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    Default Good vanilla scents for layering

    I know there are a host of exquisite and artful vanilla scents out there, but I'm looking for something a little more direct and utilitarian that could be used for layering purposes. An essential oil spray or something like that would fit the bill, I just don't know which ones are worthwhile.

    Any recommendations?
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    Default Re: Good vanilla scents for layering

    Eau des Missions, you get a bathtub full for a tenner and the price doesn't belie the quality at all and its the 2nd best layering scent (behind Ombre Leather) as it has no hard edges to clash.

    Shout out to @crashtestbrummie for putting me onto this

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    Absolu De Vanille by La Maison De La Vanille
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmolive View Post
    Eau des Missions, you get a bathtub full for a tenner and the price doesn't belie the quality at all and its the 2nd best layering scent (behind Ombre Leather) as it has no hard edges to clash.

    Shout out to @crashtestbrummie for putting me onto this
    Am I seeing the wrong stuff? Because the bottles I find when I search for this are going for $100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Am I seeing the wrong stuff? Because the bottles I find when I search for this are going for $100.
    250ml for £12!



    If you can't find one let me know and at that price its worth risking shipping it out just to see if it makes it.

    Its a really wonderful scent that adds a gossamer sheen of vanilla around your skin as it wears very nicely. Very balsamic as well due to the rest of the stuff at play and nicely blended as it punches well above its weight. Excellent for when you want to add warm and cosy to any scent as its really works so well with everything.

    Its the Guiles theme of fragrances!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmolive View Post
    250ml for £12!



    If you can't find one let me know and at that price its worth risking shipping it out just to see if it makes it.

    Its a really wonderful scent that adds a gossamer sheen of vanilla around your skin as it wears very nicely. Very balsamic as well due to the rest of the stuff at play and nicely blended as it punches well above its weight. Excellent for when you want to add warm and cosy to any scent as its really works so well with everything.

    Its the Guiles theme of fragrances!
    I'll dig around but it doesn't seem to be available on this side of the pond for that kind of price!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    I'll dig around but it doesn't seem to be available on this side of the pond for that kind of price!
    I checked out the reviews and it seems to be a unicorn in the states with commensurate price hike. Definitely not worth what they're charging over there as thats niche prices and this is not that.

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    If a strong lavender component with a relatively equally strong vanilla base or yet again the same scenario, but a stronger cardamom rather than lavender opening and mid section can be considered, two quite reasonably priced male classics might work thoigh being far more full scale scents rather than mere vanilla essential oils:

    namely Caron pour un Homme EDT and Guerlain Heritage EDT (stronger concentrations of each might however jeopardize their layering potentials and/or make the concentration and amount of the other scents used for layering more sketchy, more difficult to estimate)

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    I love Heritage EDT (on some days, I'd say it's my favorite scent ever), but it's much too complex and distinct for the purposes I have in mind. I imagine the same is true of the Caron.
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    Default Re: Good vanilla scents for layering

    Quote Originally Posted by Palmolive View Post
    Eau des Missions, you get a bathtub full for a tenner and the price doesn't belie the quality at all and its the 2nd best layering scent (behind Ombre Leather) as it has no hard edges to clash.

    Shout out to @crashtestbrummie for putting me onto this
    It's a gem, right? I was sorting out my back ups the other day and realised I've got a litre of this in reserve! They also do a body oil to go with this that is lovely too.

    Another one to look at, if available locally, is the Body Shop's Vanilla and Tonka Bean Fragrance Oil. It's more designed as a home fragrance oil but I've used it on my skin without any issues and it performs well both by itself and as a layering oil.

    Benzoin essential oil is something else that I've used for layering or by itself. Not quite vanilla but can have a similar overall effect. I have a benzoin and tonka bean attar that is fantastic stuff. And off topic, but myrrh essential oil and labdanum absolute can work well for layering if you're after a different effect.

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    One comes to mind would be Indult Tihota.
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    Even less expensive than pretty much any previous suggestion, while rendering a still credible and fresh lavender note with vanillic undertones for its minimal price: having to add and to mention Eau Florale Lavande de Provence by La Maison du Savon de Marseille.
    An unassuming yet persistent light, summery, airy lavender with some vanilla as well-both notes quite discreetly and simply rendered, even if vanilla is formally not listed.

    Have meanwhile checked their other masculine choices a bit and while not as inexpensive as the basic lavender, they still remain reasonably priced regarding a few of their further scents that do include a vanillic note for layering. not overdoing on complexity incompatible for mixing: Pour Homme Rebel and Pour Homme Monsieur.
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    This may be a bit far-fetched because it also contains sandalwood: Angel Voluptuous Philter (sandalwood and vanilla). It is meant to be layered with Angel perfume or boost it as the day goes on but it also works with other perfumes.

