Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille EDP Perfume Review

Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille

Did you need more proof that benzoin and vanilla belong together? Well, if you did, keep on reading.

Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille, you are one delicious fragrance. I get this opening of a “dark” vanilla and black licorice. Here’s the deal with the licorice, it’s super faint. Many wearers don’t notice it. I’m a lover of licorice. I notice this waxy black licorice with this sweet vanilla benzoin. It’s subtle and a wonderful addition to Un Bois Vanille. The vanilla mixes with toasted coconut flakes and toasted almonds. The dry down is a sweet vanila benzoin with smoky woods.

Dorothy Hall

Notes listed include black vanilla absolute, licorice, sandalwood, coconut milk, beeswax, caramelized benzoin, bitter almond, Gaiac wood, and tonka bean. Launch date 2003. PERFUMER  – Christopher Sheldrake

Give Un Bois Vanille a try if you like vanillas that aren’t too sweet or if you like perfumes like Prada Candy, Parfumerie Generale Indochine, Costamor Dulcess, Pacifica Island Vanilla and/or Guerlain Myrrh et Delires.

I find that longevity and projection is average.

The 1.7 oz bottle of Un Bois Vanille retails for $135 at Beautyhabit and Saks. Samples are also available for purchase. Sometimes you can find it on discount at Fragrancenet. 

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONOne of those few gourmand vanillas that smells sophisticated. This is one of my personal favorite vanillas. Not too cloying or sweet. Gourmand and comforting.

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*Sample purchased by me. Product pic from Fragrantica. Dorothy Hall pic from Post contains affiliate links. Thanks!

9 thoughts on “Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille EDP Perfume Review

  1. Dearest Eau
    I do so agree with you about Serge’s Vanilla, it’s inspired… and this from a gent who’s generally not over keen on that note.
    Licorice you say? Yes, that could well be it, I’ve always thought there was a slight hint of home made caramel when it catches on the pan about the opening.
    Whatever, it’s just divine.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy
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  2. Hi,

    Thank you so much for the link! I love your observations about UBV. This is a vanilla that certainly deserves some recognition. It is something every vanilla lover should have an opportunity to sample. Those who have not yet found a satisfying gourmand should also definitely give it a try… Or several. ; )

    Please keep up the great reviews!

    -Natasha, (Signature Ascent)
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    1. Vanilla is popular with people but it’s also one in my opinion, that needs to be just “right” for me to add it to my collection. This one has all of those garden elements that I want with warmth; however, not sickly sweet. It’s a winner.

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