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    Default Opinions about l'occitane eau des baux?

    As per the title of this post, I've recently acquired half a bottle of L'occitane eau des baux, and while pleasant enough, I'm not sure I get some of the love and raves it has received. I had a bottle of Habit Rouge EDP and still own John Varvatos Vintage, and they all kinda do the same thing, scentwise, with the L'Occitane heavier on the vanilla obviously.

    I found that I enjoy the latter two more, if only because the Eau de Baux is more fleeting, doesn't seem to last on me more than a few hours. It can barely go half a work day on my skin.

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    Love this one and get very good performance from it.
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    I'm actually wearing it for the first time today. I got the bottle a few months ago, but the weather has been too warm. Today, it was in the 40s (F) in the morning, so I decided to finally give it a shot. Loving it so far!

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    I like this one a lot. Great masculine scent that works great in winter.

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    I always got pretty good longevity with Eau des Baux (especially if it happened to get on my clothes; it'd last forever).

    Eau des Baux is a very commendable fragrance that is justly held in high regard. It's not necessarily an all-timer (though with a larger budget that allowed for more expensive ingredients, it might've been top-tier), but Baux does the spiced tobacco vanilla thing better than many fragrances in the luxe sector, with an impressively layered, balanced composition. I think it's more successful than Varvatos Vintage or Burberry London, both of which have interesting aspects but aren't as vivid as Baux; Baux manages to be tasteful and mass-appealing while offering a bit more punch.
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    nice for the money but a tad overated for what it is. smooth vanilla scent with not many bells & whistles, doesn't do much for me.
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    One of the best in the line IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilfred View Post
    nice for the money but a tad overated for what it is. smooth vanilla scent with not many bells & whistles, doesn't do much for me.
    I would say this....although I do enjoy and will always have it. I don't think it's back up bottle worthy. I actually enjoy CADE more than Eav Des Bavx.

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    I need to try this again. I sampled it once years ago and didn't think much of it, but a short wearing really isn't much to base a solid opinion on I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allkindsofwatches1 View Post
    I would say this....although I do enjoy and will always have it. I don't think it's back up bottle worthy. I actually enjoy CADE more than Eav Des Bavx.

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    Same, big fan of Eau de Cade. But I most definitely enjoy Eau des Baux as well as the original L'Occitan. They all seem to have a similar DNA to me, a peppery warm woody thing that hits the spot. They all last a decent while without being too loud. Not booming scents, but they'll stick around during a 8-10hr work day no problem.

    Not sure if anyone else has experienced this, but anytime I've popped into an airport boutique and tested them, the SAs will quickly drop the price if you waffle on a purchase. I think I picked up Cade in Charlotte INTL for like $40.

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    I’m one who just doesn’t get the hype for this and thinks it’s overrated.

    Then again, its Not the type of scent I normally go for and features some of my red flag notes, so it was starting with a handicap.
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    I'm willing to entertain the idea it's overrated, but I'd like folks to explain what else exists in the gourmand tobacco lane that surpasses it, particularly at the designer pricepoint. I often recommend Eau des Baux because it's readily available and fairly priced and is very likable; the stuff in this vein that I like more is often a little more polarizing or less versatile.

    I don't think John Varvatos Vintage and Habit Rouge EDP are necessarily the best points of comparison, but I can see what the OP is getting at by mentioning them. For what it's worth, I think Varvatos Vintage feels undercooked; all its most intriguing elements are in need of a boost so that they register. I find Habit Rouge EDP to be essentially an inferior, flatter Shalimar.

    Baux strikes me as being closer to stuff like Spicebomb and Bvlgari Man in Black. As far as I'm concerned, Baux is better than either (Man in Black does smell more "expensive" than EdB, it's just kinda incoherent, and Spicebomb is just boring). Baux also has some of the feeling of Burberry London, which is nice enough but just doesn't offer enough punch or depth to be particularly exciting, so I also give Baux the lead.

    While they're simpler creations, I would sooner wear CK One Shock for Him or English Laundry Windsor or Robert Graham Fortitude than Baux, but I wouldn't say they're "better." Just all kinda in the same tier, equally successful and equally limited, just in their own different ways.

    Aramis Tobacco Reserve feels like a greener, airier, more barbershoppy Eau des Baux, and I like it a bit more than Eau des Baux, but it's also not as crowd-pleasing as Eau des Baux and skews more mature. Eau des Baux will still appeal to folks who don't love tobacco, but Tobacco Reserve is very much for those who enjoy cigars.

