Indigo Vanilla is a perfume in the latest trio, Souvenir de Chocolate, by indie brand, Envoyage Perfumes. This perfume is “Inspired by the sensuous and sultry jazz of the 20’s, and the creamy goodness of New Orleans hot chocolate made with steamed milk, sumptuous whipped cream, and topped with violette sucrée”. My nose doesn’t pick up on the jazz and New Orleans inspiration with this one. Instead I’m reminded of a Christmas. So, here’s my Christmas in July review…
Indigo Vanilla opens with cinnamon sugar. It’s a clash of hot and cold. The cinnamon is warm, fiery but it’s “lifted” by this cool, green violet. It smells like if a cinnamon Christmas sugar cookie fell into some of grandpa’s violet cologne/aftershave. It becomes sweet, buttery and powdery like sugar cookies and vanilla-scented powdered sugar. Or funnel cakes. Indigo Vanilla dries down to a powdery musk with amber (which with my association, could represent fluffy snow).
Personally, I don’t wear perfumes that remind me of Christmas spices because I’ve been jilted by working at malls during the holidays during my college years. Yankee Candle has given me major cinnamon issues that I doubt I’ll ever recover from. Plus, I just don’t like the holidays. They stress me out. Now if you like the idea of smelling like Christmastime (and you don’t have holiday candle issues like me), then this is worth trying. It’s like cinnamon sugar, butter with a cool gust of winter air (violet).
Notes listed include sugared violet, chocolat chaud, crème douce, wood, amber, vanilla and musk. Launched 2014. PERFUMER – Shelley Wallington
Give Indigo Vanilla a try if you like spicy gourmands or spicy vanillas. Or if you like perfumes like Demeter Graham Cracker, LUSH Cinders (RIP), Smell Bent Horny Little Devil, Diesel Zero Plus for Him and/or Pacifica Mexican Cocoa. Indigo Vanilla is unisex. In fact, I think it makes a better masculine because of the spice and violet.
Projection and longevity are above average.
Also, the brand says this trio is meant for layering. I didn’t play around with that. I’m not that creative 🙂
Indigo Vanilla comes in 1/2 oz EDP for $65 and a parfum extrait for $30 at Envoyage Perfumes. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Christmas sugar cookies – sugar and spice with violet. This one really isn’t for me but I thought I would feature it because not everyone has cinnamon issues like I do. I thought when sampling this that I’m hyper-sensitive to it (cinnamon) as a note and that many people will pick up something different. I also wanted to feature it because it is spicier than the note list reads and I wanted to put it on the radar for those that like spicy/sweet gourmands. Anyway, remind me to remind you of this one again when it’s winter 🙂
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