One Thousand Scents

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Flower Bomb: Vanille Fleurie de Tahiti


Except for work yesterday (I put on some reliable L'Instant du Guerlain Pour Homme), I've worn nothing but the La Maison de la Vanille scents for the last week, and here's what I want to know: why did they call this scent "Vanille Fleurie de Tahiti"--that is, "Flowery Tahitian Vanilla"--when it isn't noticeably flowery and when they already had a flower-based vanilla scent on which to bestow the name?

Vanille Fleurie de Tahiti ought to have been named Vanille Fruitée de Wherever, because the thing that distinguishes it from the other scents in the La Maison de la Vanille collection is the hot-fruit scent in the top notes. It smells of cooked mixed berries: strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, perhaps, but all very indistinct--just fruit-aldehydic--and all enrobed in vanilla cream. (The listed notes are "vanilla, bergamot, amber, fruit, cedar, ylang-ylang, tonka bean, incense". Really?)

In truth, it's the least interesting of the five Maison vanilla scents: it's a little drab, though some love it and find it comforting or sexy.

But to my nose, it just isn't very original or very compelling; if you mixed Comptoir Sud Pacifique's Mora Bella and Vanille Extreme, you'd end up with something like this, only, I think, better.

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