Hey, how about a perfume post and a drawing today!
Parfums de Nicolai’s newest entry in the perfume market is Vanille Intense. Notes of Orange, orange blossoms, immortelle, cinnamon, woods, patchouli, amber and musk make up this perfume.
Okay, just love here, love, love, love. I have a love/hate relationship with Vanilla anyway, so whether I’ll like or despise vanilla is a coin toss. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it’s just cloying and won’t let go of my skin far beyond the time I need it to get the hell off of me. This vanilla concoction has all the hallmarks of Nicolai – just not what you’re expecting exactly. For me, I get a lot more immortelle, orange and cinnamon than anything else. The vanilla is a trickle somewhere in the back that vaguely tickles, but isn’t overwhelming in the least. This is spicy and warm, but has that restrained elegance that marks all of the Nicolai perfumes, with just enough of a kink in it so it will never be like something else you already have. The longer this is on, the more immortelle I get, which is just gorgeous. There’s a little bit of booziness in it, but in the perfect quantity so I don’t feel like I just tossed back a shot that’s making me a little queasy.
Patricia Nicolai is one of my perfume heroes. I think she does everything well and has an unerring sense of taste that is off the beaten path, but she never makes it weird.
So let’s do a giveaway of two samples of the Vanille Intense. And I also have two samples of Andy Tauer’s Une Rose Chypree to give away too. So drop a note in comments, tell me what you favorite Nicolai is or one you really want to try to be entered in the drawing!
Also, I do have a favor to ask of someone if you live in NYC and could run out and pick up some Cradle of Light from CB in Brooklyne. Just click on the contact Us button if you might be able to do it.