Guerlain • Spiritueuse Double Vanille • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||47%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I've wanted to try this fragrance for years, because I love vanilla and oriental fragrances. When first applied, Spiritueuse Double Vanille smelled similar to the way Lolita Lempicka's L De Lolita Lempicka smells on me - spicy, dark, sweet. As it dries down, though, Double Vanille starts to remind me of candle wax and melting plastic. I'm not even sure that I'd say it smells very heavy on the vanilla on my skin, but the drydown is definitely off on me. I get melting plastic and candle wax, unfortunately.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I had to say Yes, I would buy this again (even though I didn't buy it the first time). I am one who loves the scent of vanilla, but have never felt the need to own more than a couple. I've never smelled one that stood out too much from the rest. All very pleasant--some more or less than others--but still, it's just vanilla. THIS vanilla is different. I smell all the notes, blended beautifully, yet individually noticeable. No one will ask who smells like a cookie when you enter the room. This is really lovely. Smells similar to Bois d'Armenie. If I could afford to buy a bottle, I would.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Kinky, Fine Eyes: Green
Spiritueuse Double Vanille is a lovely scent (5 lippies for the scent), but the price is astronomical. I know this is Guerlain but I think L de Lolita by Lolita Lempicka smells very, very similar and considering this fact, there is no way I'd pay $200+ dollars for Spiritueuse Double Vanille (hence my 2 lippie rating). Sorry, no full bottle sale for me.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
If you want a sexy sophisticated vanilla for adults, this is it. Boozy at the opening, bourbon vanilla, dried fruit, pipe tobacco, incense. Delicious and so fine..... If you like TF Tobacco Vanille, Chergui, or Shalimar parfum, you'll probably love Spiritueuse Double Vanille.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy Eyes: Green
Think slightly boozy, white chocolate, pipe tobacco smoke... That would be SDV. It's probably the most gorgeous and sophisticated vanilla I have ever smelled!!! I wear this on the coldest days and imagine that I am staying at a mountain cabin, sitting on the couch reading a novel, while feeling the warm of the fireplace and my SDV. It's pricey but so worth it! :-)
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I'd like to qualify the "no." If this were widely available, and priced at about half the cost - say, at the same priceline as all other Guerlains, yeah, sure I'd buy it.
But I don't think this cost significantly more to make, certainly not to the degree they're charging. And Guerlain has a right to try and make a profit, and vanilla is all the thing, so... good on them. But not for me.
Seperate from that, is this a good fragrance? Absolutely. I re-tried Guerlain's SDV sample (tried it a few months ago) - had remembered it as one of what I've been calling the "super-fatted" fragrances - current trend of frags super-loaded with vanillin and high in price (Cuir Beluga, Bois d'Armenie, Vanille Gallante, Dior Mitzah).
It is a super-fatted, but also has tonka in the base, and a touch of labdanum, and I thought I smelled real vanilla as well, that slightly flowery scent from bottles of vanilla extract. There's a "rum" feel to this, possibly some of the growl from the tonka mixed with the real vanilla? Has a more subtle version of the base heft of Mitzah.
It was lovely - a nice opening and a really nice drydown. If I got this as a gift, I'd probably wear it quite a bit - it is beautifully made, without question. I think it skirts the "smell like a cookie" conundrum - I won't say it dodges the problem entirely, but SDV certainly doesn't land in the center of the foodie rink.
The gestalt of this is that it's well made from good ingredients and with a great deal of subtlety. A board post a while ago asked which fragrances will last over time, and Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille strikes me as one that will.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
In a word, intoxicating. By this, I don't mean burn-your-throat overpowering. I mean, this smells expensive and rich and decadent and almost like a liqueur you might sip on in a smoky hookah bar somewhere exotic. No dusty drugstore vanilla here, and definitely not everyone-is-wearing-it-Hanae-Mori cloyingly sweet vanilla. This is warm and deep and exotic and dries down to a very sensual scent that almost smells like it's your skin but sexier instead of some cloud of toxically heavy perfume that wafts out of your clothing. Magically, it's light and not heavy as one would expect.
Lasts all day on me in the sense that you can smell it on my skin if you're up close and personal, which is how perfume should be used. It's not the sort of scent that will leave a wake of destruction in your office. I tried a sample in a French specialty perfume shop, left the shop and was haunted by the desire for this scent so badly all day and for days after that I had to order it when I got home, even if I had to scrimp to do so. Has temporarily supplanted Nuits de Noho by Bond No. 9 as my go-to scent, which is saying something.
OK, now that I have you intrugued, don't go buy this. Seriously. I want to smell unique. :D
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
The opening is very strong, even overwhelming booze and sharpness. Very perfumey. I can see how impatient people could be disappointed.
However, given 20 minutes this morphs into a gourmand vanilla lover's heaven. Warm, edible and sweet, with a nice shot of rum and a hint of expensive tobacco, this is at once sophisticated and I-want-to-eat-my-arm delicious.
I definitely want a bottle.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I'm truly lost as to what to say about this fragrance. I sampled it today in a department store. Ultimately, I don't think it's a fragrance I'd want to wear regularly at all, but even though after my initial dislike of it I washed it off with (fragrance free) soap, I've found myself smelling what is left of it on my wrist for the rest of today.
If you like "foody" vanilla smells, you won't find what you're looking here. Especially objectionable was the first impression of the scent- which I feel is perfectly described as a combination of vanilla and Vick's vapour rub. It was very unappealing to me. As the perfume settled down it had some kind of strong cedar-smelling note, which I felt conflicted about because cedar does have a beautiful smell, but it was side by side with a soft vanilla...
The final stage of the fragrance was a light vanilla behind a stronger wood scent.
This fragrance faded quite quickly to a mellow scent of light vanilla and wood.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Update: I have fallen in love with this vanilla. OR: I like vanillas. I really like this vanilla--I could fall in love with this vanilla if I felt like the price was suitable. I like that it's almost gourmand, almost sweet, almost smoky, almost a little boozy. I love how it pulls all this off without being heavy. I'm a big fan of Un Bois Vanille and have recently been enjoying MCMC Hunter. Both are the same kind of vanilla as SDV, but they stand in the forefront of the heavyweight division. Spiriteuse Double Vanille is a middleweight who stays a little quiet and stands in the shadows. It's both cozy and sensual without being desperate for attention. That's admirable, especially with all the lightweight vanillas out there who puff up and constantly talk a big game...ultimately coming off as phony. However, I would like for it to need *some* attention. If I were to receive a full bottle of this as a gift, I'd keep it and wear it often. I just couldn't warrant buying it myself when I have Un Bois Vanille and plan on a purchase of Hunter. But like many of the quiet ones...the dark horses...this is one to watch. It may surprise me one day and I'll find myself being the one in desperate need...