Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar by La Maison de la Vanille Review

16503Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar                                   100ml EDT for $60 USD from Luckyscent

Notes: Vanilla, sandalwood, lavender, incense, vetiver, coriander, thyme, geranium and bergamot.

I brought the set of all 5 La Maison de la Vanille 15ml EDT’s for $50 on Luckyscent and it is, perhaps, one of my best buys. I thought that each perfume deserved their own review rather than a combined set one. I love this collection and think it is a must for vanilla-lovers.

Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar opens with a subtly refreshing and spicy combination of bergamot and lavender with a touch of coriander and thyme. The lavender smoothly transitions into a smoky vanilla, sandalwood and vetiver with a hint of geranium heart. The vetiver and geranium fade and my favourite combination of vanilla and sandalwood settles into a glorious base. It’s warm and cozy but also mysterious and misty. It’s slightly powdery, woody, soft and musky. It smells like dreams and adventures. It smells exotic but homely. It smells like markets and gardens. It reminds me of the song ‘Scarborough Fair.’ It smells Celtic. It smells magical.

I applaud this wonderfully blended perfume and must say that it’s one of my favourites. It’s rather sexy, both cool and warm as well as being gender-neutral. It’s slightly honeyed with a touch of floral sweetness. It’s mature and worldly and easily wearable. You could wear it anywhere and at any-time and it’s sooo affordable. It’s got medium sillage and lasts about 5 hours. I carry it with me in my purse and will by the 100ml FB when I run out. 7.5/10.

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Tihota by Indult Reveiw

Tihota by Indult              37401                                           50ml EDP for $200 USD from Luckyscent

Notes: Vanilla bean and musks.

Tihota was one of the first samples I purchased from Luckyscent. I was recommend it as the Holy Grail (costs as much too) of Vanilla since I love the note so much. On first application I get a wonderfully creamy vanilla musk. Almost like vanilla ice-cream. It’s warm, simple, mature, light and kind. You can tell that these are high quality ingredients and I don’t get any alcoholic/chemical aspects from this.

I was initially disappointed when I first tried this because I’d hyped it up too much and was expecting it to blow my vanilla world away. It didn’t. But as time went on I begin to appreciate it more and more. I have little left of this beautiful liquid in my sample so I’ve been saving it. When I decided I’d do a review of Tihota today I was very happy that I would get to wear it again.

Tihota means ‘Sugar’ in Polynesian which makes sense as it is sweet and pure. It’s not too sweet though so have no fear. It has a slightly burnt caramel aspect and a hint of smoked wood at it’s end. It’s like a comfy blanket and the best of dreams. It’s a loving hug. It’s bottled joy. It’s radiant. It’s a sun glare. There’s no fruity or floral aspects it’s just the pure vanilla (bean). It’s a subtle aroma scent that lasts all day and suits me. I have had so very many compliments when wearing this. People instantly gravitate towards you. It’s such a happy and warm scent.

I will buy it when I have a spare $200 around but in the meantime I bought a bottle of Vanilla Lace by Victoria’s Secret because I heard they were rather similar. They are but Vanilla Lace smells much cheaper, has an alcoholic initial spray and the ingredients aren’t as fine or deep as Tihota. I’ll do a separate review on VL at some point. This is one of my favourites and a 9.5/10 perfume.

Intense Cafe by Montale Review

35448Intense Cafe by Montale

100ml EDP for $170 USD from LuckyScent

Notes: Coffee, rose, amber, vanilla and white musk.

I originally got a sample of Intense Café from LuckyScent along with a dozen others and it was the one that stood out to me so I knew I had to buy a full bottle of it. The name is somewhat of a misnomer because it’s not really intense and it doesn’t really smell of coffee. I very rarely detect coffee from this perfume, as many other people have mentioned, but instead I get an almost milk-chocolate-smell when it dries down.

I know chocolate isn’t one of its listed notes so I thought is this the note that’s pretending to be coffee. Lately, however, I have been getting something closer to coffee from it – I think it smells like hovering your nose over the fumes of a cup of coffee, wafting a gentle coffee aroma, and not the scent of rich coffee beans. The mocha of coffee perfume.

However, it’s not called Intense COFFEE but Intense CAFE and it does remind me of a café. It puts the image of a quaint French Café in winter with Rose vines draped over the windows into my head. I imagine a tall and dark-haired metrosexual man, who’s wearing a trench coat and scarf, drinking coffee and reading a book in said French café whilst wearing this perfume. I can see it on this kind of man and I find that attractive. I believe it would suit any gender but not every personality – it is a sophisticated scent.

Rose certainly is the beautiful star of Intense Café. It opens with Rose which then lingers, fading, in the background as it dries down. I didn’t know I really liked Rose until this perfume. I’ve read that couple of people think it’s a dirty and masculine Rose but, to me, it’s actually the opposite. It’s a wet, fresh, musky, red and romantic rose to me. It smells freshly picked and like it has beads of dew sitting on its petals. However, if I’m heavy handed in applying it it does smell like jam, a jammy rose, as some people have previously mentioned.

About half an hour to an hour into wearing it I begin to notice the milky vanilla and the almost-chocolate notes. Now I adore Vanilla so it was in my territory now. The Rose grows fainter as it goes on and no specific note stands out; just a blur of vanilla-rose-musk-mocha. The Amber comes into play a few hours in making it a vanilla-amber combination which I love. It’s soft and delicate. It’s warm and cosy. It’s like a candlelit date.

Temperature definitely plays into effect with this perfume. The first time I tried this on I was in my  room with my heater turned up high and thought ‘this is nice’ but as soon as walked out into the freezing cold winter hallway I went ‘OMG what is that incredibly gorgeous smell!’  I spent the next few minutes walking between the cold corridor and my warm room to smell the difference. I think in warmer temperatures it amps up the sweetness making it almost sickly but in the colder temperatures it has this romantic and mysterious vagueness to it.

Sillage is moderate on me but it varies depending on the environment – if there’s a breeze I get lovely wafts of this. I find it moderate to long-lasting, depending on your definition, as it lasts about four to six hours at its full strength and then about another four to six hours at a soft and subtle vanilla-amber dry down. I’ve heard some people say this is extremely gourmand and sweet but I don’t find it so (and I love gourmand scents). It’s very elegant, fresh, chic and sexy to me. It comes in a beautiful shimmery purple bottle but, as it’s opaque, it’s annoying that you can’t see how much perfume is left. 9.5/10 for me.