Ah, you always remember your first perfume loves. And especially your first niche perfume loves. The year was 2009 and I had been happily sampling various scents from decanters for a year or two, but not quite yet with the intensity to come later that would continue through today. L’Artisan’s Havana Vanille was about to be launched and the blogs were all abuzz about it.
As soon as I could, I sampled
it and fell instantly into love. After blowing through a sample or three, I got what was probably one of the heftiest decants I’ve ever had in my perfume life (I had just been laid off so that’s why no FB). It was the It Perfume for quite some time, if I recall correctly. Then something else came along and became the Next Big Thing for perfumistas. I continued to wear and love Havana Vanille for a good while, but eventually, as things tend to do, it got relegated to the middle of the pack, and then eased into the back of the drawer where, alas, it languished.
But lately, hearing of its demise (why, oh why?), I pulled Havana Vanille back out. After a day or two of spring-ish temps, a spell of wet chill is heading back in and this sounded like just the thing for a spot of dry and cozy. Mmmm … I had forgotten how lovely it is. A not-too-sweet vanilla, spices, and hints of tobacco and rum work their magic in a subtle, creamy blend — nothing there to hit you over the head, and nicely smooth from start to finish. And oh, my, that drydown. Also, it seemed to last for an extremely long time from one spray, I noticed this time around.
It occurred to me that Havana Vanille / Vanille Absolument would be divine on my DH, who doesn’t like overpowering scents that look like he’s trying too hard to smell good. Father’s Day is coming down the pike, so we’ll see. I think there are still bottles around to be had, although this is no longer on the L’Artisan site, Barney’s or Luckyscent.
I realize that five or so years may not seem long enough to classify it as a Memory Lane item, but as it’s been discontinued, it will qualify soon enough, I’m afraid.
BTW, what is up with L’Artisan? They take away our beloved Tea for Two and now this. And I’m sure there are others; they just haven’t really registered on my radar. I know that you can’t keep everything in your lineup forever, but sheesh … must you relegate two solid favorites to the dustbin? None of the most recent releases have piqued my interest enough to even get a sample. Oh, well, guess that’s part of the mystique of “marketing,” but I will never understand.
Anyway, what about you — any scents that were all the rage for you for a while but seem to have gotten overlooked as time goes by? Just for fun, pull ‘em out and see if the love is still there or if you’ve grown out of them for good.