Fluffy, wearable comfort fragrance on the thick, milky side without much woods or fruit on me. Coconut, a note I'm generally careful about, is very present here, but somehow it doesn't disturb me. Likeable, but I don't crave it the way I crave some gourmands.
medium sillage and longevity
Un Bois Vanille is gorgeous on me. It's girly, sexy, gourmand and delicious. Another well done fragrance by Serge Lutens.
I've been on the hunt for a sweet vanilla that contains enough darkness to give it depth and character. I sampled several including L'AP Vanille Absolument, Guerlain SDV, and Liz Zorn's Vanillaville. I chose UBV over the aforementioned because they were not what I was looking for; they were dank (good dank), syrupy, and boozy. I thought they were too intellectual. I wanted a vanilla that was sexy and a little ditzy. At first sniff, UBV careened toward caramel and cake. After five minutes, she turned the corner and presented as an assertive tonka . I know Marilyn Monroe was known for wearing Chanel no. 5 to bed, but I could see her wearing this on quiet evenings spent with Arthur Miller and a copy of Ulysses. This perfume is a little vulgar on the outset, but smart and interesting at the finish. EDIT: My boyfriend (who is not particularly sophisticated re:perfumes) says that I smell "generic" and like "a candle store" when I wear this. This frag is pretty one-dimensional on me, but I like it for what it is. I wanted a straightforward and sweet vanilla, after all. I layer this with Dzing! to give it more depth and dimension. Dzing! and UBV complement each other well; therefore, I imagine it would be delicious paired with Bulgari black or any other sweet leather scent. I've decided that I won't repurchase this fragrance. It'
s lovely, but not special enough to justify the price. I'm still haunted by Liz Zorn's Vanillaville.
To me it's rather a simple gourmand, dessert-like vanilla fragrance, not dark, woody or spicy. I was expecting something more complex but I am a lover of gourmand perfumes in general and vanilla in particular and I've learned to love it for what it is.
I finally finished a large decant of this perfume this evening. I'm sure that I'm going to be shunned by the lovers of this perfume for this opinion, but I don't think this perfume is anything special. I love many of SL's perfumes and understand why they are so pricey, but I certainly don't think it's worth $85+ for a 50ml bottle as it's a very basic woody vanilla scent. Now don't get me wrong, it smells nice, not so cloying or gourmand as to irritate me, it is a very pretty smooth rich vanilla. But, over the last year I've tried many dups of this perfume that smell exactly the same, it does not seem very hard to replicate. So in my opinion, if you like this scent and can't or won't shell out upwards of $100 for a small bottle, try Earthen Treasures or Cherrydivablossom's dups for this. I bet you won't be able to tell much of a difference other than the excess cash you still have in your wallet after you purchase.
Un Bois Vanille is the scent that first got me interested in the Serge Lutens line. I've been intrigued by its treacly-rich coconut-caramel feel for years, and finally bought a bottle almost 10 years after I first smelt it.
Un Bois Vanille is a vanilla-coconut bomb for me. It's very morish; maybe just a tad TOO heavy for the hot climate where I reside, since it's so linear and tenacious. If the "Bois" (Wood) part of the fragrance was more prominent, I would gladly wear it on its own. As things go though, I only use it for layering with other scents to add creaminess and warmth. (Try this under Bvlgari Black!) Just be careful to apply a minimal amount when layering because Un Bois Vanille is like an Angelfish; oh-so-pretty and harmless-looking, until it obliterates everything else.
On the flip side, the sillage and longevity is incredible. This has no problem holding its own in a marathon against Thierry Mugler's Angel. If you are on the market for a dark, rich, boozy, gourmand vanilla which is going to stay vanillic from the start to the end, this beats most others I've tried.
It's the most beautiful vanilla I've ever worn (and believe me, I've tried so many!) This one also elicits many compliments. This is the perfect balance of vanilla and woods. Not too sweet, very sexy and warm. LOVE.
Seductive and lasting, starts off very deep and slightly bitter, with a sweet, but not cloyingly so, finish. Someone has to lean in close to get the full effect. I get so many compliments on this perfume, and you can guarantee that no one else in the room will be wearing it. My favorite for evening.
Black vanilla absolute, licorice, sandalwood, coconut milk, beeswax, caramelized benzoin, bitter almond, Gaiac wood, tonka bean
A delicate, smoky vanilla, with a woody base note, sophisticated and enchanting. If you like vanilla, this is one for the collection. Feminine, but a guy can easily wear this. Four words I see over and over again, referring to this fragrance are "grown up Pink Sugar", and that is absolutely true. It is a grown up vanilla, with a few other whispery smoky notes. Magical.
This was my favorite SL until I sniffed Jeux de Peau. (: I've never been lucky enough to own a bottle, but hey, Christmas is coming and I hope for the best. Being a walking contradiction when it comes to my preferences in just about everything, including perfume, I love vanilla but I hate sweet, sweet, sweet vanilla. Most commercial scents I've tried that are recommended to vanilla lovers leave me wanting to brush my teeth. Un Bois Vanille is the antidote to all that- toasty and a little burnt, rather like the crunchy sugar on top of crème brûlée. It turns sweet on me, but not like a cake. I get a waxy, dry note that I suppose is the listed "beeswax," as well, and the drydown is faint in general on me, but few perfumes are long lasting on my very dry skin.