Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Yves Rocher is one of those brands that I’m usually very happy with, but I don’t really buy it. Why? It’s only available online in the US and I forget about them. It’s that simple. When I travel elsewhere, I’ll stop in the store, sample a few things and even buy a few things and wonder why I don’t buy more from them. I usually like their shower gels and a few of their skincare items. However, I think the highlight of the brand is their fine fragrance. They have great perfumes, especially for their price.
Vanille Noire reminds me of heliotrope. It’s like a sweet vanilla with a green almond quality. There’s a slightly floral aspect to Vanille Noire, almost like fresh lilies with a hint of anise-like spice. Then it starts to wear as heliotrope blossoms and vanilla marshmallows. The heart of the fragrance is a balsamic vanilla with smoky woods. It dries down to a soft and sweet vanilla musk with what the industry would describe as “smooth woods”. It’s like vanilla and woods with a sunlit warmth.
Overall, I think Vanille Noire is an excellent perfume for the price. It’s a modern vanilla that has more going on that what the note list will lead you to believe. It’s a beautiful interpretation of all the different directions that vanilla can go – from floral to smoky to leathery. It’s surprisingly complex while still being a “vanilla” perfume.
Notes listed include bourbon vanilla absolute, Tahitian vanilla and Ugandan vanilla. Launched in 2010. PERFUMER – Jacques Cavallier
Give Vanille Noir a try if you like vanilla or sweeter, woodsier scents. Or if you like perfumes like Diptyque Eau Duelle, Dior Hypnotic Poison, Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee, Arquiste The Architects Club and/or Byredo Gypsy Water.
Projection is below average. It wears close to the skin. Longevity is above average.
The 1.7 oz retails for $72 at Yves Rocher. You can often find it for cheaper (like for under $50) if you wait for a sale. Body products are also available in this scent.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A vanilla viewed from many angles. It’s surprisingly complex; yet, totally distinguishable as “vanilla”. I really like it. And this has been a reminder that I should be using more Yves Rocher products than I do.
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