L’Artisan Parfumeur Havana Vanille is sweet. It’s more “vanille” than “Havana”. So, perhaps that is why the name has been changed to Vanille Absolument. Or because of a lawsuit.
Havana Vanille opens with a balsamic vanilla bean pod with a spiced rum. The vanilla is a realistic vanilla bean pod. It seems “leathery” and oily. The rum is there and I like it. But, the clove throws my nose off a bit. It’s medicinal to me. But, with some time, it becomes more clove cigarette and I start to like it. The dry-down is more “vanilla”. It’s actually tonka, a very sweet tonka which I love. The fragrance becomes smokier, more smoldering woods. But, very, very sweet. It reminds me of Swisher Sweets.
I like Vanille Absolument. But, when I want a “smoky vanilla”, I prefer Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. I also like Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille, but something about the L’Artisan’s ins’t as thick. Vanille Absoulument is richer and “thicker” than other L’Artisan fragrances but it isn’t overwhelming. It’s longer wearing than most L’Artisan perfumes.
Notes listed include vanilla pod, rum, clove, leather, narcissus, helichysum, tonka bean, benzoin, tolu, musks, and vanilla absolute. PERFUMER – Bertrand Duchafour
Give L’Artisan Parfumeur a try if you want a sweet vanilla perfume or a vanilla rum perfume or if you like perfumes like Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, Guerlain Spirtuese Double Vanille, Boyfriend EDP, Montale Vanille Absolu and/or DSH Perfumes Vanille Botanique. This perfume is unisex but it’s interesting because I find that most women find it too masculine and most men find it too feminine. To like it you must like sweet but not in a cupcake way.
The 1.7 oz retails for $115 and the 3.4 oz for $155 at L’Artisan Parfumeur.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Vanilla bean infused rum. I like Vanille Absolument but I don’t enjoy wearing it. It goes soooo sweet on me. And I usually like sweet but something about this doesn’t work for me…memories.
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