    I have not tried layering it but Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée is a very strong vanilla scent and a small amount could probably do the job.
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    Diptyque Eau Duelle layers really well - I suggest trying both EdT and EdP as the chosen strength depends on what you are layering it with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveoaksBouquet View Post
    This may be a bit far-fetched because it also contains sandalwood: Angel Voluptuous Philter (sandalwood and vanilla). It is meant to be layered with Angel perfume or boost it as the day goes on but it also works with other perfumes.
    Interesting! Sandalwood and vanilla is a great, smooth combination, so that might work to add some mellow background creaminess while layering scents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    If a strong lavender component with a relatively equally strong vanilla base or yet again the same scenario, but a stronger cardamom rather than lavender opening and mid section can be considered, two quite reasonably priced male classics might work thoigh being far more full scale scents rather than mere vanilla essential oils:

    namely Caron pour un Homme EDT and Guerlain Heritage EDT (stronger concentrations of each might however jeopardize their layering potentials and/or make the concentration and amount of the other scents used for layering more sketchy, more difficult to estimate)
    I was thinking similar - lavendar + vanilla + 'X' i feel would work quite well most of the time. Vanilla is kind of ambergris-like in that it gives a decent boost to most additions.

    Recently - the barbershop dry down of Beverly Red for Men and the big *ss vanilla from Lalique PH Lion on a shirt worked really nice.
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    Tauer makes a vanilla blend body oil called Wowilla I use sometimes for layering. There is also Kyse Bonbons à la Vanille which comes in edp and body cream, a delicious vanilla.

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    Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille

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    Tobacco Vanille could be used to support another fragrance.
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    Some of the above are pretty expensive options for layering!

    I should have also suggested Lush's Vanillary too - vanilla and tonka with a hint of jasmine. Ridiculous staying power with this one on my skin. I layered it once with Shalimar EDT and pretty much turned into a tattooed trifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Tobacco Vanille could be used to support another fragrance.
    It can.

    Tobacco Vanille + Jacomo de Jacomo = better than anything TF has ever released
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestbrummie View Post
    Some of the above are pretty expensive options for layering!

    I should have also suggested Lush's Vanillary too - vanilla and tonka with a hint of jasmine. Ridiculous staying power with this one on my skin. I layered it once with Shalimar EDT and pretty much turned into a tattooed trifle.
    Folks have very divergent cost-reward standards in this hobby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Folks have very divergent cost-reward standards in this hobby.
    I'm well aware of that! I'm just thinking in the context of your original request for something utilitarian like an essential oil or similar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestbrummie View Post
    I'm well aware of that! I'm just thinking in the context of your original request for something utilitarian like an essential oil or similar!
    I expected it! It's a Basenotes tradition to recommend outlandishly luxurious options in response to a modest request (happens in other hobbies, too; on watch forums, somebody will ask for an affordable watch recommendation and there's always somebody who tells the guy to save for a Rolex).

    But, yeah, I was looking for something kinda cheap! If I was going high-end I know there are plenty of lovely options, including stuff I like and enjoy like Arquiste's Architects Club, but I don't layer very often so I just need something modest.
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    Outremer Vanille, super affordable too, I layer everything with this

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    Thanks, all, for your suggestions. I went with... none of them!

    I ended up finding Pacifica Island Vanilla at Target, $21 for 1 oz. It's cheap and a bit too sweet but also doesn't smell gourmand-y.
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    Default Re: Good vanilla scents for layering

    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestbrummie View Post
    Some of the above are pretty expensive options for layering!

    I should have also suggested Lush's Vanillary too - vanilla and tonka with a hint of jasmine. Ridiculous staying power with this one on my skin. I layered it once with Shalimar EDT and pretty much turned into a tattooed trifle.
    I came here to recommend this one as well. I'm thinking it should be very good in layering due to it being pretty basic but also very tasty in a gourmand way.

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    It's really funny that you brought this up actually!
    I just used my bottle of "Warm Vanilla Sugar" body wash from Bath and Body Works today (for the first time since I got it actually) and I'm wearing the lotion in the same scent. So..I guess that counts as layering! I highly recommend Warm Vanilla Sugar actually, it's a great vanilla scent! I know at least one guy who really liked the lotion in that scent too, so really I think I would recommend it for everyone, both men and women! (Although I think it's really marketed to women lol!)

    I also agree with Eau Duelle by Diptyque, that one smells fantastic! I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedracer View Post
    I came here to recommend this one as well. I'm thinking it should be very good in layering due to it being pretty basic but also very tasty in a gourmand way.
    The body spray is decent too - think it's twenty quid for 200ml here. It's darker than the perfume with more of a caramel feel to it. I'm planning on sampling it on my skin this weekend when I'm not wearing any other perfume.




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