loved it so much that I ended up ordering a full bottle.

    To me, B2B is much more sophisticated than TV, which was just too loud and sickly for my taste.
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    Too different IMO to choose one... B2B is more complete Imo...
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    I think they are different enough to own both for sure. I really enjoy the honey accord in B2B.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Good question. I own and love both. Both have incredible longevity also. However, if I had to pick one, it would be TV. B2B is nice, but a little too powdery for me sometimes. Can't go wrong with either, but Tobacco Vanille is slightly better IMO.
    Pretty much sums up my thoughts, although I don't own B2B.
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    Both are fine fragrances, but I strongly prefer Back to Black.

    It's more well-rounded and smoother than Tobacco Vanille, which is why Back to Black is in my collection and the other isn't.
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    Default Re: Tobacco Vanille or Back to Black?

    Back to Black - just much better IMO.

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    I prefer Back to Black.
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    While there are some differences, I personally couldn't justify owning both. Back to Black, to my nose, is far superior -- but then again, I really don't like TV at all.

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    Default Re: Tobacco Vanille or Back to Black?

    I agree.
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    I'm not familiar with Back to Black, but I'd take TV over almost anything....!

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    I own and much prefer TV. I tried B2B several times and didn't really care for it.
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    Default Re: Tobacco Vanille or Back to Black?

    I own both and really like both. However, if I had to choose, it would be Back to Black. It's more versatile and smoother. I can spray it many times and it won't get cloying for me. TV has much better projection and longevity though.

    Both great tobacco scents.

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    I like TV, wasn't to impressed with BtB

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    TV is one of my favorites, I do want to try B2B, is it a gourmand ?

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    Tv...b2b is good, but it smells like cherry pipe tobacco to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by checker View Post
    I do want to try B2B, is it a gourmand ?
    It really seems to vary from nose to nose. To some, the tobacco/berry/cherry notes come through the honey, but to others (such as myself), it's just straight-up, rich honey.

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    Default Re: Tobacco Vanille or Back to Black?

    I'm not sure why these two get lumped together as they are quite different to my nose. Both are superb and I am glad that I own them. However, TV projects and lasts longer, whereas BtB is smoother and more powdery. It is worth owning both, but if I had to choose one, it would be the Ford.

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    Back to Black - just much better IMO.
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    Tobacco Vanille. It is sublime.

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    Back to Black is my favorite. I wish it had a tad bit more tobacco in it but it's definitely a fragrance I'll keep. I can't count how many times I've received compliments on it - but yeah it's a bit more powdery than I would hope but still amazing.

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    Default Re: Tobacco Vanille or Back to Black?

    Both great tobacco scents - if the OP is getting a good deal on B2B, then perhaps that could be the decider

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    Default Re: Tobacco Vanille or Back to Black?

    Own both, but if I had to make the choice of one or the other, it would be Back to Black. I find it more appealing to wear than TV.

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    Default Re: Tobacco Vanille or Back to Black?

    Back to Black. For me, it blows all tobacco fragrances out the water.

    Tobacco Vanille is far more linear than Back to Black. I absolutely loved Tobacco Vanille too, but Back to Black just threw it off the top spot in terms of tobacco fragrances. Back to Black is very complex with a lot of depth, it's much more of a complete fragrance.

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    Back To Black is complex and intriguing. Tobacco Vanille an overrated sugar bomb.

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    Back to Black bruh! TV is too strong and boozy. I don't care for it all that much. Back to Black is the SMOOOOOTHE operator of the two. It's sweet, creamy, and hits the spot! Bet on "Black"! lol
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    Tobacco Vanille is much better

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    I prefer TV over the close to the skin but sticky honey smell of Back To Black. Although it seemed heavy when I applied it's performance was ridiculous on my skin. I prefer TV. And if you like honey, sweet oriental dream.
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