We all have a note that we love, something that appears in most of our perfume purchases. After 3 years of perfume blogging and being a life-long perfumista, I noticed that vanilla seems to be this note for many people. It can take many forms and it is in many perfumes. I go in and out of vanilla phases. It seems to be that my vanilla phases are also attached to my buying phases. I own too many vanilla perfumes. But, they are good. Will I be adding Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Extreme? No. I said that I only add good vanillas…
Vanille Extreme opens up as a plastic-like synthetic vanilla reminding me of an aerosol air freshener stored in the employee restroom at work. Not very glamorous. Within 5-10 minutes, it dries down and some of the plastic is missing. It still smells synthetic and a little “off”. At this stage, I get a waxy vanilla reminding me of a cupcake scented candle, like a Yankee Candle. <Insert your own opinion here>. Eventually, Vanille Extreme becomes “cupcake frosting”. It reminds me of this buttercream frosting that I make with a little bit of vanilla bourbon and cinnamon. Except the spicy vanilla frosting in Vanille Extreme isn’t edible and doesn’t smell delicious. It smells waxy and like a home fragrance product trying to smell like a homemade spicy vanilla frosting. Vanille Extreme is a more expensive Glade-like air freshener. Yep. At least it no longer comes in an aluminum bottle!
Vanille Extreme is sweet and synthetic. If that is your sort of thing, then try it. I don’t mind smelling sweet and I’m in love with vanilla. That being said, I can name you 15 other vanillas to try other than Vanille Extreme.
Notes listed include Tahitian vanilla, heliotrope, milk, and spices.
The 3.3 oz bottle retails for $85 on Amazon.
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