    MAC Velvet Teddy is better than any of the scents mentioned thus far, and I only mention it because folks often mention Tobacco Vanille when talking about Baux and Velvet Teddy is, by far, the best "affordable" take on TV's DNA .
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    Default Re: Opinions about l'occitane eau des baux?

    I understand the love for this one among the fragrance community, but I had a bottle and I sold it. For me, Eau Des Baux is too loud and heavy for its own good. I like the overall scent profile, but I didn't enjoy wearing it. It was just too much. That being said, it can be had for only 1/4 of what my favorite in this genre costs (Tabac Rouge, though it's honey, not vanilla).
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    i got round to sampling it after reading a lot of the reviews about how it was an excellent tobacco at the price point, niche quality etc. well it's not bad and certainly well blended but it's primarily a vanilla scent. i don't get much of the other notes and it smells like more of a designer level sweet vanilla than anything *shrugs*
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilfred View Post
    i got round to sampling it after reading a lot of the reviews about how it was an excellent tobacco at the price point, niche quality etc. well it's not bad and certainly well blended but it's primarily a vanilla scent. i don't get much of the other notes and it smells like more of a designer level sweet vanilla than anything *shrugs*
    I get more of a "cigar box" feeling from Eau des Baux than an actual, tangible tobacco note, for what it's worth.
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    Never got into EDB as well and ended up selling my bottle. I liked the original L'Occitane, but would never last on my skin.

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    I own and love Bavx. I have no performance issues with it.
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    The big ruckus about Eau des Baux is that it beat Tobacco Vanille by a year to the market, yet "fragrance army" types who follow hype and not facts will call it a TV clone, so folks who love the stuff enjoy pointing that out. I actually heard of it through someone else calling it "the scent Tom Ford doesn't want you knowing about", and when I went to sample it, I agreed that it is more sophisticated than TV even if not necessarily stronger. In any case, you have to enjoy modern "tonkabaccos" to like Eau des Baux, and if you don't, the hype won't be justified.
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    I like the opening and middle notes only. I had to sell it.

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    Not really my type of scent but preferable to Spicebomb. I enjoyed wearing it well enough once or twice.

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    Very nice. Great fall scent.

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    Don't like its smokeyness!

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    I like it (a lot). My girlfriend likes it. People around me like it. What’s not to like? It’s less persistent than Tabac Rouge but a hell of a value. I found my bottle on fragrancenet several years ago for less than $40. Even at its current price I still see it as a value for the quality received.

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    It's nice but there's other vanilla scents that I'd reach for. Guerlain Spirtueuse Double Vanilla being one good example.
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    Not a bad scent but I did not like it enough for a purchase.
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    Really enjoyed the opening pepper note when I sampled a few months back.
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    I really like it. It lasts all day on me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    The big ruckus about Eau des Baux is that it beat Tobacco Vanille by a year to the market, yet "fragrance army" types who follow hype and not facts will call it a TV clone, so folks who love the stuff enjoy pointing that out. I actually heard of it through someone else calling it "the scent Tom Ford doesn't want you knowing about", and when I went to sample it, I agreed that it is more sophisticated than TV even if not necessarily stronger. In any case, you have to enjoy modern "tonkabaccos" to like Eau des Baux, and if you don't, the hype won't be justified.
    Yes.

    The first time my wife and I visited a L'Occitane shop, she smelled Baux and waved me over. "This smells kind of like a Tom Ford scent," she said.

    I still think it's a better-conceived scent than the two most comparable TF releases, Tobacco Vanille or Noir Extreme.
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    I think it´s a great fragrance! Great scent, great performance, great price!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Eau des Baux is a very commendable fragrance that is justly held in high regard. It's not necessarily an all-timer (though with a larger budget that allowed for more expensive ingredients, it might've been top-tier), but Baux does the spiced tobacco vanilla thing better than many fragrances in the luxe sector, with an impressively layered, balanced composition. I think it's more successful than Varvatos Vintage or Burberry London, both of which have interesting aspects but aren't as vivid as Baux; Baux manages to be tasteful and mass-appealing while offering a bit more punch.
    Agree with Brooks on this one. Love it enough to buy a backup bottle, wife loves it (always compliments it whenever I wear it, and she usually doesnt say much), coworkers love it... Really impressively layered, deep scent that is simply beautiful in cooler weather. This is one that I really look forward to wearing once late summer starts rolling around.




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