Forever Red Vanilla Rum by Bath & Body Works 10ml EDP for $12 NZD from trademe
Notes: Rum, vanilla, mandarin, jasmine, gardenia, black lily, black currant, musk, apricot and cashmere wood.
I simply had to get this scent because it’s called Vanilla Rum and was so cheap. It opens as dark and rum-like, it’s beautiful and sultry. An instant evening and candlelit dinner scent. I get hints of mandarin and black currant before it settles into it’s, slightly powdered, heart. I get some soft and subtle florals – gardenia with a hint of lily.
It is, however, the base of rum soaked vanilla and musky cashmere that really stands out. It’s a very me base and smells of class. It is slightly sweet but in a dark and boozy way.
It’s alluring, mysterious, graceful and sophisticated. It’s slightly spicy and rather deep. It’s got soft to medium body-hugging sillage and lasts about four hours. It’s a very, very good Bath & Body Works scent that I’m angling to buy more of when I’m out. 7/10.
Vanille Givree de Antilles 100ml EDT for $60 USD from Luckyscent
Notes: Vanilla, patchouli, bergamot, lavender, rose, tuberose, oppoponax and tonka bean.
I brought the set of all 5 La Maison de la Vanille 15ml EDT’s for $50 on Luckyscent and thought each perfume deserved its own review rather than a combined set one. Vanille Givree de Antilles opens on me as pure and sweet honey, despite not being a listed note, with a slight beeswax tinge.
It remains this way through most of the scent’s progression. I am surprised that I haven’t read reviews referencing honey because it is definitely the stand-out element to me. I know that other notes must be combining to create this honey-esque vibe. I can definitely get the patchouli and vanilla combination though and, as I’ve come to expect of this set, it’s great. I think they must be the main notes creating this mock-honey note for me. After about half an hour the honey-esque element soften a bit and it freshens up a touch with, what I believe to be, a subtle bergamot and lavender combination.
Many people have compared this to Angel, which was bound to happen with a patchouli/vanilla combo, but it’s much softer and subtler than Angel. It’s a lighter, warmer and happier scent in my opinion than Angel. The patchouli darkens and deepens as it goes on and the Tonka bean comes into play. It’s a touch powdery and rather earthy, almost woody, which gives it a natural feel. I don’t really get any floral notes, maybe tuberose, but I do get a slight whiff of oppoponax in the base which gives it a touch of mystery.
It’s elegant and soothing. It’s a sweet scent but not too much so. It smells of smiles and sunlight and the colour yellow and happiness in a bottle. It’s easily wearable. It reminds me of Chuck from Pushing Daisies. I don’t get much vanilla from Antilles to be honest but I think this set is making perfumes based around vanilla. 6.5/10.
Island Vanilla by Pacifica 10ml Perfume Oil for $20 NZD
Notes: Jasmine, vanilla, tea, white honey and fruity notes.
This is a natural roll-on perfume oil that I got from Trademe. It glides on smoothly and smells, well, rather unusal. I get a vague floral note (which, thank goodness, isn’t jasmine to my nose) and a vague fruity note but it’s mostly honeyed vanilla. A subtle, soft and graceful scent like a breeze hovering over your skin.
The vanilla/honey combo is rather creamy and a tad sweet. It’s warm, islandy and oriental with a slight gourmand element. It’s young and happy. It’s the quiet girl in the popular group on the beach who’s just content to watch her friends antics and smile. It reminds me of summer and beach volleyball. As it dries down to it’s base I do get an almost green, tea aspect. It reminds me ever so slightly of Jua by Trilogy in the way that it handles a natural oil and that almost strange aspect. It’s a little too soft for me with weak sillage and lasts only a couple of hours. 5.5/10.