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L’Artisan Parfumeur Vanille Absolument/Havana Vanille EDP Perfume Review


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.

L'Artisan Vanille Absolument EDP perfume

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.

Asther Nils smoking

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 EauPINIONVanilla 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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10 thoughts on “L’Artisan Parfumeur Vanille Absolument/Havana Vanille EDP Perfume Review

    1. I tend to love sweet but something about this one is just way too sweet for me. It’s difficult to describe why I like it less than Guerlain SDV. I just know that I don’t like it on my skin. I’m sure there is a person that wears L’Artisan’s very nicely. My skin seems to make it even more sweet than it is. I feel like I’m drowning in syrup.
      Guerlain SDV is amazing. It’s my favorite sweet vanilla as well.

  1. This is one I haven’t probably given enough of a chance for more of the complexity to emerge on my skin. Thanks for the review which has rekindled my interest.

    1. This scent smells very linear sweet on my skin in the cold weather. In the summer it showed more complexities but it was too heavy for summer wear IMO.

  2. As is often the case we are in complete agreement. I think both TV and SDV are better – much more complex, yet both radically different – interpretations of vanilla. This one is just liner and sweet. Enjoyable yet cloying.

    1. This one that I see working for a certain person, being a very enjoyable vanilla. But, I don’t like it on me. It’s just too literal vanilla for me. But, it’s much, much better than Comptoir Sud Pacifique 😉

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