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Un Bois Vanille (2003)
by Serge Lutens


Un Bois Vanille information

Year of Launch2003
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 401 votes)

People and companies

HouseSerge Lutens
PerfumerChristopher Sheldrake
Creative DirectorSerge Lutens
Parent CompanyShiseido

About Un Bois Vanille

Un Bois Vanille is a feminine perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 2003 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake

Reviews of Un Bois Vanille

A very gourmand opening. I love a good vanilla fragrance and this one, hits the mark... A waxy feel emerges. A dark, woody sweetness underneath. There is an almost animalic, barnyard thing, way in the background. Pretty much everything melds together, with an occasional note popping up on its own for notice. Smooth. An almost boozy-like liqueur at times. Tonka bean doesn't overpower and the licorice note is divine. The coconut is an added touch. Well done!... Sweet, woody goodness goes on and on.
02nd August, 2019
Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille offers something special as far as a vanilla fragrance. Surely it's sweet, but it's a sweet, woody mix with nuances that keep it from being over-the-top. Vanilla, benzoin, beeswax, and the mix of sandalwood and guaiac wood create an easy-to-love, albeit all too familiar, vanillic/resinous/woody blend, but this blend is modified by the quirk of almond, tonka, and licorice, giving it some bite, some slight bitterness, and keeping it from being altogether too sweet for the enjoyment of many.

Rather, what results is a nuanced, interesting take on vanilla, well-performing and also modestly-enough priced (at $52 for a standard 50ml bottle size on FragranceNet). It's an easy win and a slight deviation from most sweeter vanilla offerings that lean boozy, cake-like, or extract-like.

8 out of 10
10th September, 2018
This is my autumn staple. The warm-cold interplay of vanilla and licorice has the contrast of salt toffee, of those days when I take my jumper off in the sunshine, only to shiver in goosebumps seconds later when a breeze blows to tease me. I never know which sensation will appear, or when. It is as if I have weather wafting up from my wrists.
09th August, 2018
Lunia Czechowska by Amedeo Modigliani 1919 Museu de Arte de São Paulo
30th November, 2017
As the name says, it opens with spicy wood and softens with a beautiful creamy and very sweet vanilla. Caramel, coconut, something powdery... I like it a lot, although it sometimes makes me think of a cheap caramel Demeter scent like Cotton Candy or Sugar Cookie.
18th September, 2017 (last edited: 12th March, 2018)
Pleasant.. but expensive for what it is. A very soft, sweet, and creamy vanilla with a resinous, waxy quality that makes you wish you could sink your teeth into it. Though it's unique and I haven't smelled anything quite like it.. it doesn't particularly call out to me, or coerce me into buying a bottle. Gourmand lovers would probably feel differently, however.
13th June, 2016 (last edited: 14th June, 2016)

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Serge Lutens - Un Bois Vanille **5ml**

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